Price When Reviewed: 230 . 119
Pros: Faster and produces more realistic work than previous editions.
Cons: Steep learning curve for new users.
RealBristle, a feature added in Painter X, is still on hand to simulate the movement of an brush and its interaction with the painting surface and with the addition of Tilt and Velocity recognition the realism is increased. Unlike in the previous edition, RealBristle is now supported in hard tools such as chalks, rather than simulated paintbrushes only.
In addition to new features, Corel has loaded Painter 11 with significant improvements to existing features.
The Toolbar has seen some action too, with enhanced Marquee and Magic Wand selection tools and a new Polygonal selection tool. Additionally, all transformations – Move, Scale, Rotate, Skew, Distort, and Perspective Distort – are now located under the Transform tool. The broader user interface has had a general tidy-up too.
This new edition of Painter also delivers a speed boost. Not only does the reorganization and centralization of tools make the interface more efficient, the application itself is now faster. Still, some brushes aren't quite 'live', with a slight delay between drawing on the tablet and seeing the result on-screen.
Painter does everything is always did, does more and does it faster. In essence it is an incremental upgrade but not only is it the only truly professional option for natural media, it is enough of an upgrade to be a worthwhile purchase for users of Painter X. In short, Painter has not suffered in this latest upgrade and the new functionality and speed make it a worthy successor to Painter X.
All artworks created by Weiye Yin.