Corel Painter is a raster-based digital art application designed to simulate the appearance and behaviour of traditional media associated with drawing, painting, and printmaking. It is meant to be used with a graphics tablet or mouse.
The software offers a range of traditional artists' tools and materials (watercolour, oil paint, pastels, air brush, felt pens, chalk, charcoal & coloured pencil) and non-traditional effects (Image Hose, pattern pens, F/X, distortion, etc). Corel offers an online webinar library, tutorials, and other learning tools through their website.
Corel Painter includes the full set of features. Corel Painter Essentials is a less complex version designed for causal users with an emphasis on photo retouching. Painter Sketch Pad focuses on the early design phase of image creation and includes 13 drawing tools compared to Painter's nearly 900 brushes. It is designed to work with a drawing tablet.
Corel also offer mobile versions of Painter for iPhone (Paint It! Now), iPad (Cinco for Painter, Paint It! Show) and Android (Painter Mobile)