New Painter 2021 Professional painting software for WindowsMac

Painter 2021
  • Professional blank canvas painting and photo-art tools
  • World-class Natural-Media™ emulation & digital art brushes
  • Unlimited customization of brushes, textures, and other media
  • Mac & PC support, FREE brush packs and more (Subscription only)
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Archan Nair

Painter 2021. Accelerate your art.

Create your signature style with Painter®. Sketch, paint, illustrate and make unparalleled photo-art with hundreds of realistic brushes, exclusive media, and an array of artistic tools. Painter 2021 is as diverse as your imagination.

Betty Piper
Create

Create

Paint from a blank canvas or create amazing photo art.

Customize

Customize

Create your own brushes, textures, patterns, palettes and so much more.

Extend

Extend

Enhance your paintings with outrageously creative brush packs.

Andy Catling
Georg Ireland
Judah Dobin
Customization
Barbara Peonio
GPU - Stamp based technologies
CPU - Drip & Liquid technology
CPU -Texture category of brushes
CPU - Document manipulation
John Derry
Barbara Peonio

Everything you need in your professional digital art software

Craft your masterpiece with stunning reality using renowned dry, wet, and blending media.
Quick Start Guide User Guide

Experience brushes with greatness!

From traditional paint brushes to those found only in the digital world of Painter, we’ve got your canvas covered with every brush and media type possible.

Show and tell

Take a closer look at what other artists are creating with Painter.

Compatibility

Photoshop

Photoshop

Preserve colors and layers with ease when transferring files between Photoshop and Painter

Drawing tablet

Drawing tablet

Support for stylus tilt, rotation, bearing & pressure control creates the most natural painting experience

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Mac/PC

Mac/PC

Whether you’re a Mac or PC person we support both platforms with licensing and subscription options to suit you

Your art. Your way.

Painter is built by artists for artists to create and develop their signature style.

Judah Dobin

Illustration

Bring ideas to life for published materials, fashion design and fantasy art using the most diverse digital art studio.

Make Your Own Illustration
Ad van Bokhoven

Fine Art

The mixture of realistic natural media and unique Painter artistic tools offer the freedom to create amazing end results no matter what the subject matter.

Master Your Skills
Davey Baker

Concept Art

Take advantage of Painter's versatility to quickly develop concepts for films, games and manufacturing and create environments, creatures and vehicles that inspire.

Create Better Concepts to Get Paid
Justin Gedak

Photo Art

Use artificial intelligence to jump start the painting process. Next, use Auto-Painting and cloning tools to masterfully paint images and produce stunning keepsakes or sellable works of art.

Bring Your Photos to Life

Your art. Your way.

Painter is built by artists for artists to create and develop their signature style.

Illustration
Judah Dobin

Illustration

Bring ideas to life for published materials, fashion design and fantasy art using the most diverse digital art studio.

Make Your Own Illustration
Fine Art
Ad van Bokhoven

Fine Art

The mixture of realistic natural media and unique Painter artistic tools offer the freedom to create amazing end results no matter what the subject matter.

Master Your Skills
Concept Art
Davey Baker

Concept Art

Take advantage of Painter's versatility to quickly develop concepts for films, games and manufacturing and create environments, creatures and vehicles that inspire.

Create Better Concepts to Get Paid
Photo Art
Justin Gedak

Photo Art

Use artificial intelligence to jump start the painting process. Next, use Auto-Painting and cloning tools to masterfully paint images and produce stunning keepsakes or sellable works of art.

Bring Your Photos to Life
Archan Nair
Skip Allen
Color mixing
Hao Wang
James Mendillo
UI customization
Judah Dobin

Features Highlights

Pan, zoom, rotate and apply lighting and surface texture with ease
What's New
in 2021
Apple support

Apple support

Improve your overall Mac workflow in big ways!

New

Touch Bar Support

On MacBook Pro and iPad, increase efficiency with new support for the Touch Bar that offers context-sensitive controls that change depending on the selected tool.

ENHANCED

Multi-touch Trackpad support

Responsive multi-touch Trackpad support allows you to perform useful actions by swiping and pinching, or spreading your thumb and forefinger on your trackpad.

Apple Pencil
New

Sidecar Support

Use Sidecar on macOS Catalina to use your iPad as a secondary display that mirrors your Mac desktop. The Painter UI will auto-adjust based on the resolution of your iPad.

NEW

Apple Pencil Tilt

With new tilt support for Apple Pencil, you can now tilt the selected brush while you paint to precisely control the shape of the brushstroke while using Sidecar.

Core ML support
New

Core ML support

Painter uses the latest and greatest machine learning (Core ML) technology from Apple to optimize your AI style experience.

What's New
in 2021

Performance updates

Run the intuitive Brush Accelerator™, which makes the most of your computer’s hardware and graphics card, to deliver the best possible painting experience. Work faster with double the number of GPU accelerated brush technologies, optimized drip and liquid brush technologies, and quicker brush and tool switching.

Jesus Viveros
New

Artificial Intelligence

Quick start your art by taking advantage of the 12 AI Styles that create a stylized painting from an image. Fine tune the settings for custom results and save your own presets. Experiment by adding a style, or more than one, to any type of imagery. Try stylizing a sketch, painting, illustration or just brushstrokes and see where styles can take you. Watch video

  • After
  • Before
Dana Diamond
New

Clone Tinting

Enable the Clone Tinting feature while painting, then choose any color you like, use any clone brush, and render your clone source with custom color. This versatile tool also works with multi-point cloning allowing you to create entirely new compositions from existing artwork. Bonus! Create with a new Clone Tinting brush category.Watch video

ENHANCED

Layers

Enhance your workflow by choosing to paint on any layer type and hide the canvas right from the New Image dialog. Visually identify what brushes are compatible with various layer types including Liquid Ink, Thick Paint and Watercolor. Plus take advantage of many other user-requested layer improvements.Watch video

Chris Freeman
Apple support

Apple support

Improve your overall Mac workflow in big ways!

New

Touch Bar Support

On MacBook Pro and iPad, increase efficiency with new support for the Touch Bar that offers context-sensitive controls that change depending on the selected tool.

ENHANCED

Multi-touch Trackpad support

Responsive multi-touch Trackpad support allows you to perform useful actions by swiping and pinching, or spreading your thumb and forefinger on your trackpad.

Apple Pencil
New

Sidecar Support

Use Sidecar on macOS Catalina to use your iPad as a secondary display that mirrors your Mac desktop. The Painter UI will auto-adjust based on the resolution of your iPad.

NEW

Apple Pencil Tilt

With new tilt support for Apple Pencil, you can now tilt the selected brush while you paint to precisely control the shape of the brushstroke while using Sidecar.

Core ML support
New

Core ML support

Painter uses the latest and greatest machine learning (Core ML) technology from Apple to optimize your AI style experience.

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Feature

2021

2020

2019

2018

User Interface & Tools

NEW Artificial Intelligence Style panel
NEW Photo art quick palette
NEW Thick Paint layer controls
NEW Watercolor layer controls
ENHANCED Layer controls
Color Harmonies
Color ramps in sliders
Mirror & perspective tools in brush property bar
Narrow Brush Selector
Single access point brush editing
UI shape and media distinction
Universal color picker
Consolidated library panels
Easy access to tool controls
Inline dab and stroke previews
UI for color controls
Dark User Interface
Drag to Zoom
650+ redesigned application icons
Brush Hints
Selection Brush Tool
Texture Synthesis
Customizable User Interface
Customized Artist Layouts
Interactive Gradient tool & Express Painting
Palette Drawers
Portable Brush Selector
Quick Access Property Bars
Visual Tooltips
Brush Search Engine
Color Wheel, Mixer, Color Sets
Command Bar
Composition Panels
Document lighting control
Fill Tool
Image Navigator
Paper and Flow Map Rotation
Perspective Guides
Reference Image Panel
Symmetry Tools
Transformation Tool

NEW Artificial Intelligence Styles

12 styles

NEW AI Presets

9 presets

NEW Clone Tinting
Clone color mode from all color UI
Cloning with Texture
Multiple Clone Sources
Resize Clone Sources
Transparency Cloning Support
Auto-Painting Panels
Clone Source Palette

NEW Apple Sidecar support
NEW Apple Pencil support
NEW Apple Touchbar support
NEW Apple Trackpad two-finger gesture support
ENHANCED Brush Accelerator™

(introduced)

EXTENDED GPU acceleration for stamp brushes

(2x more brushes supported)

(introduced)

ENHANCED Drip & Liquid (Sargent) brush technologies

(up to 4x faster)

ENHANCED Faster brush and tool switching
ENHANCED Texture brush technologies

(up to 2x faster)

Document manipulation

(up to 5x faster)

Brush lag reduced
Eraser tool lag reduced
Pan, zoom and rotate speed
Startup and shutdown speed
Multi-Core support
Wacom Multi-touch support
Windows Touch support
Adobe Photoshop support (PSD)
Color Management support
PNG support
RTS support
Wacom Tablet support
2-in-1 or dual personality
64-Bit Mac and Windows

NEW Thick Paint compatible brushes

14 brushes

NEW Clone Tinting brush category

14 brushes

NEW Layer compatibility icons
ENHANCED Thick Paint brushes

(introduced)

Fast and Simple performance brush category
Fast and Ornate performance brush category
Stamps
Digital Watercolor
Real Watercolor
Impasto
Natural Media Brush Library
Sargent
Selection brushes
Dab Stencils
Glazing
Texture Cover
Texture Source Blending
Acrylics & Gouache
Airbrushes
Artists' Favorites
Artists' Oils
Audio Expression
Blenders
Chalk, Pastel & Crayons
Cloners
Dynamic Speckles
Erasers
F-X
Image Hose
Liquid Ink
Markers
Oils
Palette Knives & Sponges
Particles
Pattern Pens
Pens & Pencils
Real Wet Oil
Simple
Smart Strokes

Patterns
Flow Maps
Gradients
Images
Looks
Nozzles
Papers
Selections
Textures
Weaves

Tech Specs

Windows

  • Windows 10* (64-Bit), with the latest updates
  • Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2 processor
    • 4 physical cores/8 logical cores or higher (recommended)
    • AVX2 instruction set support (recommended)
  • Modern GPU with OpenCL (1.2 or higher) compatibility (recommended)
  • 4 GB RAM
    • 8 GB RAM or higher (recommended)
  • 2.4 GB hard disk space for application files**
    • Solid-state drive (recommended)
  • 1280 x 800 @ 100% (or higher) screen resolution
    • 1920 x 1200 @ 150% (or higher) (recommended)
  • Mouse or Wintab-compatible tablet
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 or higher, with the latest updates
  • To activate your product, you must connect to the Internet and register it first

Mac

  • macOS 10.15 or 10.14, with the latest revision
  • Intel Core 2 Duo processor
    • 4 physical cores/8 logical cores or higher (recommended)
  • Modern GPU with OpenCL (1.2 or higher) compatibility (recommended)
  • 4 GB RAM
    • 8 GB RAM or higher (recommended)
  • 1.8 GB hard disk space for application files
    • Solid-state drive (recommended)
    • Case-sensitive file systems are not supported
  • 1280 x 800 @ 100% (or higher) screen resolution
    • 1920 x 1200 @ 150% (or higher) (recommended)
  • Mouse or tablet
  • To activate your product, you must connect to the Internet and register it first

* Versions 1909 and later of Windows 10 are supported as well as versions that will be released during the life cycle of Painter 2021.

** Additional space may be required for Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7

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