Excerpt: The world of digital painting tends to be split between those in the Photoshop camp and those who prefer real natural media effects and use Painter . With version 12 Corel continued the evolution of the produce that started when the company acquired it, adding yet more features, but trying to rope it all in and tidy up the interface.
New watercolour flowmaps make the painted results even more natural looking, the rest of the brush types and materials are miles ahead of those in Photoshop
Steep learning curve, unintuitive interface, some painting effects have to be calculated making it much slower to paint with than Photoshop, too many different brush technologies
Excerpt: Long-favoured by digital artists with a penchant for realistic painterly (and other natural media) techniques, the burning question is does this latest iteration represent a good enough reason for existing users to upgrade, and will the improved features encourage new users to incorporate Painter into their creative workflow?
Pros: Improved Photoshop-style interface; enhanced workflow and shortcuts to key tools; brushes can be adjusted more efficiently
Cons: Performance has been improved but some functions still feel on the slow side; still a lot for new users to take in