Corel Painter 2015 is here – and it’s arrived accompanied by the first ever tablet version of the popular professional digital painting application.

Corel Painter 2015 is an upgrade from Corel Painter X3, and the company says that the new numbering has been chosen as it’s moving to a yearly upgrade cycle.

New in Painter 2015 are improved performance and stability, particle brushes, jitter smoothing and better support for tablet computers – including a new interface and specific support for Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3.

The Mac version of Corel Painter 2015 is now 64-bit (the previous Windows version was 64-bit), and Corel says that this is the most stable and fastest version of Painter ever. The application is notoriously power-hungry – as it’s attempting to replicate real-world media – and prone to occasional crashes when overloaded – but Corel says that Painter 2015 is on average 40 per cent faster and brushes are up to six times faster.

Artists using Painter 2015 on a tablet computer such as Wacom’s Cintiq Companion or Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 can switch to a stripped back version of the application’s interface that’s designed to be easier to directly painted onto. The Windows upgrade also includes support for the RTS tablet/stylus technology used by the Surface Pro 3 - previously it only supported Wintab, as used by Wacom.

Painter 2015 can be ordered from today and will ship on August 26.

Read on to learn more about Corel Painter 2015’s new features and find out what’s in Corel Painter Mobile.