Is there a way to make autopainting to paint strokes in specific direction ?
Personally I gave up on Corel Painter and Corel Painter Essentials for auto painting of my photographs. I find Topaz Impression a much superior product for auto painting. Does a much better job and a zillion times faster. And 1/5 of the price.
Also if you choice a lesser setting you get a preview of what your painting will look like. Corel used to be leading edge a decade ago, now it's not even catching up with the competition.