is a raster-based digital art
application created to simulate as accurately as possible the appearance and behavior of traditional media
associated with drawing
, and printmaking
. It is intended to be used in real-time
by professional digital artists
as a functional creative tool. The current version is Painter 12, released on May 11, 2011.
The application offers a wide range of traditional artists' materials and tools. With the aid of a graphics tablet
the user is able to reproduce the effect of physical painting and drawing media such as watercolor, oil, chalk, charcoal and color pencil. There are also a few non-traditional items such as the Image Hose, pattern pens, F/X, Distortion and Artist tools to allow artists to apply less conventional elements to an image.
Painter emulates the visual characteristics of traditional media such as oil paint, pastel sticks, air brush, charcoal, felt pens, and other traditional artists' materials on various textured surfaces. Many of these emulated media types work with the advanced features of Wacom tablets, for instance, the airbrush tool in Painter responds to pressure as well as tilt, velocity and rotation.
Painter and Photoshop
have many similarities such as layered editing. The two products have developed as contemporaries, introducing innovations that are now considered standard in bitmap image editing software. For example, "Floaters" were released with Painter 2.5, around that time... Read More