Corel Painter 2020 review

Corel Painter 2020 tackles performance, workflow and tools – is this the best version of Painter we've seen?

Corel Painter 2020 interface
(Image: © Artwork by Jesus Viveros)

Our Verdict

Corel Painter 2020 takes a three-pronged approach: it tackles how you paint, how you control the software, and how to get the best performance from your hardware setup. The result is the slickest version of Painter to date.

For

  • Reduced lag with traditional media brushes
  • More streamlined interface
  • Useful new colour tools

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Corel Painter 2020 offers a raft of new and updated painting features, as well as interface improvements. Headline updates include a performance optimisation options, a refined Brush Selector tool, and new colour selection tools. Corel’s flagship painting software is now in its 29th year, and its one-off price tag (£359.99, or £180 to upgrade a previous version) will appeal to artists who want to avoid going down the subscription software route.

But does how does this software stack up in our ranking of the best digital art software? In this Corel Painter 2020 review, we take a closer look at the updates, and whether they make this tool a worthwhile investment.

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The Verdict
4

out of 10

Corel Painter 2020 review

Corel Painter 2020 takes a three-pronged approach: it tackles how you paint, how you control the software, and how to get the best performance from your hardware setup. The result is the slickest version of Painter to date.

Harvey Bunda is Gunship Revolution’s creative director. He’s also been a freelance artist for more than a decade.