|"The Apple Seller," Painter Essentials calligraphic pen|
Corel Painter 2019 is sophisticated and multi-featured, with layers of complexity like Photoshop on steroids. It's many menus and options are daunting (occasionally even baffling) to the untutored like me. Happily, Corel also markets Painter Essentials, a limited yet full-featured version of the flagship at a significantly reduced price. The time limit to try either program free is 30 days, so I downloaded a trial version of each and spent some time with them over the past three weeks. This is my very personal viewpoint.
|The Apple Seller, drawn with thin and thick pencil tool|
|The Apple Seller, drawn with chalk tool|
Painter Essentials is sufficiently useful for drawing alone that I'm tempted to buy it even before the trial period expires. At $50 it is worth every penny.
|"Majesty," painted with Painter|
In the next few days I'm going to try working with the watercolor and oil paint tools.