Upgrade for Painter Essentials 4

 I clicked on "Upgrades"....wanting to see if there were any.

For the 'Windows version'?

The only 'upgrade' available.....is for a MAC (Leopard version).

Oh, great!.

"Painter Essentials 4" (for Windows).........is very temperamental, to say the least!

It (the software) is very particular!..........................in about how it is being used!

Get it wrong, and 'Error windows'.....pop up.


  • Jeffery

    I am sorry to here you are having problems using PE4. Can you be any more specific as to what you are doing when the error dialogs are popping up?


  •  Being so new...to Painter Essentials 4, i would say that I am no different than any other new User, Jennifer.......that should try anything, and do it wrong, Painter 4 certainly lets me know ...quick-smart.....that I am indeed dong it very wrong.

    The  self-contained 'Tutorials' (purely for the process of painting).....only go so far, then, the User (me and others)...is basically ...on their own.

    There's no  visual 'Guided Tour'.......but, there is a written one, and, again, this also does not go enough, in the 'Explanation Dept.'

    Just the 'bare basics' (very bare), for the User to figure it all out, and this is all before one actually starts painting.

    Or drawing.

    By that, I mean, 'we have to play around with the software'.....for a long time, before we actually get to use it properly.

    To see what works, or does not!

    Sure, it's great fun.....to use "Auto-Paint", but!

    If a User does not have a Graphics Tablet, has only the use of a Mouse, well, how professional can one make of a Sketch....or of a painting?

    Not much.

    My best attempts look far worse.....than of a 3 year old child..

    Is there a Patch/Upgrade.............for the Windows version?

    No,for just the Mac "Leopold".

    The 'recommended' Graphics Tablet is.....a Wacom (about $300+).

    I am on Pension.

    Have seen Tablets ....for around $130-165 (4 x 6's).

    Will they work....with Painter 4?


  •  yes Jeffrey any tablet is fine - I am wondering whether part of your problem might be memory based,  providing you have at least two gigs of fast high quality ram, which is entry level these days, and a good graphics card, the only thing that might help is if you have set up a second hard drive as a scratch disc, this can even be an external hard drive, and in my case made an astonishing difference to brush rendering speeds. If you go to edit - preferences - memory and scratch - then set 80% to your second hard drive, it will give your brushes a turbo boost. If not back to the drawing board, and try the first options.

  • Hi Jeffery, I new to PE4 but have used Photshop and Procreate Painter Classic... I just plod along and do my own discovering...had a geek at the PE4 video that was ok... I also use pen, track ball and mouse and find them equally as good.   You mentioned the PE4 patch for 'Snow Leopard' ...I've got it and am still having probs with the paint draw.  They reckon that it will be fixed soon!!! So, I guess you might have to wait 'til then.. don't give up yet Jeffery.        Cheers sam (from Oz)


  •  G'day, Sam, nice to meet you.

    You have a Mac, and I have XP Pro.

    Is a bit of a difference there.

    Like you, I do aim to...just keep plodding on, too.

    I don't consider myself an 'expert', yet, in having PE4 ....for about a week.

    I think we all have problems...with PE4, it all comes down to........how we learn (and what we all may be doing differently as opposed to what the creator(s) of PE4 are capable of doing with it, collectively speaking).

    After all, Corel did create it. (And, they use 'secrets'...we don't/won't get to know about, ever.)

    We get only the 'basics'......of how to use it, have to struggle with it, from thereon in.

    I don't intend to give up on it.

    Can't afford to, really.

    In doing a Uni- Course, come November, Digital Art is bound to arise as a 'Subject'....in the Course, if I don't know what it (Digital Art) is...or how to do it, well, I will never get Top Grades....for not knowing anything, now will I?

    What's the 'tracker-ball'...like, to use one?

    Thought of...trying one out, myself, but, I'm so used to my cordless Laser Mouse (w/Tilt-wheel), evry time I have to a normal Mouse, I'm awkward like 'nobody's business'.

    But, in a week or 3, I will be getting a Graphics Tablet. (Touted as 'the Bee's knees'......when it comes to Digital Art, and PE4!)

    An 8 X 6 one, but, at a pinch, a 4x 6 one will do. (Will require just the 'Touch-area'........for all movement/strokes, anyway.)

    Used to sketch, when a kid, but that was over 30 years agowhen I last used a pencil.

    Took up a pencil again, (found I still had the 'knack/gift') only about 2-3 weeks ago, and painted (for the very first time)....at the same time.

    So,yeah, I am a real novice, in that regard.  

    Everything is ;new' again, everything is a 'learning-curve'....for me.

    Except, this time around, I have a computer...to assist me. Which I never had before.

    Anything/everything that trips me up, now, I just look it up..on the computer, and away I go.

    Images galore, Art Lessons, Videos (especially these.......as 'seeing' is really 'believing'!, in how things are sketched/painted), you name it.

    All can be collected, if the computer has a very large capacity (hard-drive)...to do so.

    A printer is also very handy, too. To print out 'reference-shots'....for close-up work (finer detail).

    A Digital-camera (I have one).......to make your own photos with, and your own paintings from.

    What could be any better, than that (with PE4 included')?

    I have a 'self-contained' unit........with 8 bare walls. (Perfect, for me to hang a Collection...of my own Paintings, right?)

    Have painted just a few, so far, but, what I have and what my friends have seen/said of them, have encouraged me to continue. (The reason...behind the forrthcoming Uni- Course.)