That’s right Painter fans, Painter X3 is finally here! We continue to push the boundaries of digital art by providing artists with a realistic painting experience on their computer. Painter X3 is no exception to that.
What’s so special about this version? Well, quite a bit actually. We’ve been working closely with artists around the globe over the past year and a half to really get to the bottom of what artists want and need in their digital art software. Let me show you what the artists are so excited about…
With Universal Jitter, you can add random elements to your brush strokes. Not only do these happy accidents make things more interesting, Jitter also enhances the realistic painting experience you have come to know and love about Painter.
You can integrate Jitter into a range of brush controls including: opacity, grain, size, angle, airbrush particle size, airbrush flow, liquid ink volume and color expression.
Painter X3 also features 25 new Jitter brush variants. These brushes are fully customizable and easy to modify. You can use these brushes to create unique and irregular brushstrokes that will further personalize artwork.
Have you ever struggled to find that perfect brush? Now you can simply type a keyword into the new Brush Search Engine and let Painter do the work for you. Try one or multiple keywords to narrow down your search. I recommend typing X3 to see all of the new X3 specific brushes, and real for brushes that will take full advantage of your Wacom pen tablet.
Not only does this speed up workflow, it also makes Painter X3 much easier to navigate for both veteran and new Painter users.
Painter X3 now lets you see only the most commonly used panels and settings relevant to the currently selected brush with smart brush controls. This takes away the clutter and guesswork from your brush customization, and allows you to focus more on what matters, your artwork.
New users can now experiment with brushes easily, making the learning process less daunting. Advanced Brush Controls also include a Media panel, so you can experiment with different paper textures and flow maps, which direct the flow of paint from your Real Watercolor and Real Wet Oil brushes.
We have been asked so many times by new artists, “How do I choose an appropriate color scheme?” In Painter X3, you can sample colors from four Inspirational Mixers. These mixers were created by professional artists Jeremy Sutton, Karen Bonaker, Skip Allen and John Malcolm. You can also import files to use as a custom Color Set Library, which can now hold from 1-256 colors so you can create the perfect color set for your composition.
In response to photo fine artist feedback, Painter X3 includes support for its traditional Cloning Workflow. You can now position the source image beside the clone, and view the crosshair cursor which indicates the area being cloned. Viewing the crosshair cursor allows you to see the fine paint details on your canvas and increases painting accuracy. Plus, you can make adjustments to the source image, such as applying effects, and then save both the original and adjusted image on the fly.
There is no longer a need to leave Painter in order to select and transform multiple layers! Simply select your layers, including layer groups, make the adjustment and commit your transformation. Your workflow just became much simpler.
Based on artist request, we developed a tool to allow you to draw 1-, 2- and 3-point perspectives more accurately: Perspective Guides. This comes in handy for paintings that feature objects and scenery that show depth.
Vanishing points allow you to set up alignment to a reference image. You can then toggle perspective-guided strokes, which snap the direction of the brushstroke so that it aligns with the vanishing point. It’s never been easier to add dimension to your objects!
Reference Image Panel
After watching so many of our artists refer to an inspirational image, we decided that it would be a great improvement to allow you to keep your visual source right in front of you as you paint. This is how the new Reference Image Panel was born. This panel allows you to capture those subtle elements that turn a good painting into a great one, without disrupting your workflow.
Think of it like keeping your picture in front of you while you paint. By keeping your inspiration in sight, you enhance the quality of your artwork.
So, that’s a quick, summarized version of what to expect from Painter X3. But of course, this is only the beginning. If you find inspiration in watching other artists’ creative journeys, we encourage you to join our new live Paint Jams!
Download a trial now and experience these new features for yourself. You will see a truly realistic painting experience, as close to real canvas as a computer will get.