Corel Painter

Version2023(as of 7/13/2023)
PlatformsWindows, Mac
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Rating:2.0  |  125 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 to craft the color palette
  • Composition tools including a Layout Grid and Perspective Guides
  • Integration with Wacom Cintiq and Intuos, as well as iPad
  • Video tutorials available in the Discovery Center

Software Overview

Screenshot of Corel Painter 2023
Screenshot of Corel Painter 2023

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

Painter includes various digital art tools that enhance the creative process, such as airbrushes, chalk, crayons, oil brushes, sponges, watercolors, etc. Users can select a stroke type for each drawing tool, allowing them to apply different styles to the canvas. Painter provides physics-inspired Particle brushes that enable artists to delve further into their creative vision. These brushes come in three types (Gravity, Flow, and Springs) with their 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 digital freehand drawing devices, including Wacom's Cintiq interactive pen displays and Intuos drawing tablets. Mac-based artists can even use Sidecar to load Corel 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 and 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 an excellent tool for creating digital artwork while maintaining the look and feel of traditional media.

Primary File Type

rif icon.RIFPainter Raster Image

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.RIFPainter Raster Image
.BMPBitmap Image
.BOXPainter Custom Toolbox File
.BRUSHCATEGORYPainter Brush Category
.BRUSHLIBRARYPainter Brush Library
.BRUSHVARIANTPainter Brush Variant
.COLORSPainter Color Set
.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
.MXSPainter Color Mixer Pad
.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
.TEXTURELIBRARYPainter Texture Library
.TGATarga Graphic
.TIFTagged Image File
.WEAVELIBRARYPainter Weave Library

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.AIAdobe Illustrator Artwork
.AVIAudio Video Interleave File
.EPSFEncapsulated PostScript Format File
.GRADIENTSPainter Gradation Library (Legacy)
.MOVApple QuickTime Movie
.PAPCorel Painter Paper Texture
.PATTERNSPainter Pattern Library
.TIFFTagged Image File Format
.VDATarga Bitmap Image File
.VSTTarga Bitmap Image
Updated 7/13/2023