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    I say both. They complement each other well. If it's a matter of finance you can always pair.

    Painter Essentials + Photoshop
    Painter + GIMP
    Photoshop Elements + Painter etc

    Painter despite all it's issues is still a great piece of software. I have tried many times to do without it but what keeps me coming back is:

    -The ability to realistically mix colors in the Mixer palette.
    -The ability to calibrate brushes to my pressure and speed.
    -A few brushes i could replicate in PS but would have a hard time doing.
    -Image hose.

    Photoshop CS6 is the greatest version of Photoshop yet (PS7 fans i'm not trolling ).A few features have even been borrowed from Painter.

    But at the end of the day when it comes down to simulating traditional painting on the computer Corel seems to hold a few valuable cards.

    I wouldn't use Painter in a production environment though, it's way too unstable to bet thousands or millions of dollars on (there are a few of my fav artists who do however: Michael Kutsche, Ryan Church).

    Now, if Adobe had implemented the Moxi Paint engine however...
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    I also use mostly PS, and I know it better than painter because of daily usage.

    I like painter feeling when painting, but in the end I get not enough control over strokes, and I feel I don't get perfect control in PS neither (if I work with a pencil I'm much more precise, maybe a Cintiq would cahnge things, but I don't have the money for that at the moment ), but PS make me feel more control.
    Dunno why, I think the problem is the "pressure calibration" in painter: I don't wanna to calibrate EVERY brush I use, and also I can draw 10 different lines in the calibrator and it always get very different results, so it couldn't be affidable!
    In PS, once I've found the right pressure calibration in WACOM PREFERENCES, I don't have to calibrate anything.

    Surely, I miss the image hoser from painter, and some of the traditional media, but I can simulate almost all (except the hoser) in ps with the new "wet" painting brushes.

    Just wish PS to put up a hoser for his standard brush menu: would be great to change the tip of the brushstrokes dinamycally as we can now change the other settings, that would made for REALLY interesting texturizing brushes, and other graphical uses.

    Anyway I think one can do a very good job with both softwares, it probably depends on what you used most and what you liked most.
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