In SketchBook Pro 7 you have three Guides Tools. The Ruler, the Circle (Oval) and the French Curve (a set of three). These tools are just great. I can not do without them.
In ArtRage Pro there are also a set of tools similar to the Guides in SketchBook Pro. ArtRage also supports 3 modes of drawing using these Guides, or Stencils as they are called in ArtRage, namely Stencil, Ruler and Guide. They works differently; Stencil blocks areas from paint, just like an alpha channels. Ruler makes it possible to snap to and draw along a ruler without drawing under the ruler. Guide mode makes it possible to guide a stroke that is in the center of the gudie, that means you also draw "under" the ruler.
The Guide tools in both SketchBook and ArtRage are fast, easy to use, scalable and precise.
A combination of the Guide Tools and Functions in SketchBook Pro and ArtRage's would make Painter a much more useful paint- and illustration software. Since there already is a great Perspective Guide tool in Painter the implementation of other Guides, like Ruler, French Curves and Circle / Ellipse tool, is not far away I suppose. In Painter 2016?
Here you can see the Crayon guided by the French Curves. It is going under as well as on the outside of it. The French Curves, as well as all Stencils in ArtRage can be inverted. You can easily make your own Stencils to be used over and over again.
kind of agree with Jason, try to get a grip on the shape tools, it's way better and way more fun, not to mention far more powerful than what sketchbook can do
The programs that have those "french curve" thingies, is because they're a poor man's vector tools, artrage and sketchbook are cool programs, but they're severely underpowered I feel, they don't have any vector tools
this > french curves, in every way, it's faster and you put the line down exactly how you want
another reason shapes in Painter are so cool is how clean they are
a raster selection is much less easy to get clean lines with, maybe I could feather it or do something with it, but with shapes I get clean edges
even after I change them to a layer
look at the difference, the raster selection is copletely jagged, the layer that originated from the shape is super clean, why I like them
my shape was turned into a layer, but remained much cleaner and just the right amount of anti-alias
Thank you jason and Ganweianiex, I expected that someone would tell me about these things. I have been using Painter for 20 years and different vector based software as long. I can handle shapes and vectors.
Using the perspective guides is about the same as using other types of guides, it just makes things more easy and quick to construct. That is why I suggest Corel to add these other kind of guides.
Rulers, Circle and Ellipse and different Curves tools are just soo much quicker and handy while sketching, they are just a click away. This was a suggested improvement to make Painter more attractive for artists and illustrators, both pros and advanced hobbyists, because I know many that really like especially those tools in SketchBook Pro 7. I mean, to use the ellipse tool on the fly in a 3D pespective setup sketch, in 300 dpi, is sooo easy in SKB. Making my sketching really sharp and easy. That is what I like to see in my favourite painting application; Painter.
As I wrote, this is my suggestion :)