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Painter 12 Review from a Medical Illustrator

Reader Reviews: Corel Painter

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By EthanFG

Painter 12 Review from a Medical Illustrator

Surgical illustration of a submental skin/muscle flap

Painter 12 Review from a Medical Illustrator

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Version Reviews (e.g. Painter 12): 


Approximate Date of Purchase: 


My Review 

I've been a Painter advocate and serious user for more than 15 years. I use this program 7-8 hours a day, 5 days a week. It is THE production software I use as a professional illustrator. This latest release, while adding some attractive features, is the worst release Corel has ever put out. The software's programmers have yet to resolve many of the earlier version's crash problems, the interface redesign makes me question if anyone knows what they are doing, or perhaps they are simply outsourcing everything to India.

If you created custom palettes of brushes, colors, commands, etc. in prior versions, be forewarned: you will have to recreate every one of them again in this new release. If you rely on the portfolio feature (create portfolios of images or layers for reuse) be forewarned: you will run into problems importing many of them into this program. If you typically use the "paint inside or outside a selection" feature found in all prior versions, it inexplicably no longer exists in this version. You can no longer shift select multiple layers in the document, you must go to the layer's menu and do it there (absolutely ridiculous). The layer's menu is poorly designed and glitchy. The brush size in the "Dab Profile" menu no longer updates in real time as you adjust sliders in the various brush control menus. I could go on, but suffice it to say, if you are a long-time user of this software, you will run into more problems and issues that drive you crazy and question your continued use of this software. Do not purchase this version, wait for Painter 13 and see if they correct their Painter 12 blunder.

Best Attribute: 

Ability to display and open multiple portfolios as once. Updated Tool Property bar.

Worst Attribute: 

See above.

Was Painter a good value for the price paid? 

No, this was a waste of money.

In what ways do you use Painter? 

I am a professional medical illustrator. I use this program exclusively to create my artwork. I use it 30-40 hours a week.

How long have you used Painter? 

More than 10 years

System Running Painter: 

Mac OSX 10.7.5, iMac 3.4Ghz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM

Tips and Advice: 

Don't purchase this product

Would you recommend this to a friend? 


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