Remember Corel? The maker of popular drawing programs is back with an update to Painter, their flagship painting software for creative pros. Painter 12 includes up to fivefold performance gains with multicore brush support and a couple of new features like customizable workspaces and new brushes and art tools. The new Kaleidoscope tool uses mirrored planes to paint patterns and colors using user-defined brushes. The Mirror painting tool is Painter’s version of Photoshop’s clone tool with horizontal, vertical (or both) mirroring choices. More info and demo videos after the break.
New brushes and tools include Real Watercolor and Real Wet Oil with realistic pigmentation and customizable wind direction for drying. Other enhancements include the Clone Source palette, consolidated brush categories, revamped workspaces, streamlined user interface and other nice-to-haves. Painter 12 costs $429 for new users or $229 for those looking to upgrade from versions 10 and 11. It requires an Intel-based Corel’s site.running Leopard or Snow Leopard. A free trial is also available from