Corel Painter 12 gets flow maps and multi-touch support

Corel has updated Corel Painter 12 for the second time since its release. Painter 12 offers new flow maps, giving users more control over how paint collects and dries within the peaks and valleys of the canvas. The update also incorporates multi-touch support for Wacom Intuos5 touch pen tablets and Cintiq 24HD touch interactive pen displays, providing a direct way to manipulate the canvas, much like working with paper. And finally, Painter 12.2 also includes vertical docking, which gives more flexibility to users when they’re choosing which position is most convenient to dock their palettes.

The new flow maps “maximise the creative potential of the Real Watercolor and Real Wet Oil brushes by adding flow maps to help direct the flow of paint, producing less saturation at the peaks of textures and more saturation in the valleys,” according to the marketing babble. In reality, it’s less straightforward: in order to benefit from flow maps, you must set your brushes so the medium will respond to the flow map; reading the Help file on this topic is a must.

After having read the sections on flow maps, I tried working with them, and I must admit that Painter 12.2 is yet again a thick hair closer
to painting with the real thing. Amazing really, that it’s possible at all…

Vertical docking is new to Painter, but it’s a long-time available feature in practically every other application on the Mac these days. You can dock palettes to the vertical edge of the application window by simply dragging and dropping.

Multi-touch support for Wacom Intuos5 touch pen tablets and Cintiq 24HD touch interactive pen displays; now here’s something that — together with the Flow map feature — is really powerful. If you are the happy owner of a Wacom Intuos5 or Cintiq 24HD, you can now perform movements such as panning, spinning and pinching, in order to work closely with the canvas and stay focused on the art instead of hunting for quick keys or buttons.