Corel Painter 2019 Improvements

Years ago, I had Painter 9 for my older Power Mac G4 desktop tower and enjoyed it, however it had an antiquated brush engine that lagged badly especially for inking sequential art until Clip Studio Paint came along which saved me a lot of trouble. The original CSP I had was entirely in black and white and then they released a color engine with new brushes that rendered Photoshop and Painter almost pointless with a focus on comics and fantasy illustration. It was a godsend. That is, of course, until Procreate arrived for the iPad Pro market that became a very strong contender, impressing me big time. Recently, I downloaded a trial version of Corel Painter 2019 and thought they did such a nice job fixing the brush engine and it shows. I’ve had no trouble using the brushes on my 2010 iMac workstation with my Wacom Intuos4. However the tablet didn’t have multitouch which made the process very awkward, now that I’m so used to my iPad Pro’s workflow. I’m seriously contemplating replacing my Intuos with a new Wacom 16 inch Cintiq or an XP-PEN tablet which is a bit cheaper and gets the job done although I’ve never seen or used their products before. I need to make sure my iPad Pro to desktop flow goes smoothly with multitouch so I can use the tools better because the Intuos 4 does tend to put a crimp to the projects. Corel painter 2019 is a big update and quite expensive, however it’s UI layout made it a bit awkward to switch around brushes and other functions despite the short keys that are available. The art in the following photos I did are not meant for finalization but as a test drive on the software. I’ve had less than a few days in the trial and just wanted to experiment with it out of curiosity. I do recommend Painter for those who are used to the interface and have experience in the painting realm. For now, I’ll be sticking with Clip Studio Paint, Procreate, Paintstorm, Sketchbook Pro and Concepts as my main tools of choice.

The actual Corel Painter launch title

The actual Corel Painter launch title

My Wacom Intuos 4 tablet. It’s quite old and will probably need replacing for sure.   The lack of multitouch is now wearing thin on me.

My Wacom Intuos 4 tablet. It’s quite old and will probably need replacing for sure.

The lack of multitouch is now wearing thin on me.

The actual Painter 2019 user interface in dark mode. A nice touch with a better focus.

The actual Painter 2019 user interface in dark mode. A nice touch with a better focus.

I love the color palette and mixer design on this one. It’s beautiful and serves a function. I tested the inking brush which went smoothly this time.

I love the color palette and mixer design on this one. It’s beautiful and serves a function. I tested the inking brush which went smoothly this time.

I tested the palette knife brush among others and give credit to Corel for fixing a major problem with the lag that had been problematic for years. A good step in the right direction.

I tested the palette knife brush among others and give credit to Corel for fixing a major problem with the lag that had been problematic for years. A good step in the right direction.