The other day I was complaining to an artist friend of mine about how Corel Painter 11's more sophistocated brushes are 'just not quite there'. In particular I was finding that the Artists' Oils had an occasional lag and would jump unexpectedly when applying too many quick brush strokes.
He tended to agree and pointed out that some concept artists just use the most fundamental tools - such as Photoshop's default brushes. That there are lots of cool brushes around, but it's not the tool that will make you a good artist, rather how you use it. Sold on the 'simplicity' of SketchBook Pro, he suggested I should look at less complex brushes.
Now, upon installing SketchBook Pro this morning, I flicked through the Release Notes (as you do) and came across the most interesting "Known Issue":
Performance Issues on Vista
* There are Vista performance issues due to a conflict between SketchBook Pro and Vista’s Input Services. These services automatically start up whenever a tablet driver is installed and interacts with the tablet for hand writing recognition and more. The services affect performance, the mapping of stylus buttons, and more. For ideal performance when using SketchBook, Input Services should be disabled.
NOTE Once you restart your machine, Vista’s Input Services turn back on.
To disable Input Services:
1. Go to the Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools.
2. Double-click the Services shortcut to open the Services window, which lists all the services available through Vista.
3. Scroll down the list and right-click Tablet PC Input Service.
4. Select Stop from the menu provided. Input Services is now disabled and your Wacom driver takes over.
... OK. Yes, I'm running Vista x64 (no disrespect to Mac users). I have lots of RAM, Core 2 Quad, etc., in other words, sorry Corel, but I'm running a pretty decent machine. Since installing Vista I have also noticed Wacom's driver fighting with Vista's (stupid) Tablet PC Input Service tools. Where I can, I've turned it off. The above steps though seem to show where it's possible to disable the Tablet PC Input Services completely, so that my Wacom tablet has complete control (NOTE: Once you restart your machine, Vista’s Input Services turn back on.)
Guess what! Touch wood, but Corel Painter is now running smoothly on even the most sophisticated brushes. The reason for my post, I guess, is to share the experience and just put it out there. Secondly, though, has anyone else encountered this problem?
Yes, I'm going to give Painter a second chance. My mate is right about just focusing on core drawing and painting skills using simple brushes. Damn, though, Painter has some cool brushes, so if the "Tablet PC Input Services" is the problem, it would be nice to know. Thanks.