• Price When Reviewed: 230 . 119

  • Pros: Faster and produces more realistic work than previous editions.

  • Cons: Steep learning curve for new users.

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Painter 11 includes a new colour management system. Located under the Canvas menu are a series of new options that allow for fine-grained control the colour profiles in both new and existing files. The key benefit here is keeping consistent colour in an image workflow as it is passed from Painter to Photoshop or back again.

Colour profile recognition is improved in both imported and scanned images and users can save individual colour profiles for every document in a range of formats includein RIF, PSD, TIF and JPEG. PNG support has been added with Internet use in mind.

Another new feature is Marker Build-up. The new marker variants let users control colour density. As with real markers, the initial stroke produces an even distribution of colour. As additional strokes are applied, the colour begins to build and darken.

You can create a mess in seconds or add depth to your sketches – it all depends on skill, something that Painter certainly requires. Despite being a digital recreation of natural media, Painter does require draughting ability to get results.

Painter can be controlled with a mouse, of course, but as a professional application it really comes into its own when using a graphics tablet. Recognizing this, Corel has added a Tilt and Velocity recognition features that supports pro tablets such as the Wacom Intuos range.

Tilt Recognition does exactly what it sounds like, bringing realism to the drawing and painting process. By tilting the tablet, users can move the tablet to adjust the brush angle and thicken or narrow the stroke. Velocity recognition can be controlled in the Brush Creator menu to produce variations in stroke width and opacity according to speed. It has to be said, Tilt recognition alone is superb – a more than worthwhile addition to the application.