Corel Painter Essentials 7.0

Corel Painter Essentials 7.0

Creates art designs and makes photos look hand-painted
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Use various painting styles, effects, and brushes to create your own sketches, drawing or other art designs. Transform digital photos into images that look hand-painted.

If you are interested in starting to make digital editions of your photos, retouching and adding effects, or create scrapbooks and cards, this program can work out for you because it has a friendly interface that helps you manage the necessary tools and create your pictures in just 3 steps. While it is an editor for non-experts, it has numerous utilities to edit images in a personalized way, which is an advantage over other publishers that are more automated but basic and less flexible. However, the amount of tools and artistic possibilities offered may be confusing to users who have had no previous contact with basic image editors. So, let's say it is a program oriented to non-experts who intend to get started in digital art and not only in the photo edition and printing. It runs on Windows XP, Vista and Mac OS, so you can open and save a variety of image formats (.Jpg, .Tiff, .Gif, .Bmp, .Riff and Mac .Pict) as well as Adobe Corel Paint Shop Pro, Corel Photo, and Adobe Photoshop Elements. Why do we say that it’s a home digital art study? Because it has varied tools to make drawings, paintings, add texture, effects of pallets, pens, etc. This means that you not only can retouch, edit and print photographs or digital images but you can also create original images working from a blank canvas.
In order to help you learn how to use these multiple tools, it has varied methods of assistance and quick guides to teach you, step by step, the possibilities and publication methods. In this regard, it has: a directory of tutorials to teach you how to perform various projects; video tutorials for those who require oral explanations; and a collection of example files where you’ll be able to exercise what is explained in the tutorials. Regarding system requirements is good to mention that, even when it doesn’t demand excessive processor or RAM (256 MB is sufficient) requirements, it will need 1 GB of free space on your hard disk to install it. In addition, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, Safari Web browser, or Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or later to access certain components, as the guidebook and services online.

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  • Powerfull tools and flexibility for edition
  • Full system of tutorials and guides
  • It runs on Windows XP, Vista and Mac OS


  • It requires 1GB of free space on hard disk for installation
  • Some components only work online
  • It's oriented to non-experts but may result a bit complex for unexperienced people in digital edition
  • It requires Adobe Acrobat Reader and Safari Web Browser, or Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or latter

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