Painter Essentials 5
Convert photos into paintings
We were impressed by the natural media painting tools in the recently released Painter 2015, but at over £300 Painter is far too expensive for most people. Painter Essentials 5 is not only cheaper (£29.99), but has a simpler, more streamlined (although somewhat dated) interface that is easier for newcomers.
To help you out, the welcome screen in Painter Essentials 5 offers two different modes for creating your artwork. Beginners can start with the automatic Photo Art mode, which allows you to import a photo and then sit back while the program paints over it using a variety of different brush styles, such as watercolours, oil paints or pencils.
Experienced users can create their own artwork in Drawing And Painting mode. This provides dozens of different brush and pencil styles, including a Mirror mode that reflects your strokes like a mirror image.
Not surprisingly, Painter Essentials has fewer features than its big brother – 106 brushes, compared to 800. But that still gives amateur artists plenty of scope to experiment,
At just £29.99 Painter Essentials is a powerful and fun graphics tool for amateur artists.
while features such as the Photo Art mode mean that you don’t need to be a skilled artist to get started.
Make sure you buy Painter Essentials – or download the trial version – from Corel’s website, rather than buying the outdated Painter Lite on the App Store. Cliff Joseph
The Painter Essentials app impresses by making your photos look like hand-drawn sketches or paintings.