Corel Painter Essentials
|Stable release||4 / 2007|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X|
|Type||Raster graphics editor|
|Website||Corel Painter Essentials Website|
Painter Essentials provides two workspaces that can be switched between at any time.
The Drawing and Painting workspace is used for doodling, sketching or painting from scratch.
The Photo Painting workspace is used for creating a painting from a photograph. In this workspace, a variety of styles of paintings can be created from a photo in a single click. Alternatively, one can paint by hand with the program automatically choosing colors from the corresponding location in the original photo.
Painter Essentials provides a variety of brushes and media including oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, and ink wash paints, together with pencils, pens, charcoal, pastels, chalks and a variety of blenders. A variety of paper textures or canvases can be chosen for use in conjunction with any of these media.
The page can be freely rotated while drawing or painting, as one would do when using a traditional piece of paper.
The program includes a set of tutorial videos by John Derry. These teach the viewer various techniques from automatically creating a painting from a photo, to introducing some touch-up by hand, to creating a cartoon, drawing or painting from scratch. Sample files are provided to allow one to follow along while watching the videos. The accompanying manual provides the same tutorials in written form, plus reference material and an art tips section.
Relation to Corel Painter
Corel Painter Essentials is a hobbyist version of Corel's Painter line of software. Painter Essentials is used by art and photography hobbyists, while Corel Painter X is used by commercial designers, entertainment artists, professional photographers and fine artists.
Painter Essentials provides many of the same core features and capabilities as Painter X. However, in addition to the features of Painter Essentials, Painter X allows more customization of the user interface and brushes, and provides over 800 brush tools as compared to approximately 90 brushes in Painter Essentials.
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