Painter 2019 - Top Reasons to Upgrade

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  1. ENHANCED Performance

Feel the speed! We have worked on several enhancements to improve both the brushing experience and working with documents. Enjoy up to 38% faster rendering of your document when zooming, panning and rotating. When working on AVX2 systems, you will experience more than a 38% speed enhancement when painting with many of Painter’s brushes.

  1. NEW Dark user interface theme

Launch a refreshing, professional interface that makes your artwork the focus. We have meticulously transformed the main user interface elements in Painter 2019 to reveal a darker theme that allows the interface to melt away and painting to take center stage.

  1. NEW Application icons and controls

Bring simplicity to your workspace with a crisp, clean and responsive environment. Painter is evolving with the times and now features over 650 redesigned icons to make things easier on the eyes, simple to understand, and more efficient to use. Try the new slider functionality using modifier keys to precisely select values.

  1. NEW Brushes and patterns

Gain inspiration for fresh creations by using 36 remarkable new brushes. Enjoy the new Stamps brush category along with a host of additional brushes that round out popular categories like: Selections, Airbrushes, Blenders, Dab Stencils, Glazing, Real Watercolor, Real Wet Oil, Sargent and Thick Paint. Paint with 5 new Patterns that are custom designed for concept artists and video game designers, but any artist will love them.

  1. ENHANCED Color workflow

See your selected color choices more clearly with new grabbers in the Color Wheel that will accurately reflect your color choice. Or, you can pin the Temporal Colors palette for easy access to a color selection where you need it, and use shortcuts to reliably sample with the eyedropper.

  1. ENHANCED Brush Ghost

Paint without any lag time by using strokes that will always track underneath your Brush Ghost. The Enhanced Brush Ghost has been modified to show a cursor while painting and you can change which icon appears during brushing. As you rotate the stylus, your Brush Ghost will rotate with you and offer real-time feedback.

  1. ENHANCED Windows Multi-touch

Experience the intuitive way to simultaneously pan, zoom and smoothly rotate your canvas using two fingers on a Windows touch device. To reset your painting view simply double-tap. You will greatly enjoy this natural sketching and painting experience.

  1. ENHANCED Drag to zoom functionality

Zoom in and out of your document quickly by using the Click + Drag option with your stylus or mouse. Move to the right to zoom in, and move to the left to zoom out. Hold the Shift key and drag-click to zoom into a specific area of interest. Now you have all your zooming needs in one tool!

  1. NEW Color Extensions

Enjoy a more intuitive way to choose color. The new YRB color extension offers an artist-friendly color wheel arrangement with color normal so you can quickly select a complimentary color. Use the included Color Harmonies to easily select a color strategy that works best for your masterpiece.

  1. NEW User-inspired fixes

Express your full creative potential with an improved user experience. Your most requested application fixes were top of mind for our new version, and we fixed 15 top-priority items. Please visit for the detailed list of productivity enhancing resolutions.

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