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Which painting software to buy???

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Old 02-25-2008, 03:15 PM
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Which painting software to buy???

Hello everyone,
I'm currently looking to buy one of the following:
Corel Painter X
Corel Painter Essentials 4
ArtRage 2

I'm aware of the price difference, but I need some user buying advice.
I have used Photoshop before.

I do plan on using a Wacom Intuos3 6x8 tablet.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Cost is a factor but I would consider spending a little more if it's worth it.

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Old 02-25-2008, 04:32 PM
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Re: Which painting software to buy???

Painter X is pretty powerful stuff and has infinite possibilities, but the learning curve is steep. It helps if you are a natural artist and have an understanding of how real paint brushes work and how the paint interacts with previous strokes.

That said, I don't know either of the other programs, but if you don't already have Photoshop or PSP, I would certain look there first.
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Old 02-26-2008, 10:35 AM
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Re: Which painting software to buy???

Unless you are a paint from scratch type artist, forget Painter Essentials 4. Don't have any experience with the others you list.

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