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    Yes they're saved as Riff. Gimp or Artweaver are the two I always use. They're both free, but I prefer Artweaver because its a little more like a lite Photoshop/Painter hybrid.
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    I always worked in psd format in Painter 11. If there was a crash the file was saved as a riff and usually could not be opened. Simply changing the file extension from .riff to .psd allowed me to open it up immediately in Painter. No need for another program.
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    I used to work in psd mode, but I read in a painter tutorial on the corel site that the riff format works much smoother. I personally noticed a big difference. Now I can work with a lot larger canvases and almost no lag (I've tried as high as 10,000px x 10,000px @300ppi).

    Now it only crashes when I accidently change my brush varient with the pen... I Hate that, might have to change my button configurations. Anyone else have this problem?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shorinji_Knight View Post
    I used to work in psd mode, but I read in a painter tutorial on the corel site that the riff format works much smoother. I personally noticed a big difference. Now I can work with a lot larger canvases and almost no lag (I've tried as high as 10,000px x 10,000px @300ppi).
    You must be extremely lucky in that case.
    I sometimes go as big as 12 k pixels wide on 16:9 documents, and in every case, RIFF files were slower to work with in any version of painter I've used (that would be 6, IX, X, 11 and 12, both win and mac for IX - 12;
    I still use 6 and IX, and only use RIFF to save wet watercolour image data;
    once I don't need it, I immediately save as psd.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ikken View Post
    You must be extremely lucky in that case.
    I sometimes go as big as 12 k pixels wide on 16:9 documents, and in every case, RIFF files were slower to work with in any version of painter I've used (that would be 6, IX, X, 11 and 12, both win and mac for IX - 12;
    I still use 6 and IX, and only use RIFF to save wet watercolour image data;
    once I don't need it, I immediately save as psd.)
    That's interesting... I wonder if that could be because we're using different brushes? Maybe some formats work better with certain brushes. Don't know, riff just works better for me, but then I never use wet layers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shorinji_Knight View Post
    That's interesting... I wonder if that could be because we're using different brushes? Maybe some formats work better with certain brushes. Don't know, riff just works better for me, but then I never use wet layers.
    I only use wet layers through let's call it an underpainting stage of work; rest of my work is done with palette knives, artists oils, camelhairs and sometimes oil pastel-type of brushes, all pretty basic - no impasto, no liquid ink layers, digital watercolour dried up. RIFF always takes longer to open and compress, and general performance is noticeably lower.
    One thing with painter I've noticed through past few years (on 3 or 4 various PC/laptop builds, windows xp, vista and a bit of win7) is that painter can be incredibly hardware dependent. It doesn't have any official hware recommendations, however, on some systems it will crash constantly and overall be a terrible laggy program; on others it works dramatically better (my best experience with painter X for example was on a toshiba cosmio (qosmio?) laptop with windows xp sp2 and only 2 GB of ram.
    Your system may be one of those lucky ones :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ikken View Post
    Your system may be one of those lucky ones
    You're probably right... I hope my luck holds out.
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    Wow I still work in ix.5 on a single core mac and never crash, and experience none of these mishaps you guys are speaking of. Thank you because I was thinking of upgrading and really stumbled on this thread by accident! FYI, in that vid I think that cat is using Rob's basic brush. With that said I think he has it tweaked a bit but with a bit of trial and error it should be easy to replicate-besides I agree with one of the previous posts that you can't just use someone's brush like they do you have to tweak them all to fit your stroke and style-over the years I've tried and have never found a brush that I didn't have to modify in some way. If you check out Jared Hodges book digital manga workshop he describes multiple ways to color manga style work like that in both painter and PS. I use both but painter like 80% of the time. I really only use PS to photo bash anymore. Best of Luck.
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    You know there is a 30 day fully functioning trial you can use and see for yourself. Unless we are saying the product is going to cause your computer to stop functioning, it doesn't hurt to try it yourself. That way you actually have first hand knowledge of its usefulness.
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