NEW Painter Essentials 7 (Windows/Mac)
Painter Essentials 7

Painting software for beginners

  • User-friendly interface
  • AI-based photo painting
  • Industry-acclaimed brushes
  • Incredible speed
  • Built-in learning
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Brandon McDonald

The ideal painting software for beginners

Start your creative journey with Painter® Essentials™ 7, the best paint program for beginners to explore and expand artistic curiosity using impressive, easy-to-learn tools.

PainterThe ideal painting software for beginners
Kayla Carlile

Distinctive Artificial Intelligence based photo painting

Produce incredible photo art with ease by converting your favorite photos into paintings using neural networking and the strength of Painter’s brush engine! Choose from an impressive range of AI styles for photo painting, including Bold Watercolor, Colored Pencil, Colorful Dabs, Impressionist, Smooth Acrylic, Van Gogh, Watercolor Portrait, and Charcoal Drawing.

After Before

Flexible photo painting tools

Open your image and the painting choice is yours. Auto-Paint, in one click, with AI, or SmartStroke™ technology that rapidly produces stunning results. Clone paint by dipping any brush you like directly into the photo, or trace by turning on tracing paper and selecting a brush and color while using the image as your guide.

Flexible photo painting tools
Experiment with blank canvas painting

Experiment with blank canvas painting

Immerse yourself in an intriguing collection of realistic brushes and canvas textures that respond to your every move when using a pressure-sensitive drawing tablet. Dry, wet, springy, speckled, spattered, glowing, gooey, patterned media is at the ready, allowing you to bring your wildest ideas to life.

Industry-acclaimed brushes

Industry-acclaimed brushes

Create with artist-trusted brushes. Every brush in Essentials was custom selected for new digital artists from our professional Painter art studio so that you can comfortably ease into your digital art experience.

Tools and effects to inspire you

Mirror
Mirror
Navigator
Navigator
Kaleidoscope
Kaleidoscope
Woodcut
Woodcut
Apply Lighting
Apply Lighting

Additional brush packs

Browse our outrageously creative brush packs to enhance any kind of painting. Simplify your workflow with the perfect brush pack solution.

Explore our Learning Portal

Find just what you need to succeed! Tons of useful tutorial videos await you in our Discovery Center. You can also share artwork, benefit from tips, register for webinars and enter contests.

Painter Essentials 7: Paint something great!

Brushes | User Interface | Tools

Brushes

Brushes

Learn more about the media that makes Essentials stand apart from other painting software.

NewBrushes
Skip Allen

Dab Stencils

Imagine knocking out areas of a brush so that the chosen texture takes center stage. That is exactly how you can paint with these one-of-a-kind brushes.

NewDynamic Speckles
Karen Bonaker

Dynamic Speckles

Paint with dynamic brushes whose multicolored speckles generate as you stroke! These brushes are unique to Painter and loved by artists.

NewGlazing
Melissa Gallo

Glazing

Blend colors like a master with these subtle brushes that allow opacity to build up smoothly along your brushstrokes.

Enhanced
Anthony Gallinoto

Digital Watercolor

See how these brush variants produce controllable watercolor effects that are highly reactive with canvas texture. Now set diffusion, adjust wet fringe and dry paint.

Enhanced
Norman Crabtree

Image Hose

Choose from a full library of Image Hose Nozzles so you can spray compelling imagery onto your canvas with the Image Hose variants included in the F-X category.

James Schlett

Artists

Mimic the Masters by adding multicolored Impressionist dabs, Sargent swirly flair ,and Van Gogh chunky paint to your masterpiece.

Jeanette Stringham

Blenders

Use these standout Painter brushes to perfectly blend painted strokes and artfully finish your work.

F-X
Paul Robertson

F-X

Obtain an array of creative results by either playfully impacting existing canvas content or by adding memorable strokes to a blank canvas.

Particles
Paul Robertson

Particles

Experience an infinite number of creative possibilities with these physics-inspired brushes that spring, flow, glow and gravitate onto the canvas.

Industry Acclaimed Brushes

Brush Selector
Brandon McDonald

Brush Selector

Explore 15 brush categories, including 23 new brushes, and easily choose brushes from distinct brush dab and stroke previews at-a-glance, no hover required.

Brushes

Enjoy a custom selection of digital art media types comprised of award-winning Natural-Media® and Painter signature brushes, selected just for beginners.

Brush Controls

Brush optimization is in your hands. Modify brush variants to suit your needs using the many different adjustment options such as size, opacity, grain, texture and more.

Beginner-friendly UI

Beginner-friendly UI

A painting environment that puts the focus on you

NewApplication icons

Application icons

Essentials now features redesigned icons to make things easier on the eyes, simple to understand, and more efficient to use.

NEWDark UI
Pavel Goloviy

Dark UI

A meticulously transformed user interface reveals a darker theme with tool highlighting that allows the interface to melt away and painting to take center stage.

NewScrubby Zoom
Brandon Marquez

Scrubby Zoom

Overall document manipulation is now smoothly exhilarating. Take advantage of the ability to click and drag so you can zoom in and out of your document with ease.

ENHANCEDBrush previews

Brush previews

View enhanced dab and stroke previews at-a-glance, saving you tons of time. With improved visuals, we’ve eliminated the need to hover in order to find the perfect brush.

EnhancedColor Selector

Color Selector

See how the universal color selection process throughout Essentials is now a breeze. The updated Color Wheel includes new circular grabbers and a split color and clone painting preview.

EnhancedLayers

Layers

Enjoy unlimited layers, blending with composite methods, adjusting opacity and many workflow enhancements that make for an effortless experience.

ENHANCEDProperty Bar

Property Bar

Streamlined Property bars include modern sliders, simple brush controls, media flyouts, and paper rotation so you can make adjustments in no time.

ENHANCEDPerformance
Adrian Corson

Performance

Essentials can easily manage memory-intensive operations, such as working on large canvases, scrubby zooming, rotating the canvas, working with layers and brushing, all at top speed.

Powerful photo-painting tools

Auto-Painting
Janene Stinson

Auto-Painting

No experience required! From the Photo Painting palette, open a photo, choose an Auto-Paint AI or SmartStroke™ style, and watch your painting transform before your eyes.

Clone Painting

Open your image and click “show tracing paper” from the Photo Painting palette. Use the Photo Painting Brushes, or any other brush in Essentials by clicking the Clone color from source button.

Tracing

Open your image and click “show tracing paper” from the Photo Painting palette. Choose any brush and your preferred color to paint with while using the photo as your guide.

Tools

Tools

Top tools ensure you are empowered to paint

NewArtificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence based photo painting

Choose from an impressive range of AI-based styles that convert your favorite photos into paintings using Neural Networking and the strength of Painter’s brush engine.

NewFlow Map Textures

Flow Map Textures

Now select from a library of Flow Maps and Paper Textures to ensure interesting canvas expression in your paintings.

Brush Tracking

Brush Tracking

The pressure of your stylus on a tablet determines the density and width of your strokes. Each artist uses a different pressure level and you can adjust Essentials to match with Brush Tracking!

Custom Brush Palette

Custom Brush Palette

Shift and drag your favorite brush variants into a custom brush palette for easy access and modify the preview to display as small or large icons.

Effects
Chet Phillips

Effects

Make color and canvas adjustments using this exciting menu of effects including options to apply lighting & texture, warp, woodcut, sketch and more.

Mirror and Kaleidoscope
Scott Kinsman

Mirror and Kaleidoscope

Paint in perfect symmetry with Mirror painting and create beautiful Mandalas using the Kaleidoscope tool.

Which version is right for you?

Painter Essentials and Painter comparison (PDF)
Product Comparison (PDF)

Feature Painter®
Essentials™ 7
Painter®
Essentials™ 6
Painter®
Essentials™ 5
Photo Art Specific Tools
NEW Artificial Intelligence Photo Painting
AI Bold Watercolor
AI Colored Pencil
AI Colorful Dabs
AI Impressionist
AI Smooth Acrylic
AI Van Gogh
AI Watercolor Portrait
AI Charcoal Drawing
Auto-painting presets
Tracing & cloning
Photo painting brushes
User Interface & Tools
NEW Dark user interface
NEW Application icons
NEW Universal color picker
ENHANCED Property bars
ENHANCED Color selection
ENHANCED Inline dab and stroke previews
ENHANCED Brush ghost
ENHANCED Layer control
NEW Drag to Zoom
Workflow UI Layouts
Color mixer panel
Color wheel
Mirror Painting
Kaleidoscope Painting
Fill tool
Transformation tool
Effects menu
Rubber Stamp
Dodge
Burn
Performance/Support
ENHANCED Document render
ENHANCED Brush speed
ENHANCED Multi-Core support
ENHANCED Tablet support
ENHANCED Wacom multi-touch support
ENHANCED Windows touch support
RTS Support
Pressure sensitive brush tracking
Unlimited layers
2-in-1 or dual personality
64-Bit Mac and Windows
Built in learning resources
Brushes
NEW Dynamic Speckles
NEW Glazing brushes
NEW Dab Stencils
ENHANCED Blenders
ENHANCED Digital Watercolor
ENHANCED Sargent technologies
ENHANCED Image Hose
ENHANCED Artists Favorites
Acrylics & Oils
Airbrushes
Chalk, Pastel & Crayons
F-X brushes
Sponges
Pens, Pencils & Markers
Particles
Pattern Pens
Content
NEW Flow Maps
Patterns
Paper textures
Feature Painter® 2020 Painter® Essentials™ 7
User Interface & Tools
Customized artist layouts
Customizable user interface
Brush customization
Color harmonies
Interactive gradient tool
Perspective guides
Texture painting
Mirror painting
Kaleidoscope painting
Effects menu
Drag to zoom
Universal color picker
Fill tool
Color wheel
Transformation tool
Brushes 900+ brushes 150 brushes
Thick Paint
Real Watercolor
Artists Oils
Real Wet Oil
Erasers
Stamps
Impasto
Palette Knives
Selection Brushes
Audio Expression brushes
Cloners
Liquid Ink
Dynamic Speckles
Glazing brushes
Dab Stencils
Photo Painting
Sargent
Image Hose
Acrylics & Gouache & Oils no gouache
Airbrushes
Blenders
Chalk, Pastel & Crayons
Digital Watercolor
Particle Brushes
Artists Favorites
F-X
Sponges
Pens, Pencils & Markers
Photo Art Specific Tools
Cloning with texture
Multiple clone sources
Resize clone sources
AI Auto-Painting
Auto-Painting with SmartStroke™ technology
Photo Painting panel
Rubber Stamp
Dodge
Burn
Performance/Support
Brush Accelerator™
Fast Brushes category
GPU support
Brush search engine
Wacom multi-touch support
Windows touch support
Pressure sensitive brush tracking
Unlimited layers
Tablet support
2-in-1 or dual personality
64-Bit Mac and Windows
Built in learning resources
Compatible with Photoshop
Content
Textures
Selections
Weaves
Gradients
Images
Looks
Nozzles
Patterns
Flow Maps
Papers

Tech Specs

Windows

  • Windows 10* (64-Bit) or Windows 7 (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)
  • 2 GB RAM
    • 8 GB RAM or higher (recommended)
  • 2.8 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 tablet
  • DVD drive (required for box installation)
  • 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, 10.14 or 10.13, with the latest revision
  • Intel Core 2 Duo
    • 4 physical cores/8 logical cores or higher (recommended)
  • 2 GB RAM
    • 8 GB RAM or higher (recommended)
  • 1.6 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 tablet
  • DVD drive (required for box installation)
  • To activate your product, you must connect to the Internet and register it first.

*Versions 1803, 1809 and 1903 of Windows 10 are supported as well as versions that will be released during the life cycle of Painter Essentials 7.

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

Learning

Visit the Discovery Center to view all of our free Painter Essentials tutorials, tips and webinars to get you started.

Drawing and painting from a blank canvas

Drawing and painting from a blank canvas

Every canvas is a fresh start! Experiment with a variety of art tools and bring your unique visions to life. Painter Essentials 7 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 7 will allow you to paint something great.

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Transforming photos into paintings

Transforming photos into paintings

Turn your photos into eye-catching paintings. Painter Essentials 7 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 are! With exclusive photo-painting and cloning tools, AI and SmartStroke™ brush technology, and incredible photo effects, Painter Essentials 7 guarantees your photo art will impress.

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