Painter Lite (Windows/Mac)
Digital Painting Desktop App
- Renowned digital art software customized for aspiring pros
- The most realistic natural-media painting experience
- Wide range of brush categories includes 97 brushes
- Intuitive media behaves like traditional art tools*
- Easy-to-use interface, navigation and features
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Ease into the world of digital art
Corel® Painter™ Lite is a powerful starter desktop app created exclusively for aspiring digital artists. Welcome to the original natural-media software that provides the most realistic digital art experience with intuitive brushes, rich paper textures, and other artistic tools. Make a seamless transition from canvas to computer as you feel how a digital Stylus behaves just like traditional art media. High-quality painting and sketching tools are now within reach. Painter Lite brings you the best of both worlds: award-winning digital art software at a getting-started price. It is the natural way to stART!
Also available: Corel Painter 12
Coming soon: Painter® Freestyle™ Beta
The world's first motion-enabled digital art app
* When used with a pressure sensitive drawing tablet by Wacom
The tools and media types included in Painter Lite were carefully selected to allow the aspiring artist to ease into the digital painting experience. We encourage you to experiment with a variety of innovative painting tools like the pen tablet, and most of all have fun!
For the most realistic experience be sure to use Brush Tracking to adjust Corel Painter to match your stroke strength for all brushes by using the Brush Tracking preferences Cmd+Shift+ (Mac), Ctrl+Shift+ (Win).
- Brush categories
- Trendy tools and effects
- Paper textures
- Canvas control and color selection and mixing
- Complements other popular software and hardware
Painter Lite includes 16 Brush Categories and 97 Brush Variants to get you started painting. Watch our brush category videos to get an idea of what the variants look like.
Acrylic, Air Brushes and Artist brushes
Acrylic brush variants, much like their real world counterparts, are versatile brushes that let you apply quick-drying paints to the canvas.
Air brushes apply fine sprays of color, which carefully mirror the feel of a real airbrush in action.
Artist brush variants help you paint in the styles of master artists. For example, you can paint in the style of Vincent Van Gogh, with multi-shaded brushstrokes, or in the style of Georges Seurat, with multiple dots combining to form an image.
Chalk, pastels and crayons
Chalk brush variants produce the thick, rich texture of natural chalk sticks and have strokes that interact with the paper grain.
Pastel brushes, which range from hard pastel styles that reveal the paper grain, to extra soft pastels that glide on to completely cover existing strokes.
Basic Crayon produces textured strokes that interact with the paper grain, and the opacity of all the chalk, pastel and crayon brushes is linked to stylus pressure.
Erasers, F/X and Gouache
Eraser brush variants erase down to the paper color.
Bleach brush variants erase to white, gradually lightening by removing color.
F/X brush variants can give you an array of creative results. Some add color; others affect underlying pixels. The best way to appreciate the F/X brush variants is to experiment with them on an image and a blank canvas.
Gouache brush variants let you paint with the fluidity of watercolors and the opacity of acrylics, and the strokes cover underlying brushstrokes.
Oil brush variants mimic their real world counterparts. The fine soft glazing strokes are semitransparent and can be used to produce a glazed effect. If you want to cover underlying brushstrokes with opaque paint, select the bristle oils and round camelhair. Plus, some Oil brush variants let you mix media as though you were working with traditional oil paints.
You can use colors mixed on the Mixer pad and apply them directly to the canvas with select variants. The colors can then be blended with the oils already on the canvas. Each brushstroke created with the oily bristle and thick wet oils variants load the brush with a finite amount of oil, which is then transferred to the image. As you apply a brushstroke to the canvas, the brush loses oil and the brushstroke becomes fainter.
Pencils, pens and sponges
Pencil brush variants are great for creating rough sketches to fine line drawings. Like their natural counterparts, Pencil brush variants interact with canvas texture. All of the variants build to black and link opacity to stylus pressure.
Pen brush variants includes Pen and Calligraphy brushe. Pen brush variants create realistic effects without the drawbacks of traditional pens, which can clog, spatter, or run dry.
Sponges let you create a variety of textures by applying the current paint color to cover or blend existing colors.
Impasto and markers
Impasto brush variants let you create the classic technique of applying thick paint on a canvas to create depth.
Marker brush variants replicate conventional, real-world markers. The brush variants range from fine point to blunt and have a variety of nib shapes and opacity levels and allow color buildup and pooling.
Digital Watercolor brush variants produce watercolor effects that react with the canvas texture. The width of Digital Watercolor brushstrokes is affected by stylus pressure.
Sumi-e brush variants let you create flowing ink and wash painted brushstrokes.
Trendy tools and effects
Blenders and Palette Knives
Blenders affect underlying pixels by moving and mixing them. You can also use Palette Knife brush variants to scrape, push, or pick up and drag colors in your image.
Create electrifying kaleidoscope effects on canvas with this exciting tool that only exists in Painter! Use your choice of media to paint transfixing patterns and colors, using three to 12 mirrored planes.
10 paper textures
With traditional art media, the results from using different types of media depend on the texture of the surface to which it is applied. Choose from 10 different paper textures to create your masterpiece.
Canvas control and color selection and mixing
- Control Canvas size, paper type, color and rotation with ease
- Use the Effects menu to apply a surface texture to your canvas
- Add extra Layers as needed
- Choose from the Color Wheel, Color Mixer and Color sets for color selection
- Three special Mixer Pads included from Painter Masters Skip Allen, Greg Newman and Claudia Salguero
Complements other popular software and hardware
Children's book character illustration
Join award-winning artist, author and Painter Master Carlyn Beccia, who will take you inside her process for creating lively illustrated portraits for children's books. Learn Carlyn's special techniques for illustrating expressive faces and unique clothing. Carlyn will show how you can bring your characters to life using a Wacom Cintiq and Painter 12.
The Painter art gallery is home to many incredible works of art by an international collection of Painter Masters and artists. Click on the portraits below to learn their stories or jump to the Painter Art Gallery to view their world-class works of art!
Painter Master Spotlight
- Mac OS® X 10.8, 10.7 or 10.6*
- Intel® Core™ Duo
- 1 GB RAM
- 150 MB of HD space for application files
- Mouse or tablet
- 1280 x 800 screen resolution
* Mac version available on App Store
- Microsoft® Windows® 8 or Windows® 7 with the latest service packs installed
- 1 GHz processor or higher
- 1 GB RAM
- 150 MB hard disk space for application files*
- Mouse or tablet
- 1280 x 800 screen resolution
- Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 7 or higher
* Additional space may be required for Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0
"Whether you're a student or transitioning from traditional to digital, you'll find all you need in Corel Painter Lite to get started."
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"It truly is a great paint program for those starting out or professional."
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