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Painter Lite (Windows Only)

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 X3

* 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

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 brushes

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

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 (Ink)

Sumi-e brush variants let you create flowing ink and wash painted brushstrokes.

Trendy tools and effects

Blenders and Palette Knives

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.

Kaleidoscope Painting

Kaleidoscope Painting

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.

Mirror Painting

Mirror Painting

Save time as you paint with perfect precision! This tool copies every stroke you make onto the opposite side of your canvas. You choose whether it's mirrored horizontally, vertically or both. It's double the fun in half the time!

Paper textures

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.

Paper Textures

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

Canvas control and color selection and mixing

Complements other popular software and hardware

  • Wacom® pen tablet compatibility (supplied by Wacom)
  • Pressure sensitive brush control
  • Select media will tilt, rotate and behave accordingly
  • Extensive file support – RIFF, TIFF, PNG, PSD, JPG

Complements other popular software and hardware

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


System Requirements


  • 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



Customer Reviews

Media Reviews

About.com About.com (US)
Rated 4.5/5

"Whether you're a student or transitioning from traditional to digital, you'll find all you need in Corel Painter Lite to get started."
Sandra Trainor

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MyMac.com MyMac.com
Rated 9 out of 10

"It truly is a great paint program for those starting out or professional."

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Check this article on the PCWorld website:

"Painter Lite offers many of Corel Painter's features for a fraction of the cost"
Erez Zukerman, pcworld.com, Jan 10, 2013

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