Painter Essen­tials 5

Con­vert pho­tos into paint­ings

Mac Format - - CONTENTS - De­vel­oper Corel, painterartist.com OS X 10.9 or later 500MB hard disk, mouse or tablet Au­to­matic Photo Art mode Much cheaper than full Painter

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.

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