With a faster and modern interface, Painter 2019 expands digital art tools

Painter digital art canvas now has a modern, user-requested interface. This week, Corel launched Painter 2019 with an updated interface, more speed and new brushes. The update uses a revamped UI with a dark theme to keep the focus on artwork and larger, refined icons to simplify access to tools.

Chris Pierce, Corel Product Manager for Digital Arts, said the new user interface includes several user-requested updates. The task was to redesign over 650 icons and replace the traditional light design with a dark theme. The dark theme is the program’s new default, while users can customize the interface, including reverting to old colors while retaining updated icons. The update also improves the program for use on high resolution monitors.

“Knowing that our users live in Painter every day, we’ve modernized its look and feel to make the experience of creating art more fluid, streamlined, and enjoyable,” said Pierce. “These stylish updates not only make a difference in overall comfort, but also in the efficiency of your workflow.”

In the improved workflow, color options are more easily accessible with the ability to pin the temporal color picker to any part of the workspace. The program will also suggest complementary colors after using the color picker.

Corel says that alongside the new look, Painter 2019 also comes with several performance updates. Brushes are up to 50% faster, while document rendering after zooming or panning has also improved. Support for the latest CPUs and GPUs means artists using a computer with AVX2 see the most speed improvements.

Painter brushes that mimic the real thing have also been expanded in the 2019 release. Stamps are a brand new category designed to add a specific pattern either once, such as adding a tattoo, or multiple times to create a pattern background, as with a flame. Unlike a brush, the stamps stay separate as you drag the mouse over the canvas.

The update also includes five new pattern pens. Additional brushes have also been added throughout, expanding existing categories such as airbrushes, thick paint, watercolor, and blenders.

The update also includes new gesture controls for Windows touch devices. Two-finger rotate, pan, and zoom options are included, along with a double tap to reset the view. Using a pen or mouse, click and drag works as a new zoom shortcut.

Painter 2019 is available now, priced at $429 or as a $229 upgrade for existing users.

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