This artist has seen Painter improve over the years…
What new features in Painter 2018 do you like the most?
The new Thick Paint has to be my favourite. In addition, I use a lot of textures in my work and the new Texture Synthesis feature makes it straightforward for me to create one-of-a-kind textures, patterns and papers.
In the past, users have complained about the stability of the program. What do you think about that?
I generally find that Painter is very stable. Having taught with the program for a number of years I’ve noticed that most stability issues are the result of users who are unfamiliar with the program and trying to do something that’s either heavy on machine resources or that Painter wasn’t designed to do.
Painter seems to be a complicated program to learn. Any thoughts on that?
All programs have a learning curve. If you just open Painter and look around, then of course you’re going to be frustrated. My advice is to pick one brush and create a painting on the canvas without any layers. You’ll learn a lot from this exercise.
Are there any other significant improvements in the workflow area that you think are worth mentioning here?
I think that the most important change in the workflow is how Painter handles transparency. In the past, painting on a transparent layer could be problematic depending on your choice of brush. This has been significantly addressed, especially in this version.