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Corel Painter Essentials 5 Review

Corel Painter Essentials 5 Review

by July 28, 2016

Corel Painter Essentials is a simple, essential but at the same time great solution for computer painting which is created on the basis of one of the most powerful and best painting applications in the world- Corel PaintShop. It is of use for beginners and even for children because the program makes it easy amazing works without using complicated settings and options. Thanks to plenty of new features and improvements, now you can create amazing paintings on the one hand and transform your photos into works of art on the other hand; more than that, now you can use it and enjoy its great features on the different touch devices such as tablets. Corel Painter Essentials 5 provides you with a wide range of painting styles and photo effects which allow you to unleash your natural creativity and show your artistic possibilities and capabilities.

Corel Painter Essentials is just that application which will help you to unveil and uncover your artistic talent and personality.

Download and Installation- as other Corel applications, Painter Essentials 5 is available for download on the official Corel website. The installation EXE file is not very big; it is just 200 MB in size. The trial version is fully functional and you can use it for 30 days without any restrictions. In addition, it should be noted that the program supports 64-bit versions only, so if you have 32-bit version, you will not be able to use the program. Currently Corel Painter Essentials 5 is offered not only for the Windows operating system but also for Mac and tablet PC, for example, Microsoft Surface Pro.

As for the installation process of the program, it is very simple and straightforward. As other applications, it includes some easy and standard installations steps. So, all you need to do is to read and accept the terms of the license agreement and choose the destination folder. That is all, in a minute the program will be installed and ready to use.

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The Interface of the Program- The user interface of the program is greatly improved as compared to the previous version. Now it is more convenient to use, and you can easily perform any actions not only on your computer easily but also on your tablet, for example, with a stylus. Anyway, the program’s interface is very similar to other painting applications, so you will make yourself familiar with all its features and tools very quickly.

The main workspace of the program includes a Menu Bar (through this menu bar you can access different commands and options; there are eight drop-down menus on the bar, for example, File- for creating, saving or opening projects, and so on; Edit- for editing projects; Layers- for adding layers to the picture and photo, and so on); Brush Selector Bar (for selecting and using different brushes offered by the program) and Property Bar (this bar allows you to use options and setting related to the active selected tool).

Corel Painter Essentials 5 also provides you with and advanced Toolbox which contains a lot of different tools for editing pictures and photos on the one hand and three different panels on the other hand. Photo Painting Panel allows you to paint on a photo by using different preset styles both automatically and manually; Mixer Panel allows you to mix or blend different colors to enhance and beautify photos, and, finally, Color Set Panel allows you to view colors on the photo.

In addition, it should be said some words about a very interesting Color Wheel which allows you to select and apply the desired color to the photo.



The Main Features of the program- with the help of Corel Painter Essentials 5 you will be able to create your own amazing paintings on the one hand and edit your photos by applying to them a wide variety of artistic effects. Just for this reason, the program offers two workspaces- one for drawing and one for editing photos.

Thanks to modern computer technologies now you have got a lot of possibilities to show your talent and you do not need a real canvas, oil, pencils or brushes. All these things are conveniently combined in Corel Painter Essentials 5. This program will transform our computer into a real artistic studio and your monitor will become your canvas and your mouse will become your brushes. It is up to you to create amazing artistic paintings. Fortunately, the program contains all necessary tools for creating pictures from scratch. Yes, it is very easy to become a great artist with Corel Painter Essentials 5. More than that, you can not only draw pictures with the help of the program but also create great artistic images from your photos.

It is very easy to become a real artist with the help of Corel Painter Essentials 5 because it provides you with all artistic tools which you need. There is a canvas, different brushes and color settings at your disposal. First of all you should to choose the desired canvas and select any options to set up it. For example, you have the possibility to select the desired canvas preset (i.e. portrait, particle brushes, and so on), specify the canvas width, height and resolution, and, finally, choose color you can select any of the offered colors and customize them by adjusting hue, saturation, and so on) and paper textures (the program provides you with a lot of paper textures, for example, basic paper, French watercolor paper, and so on).

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After selecting and specifying all settings, of course, you can proceed to the main step and start drawing. Thanks to the program there is no lack in brushes and different tools to create amazing artistic pictures. The number of brushes offered by Corel Painter Essentials 5 is really numerous. All these brushes are conveniently sorted out into twelve categories, so you will be able the most appropriate brush for you without any problems. For example, you can select from the following brush categories- Artists, Photo painting brushes, Blenders, Digital watercolor, and so on. Shortly saying, there are all artistic brush styles at your disposal; for example, you can create watercolor pictures, use crayons or paint with chalk and pastel.

The toolbar also provides you with some basic tools for editing your pictures. For example, you can take full advantage of the following tools- Text tool (it allows you to add text to the picture by specifying size, font, alignment and color), Crop tool (it allows you to remove or crop any undesired area from the picture), Selection Tool (with the help of this tool you ca make rectangular, oval or lasso selection), Eraser tool (with this tool you can erase any unneeded objects from the picture), and some others. Among new features which the program offers, it should be noted the creation of mirror and kaleidoscope painting.

Corel Painter Essentials 5 includes a very convenient tool for controlling and managing colors on your painting. All you need to control colors is to rotate it and select the desired color.

Corel Painter Essentials 5 also offers some artistic effects which can be applied to your painting, for example, Total Control (it allows you adjust colors by specifying saturation, hue and value on the one hand and brightness and contrast on the other hand), Surface Control (it allows you to apply lightning and surface texture, create woodcut and sketch, and so on), Focus (with these effects, you have the possibility to blur, soften and sharpen your painting).

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Corel Painter Essentials 5 is a software product not only for drawing but also for editing your photos with a variety of beautiful effects. You can edit and beatify your photos both in manual and automatic mode. The program offers 11 preset styles for editing your photos, for example, impression painting, oil painting, illustration, watercolor sketch, and so on. All you need to do is to choose the desired photo and apply one of preset styles offered by the program. All other actions the program will do for you in automatically.

Photo Drawing 1


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What is new in Corel Painter Essentials 5?

Revolutionary particle brushes

Jitter brushes

Mirror painting

Kaleidoscope painting

User Interface

Brush tracking utility

2 in 1 mobile painting interface

Navigator panel

Real-time effects preview

Transformation tools

Native 64-bit for Mac and PC

Painter mobile for Android

In addition to the new features, the developers has greatly improved and enhanced some other tools, too. A full list of all new features ad improvements together with detailed explanations can be found on the official Corel website.

System Requirements

Windows 7- Windows 10 (only 64-bit version is supported by the program)

2 GB of RAM

At least 650 MB of free hard disk space

Processor- Intel Pentium 4, AMD Athlon or AMD Opteron.


Corel Painter Essentials 5 is a great software application which provides you with everything needed for drawing and digital photo processing. You will find a number of advanced tools which are parts of Corel PaintShop 8, one of the best applications for creating and editing photos. Of course, Corel Painter Essentials 5 does not include all presented in Corel PaintShop 8 but offers all necessary tools for photo and painting amateurs and it allows them to create amazing paintings.

Novice artists and even photo professionals will find a lot of brushes, paper textures, effects, and so on. For convenience’s sake the program offers two separate workspaces, Drawing and Photo Painting. Of these two workspaces the former is designed for drawing and the second for photo editing.

With the help of Corel Painter Essentials 5 and its essential tools you will become a real artist and easily create your own paintings or enhance and edit your photos. I think that it is worth trying it and become a great artist for a while.


1. Two operating modes-painting and photo painting
2. A lot of different brushes for drawing
3. Photo editing



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