Corel Painter 11

Corel released Painter 11 today, which builds upon the prior versions and promises to deliver more advanced features.  According to Corel, the new pressure-sensitive brushes allow hand and brush to fluidly work as one, producing brushstrokes that are unrivaled in texture and precision.  Color management has also been improved to cater to the needs of photographers.  It is available for download from corel.com at $399 for the full version and $199 for the upgrade.  Boxed versions are also available.

More details in the press release below.

Ottawa, ON – February 24, 2009 – Corel Corporation (NASDAQ: CREL; TSX: CRE) today introduced Corel® Painter(TM) 11, the newest edition of the world’s leading painting and illustration software. With more than 40 new and enhanced features, Painter 11 provides the most inventive drawing and painting tools available, making it the ultimate art studio for those ready to expand their definition of creativity.

Since its inception, Corel Painter has set the standard for painting and illustration software. With Painter 11, artists can now expand their digital toolset with the most advanced painting and natural media tools available. New pressure-sensitive brushes allow hand and brush to fluidly work as one, producing brushstrokes that are unrivaled in texture and precision. Enhanced drawing tools and customizable media allow users to create distinct art every time.

“The cornerstone of Painter’s success has always been our loyal user community. During the development cycle for Painter 11, we listened closely and carefully to what these talented artists were saying about our product – the features they loved and the new features they needed as they worked with Painter on a day-to-day basis,” said Rob MacDonald, Product Manager for Corel Painter. “With Painter 11, we’ve successfully addressed many of the key areas our users highlighted while also delivering some exciting new features that will further expand artists’ creative options.”

Changing What’s Possible in Art

In developing the newest version of Corel Painter, the Corel team focused on four key areas:

Enhancing the Creative Process

Painter 11 offers artists the ability to enhance their creativity through the freedom to create and customize brushes and media variants to their precise specifications. With unique new tools including new artistic media, new hard media brushes, and new selection tools, Painter 11’s unique toolset enables users to create art that would not be possible working with traditional media.

Going Beyond the Digital Darkroom

With Painter 11, artists can expand their digital toolset with painting media designed to extend the capabilities of digital photography programs such as Corel® Paint Shop Pro® Photo and Adobe® Photoshop®. New color management improves color recognition when importing files from other applications and individual color profiles per document create greater color accuracy for each file.

Learning from Unlimited Experimentation

For those looking to embark on an artistic education, Painter 11 offers the ability to experiment with color theory and composition much faster than in a traditional environment, and without the toxins and mess. With the option to undo brushstrokes and other effects, this digital art studio provides the ability to experiment in an unlimited capacity, giving students, teachers, and other new users the confidence to explore a wide variety of artistic techniques.

Increasing Performance and Productivity

Artists using Painter 11 can enjoy creating in an inviting environment that is optimized for  their workflow. Enhanced brushes perform up to thirty percent faster than in previous versions, making this the fastest, most responsive version of Painter yet.

“I’ve been using Corel Painter for more than 18 years. This program has been a vital and integral part of my artistic workflow for the last 16 years. With the enhancements in brush technology and the expandable color palette introduced in Painter 11, I now have an even more powerful toolbox with which to express myself on the digital canvas!” said Jeremy Sutton, Portrait Artist (JeremySutton.com) and Founder of the new educational website, PaintboxJ.com, which features Painter 11 video tutorials, articles and new custom brushes. “Kudos to the Painter development team who sought out and listened to feedback from the artistic community and worked with us to make this version the best Painter yet. I highly recommend diving in, if you’re new to Painter, or upgrading from earlier versions so you can enjoy the new, improved features of Painter 11.”

For more information about Corel Painter 11 and to see a detailed list of new and enhanced features, and to view exceptional art created using Corel Painter, please visit www.corel.com/painter.  To learn more about how Corel Painter is used worldwide, please visit the product’s community site at www.painterfactory.com.

Pricing and Availability

The English version of Corel Painter 11 is available tomorrow (Feb. 25) as an electronic download through www.corel.com and is priced at $399 US for the full version and $199 US for the upgrade. The boxed product featuring new, environmentally-aware packaging is also available immediately for preorder and is priced at $429 US for the full version and $229 US for the upgrade.

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