Corel Painter is a software product that uses raster-based digital technology to create the appearance of traditional painting and artwork. Corel Painter features unique digital brushes, art materials, and textures to help concept artists, traditional artists, designers, students and teachers, as well as photographers achieve whatever their imaginations can conceive.
Along with its ability to generate traditional-looking artwork, Corel Painter has come to be respected and revered by digital photographers as well. Artists like Fay Sirkis and John Derry have come to use photos as the basis for their canvas artwork, and photographers like Susi Lawson use Corel Painter to enhance their photography.
While Corel Painter can be used with a mouse to create artwork, with a tablet-based system such as the Wacom product line you can get a more realistic painting sensation by using a stylus that looks and feels more like a brush.
While I don’t expect the transition from traditional art to digital art to be anywhere as decisive as the move from film photography to digital was, I do believe that its transition will continue to grow and that Corel Painter will be at the forefront of the movement.