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Corel Painter 11

Update features lots of new painting tools By Kelley Kuhlman

Corel recently upgraded its popular, ultimate digital art studio to Painter 11. The upgrade is a substantial one; they have added new items and enhanced many others. We'll take a look at some of the new features that this essential painting tool now features.
 
Let's get right to the list:
 
Hard Media Controls
You can create your own hard media strokes, or you can choose from new hard media variants from the Brush Library.


Below you can see an example of the Hard Medial tip shapes and how each stroke is changed in appearance with just a tap of an icon. I set the paper selection to Hard Laid black paper. The first view is the default shape of The Hard Round Pastel on the textured paper.
 

Note in the remaining examples the name of the shape on the right - you are still looking at the Hard Round Pastel but each time the point is changed.

That is just the beginning. You can control the Angle, Squeeze, Stepping and Transition as well.
 


 
 The best part is that each brush can be pressure sensitive and they respond to the tilt of your stylus.
 
Here is the Brush Creator and examples of the Real Sharp Colored Pencil.  In Windows you can get to the Brush Creator by holding down CTRL B.


There are new Hard Media variants to choose from - they start with "Real" in the name like this:
 


 
 
RealBristle Dry Media Brushes
Marker, pen, pencil and chalk media are more realistically reproduced than in any other software.
Markers build up, just like a real marker:
 


When using the Real Variable Pen you can create fine, thick strokes or ink deposits, by either speeding up or slowing down the stroke.

I like that the ink is opaque; it works much like a gel pen. That way, I can paint with gouache and enhance with gel pen, just like I do in the "real" world of mixed media and paper. However, saturation can be changed to fit your style.
 


Color Management
You can create better color matches for your documents and improved color recognition for files imported from Adobe Photoshop.  Those choices are available under the Canvas Menu.
Plus the New Color Management Interface is simplified and makes it easier to control color profiles when creating new files, or when opening Painter and other types of files.
 

Transformation Capabilities
Switch between different Transform modes from one area. Plus, you can transform just the selected objects on a layer or the entire layer.
 


 


                                     
Resizable Color Palette
Adjust colors manually; enlarge the Palette up to 800 pixels.
 


 

These items have been enhanced:
 
Selection Tools
There is a new Polygon mode for the Lasso tool, and the Magic Wand tool allows you to make selections more precisely. You are able to convert your selection to a shape and even transform the selection before committing.


Wacom Support
There is support for all Wacom products. When Painter is used with a Wacom tablet you get a well rounded, responsive and more realistic painting experience. You are able to use a mouse with Painter but it is cumbersome and more difficult. The Wacom tablets are a perfect match.

Adobe Photoshop Support
Maintain colors and layers when transferring files between Photoshop and Painter.

Mixer Palette & Swatches
Sliders are present on the Color Palette; Mixer, Color Sets and Color Variability are also present so that everything is in one area. Plus, you can fine tune the Hue Ring with the arrow keys on your keyboard. 
 


  

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