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The price is right! Painter Lite customers can migrate to Painter X3 for 30% off the list price. Contact customer support with promotion code 4934 and your Painter Lite proof of purchase.

Top five reasons to upgrade:

  • Hundreds more brushes, including Jitter and Real Watercolor. Plus, a new Brush search engine!
  • Extensive customization options for Brushes and Workspaces
  • Extended layer options – Composite Methods, Transformations, Layer Masks, Pick Up Underlying Color and Plug-ins
  • Photo fine art Cloning and Auto-Painting
  • Select from defaults and create your own Paper, Patterns, Gradients, Nozzles, Looks, Weaves and Flow Maps

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Leading Digital Art Software

If you'd like to expand upon the artistic capabilities of Painter Lite, take a look at Painter X3 – the world's leading digital art software. Painter broadens the world of creativity by offering progressive drawing tools and utilizing an impressive array of additional brushes, paper textures, paints, oils, watercolors and more. Plus, with extensive file support, you can also build upon projects you've started in other programs, making Painter the perfect companion to Adobe Photoshop.

For handy information, see the Reviewer's Guide (.PDF)
To see key features in action, visit the Painter X3 Features Page

What kind of art do you create?

Photo Art

As a photographer, you capture moments with your camera and transform them into of works of digital art. Painter X3 includes powerful image cloning and painting features, offering everything you need to create visually stunning photo art that will dazzle any viewer.
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Traditional Art

As a traditional artist, you're all about using time-honored techniques and working with a blank canvas. Painter X3 lets you combine classic art practices with state-of-the-art Natural-Media® technology to create digital art that's every bit as impressive as anything you'll find on a physical canvas.
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As an illustrator, you're able to tell a visual story that elicits emotions and gets results. Whether you're creating storyboards, developing art for a magazine, drawing comics and manga, or working on a book cover, Painter X3 is versatile illustration software that will help your art leave a lasting impression.
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Concept Art

As a concept artist, you're dedicated to bringing incredible ideas to visual life. Whether you're creating fantasy art, or developing materials for film, television and video games, Painter X3 offers the professional tools you need to turn a creative concept into reality.
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As a designer, you're all about creating art that speaks to a particular audience. Whether you're developing a print logo, working on images for a web page or creating industrial designs, with Painter X3 you'll get access to cutting-edge design software that will help you win over any audience.
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Art for Beginners

Every creative journey begins with a single step. Whether you're a student, aspiring artist or someone simply looking to express their creativity, Painter X3 offers tools that are easy to use and learn. Plus, be sure to try Painter Lite, a versatile desktop app that provides everything you need to master the basics!
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Featured Painter Master

Name: Carlyn Beccia
Occupation/Profession: Children's Book Illustrator & Author, Graphic Designer
Meet Carlyn

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  • NEW!

    Brush Search engine

    Find and select the perfect brush quickly and easily. Just type the name or properties of any brush and Painter will find it for you. The visual preview lets you ensure each brush is exactly what you're looking for.

  • NEW!

    Stroke preview

    See exactly what each brush stroke will look like on your canvas. Preview brush parameters such as Mixing, Erasing, Blending and Jitter. The preview adjusts in real-time as you experiment with brushes and paper textures. No more test canvases required!

  • NEW!

    Advanced Brush Controls

    Edit and optimize brushes with a few simple clicks. The new brush optimizer highlights the primary parameters of each brush. Plus, make more advanced edits and preview changes on the fly. Learning and working with brushes has never been easier.

  • NEW!

    Jitter brushes

    Use pre-built Jitter brushes to simulate those random elements and "happy accidents" that can occur when using real world media. For added effect, customize the pre-built Jitter brushes further to create more organic, natural-looking art.

  • NEW!

    Jitter expression

    Add Jitter to all your Painter brushes and adjust for brush expressions such as Opacity, Grain, Size, Angle and more! It's the perfect way to add a unique element of randomness to your art.

  • NEW!

    Perspective Guides

    Accurately draw in a one-, two- or three-point perspective. Simply select your vanishing points and set your lines—your brush strokes will automatically snap to the grid. You can also save presets, change line colors and add additional guidelines.

  • NEW!

    Reference image

    Find new inspiration by working with reference images directly within the Painter interface. Just drop your reference image anywhere onscreen without disrupting your workflow, plus instantly sample reference colors. It's the perfect way to stay inspired and creative!

  • NEW!

    Meet the artist Paint Jam sessions

    Join us online for live talks with professional artists who offer insight into the challenges and triumphs they've experienced over the course of their careers. From finding inspiration, to the artistic process, these monthly sessions will enlighten and inspire you.
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    Cloning workflow

    Work faster when cloning an image. Now you can view a project image and the cloning crosshairs on a source image at the same time! Plus, lightly edit source images and automatically save clone source data to your file.


    Transform across multiple layers

    Quickly select and transform multiple layers at one time. It's a time-saving enhancement that allows you to focus on your art and avoid the annoyance of having to cycle through numerous layers in a project.


    Color set libraries and Mixers

    Experience colors like never before. Choose the maximum number of colors to add to a new set from an Image, Layer, Selection or Mixer Pad. Plus, use new inspirational mixers for an entirely new way to work with colors.


    Memory optimization

    Enjoy enhanced speed and performance. Macs with 64-bit systems will automatically use all available memory when running Painter. Plus, PCs with large amounts of RAM can utilize new software speed enhancements. It's the ideal way to deal with memory-intensive tasks.


    Brush Sharing and Management

    Share Painter brushes in seconds! Email brushes, post them online or share via a USB device. The receiver simply double clicks on the file to launch Painter X3 and automatically import a brush, category or brush library.

  • RealBristle™ Media

    Discover why RealBristle™ technology replicates traditional art materials more realistically than any other software. Work with oils, watercolors, chalks, markers, pencils and more! Control color intensity and shading by adjusting the angle and pressure of the pen on your tablet!

  • Flow Maps

    Take control of how paint interacts with your canvas. Flow Maps offer a creative way to direct the flow of paint from Real Watercolor and Real Wet Oil brushes. For added effect, customize your own Flow Map textures and brushes.

  • Smart photo-painting tools

    Transform photos into paintings by hand or let the Auto-Painting palette paint a photo for you. Painter features sophisticated SmartStroke™ brush technology that follows the lines and contours in a picture—just like a real artist would!

  • Customizable surface texturing

    Give your art a level of texture and detail that no other paint program or photo-painting tools can match. Choose paper textures for your canvas or create and customize your own textures to produce truly unique artwork.

  • Agile brush control

    Use shortcuts to instantly access brush settings. Change brush settings such as Size, Opacity, Squeeze and Angle. Using interactive controls you can make rapid adjustments from one centralized location, plus scalable resizing lets you preserve correct brush proportions.

  • Brush tracking

    Save time and effort by customizing Painter to remember your touch. Brush tracking is an amazing feature that lets you instantly program Painter to save your preferred speed and pressure sensitivity for each individual brush.

  • Move and Copy Brush Variants within a Library

    Work faster with the ability to move or copy a brush variant to any category simply by dragging the variant within the brush selector. Updated brush variants and category creation also offers more design flexibility and fewer steps when saving variants.

  • Temporal Color Palette

    Change brush colors quickly and easily. Instantly bring up the Temporal Color Palette and select the colors you want without disrupting your workflow. The palette only sticks around for as long as you need it, keeping your workspace clutter free.

  • Custom palettes

    Tailor Painter to the way you want to work. Create custom palettes for special projects as well as the workflows you use most. Once you create a custom palette it's saved from session to session for quick and easy use.

  • Workspace Creation and Management

    Streamline your workflow with the ability to create, import and delete Workspaces. This versatile option lets you choose the Painter tools and features you use most and then create, save and share your custom workspaces.

  • Adobe Photoshop compatibility

    Use built-in Adobe compatibility to easily preserve colors and layers when transferring files between Photoshop and Painter. Plus, take advantage of third-party Photoshop plug-ins to unlock even more creative possibilities on your Mac and PC*.

  • Wacom multi-touch pen tablet compatibility

    Get full support for the entire Wacom product line, including Cintiq interactive pen displays and Intuos pen tablets. Wacom multi-touch support also allows you to navigate through the Painter interface using simple finger taps on your Wacom tablet.

  • Corel® Cinco for Painter

    Work faster in Painter X3. Cinco is an app that lets you map commonly used buttons onto your Wifi-enabled iPad. Paint with one hand, cycle through customizable buttons and palettes with the other—all without taking your eyes off your work! Download Corel Cinco

  • Extensive file support

    Enjoy full compatibility for a variety of industry-standard file formats, including: PNG, PSD, TIFF (CMYK & RGB), BMP, TGA, GIF, JPEG, MOV, AVI and FRM. You can also save files in an EPS format.

  • Multi-platform support

    Get two platforms for the price of one! Painter X3 includes both Mac OS and Windows versions on the same disc. No matter what operating system you use, Painter has you covered!

*Requires a 32-bit Mac or 32-bit/64-bit Windows PC.


Welcome to the Corel Painter gallery. Here you'll find stunning works from Painter artists from around the world. Browse through the images below to get inspired and discover new creative possibilities with Painter!

Concept Art

See images from leading concept artists who use Painter to turn creative concepts into reality.
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See images from illustrators who use Painter to develop art for a wide range of creative projects.
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See images from professional designers who use Painter to get creative results.
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Traditional Art

See images from traditional artists who use Painter and time-honored techniques to create incredible art.
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Photo Art

See images from photographers around the world who use Painter to transform photos into unique works of digital art.
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Painter Masters

Meet some of the talented Painter Masters from around the world who combine their talent with the power of Painter. Click on the portraits below to read their stories and discover more about their work.

Painter Master Spotlight

Name: Carlyn Beccia
Occupation/Profession: Children's Book Illustrator & Author, Graphic Designer
Website: www.carlynbeccia.com

Andrew Jones

Bruce Dorn

Carlyn Beccia

Cher Pendarvis

Chet Phillips

Chris Welch

Claudia Salguero

Daniel Conway

Dennis Orlando

Don Seegmiller

Douglas Sirois

Dudu Torres

Dwayne Vance

Emiliano Ponzi

Fay Sirkis

Greg Banning

Greg Newman

Heather Michelle

Helen Yancy

Jane Conner-ziser

Jean-Luc Touillon

Jeremy Sutton

Jim Lampi

John Derry

John Dismukes

Joyce Ryan

Karen Bonaker

Michael Bast

Karen Sperling

Keith MacLelland

Marilyn Sholin

Maura Dutra

Mike Reed

Mike Thompson

Miklós Földi

Nomi Wagner

Pascal Sibertin

Pat Thomas

Peggy Gyulai

Philip Straub

Rhoda Draws

Ryan Church

Skip Allen

Stewart McKissick

Susan Le Van

Todd Lockwood

Wonman Kim


Why bring Corel Painter into your classroom?

Painter delivers a highly realistic digital art experience that's unmatched by any other software on the market. Using tools that look and feel just like their real-life counterparts, students can create and experiment without worrying about mistakes, time-consuming cleanups or wasting expensive art materials. Discover why Painter is one of the most popular and effective ways for students to develop their fine art skills and push the boundaries of their creativity.

How does Corel Painter fit into your curriculum?

Painter provides an environment that nurtures experimentation and creative thinking. Students can experiment with color, composition theory and different painting styles—all with the ability to fix mistakes at the click of a button. Painter also is the perfect complement to industry-standard tools, such as Wacom drawing tablets and Adobe Photoshop. Using Painter in the classroom provides students with the skills and technical expertise that's used by professionals in the graphics and entertainment industries. Fit Painter into your curriculum today and give your students the skills and confidence that will help them succeed in the creative fields of tomorrow.

Academic Testimonials

Painter is by far and away the best digital painting program available. The creative potential of Painter, with its amazing set of features, is second to none, yet the program itself is easy enough to use that students can be up and creating digital paintings almost immediately. Painter's creative possibilities are limitless. Like any program, learning all the features and capabilities of Painter will take time, but that time will be well spent. Painter is increasingly used by digital artists in many disciplines who need a strong program capable of creating work that has a traditional feel, as well as digital artists who just need a great painting program. Traditional artists are also using Painter more and more in planning and prep work. The computer, coupled with a great art program, gives traditional artists the speed and flexibility needed when planning their work, leaving more time to execute the final piece. Painter is an essential tool taught to and used by my illustration students.
—Don Seegmiller, Illustration Coordinator, Utah Valley University

As a classically trained illustrator, I was suspicious of digital applications being utilized to generate finished images. Corel Painter opened my eyes, and changed my mind. As a total believer, I now regularly use Corel Painter as part of my daily workflow, and in concert with traditional hand-touched mediums. I'm able to move seamlessly between canvases, albeit digital or cotton. Corel Painter has had such a positive impact on my work, process, speed and on the variety of ways in which I'm able to visually communicate my concepts. I can't think of anyone within a creative industry who wouldn't benefit from having Corel Painter in their toolkit.
—Keith MacLelland, Assistant Professor of Illustration,
The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University

Who uses Painter

Painter is a key creative tool that's currently used by a variety of industries around the world, including entertainment, graphic design, game development, industrial design, fashion design and more. Help your students succeed and join the millions of professional artists around the world who use Painter on a daily basis.



Many of the world's foremost commercial illustrators work for publishing, advertising and manufacturing firms, or in freelance capacities. These illustrators rely on Painter for the depth and power of its digital art tools, as well as its ability to help them vividly capture their creative vision for use in books, magazines, comics, manga (Japanese comics), textiles, industrial design and other commercial projects.

Concept artists

Concept artists

These artists work in advertising and graphics firms, as well as the entertainment, gaming and manufacturing industries. They combine the digital art software of Painter with traditional art and design techniques to create characters, animations, special effects, sets and other creative concepts. Concept artists' results can be seen in movies, television programs and video games.

Traditional artists

Traditional artists

Many traditional artists use Painter for their work in the entertainment, publishing, non-profit and freelance industries. Their work appears in museums, commercial art galleries, corporate collections, private homes and entertainment productions—all proof that digitally created art is a recognized and coveted medium on the world art stage.

Professional photographers

Professional photographers

Professional photographers often work for publishing and advertising companies, at photography studios, or for themselves shooting weddings and portraits. Painter is key to differentiating their work, giving them new tools and leading natural media capabilities that enhance their photos and help them to produce polished and unique results. Painter also opens up new art forms, such as photo painting, helping to generate additional revenue opportunities.



Designers can be found in a variety of industries, including advertising and manufacturing. Countless designers around the world turn to Painter to help them create art that speaks to a particular audience. Painter offers versatile tools that allow users to design logos, create images for the web and develop industrial designs.

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