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Corel Painter IX

Natural media painting and 2D animation suite
New creative tools
The new performance and workflow enhancements are enough to justify an upgrade. But Painter IX also includes some new creative tools that are just fantastic. Chief among these is the new Artist's Oils category of brushes. What you may be thinking is that this is just another variation on the is that were already in Painter. But they're more than that. Artist's Oils brushes include a whole wealth of new parameters and behaviors, as well as some additional functionality in the Mixer palette.

On the surface, Artist's Oils do behave just like any other standard (non-liquid) brush. However, in the Mixer palette, you can sample multiple colors and apply them in a single stroke, as if you'd dipped your brush into multiple paints. This is accomplished through a new Sample Multiple tool in the Mixer's toolset. To use it, simply mouse over the Mixer and drag the sampler over the colors you want to use.

When you paint, the colors you sample are spread out over the diameter of the brush.

In addition, Artist's Oils simulate paint thickness for a finite amount of paint on the brush. The brushes lose paint through viscosity as you draw your stroke and can also pick up paint that's already on the canvas based on your wetness settings. As you continue to draw your stroke, anytime you overlap existing paint on the canvas, the brush will pick up that paint so that you can spread it around further. It also detects the thickness of the paint on the canvas so that when you plow through a chunky clump of paint, you'll pick up more than when you brush over a drier portion of the canvas. It's difficult to explain to someone who hasn't experienced it, so take a look at the movie below. I'm starting with a streak of paint, thicker on the left. Then I'll stroke my Artist's Oil brush through it to demonstrate how the paint is picked up according to its thickness. (See how it spreads more paint on the left because there's more paint to pick up.)

That's pretty boss.

These new brushes also have a "Dirty Mode," which allows them to pick up paint from the canvas and blend it in with the paint that's already on the brush. This not only blends the existing colors, but can also allow you to dab your brush to collect different colors on different portions of the bristles. (If you run your brush through a red patch and a yellow patch, the next time you make a stroke, you'll paint with half blue and half yellow, plus whatever color is left over from your original color selection.) Again, it's hard to explain without experiencing it.

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