Software : Corel : Painter

Corel Painter

(as of 7/3/2019)

Software Overview

Screenshot of Corel Painter 2020

Screenshot of Corel Painter 2020

Main Features

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

Corel Painter is a digital art studio that enables both novices and professionals to create realistic digital paintings. The software includes several different types of brushes, canvases, and drawing tools. It also integrates with several industry-standard pen displays and drawing tablets, allowing painters to draw freehand digital art. Painter is a cross-platform application enabling both macOS and Windows users to create and share digital art.

Painter includes an array of digital art tools that enhance the creative process. These tools include airbrushes, chalk, crayons, oil brushes, sponges, watercolors, and others. Users can select a stroke type for each drawing tool, which allows 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 paper material, and can customize the 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. 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. It is also used by home users for creating digital artwork and for adding artistic effects to digital photos. It is a great tool for those who are looking to create digital artwork while maintaining the look and feel of traditional media.

Supported File Types

Primary file extension

.RIF – Painter Raster Image File

Other file extensions used by Corel Painter 2020

Supported File Types
.BMPBitmap Image File
.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 Formats
.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: July 3, 2019