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    I tried the demo and wasn't blown away enough to upgrade from 7.
    In my opinion they ignored several key problems.

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    Actually, let me re-phrase that.
    I wasn't blown away AT ALL.

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    actually, its not a bad program.
    if you have painter 7, you won't need upgrading since a lot of the painteresque workflow has changed.
    the new guy at corel was quite positive about changing a lot of these issues with a patch.

    the digital watercolor sure is a great tool, as it works more like painter 6 watercolor and not like p7 watercolor. so its actually useable for digital illustration and not only showcasing stuff.

    the new layer and mask management is nice, if you need it.

    a huge contra is the hassle with the new brush selector tool and the brush creator tool (that you need to open up for next to every relevant changein a brush).
    both of these issues, along with the re-implementation of custom palettes were issues i talked with rick champagne of corel about and he said that these were themain issues people are complaining about and that they will adress them.

    another thing about th ebrushes: most of them are working quite well, but i needed a huge cleanup to feel good with it.
    most brushes come in various sizes, i.e.: not only a oils detail brush but an oils detail size 5 brush, an oils detail size 10 brush and an oils detail size 15 brush.
    for something you can change with a shortcut and a mouse drag, this is a bit overdone, imho, so i took a bit of time and deleted all of the double and triple variants.

    if you don't own any painter version right now, this is a good time to get into it, since their marketing strategy is offensive to say the least never saw a top notch product for that low price.
    with the promised issue adressings, p8 could be THE breaker.

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    in my eyes painter8 looks alittle nicer and has more brush options... that's it, it has other things like the mixing pallete and what not, but i've never once used it.

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    There is at least one major difference...brush smoothing. Painter 8 has a much smoother quick stroke. Check out this other thread which discusses the issue further:

    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...threadid=10359

    Both Photoshop 7 and Painter 8 are very capable in this realm, while their immediate predecessors seemingly are not.

    This is a very important difference for me.

    "I think a mistake a lot of us make is thinking the state-appointed shrink is our friend..."
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