The freelance illustrator gives us his thoughts on Painter 2015
Do you use Painter alone, or do you use Photoshop as well?
For the most part I use Painter, although from time to time I’ll do transformations in Photoshop. Painter has provided me with almost everything I need to do my work effectively, without having to rely on Adobe products.
Is Painter 2015 noticeably faster than previous versions?
With 64-bit support on the Mac, I can honestly say yes! Painter 2015 enables me to paint with some of the brushes I wasn’t able to use before – namely Real Watercolor.
What do you think of the new Particle brushes?
They’re fantastic and have a lot of settings for tweaking the particles and flow. I’m still trying to figure out how I can work these brushes in a way that will fit my style. The first tests I ran with these brushes enabled me to create some interesting strokes that mimic hair realistically. That will be a huge asset, since I’m heavy into portrait work and realistic textures.
What other new features have impressed you?
A few that come to mind are user interface improvements and new help palettes. Painter’s developers have ramped up support for other tablets on the market and have made sure that the Monoprice tablets are among them.
Is there anything else you’d like to add to Painter?
Corel has done a great job of listening to the community and taking the suggestions and needs of artists into consideration with this release. Not that it hasn’t done so in the past, but the team has done an exceptional job of implementing features and changes into this release that continue to make Painter the top digital painting tool in my studio.