We've talked lots about our favourite mobile apps for artists and designers that like to work on the move, but here we're taking a look at our favourite Mac and PC painting software for artists, as used by professionals. There are lots of software options out there, but which are the best for digital painting? Here are six of our favourite painting applications for artists.

Best painting software: Adobe Photoshop

Let's start with one you've probably all heard of and that's Adobe Photoshop. Creatives from a huge number of different disciplines, including artists looking to paint on a digital canvas, use Photoshop to help them achieve great results.

With Photoshop, you'll get access to thousands of brushes that you can add to by downloading more or creating your own, and it's constantly being updated thanks to Adobe's Creative Cloud subscription model.

The company is set to host its Adobe Max conference next week to introduce new tools and improvements that could benefit artists.

One downfall of Photoshop for digital painting is its lack of texture and realism – it's tricky to make your work look as though it was created using traditional paints and canvas (although there are plugins available that'll help, as we discuss later in this article). Read on to find out about some more natural media painting software used by professional artists.

Adobe Photoshop CC is available from Adobe's website for as little as £8.57 per month incl VAT, and there's a 30-day free trial available, too. See all of the plans here.  

Right: A digital painting created in Photoshop by artist Takumer Homma for a Digital Arts tutorial that you can read by clicking here.

You might also like: 70 best Photoshop tutorials

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