COMPANY: Corel | URL: (See Buy link below) | TYPE: Standalone | PLATFORM: Mac, Windows | PRICE: $399; $199 upgrade
Expand your creativity with Corel Painter 11, the most inventive digital painting software on the market. By adding Painter to your workflow, you gain a full art studio that gives you the tools to create unprecedented artwork. Digital art tools let you experiment with color theory, composition and brush strokes, without the toxins, mess and expenses associated with traditional art.

Support for the entire Wacom® product line, including industry-leading Cintiq® interactive pen displays and Intuos® drawing tablets, gives you the most responsive digital painting experience so your hand and brush work fluidly as one. Customizable paper textures give your art added artistic undertones, plus a level of texture and detail that no other digital painting or photo-painting tools can produce. Painter is changing what's possible in art. Now it's your turn.


Painter 11 offers a broad range of digital painting, photo-painting and drawing tools that enhance your creativity, expand your digital darkroom, support unlimited experimentation and help you work faster.

Enhance the Creative Process

New! Hard Media Controls
Create your own hard media variants, or choose from new hard media variants in the Brush Library, so you have more creative control over your media. Customizable profiles, dab sizes, transitions and stroke width previews let you play around to create the exact look you want.

New! RealBristle™ Dry Media
Marker, pen, pencil and chalk media reproduce the look and feel of their real-life counterparts in a way that no other software can!

Marker: Intensify color with each new marker stroke so you can color in one continuous shade or create a buildup of color

Pen: Choose to create fine pen strokes, or thick strokes and ink deposits, by changing the velocity of your stroke. The faster you go, the thinner the line; the slower you go, the thicker the line

Pencil & Chalk: Control shading by changing the angle of your stylus on the drawing tablet. Choose whether to draw with the tip or shade with the side of the nib-just like in real life

Enhanced! Selection Tools
A new Polygonal mode for the Lasso tool, plus overall improvements to marquee tools and the Magic Wand, let you make more nimble selections the first time around.

Enhanced! Wacom® Support
Support for the entire Wacom product line, including Cintiq® interactive pen displays and Intuos® pen tablets, gives you most responsive digital painting software and the best digital art experience.

RealBristle™ Painting System
Replicate the sensation and interaction between traditional paint and canvas with your pen and tablet. This represents a major milestone for digital painting by making brushes totally responsive to your hand and canvas, creating the most realistic painting experience.

Customizable Brushes
Create your own brushes in the type, size or pattern of your choice, so you can make custom brush strokes and create artwork that is truly unique.

Go Beyond the Digital Darkroom

New! Color Management
Create better color matches with new individual color profiles for every document and improved color recognition for files imported from Adobe Photoshop®. This enhances your workflow because you save time by having fewer color corrections to make.

Enhanced! Adobe Photoshop® Support
Maintain colors and layers when transferring files between Photoshop and Painter. This saves time when importing and exporting artwork between the two programs, because corrections are less necessary.

Photo-painting Tools
Transform photos into paintings by hand, or let SmartStroke™ brush technology in the Auto-Painting Palette paint a photo for you. It follows the lines and contours in the picture just like a real artist would. This lets you take the best of both worlds—photography and painting—to create new forms of art.

Customizable Surface Texturing
Give your art added artistic undertones, plus a level of texture and detail that no other digital painting software and photo-painting tools can produce. You can choose paper textures for your canvas, or create and customize your own textures to produce really unique artwork.

Learn from Unlimited Experimentation

Enhanced! Mixer Palette & Swatches
Extra mixer swatches appear when you enlarge the newly resizable Mixer Palette. Increase the size of the Palette to put more colors at your disposal and have a clearer view of your chosen color. Reduce the size when you no longer need to mix colors so the Palette takes up less space on screen.

Smart Composition Tools
Divine Proportion and the Rule of Thirds and Fifths help you visually arrange your canvas before sketching or painting to create perfect compositions.

Flexible Digital Art Tools
Experiment with color theory, composition and brush strokes to your heart's content, and produce exciting results-without the toxins, mess and expenses associated with traditional art.

Universal Mixer Palette
For multicolor selection, this palette gives you better control over color blending between the Mixer palette and the canvas, so your colors are more precise.

Underpainting Palette
This palette includes color schemes based on various artistic styles, such as Impressionist, Classical, Modern, Watercolor, Sketchbook and Chalk Drawing, so you can create art like your favorite muses. You can also match your Underpainting Palette to that of any open image for consistency.

Match Palette Effect
Match the color and intensity between 2 images. Just open an image that features your desired color scheme and use the Match Palette effect to bring that color to the image you want to change.

Increased Speed & Stability

Enhanced! Performance
Painter 11 is optimized to provide artists with the fastest version of Painter ever. Depending on system hardware, brushes perform up to 30% faster, creating a more true-to-life painting speed.

New! Transformation Capabilities
Switch between different Transform modes from one centralized tool, and choose whether to transform the complete contents of a layer, or selected content, for greater speed, flexibility and precision.

New! Resizable Color Palette
Adjust colors manually with sliders on the Color Palette. Enlarge the Color Palette up to 800 pixels for a clearer view of your selected color. You can now also fine-tune the color wheel with your arrow keys so it takes less time to find the perfect color.

New! Color Management Interface
The fresh and simplified interface makes it easier to control color profiles when creating new files, or when opening Painter and other file types.

Windows Vista® Support
Painter 11 supports the latest operating system from Microsoft®.

Mac OS® Support
Painter 11 supports the latest operating system 10.5 from Apple.

Multiple Platform Support
Painter 11 includes both Mac OS and Windows® versions on the same CD.
Above left: Bouquet artwork by Jill Balsam. Above: Beach scene by Sam Gray. Peony by NA Goodman. Paint brushes (detail) by Pam Brodersen.
Painter training resources: Portrait Magic