Greg New­man

The free­lance il­lus­tra­tor gives us his thoughts on Painter 2015

ImagineFX - - Software 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.

Greg has painted for ESPN Magazine, Na­tional Ge­o­graphic, the Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel and Broad­way. www.greg­new­

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