By Caroline Moore

Corel ParticleShop allows users access to some of Corel Painter’s impressive brush technology with Photoshop and Lightroom – and a new version has just been released with 11 entirely new brushes available in the Core Pack, and six new brush packs. 

The brushes that take advantage of Particle, Dynamic Speckle and F-X effects – technology that previously hasn’t been available outside Corel Painter. No software upgrade is required; simply use ParticleShop alongside the software you currently own.

Users are expected to be able to achieve more natural, hand-painted effects with thick pronounced strokes, smears and pointillist looks that distribute colour within the speckles. 

Use one brush to create photo-realistic effects, and grab another to experiment with brush stroke size and characteristics with the new ParticleShop Core Pack, which includes the 11 new brushes free for current registered users. The new brushes include the Art Brush, Billowing, Blendy, Crawler, Expression, Gesture, Grunger, Heat Trail, Ionized,Natural and Textural.

Particle brushes are easy to use with a pressure sensitive tablet, touchscreen or mouse and allow artistic enhancement photos, designs and illustrations. 

Users can also choose from six new brush packs: Impression Pack, Blenders Pack, Expressive Pack, Grunge Pack, Nature Pack and the Creepers Pack.

These will join existing brush packs such as Winter, Atmosphere, Fantasy and Wedding, which will currently cost you £24.95 each. ParticleShop now gives users access to more than 350 unique brushes. 

ParticleShop is a plugin compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom, CorelDRAW Graphics Suit, TechnicalSuite, Corel PaintShop Pro and Corel AfterShot Pro.

The ParticleShop Core Pack will cost new users £39.95/ US$49.99. Additional brush packs may be purchased online or in-app.

Check out our feature on the best Adobe plugins for Photoshop and Lightroom, and our Corel Painter 2017 review by Tom Bagshaw.