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Platform: Windows 98 / NT / 2000 / Me
Painter, the natural-media emulation tool for digital artists, has survived yet another ownership transition and is now up to version 7. The new owner, procreate, seems committed to the software: version 7 includes some important new features, as well as numerous bug fixes.
Any digital artist worth their salt is at least familiar with Painter. Painter has tools like no other image editing application, and it is capable of imitating watercolor, oil, crayons, markers, and pencil to a remarkable degree. Combined with a graphics tablet, a talented artist might never pick up a physical paintbrush again.
Painter 7 raises the stakes in natural-media emulation. The new Liquid Ink technology emulates thick paint on a surface, and the new watercolor layers are so realistic you'll worry that they'll drip down into your monitor.
Other enhancements include a continuous, variable zoom tool, total compatibility with Photoshop (including the ability to open and save layered PSD files), and perspective grids to act as an aid when drawing freehand objects.
Overall, Painter 7 offers numerous new and improved features, making it more than just a worthwhile upgrade. --Mike Caputo
- Pentium 200 MHz or faster
- Microsoft Windows 98, 2000, Me, NT 4.0
- 64 MB RAM
- 2x CD-ROM drive
- 24-bit (800 x 600) color display
- Mouse or tablet
Reviewer: Gregory Bjorgum from Carmichael, California USA
I've always wanted Painter 6. Well I waited long enough for Painter 7 to come along. I purchased the product about 3 months ago and I'm still overwhelmed by this program. There are too many features to explain within a thousand words here. If your an artist with a computer and tired of rinsing brushes, buy this program.
Reviewer: Alvin L Stroyny from NY
An absolute must for the digital photographer wanting to add an artistic touch to their work. Worth the cost just for the bility to create digital "backgrounds". A pressure sensitive tablet such as WACOM helps a lot but is not essential to start. Create a digital "grafitti" wall with all the effects, especially acid etch. Save as a .bmp file (slight problem with maintining acid etch in other formats when transferred to Photoshop). Use PS to image-adjust-colorize to a gold-bronze hue (full-color is too distracting). Feather select a portrait area with the lasso tool, colorize, paste on background. Creates absolutely knock-out portrait "frames".
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