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    Painter X Has Landed!

    I have some exciting news on the Painter front:

    Painter has reached ten—version 10, that is. Officially known as Corel Painter X, this edition continues to innovate with ground-breaking features. I’ve always enjoyed the point in software development when all of the elements—the features, packaging, advertising layouts, and all of the associated details—finally come together. What was several related concepts congeals —the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Painter X is such a release. Painter was founded on the principle of faithfully capturing the artist’s gesture for the purpose of creative expression. Painter X is no exception to the rule.

    Painter X Has Landed!

    The new RealBristle Painting System represents a significant evolution in digital paint tools. RealBristle brushes deftly respond to the subtle nuances of the hand, translating this motion into strokes imbued with complex expression. The result are the most realistic digital brush strokes ever seen. Add a Wacom 6D Pen and the results are further enhanced.

    Painter began its life primarily known a start-with-a-blank-canvas artist’s tool. In the intervening years, digital technology has engulfed traditional film-based cameras. The digital camera is now ubiquitous to the point of being an accessory on mobile phones. Likewise, Painter has become an accessory to digital cameras. With these two mediums converged, you can now easily dip your paintbrush into a photograph.


    Painter X Has Landed!
    Original Photograph ©Dustine Wallace

    Painter X Has Landed!
    Auto-painting using Smart Strokes


    Using a photograph as a source image, the enhanced Photo Painting System produces convincing hand-painted results with a single mouse click. This feat is made possible by the Smart Stroke Painting option. Initially analyzing the source image’s content, Smart Strokes dynamically change brush size, stroke length, and pressure based on the detail and focal areas of the original photo. Strokes intelligently follow the forms of the original subject matter. All of this translates into an amazing breakthrough enabling the drawing-challenged to produce remarkable finished art. Smart Stroke Painting is going to be an out-of-the-park homerun for photographers!

    Painter X Has Landed!
    100% Detail


    In the past, an artist had to pre-mix his color palette to match the painting’s subject matter. Both Painter X’s Match Palette effect and Color Schemes (Underpainting palette) provide the ability to apply another image’s color palette to an existing image. The effect can be deftly subtle—matching the color and tonality of one photograph to another, for example. Or creatively dramatic—applying the palette of Picasso’s Three Musicians to a painting in progress, for example. Try that with traditional tools!

    Every time new features are added to Painter, its interface grows. Users, take heart! The new Workspace Manager provides a complete solution for organizing and saving palette, brush, and library visibility. For example, you can now decide which variants you want accessible in each Brush Category, turning off the unused ones in the Workspace Manager (you can turn them back on at any time). Multiple Workspaces can be saved for streamlined workflow depending on the task at hand.

    More importantly, saved Workspaces are encapsulated into a single portable file that is easily shared with others—perfect for placing one Workspace with its brushes into many hands. Speaking as an educator, this feature alone makes Painter X worth its weight in gold for teaching workshops.

    Both Windows and Mac users have cause for celebration. On the Windows front, Painter X is compatible with Windows Vista™. And on the Mac, Painter is now a Universal Binary, enabling it to run natively on both Intel- and PowerPC-based systems.

    Beyond the big features, it is the attention to small details that makes Painter X shine. An Auto-Backup feature, session-independent Color Management, Tracker settings that stay put. Little things, but they add up.

    I advise you to now get yourself into a seated position. The printed User Guide has returned! What’s next…a paint can? That’s right, Painter X acknowledges its roots through the offer of a limited edition one-gallon paint can. Both the retail packaging and limited edition include an updated Welcome book showcasing Painter art, poster, and a cool compositional aid.


    Painter X Has Landed!
    Corel Painter X Limited Edition paint can


    It may sound cliché, but this is the best version of Painter ever. Corel has paid a great deal of attention to user requests, as well as the small details that add up to a well-oiled creative expressive machine. Painter’s not getting older—it’s getting better!

    Download the free Corel PainterX trial here.

    Looking for the best-of-breed in visually expressive software? X marks the spot!

    Viva la Painter X!

    -john
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    Congratulations on the release. The new brushes are a lot of fun and the composition tools are really amazing.
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    Hi Folks,

    As you can see from John's images, artwork by ConceptArt.org's co-founder Andrew Jones was selected for the cover of the Corel Painter X box. John also mentioned that Painter was founded on the notion of faithfully capturing the artist's gesture for the purpose of creative expression - something that Andrew's painting clearly demonstrates!

    The creative endeavors of Andrew Jones have no doubt inspired each and every one of us here at ConceptArt.org and we are honored to be able to share his art with Painter Artists all over the world.

    For those of you who attended Andrew's session on composition at the Prague Workshop, it might be interesting for you to know that it was there that the birth of the new composition tools began!

    Finally, John Derry's post included an image of the Limited Edition Painter Can. The art that graces its cover belongs to Phil Straub, another great inspiration for us!

    On the reverse side of both the box and the Limited Edition Painter Can, you'll find art by small selection of the great modern masters including Ryan Church, Dan Milligan, Cher Threinen-Pendarvis, Gitanjali Rao, Jeremy Sutton, Erik Holmen, Greg Banning, Daniel Conway and Heather Michelle Bjoershol. Every one of them are talented beyond imagination, not to mention incredible people to work with.

    I hope you all enjoy the cool new stuff and all of the great improvements that came directly from the Painter community!

    Happy Painting!

    Rick Champagne
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    Thumbs down

    -Still the same dreadful interface?

    -Now that the 9 finger hand is gone we get an Adobe Photoshop CS logo rip-off.

    -The black triangle still missing the white dot indicating the brush tip, it was present in Painter 6 but Corel remove it.

    -(Digital) Watercolor still has the hue bug I guess Corel gave up on this engine since there's no change for the good or for the worse.

    -Still no anti-aliasing rotation and zoom but doesn't seem that bad in Painter X, not as good as Photoshop or SAI but a major improvement compared to earlier versions and is very much usable.

    -The realbristle brush is pretty nice and it may very be the only reason anyone would want to upgrade.

    -The software is still very buggy and unpractical.

    It may sound cliché, but this is the best version of Painter ever. Corel has paid a great deal of attention to user requests, as well as the small details that add up to a well-oiled creative expressive machine. Painter’s not getting older—it’s getting better!
    No it's not the best Painter ever, the best is still Painter 6(.01) and no Corel does not listen to user requests if they did we wouldn't have the same interface, I've seen freeware programs with better UI than Corel Painter (7 thru 10) Painter 6 had the perfect interface just needs a little update.

    This release is more Painter IX.6 than X.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Portus
    -The software is still very buggy and unpractical.
    Well, I don't know if I'd go that far, but the Mac version crashed on me twice right away.

    Is this thing tied to a specific hardware ID? I almost bought it today from within the demo and some number popped up and I immediatly questioned whether this was the machine I ultimatly want the software to reside on. If it's a HW lock, I want to know before I buy it.

    I could just buy the DVD version too and wait for it to arrive. That will give me time to consider my portable machine so I can take it home or my Mac Pro solely for while at work.
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    I purchased painter 9.5 as a christmas present to myself. And now they launch 10. I would have waited a 40 days if I would have known Anyone know if they will spot upgrades to people who have owned the software less then 2 months?

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    I'm loving it so far. Can't wait to buy it. There is still a few minor bugs, but I'm guessing they'll release a quick fix patch soonish ? Hasn't crashed on me or anything though.

    Back to painting.

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    hmm... the brushes aren't quite that fast. And I don't understand how I'm supposed to control the angle of those flat real bristle brushes.
    But other than that it looks nice. I don't think I will upgrade though unless those realbristles prove as a valuable paintingtool.
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    Universal binary finally. Now where's my credit card? Nice work folks.

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    <start rant>

    So I spoke with corel support. If you purchased the software within 30 days they will spot you the upgrade. But as I purchased 39 days ago...too bad. This is extremely lame. If I would have known that the new version was hitting shelves so soon I would have waited. Some product development updates would be nice. The customer rep on the phone said that they usually don't even know till the software is released. Said I can purchase for upgrade price which means I would have dropped almost $700 in the just over a month for software that costs $430 new. Crappy crappy deal.

    Atleast Adobe releases beta's and gives time tables for when they think software will be released.

    </end rant>

    *edit UPDATE*

    Called Corel today still annoyed and unsatisfied about the situation. They offered me a "tech" upgrade for $50. They said I can not have the manuel but they will provide me one on disc. Seemed absurd but I took the offer. Should have my new Painter in a week or so.
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    - Mixer palette still isn't resizeable (and don't tell me it is impossible to implement),

    - Why no linux version? Mac OS X is unix-based, so it's not so hard to port it to linux.

    - All that photo --> painting tools... we can transform photo into painting and call it art. Great.

    RealBristle and Workspace Manager are cool features, but in my opinion it's not enough for new version. Maybe for IX.6, but not for X. I'll stay with IX.5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by koala.one
    I'm loving it so far. Can't wait to buy it. There is still a few minor bugs, but I'm guessing they'll release a quick fix patch soonish ? Hasn't crashed on me or anything though.

    Back to painting.
    Sure but that makes us all beta testers don't it? But then Corel has done that in the past. Do service bureaus still charge extra for CorelDraw files?
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    Bleh, all software has bugs.

    But I'll probably wait till X.5 hits, as I'm still learning 9.5

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    So I DL'd and played with it.

    Wow, it is faster. Working on large canvases with reasonable brush sizes was problematic for any of the brushes that used rendered features. Definitely faster.

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    Linux...

    Quote Originally Posted by aspenboy
    Why no linux version? Mac OS X is unix-based, so it's not so hard to port it to linux.
    With all due respect, you don't know what you are talking about. Yes, MacOSX is Unix-based, and Linux is a "Unix-like" OS. But Linux has no Graphical User Interface. You have to use Gnome or KDE or something like that. And let me tell you, the way you program for those GUIs is very, very different than what you do for MacOSX and Windows. It would be a completely new program.

    Have you even seen one program that supports the Wacom tablet in Linux? (I'm curious, I don't actually know the answer...)

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