New Painter 2020 (Windows/Mac)
Painter 2020

Digital art & painting software

  • NEW Brush Accelerator™—up to 20x faster!
  • NEW Interface advancements
  • NEW Improved Brush Selector
  • NEW Color Harmonies
  • NEW GPU enhanced brushing
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Jesus Viveros

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Painting software custom-built for serious artists

Why not try the original, time-tested, digital painting software built by artists, for artists? Our virtual art studio has exceeded the creative expectations of illustrators, concept, fine, photo and manga artists for over 28 years! We know that Painter® 2020 will make you a passionate artist too.

PainterDare to design differently
Collin Chan
Renee Ciufo

Make a natural transition from traditional to digital

Painter 2020 offers realistic Natural-Media® and unique digital art brushes that dynamically respond to stylus movements and canvas textures, resulting in magnificently authentic brushstrokes. Best of all, there’s no waiting for paint to dry, no limit to media mixing, no running out of supplies, no toxins and no mess!

Make a natural transition from traditional to digital
After Before

An unparalleled photo art experience

Let the intuitive tools within Painter guide you through the transformation from a photo to a painted masterpiece. Rapidly paint a photo using the technology of SmartStroke™ Auto-Painting. Or grab a brush and hand paint the canvas using your photo as a clone source, while Painter magically pulls the photo colors through the bristles. Whatever your approach, the result will be momentous.

Vast amounts of brushes and customization capabilities

Vast amounts of brushes and customization capabilities

Unleash your creativity with 900+ brushes! Create with Painter’s revered traditional media and experience proprietary Dab Stencils, Dynamic Speckles, Particles and Pattern Pens brushes, plus so much more. Bring that extra special something to your artwork. Don’t stop there! You can also import brushes from other artists and create your own brush variations that produce a singular result.

Time-saving performance

Painter will keep up with every brushstroke, saving you valuable time! The Brush Accelerator™ utility scores your system and automatically applies the optimal Painter performance settings allowing GPU and CPU to ensure Painter can move at lightning speed. Benefit from the bonus functionality that tells you how to strategically upgrade your system to further improve Painter’s performance.

Time-saving performance

Brush performance & speed

With GPU support

Without

Up to 20x FASTER

Brush performance & speed

With CPU support

Without

Up to 4x FASTER

Document manipulation

With CPU support

Without

Up to 5x FASTER

What artistic style inspires you?

Click an image below to explore the workflow for the type of art you create.

Additional Brush Packs

Additional Brush Packs

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

learning portal

Explore our Learning Portal

Find just what you need to succeed! Hundreds of useful tutorial videos await you in our Discovery Center. Browse by Painter version to learn tricks relevant to your goals. Or, share artwork, benefit from tips, register for webinars and enter contests.

Painter 2020: Envision painting perfection

Brushes | Tools & media | Performance

Brushes

Brushes

Check out the brush categories that make Painter stand apart from other painting software!

NewBrushes
Jeremy Sutton

Brushes

You’ve never experienced such blazing brushes. Test out the Fast Simple and Ornate categories to assess Painter’s performance enhancements and check out new Watercolor and Digital Watercolor variants.

Artists Favorites
Allison Gloe

Artists Favorites

These brush variants are so popular we created a special category to highlight them. Sargent is an everlasting expressive favorite.

Blenders
Robert Revels

Blenders

Painter’s superior blending capabilities are highlighted in this category, with Just add water being a cherished finishing brush.

Dab Stencils
Georg Ireland

Dab Stencils

Imagine knocking out areas of a brush so that the selected choice of media, including papers, flow maps, and textures, take center stage.

Natural Media Library
Pete McCabe

Natural Media Library

We narrowed down the beloved, true-to-traditional, brushes into an easy-to-access brush library to save you experimentation time.

Particles
Davey Baker

Particles

These physics-inspired brushes spring, flow, glow and gravitate onto the canvas, offering an infinite number of creative possibilities.

Pattern Pens
Simon Haiduk

Pattern Pens

These unique brushes produce visionary strokes that incorporate exciting patterns for a one-of-a-kind end result.

Thick Paint

Thick Paint

Paint with revolutionary, voluminous media you can pile up, push around, carve into, scrape, and blend to painted perfection.

Texture Brushes
Don Seegmiller

Texture Brushes

Paint with stunning 2.5D texture brushes that cover or blend with a source image extruding strokes off the canvas.

Astonishing number of brushes!

Click here to see all of Painter’s amazing brush categories!

Astonishing number of brushes!
Mike Thompson

Brush Categories

Explore 36 brush categories and view improved brush dab and stroke previews at-a-glance. Rapidly switch to your last used brush and enjoy more painting pixels with a compact Brush Selector option.

900+ Included Brushes

Enjoy the largest selection of digital art media types on the market comprised of award-winning Natural-Media® and Painter signature brushes, plus create your own. Watch Now

Brush Controls

Brush optimization is in your hands. Modify any brush variant to suit your needs. There are many different adjustment options such as size, shape, angle, flow, and many more. Watch Now

Tools & Media

Tools & Media

Use a combination of amazing tools and media to craft the perfect composition

NewColor Harmonies

Color Harmonies

Six new color harmonies can be saved as color sets, plus universal color selection advancements throughout Painter make color selection a breeze.

ENHANCEDLayer Workflow

Layer Workflow

Improvements to the contextual and high-level menus save time and workflow tweaks to collapsing, locking, selecting and pasting improve layer quality and responsiveness.

Divine Proportion and Layout Grid
Cary Cox

Divine Proportion and Layout Grid

Use guides and grids based on classical composition, creating a sense of proportion that guides the eye of the viewer across a painting.

Perspective Guides
Michael Cetta

Perspective Guides

Display non-printing Perspective Guides to create objects that give the impression that they are receding, or vanishing, from view.

Mirror Painting and Kaleidoscope
Scott Payne

Mirror Painting and Kaleidoscope

Easily create a symmetrical painting by allowing Painter to create a mirror image by reproducing brushstrokes on the opposite side of the canvas or multiple reflections of mirror planes.

Surface Texture
Raquel Bigby

Surface Texture

When finalizing your painting it might help to add touches such as exhibiting paper texture, emphasizing 3D brushstrokes or applying directional lighting.

Papers
Pierluigi Abbondanza

Papers

Choose from a library of included canvas Paper textures. Adjust, import or create your own and either cover or reveal texture using a variety of media types.

Flow Maps
As Parcas

Flow Maps

Flow maps are textures designed to maximize the creative potential of the Real Watercolor and Particle brushes by helping direct the flow of paint.

Textures

Textures

Integrate intricate surface texture into your projects by selectively painting or filling portions of the canvas. Use Texture Synthesis to automatically generate a larger texture for you.

Professional photo-painting tools

Professional photo-painting tools
Miki Foldi

Auto-Painting Panels

No experience required! Open a photo, launch the Auto-Painting Panels and prep the photo, auto-paint and restore details with ease.

Clone Sources

You can use images, textures, and patterns as clone sources. Use the Clone Source Panel to open the clone sources, change size and shape if desired, and paint from the embedded opaque or transparent images.

Clone Painting

Choose Clone or Quick Clone and photo paint using Cloners brushes. Clone creates a new document with your image on canvas where Quick Clone clears the image from the canvas activating Tracing Paper reference of your photo.

Performance

Performance

A painting environment that puts the focus on your art

NewAutomatic Performance Optimization

Automatic Performance Optimization

The Brush Accelerator™ scores your system and applies the optimal Painter performance settings, which automatically allows the GPU and CPU to ensure Painter is lightning fast.

NewInterface advancements
Chet Phillips

Interface advancements

Revamped property bars, flyouts and palettes for brushes and tools put the most important controls at your fingertips, and consolidated Library Panels save precious painting pixels.

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 Painter to match with Brush Tracking!

Customizable User Interface

Customizable User Interface

Customize brushes, media content, palettes, shortcut keys and more to set up the perfect work environment. Plus, import content from others to complete your toolset.

Learning Content

Learning Content

Improve your painting performance by taking time to learn. Our Discovery Center is a one-stop shop for video tutorials, tips, webinar registration, contest entrance, gallery uploads and more!

Photoshop Compatibility
Georg Ireland

Photoshop Compatibility

Many Painter artists use Photoshop to edit imagery while turning to Painter to add artistic brushstrokes. Open layered .PSD files in Painter and save back out to Photoshop.

Windows Multi-touch
Caroline Hernasy

Windows Multi-touch

Experience the intuitive way to simultaneously pan, zoom and smoothly rotate your canvas using two fingers on a Windows touch device. To reset your painting view simply double-tap with two fingers.

Wacom Pen Computer, Display and Tablet Compatibility
Pascal Sibertin

Wacom Pen Computer, Display and Tablet Compatibility

When painting with a Wacom pressure sensitive device, Painter’s brushes automatically react to pressure, tilt and bearing plus you can use the Art Pen for full rotation.

Optimize your painting experience!

Astonishing number of brushes!
Painter
2020
Painter
2019
Painter
2018
Painter
2017
User Interface & Tools
NEW Color Harmonies
NEW Color ramps in sliders
NEW Mirror & perspective tools in brush property bar
NEW Narrow Brush Selector
NEW Single access point brush editing
NEW UI shape and media distinction
NEW Universal color picker
ENHANCED Consolidated library panels
ENHANCED Easy access to tool controls
ENHANCED Inline dab and stroke previews
ENHANCED Layer control
ENHANCED UI for color controls
Dark User Interface
Drag to Zoom
650+ resigned 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
Photo Art Specific Tools
NEW 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
Performance/Support
NEW Brush Accelerator
NEW GPU acceleration for stamp brushes
ENHANCED Brush lag reduced
ENHANCED Brush switching performance
ENHANCED Eraser tool lag reduced
ENHANCED Impasto brush performance
ENHANCED Pan, zoom and rotate speed
ENHANCED Startup and shutdown speed
ENHANCED Tool switching performance
Crash Reduction
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
Brushes
NEW Fast and Simple performance brush category

12 additional
brushes

NEW Fast and Ornate performance brush category

14 additional
brushes

ENHANCED Digital Watercolor

1 additional

ENHANCED Watercolor

4 additional

Stamps
Natural Media Brush Library
Sargent
Selection Brushes
Thick Paint
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
Impasto
Liquid Ink
Markers
Oils
Palette Knives & Sponges
Particles
Pattern Pens
Pens & Pencils
Real Wet Oil
Simple
Smart Strokes
Content
Patterns
Flow Maps
Gradients
Images
Looks
Nozzles
Papers
Selections
Textures
Weaves

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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)
  • OpenCL 1.2 capable video card (recommended)
  • 2 GB RAM
    • 8 GB RAM or higher (recommended)
  • 1.2 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 10.14 or OS 10.13, with the latest revision
  • Intel Core 2 Duo processor
    • 4 physical cores/8 logical cores or higher (recommended)
  • OpenCL 1.2 capable video card (recommended)
  • 2 GB RAM
    • 8 GB RAM or higher (recommended)
  • 850 MB 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 and 1809 of Windows 10 are supported as well as versions that will be released during the life cycle of Painter 2020.

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