Painter Essentials 5 (Windows/Mac)

Paint Program & Photo Painting Software

  • Turn photos into amazing paintings with one click
  • Easily sketch, draw or paint from scratch
  • Get the most realistic painting experience
  • Paint on the go with 2 in 1 device support
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Finally, a Paint Program to Create Unique Art & Photo Effects

Corel® Painter® Essentials™ 5 is a paint program that makes it easy to create amazing art at any skill level. Easily sketch, draw or paint on a blank canvas with award-winning Natural-Media® brushes that are custom selected for beginners. Want to do something really different and exciting with your photos? Discover the unmatched photo-paint editor and cloning tool that will transform your pictures into impressive art right before your eyes. Explore a wide variety of painting styles, brushes and photo effects that let you create an authentic, hand-painted look every time. It's the most natural way to show your unique personality and style.

Turn everyday inspiration into impressive art

  • Mind-blowing brushes and painting tools

    Mind-blowing brushes and painting tools

    Prepare to be amazed by revolutionary brushes and art tools that mimic real oil paints, chalks, charcoal, watercolor and other media so closely, you'll forget you're on a computer. Craft your own characters, scenery and original artwork in just a few exhilarating strokes!

  • Unmatched photo effects

    Unmatched photo effects

    Discover simple photo-painting tools that guarantee your pictures will stand out and impress. Choose an existing style to reinvent your photos with just one little click, or dip the brush of your choice onto the photo to create a signature masterpiece.

  • Mobile art that moves youPlay

    Mobile creativity

    Paint and play whenever and wherever inspiration strikes with full mobile support. Use your Windows Real-Time Stylus and Tablet PC, Intel's 2 in 1 tablet device, or work with Painter Mobile for Android to create incredible art on the go.

  • Maximum versatility and performance

    Maximum versatility and performance

    Immerse yourself in the paint program with a totally natural painting experience without having to think about the technology behind it. Enjoy 64-bit support for Mac and PC, enhanced CPU performance, Windows 8 compatibility, and support for Photoshop files that lets you enhance your images with unreal photo effects.

  • Revolutionary Particle™ Brushes

    Discover incredible brushes that let you revel in creative chaos or take complete control. Enhance a photo-clone painting with unique photo effects or create a unique masterpiece with physics-based brushstrokes that spring, flow, glow and gravitate onto your canvas.

  • Jitter brushes

    Enhance the realism and randomness of your digital brushes. Now, you have access to a variety of Jitter brushes across several brush categories and can experience an array of unexpected results.

  • Mirror painting

    With Mirror painting, every stroke you make is copied onto the opposite side of your canvas. Not only does this new tool greatly increase your precision and accuracy when painting symmetrical objects, but it also saves you a lot of time!

  • Kaleidoscope painting

    Go where traditional painting can't! This exciting new tool allows you to create beautiful kaleidoscope effects on canvas. Use your choice of media to paint electrifying patterns and colors, and see amazing results when you add a blending tool to the mix.

  • NEW! User Interface

    User Interface

    The new user interface in Painter Essentials was inspired by the professional tools found in Painter, but was built for beginners. Easily choose to get started with Drawing and Painting or Photo Painting. You'll find all the tools you need to create incredible photo effects and original art.

  • Brush Tracking Utility

    Now you can control and customize pressure-sensitive memory to virtually any brush. A visual power curve captures every movement and every line on your canvas, just like you would with real world art materials.

  • 2 in 1 mobile painting interface

    With Real-Time Stylus & Windows Tablet PC plus Intel's 2 in 1 tablet device support, you can paint on the go and find new inspiration anytime, anywhere. Your Tablet PC will automatically detect when you are in Tablet mode and change the interface for you.

  • Navigator panel

    Navigating your canvas and working with large images just got easier. Use the Preview window to drag and change your focal point on the canvas—perfect for moving to a different area of the image without having to switch tools or adjust the zoom level.

  • Real-time Effects preview

    Add photo effects and details to your work, and see them displayed on your canvas in real-time as they're applied. Now your entire canvas offers a world of effects experimentation and you can enjoy new effects such as Negative, Color Overlay, Quick Warp and Smart Blur.

  • Transformation tools

    Easily transform content on canvas using the new transformation tools to move, scale, rotate, skew and distort your creations.

  • NEW! Native 64-bit for Mac and PC

    Native 64-bit for Mac and PC

    Performance improvements mean faster speeds when it comes to intensive operations. Zoom, rotate, work with layers and more—all without slowing down. Plus, enjoy better brush accuracy and performance.

  • Painter Mobile for Android

    Be ready whenever inspiration strikes! Download our paint app to draw on the go and then import your work directly into Painter Essentials 5 to add the finishing touches.

  • Brushstroke preview

    Know exactly how a brush will look when applied to the canvas by glancing at the Brushstroke preview in the Brush Selector. This time saver will avoid the need to test brushes on your canvas.

  • Paper textures

    Give your art a level of texture and detail that will bring your artwork to life. With 19 brand new Paper Textures, you will enjoy more freedom to experiment and match the perfect texture with any media.

  • Wacom tablet support

    Every artist uses different pressure when drawing on a tablet. Painter Essentials offers support for the entire Wacom product line and helps you customize your tablet to meet your pressure-sensitivity needs. You can control brush size, zooming and many other functions, eliminating the need for a keyboard while painting.

  • World's most authentic Natural-Media®

    Experience a stress-free way to unleash your imagination and express your true creativity. Painter Essentials Natural-Media® brushes, including RealBristle technology, replicate traditional art materials more realistically than any other software.

  • Smart photo-painting tools

    Sit back and watch the Auto-Painting tool magically paint a photo for you and add amazing photo effects. Just choose your image and a painting style, and then let the SmartStroke™ brush technology follow the lines and contours in your picture just like a real artist would.

  • Tracing images

    Sketch or paint right over your photo using tracing paper as a guide. You can use color right from the image itself or custom select your own colors.

Creating unmatched photo art

Turn your photos into high-quality paintings in just minutes. Painter® Essentials™ 5 makes it easy with one-touch auto-painting that lets you choose a style and watch your painting come alive, stroke by stroke. Or tap into your creativity and create a painting that's as original as you! With exclusive photo-painting and cloning tools, SmartStroke™ brush technology and incredible photo effects, Painter Essentials 5 guarantees your photo art will stand out.

Drawing and painting from a blank canvas

As an art enthusiast, you enjoy experimenting with a variety of art tools, painting real life moments and bringing your unique visions to life on canvas. Painter Essentials 5 offers you the optimal Natural-Media® brushes, paper textures and tools needed to get started in digital art and experience true creative freedom. From loose sketches to full-blown paintings, Painter Essentials 5 makes it easy to get extraordinary results.

Auto-Painting photos

Learn how to create a masterpiece from your photo with our video tutorials

Hand painting a photo

Learn how to draw and paint from scratch with our video tutorials