Corel Painter

Version2021(as of 11/12/2020)
PlatformsWindows, Mac
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Rating:1.8  |  108 Votes

Main Features

  • Realistic digital art painting
  • Hundreds of built-in brushes, canvases, and drawing tools
  • Particle brushes, each with their own behaviors that produce beautiful results
  • Hard Media controls for custom surface texturing
  • Color management and customization tools
  • Integration with Wacom Cintiq and Intuos, as well as iPad
  • Video tutorials available in the Discovery Center

Software Overview

Screenshot of Corel Painter 2021
Screenshot of Corel Painter 2021

Corel Painter is a digital art studio that allows both novices and professionals to create realistic digital paintings. The program includes several types of brushes, canvases, and drawing tools, as well as layer-based editing. It also integrates with several industry-standard pen displays and drawing tablets, allowing painters using both macOS and Windows to create and share digital art.

Painter includes an array of digital art tools that enhance the creative process, such as airbrushes, chalk, crayons, oil brushes, sponges, watercolors, and others. Users can select a stroke type for each drawing tool, allowing different styles to be applied to the canvas. Painter provides physics-inspired Particle brushes that allow artists to delve further into their creative vision. These brushes come in three types (Gravity, Flow, and Springs) with their own behaviors for wild and imaginative results. Artists can also select different canvas types, such as realistic-looking paper material, and customize their painting surface using Hard Media controls.

Corel Painter integrates with state-of-the-art digital freehand drawing devices, including Wacom's Cintiq interactive pen displays and Intuos drawing tablets. Mac-based artists can even use Sidecar to load Core Painter on their iPad, allowing them to draw with the Apple Pencil. These input devices provide a realistic and fluid painting experience when creating digital artwork. Artists can also experiment with color theory using mixing surfaces and color wheels.


Painter is used in professional art studios, as well as by art students in educational training environments. Amateur artists also use Painter to create digital artwork and add artistic effects to digital photos. In short, Painter is a great tool for those who are looking to create digital artwork while maintaining the look and feel of traditional media.

Primary File Type

rif icon.RIFPainter Raster Image File

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.RIFPainter Raster Image File
.BMPBitmap Image
.BRUSHCATEGORYPainter Brush Category File
.BRUSHLIBRARYPainter Brush Library
.BRUSHVARIANTPainter Brush Variant File
.EPSEncapsulated PostScript File
.FLOWMAPLIBRARYPainter Flowmap Library
.FRMPainter Frame Stack File
.GIFGraphical Interchange Format File
.GRADIENTLIBRARYPainter Gradient Library
.IMAGEPORTFOLIOLIBRARYPainter Image Portfolio Library
.LIGHTINGLIBRARYPainter Lighting Presets Library
.LOOKLIBRARYPainter Looks Library
.MSWPainter Color Mixer Swatches File
.MXSPainter Color Mixer Pad File
.NOZZLELIBRARYPainter Nozzle Library
.PALPainter Custom Palettes File
.PAPERLIBRARYPainter Paper Library
.PAPERSPainter Paper Texture File
.PATTERNLIBRARYPainter Pattern Library
.PCXPaintbrush Bitmap Image File
.PNGPortable Network Graphic
.PSDAdobe Photoshop Document
.PSPBRUSHPaintShop Pro Brush File
.PSPIMAGEPaintShop Pro Image
.PWSPainter Workspace File
.RIFFPainter Raster Image
.SCRIPTLIBRARYPainter Script Library
.SELECTIONPORTFOLIOLIBRARYPainter Selection Portfolio Library
.TGATarga Graphic
.TIFTagged Image File
.WEAVELIBRARYPainter Weave Library

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.AIAdobe Illustrator File
.AVIAudio Video Interleave File
.EPSFEncapsulated PostScript Format File
.GRADIENTSPainter Gradation Library
.MOVApple QuickTime Movie
.PAPCorel Painter Paper Texture
.PATTERNSPainter Pattern Library
.TIFFTagged Image File Format
.VDATarga Bitmap Image File
.VSTTarga Bitmap Image
Updated 11/12/2020