Hello Painter team,
I've had the opportunity to work with your program for the past 3 years, and with Photoshop for the past 15 years.
Painting as a professional illustrator, I've seen that your program, Painter, has an advantage over every other painting program: The ability to blend colors subtly through the use of pen pressure. No other program can replicate the same effect.
This means, illustrations can be created VERY quickly, and EASILY through the "Grainy hard cover" brushes. Such as the oil pastels. It would be a flawless painting tool, if it weren't for one, major problem: lack of anti-aliasing in the brush engine.
Painter stands for the idea of creating tools that resemble traditional media. Aliased edges (pixelated, jagged, edges) make the program fall short of this goal.
I'm writing this because I see Painter has unbelievable potential with its ability to blend color. It really matters to me, for anti-aliasing to be added to the program, and I'm sure it matters other professional artists who use this program. Programs like Photoshop have anti-aliasing, but cannot blend color. Painter can blend color, but no anti-aliasing. If both anti-aliasing, and color blending could be put together in Painter's brush engine, it would surpass every other digital painting program.
This is something that matters - quality matters to professionals.. I really wish the development team could see that artists are looking for the best quality in their work. Pixelated edges are terrible quality. Anti-aliasing would correct this. It really is such a simple solution that is missing from the program. It would truly complete an amazing tool for digital artists and illustrators.
below is an image showing the problem: (link shows the image in high quality - the versions below are blurry.)
Below are also some examples of finished illustrations. I'm sharing this in hope that this idea could be considered... it's not a random wish for the program, but a core need for visual professionals. Quality is a need, not a wish, for people who need to meet a high standard for clients with their work! You don't want to give garbage to your clients! You want to give them the best work possible, at the fastest speed possible. This tool offers speed, and vibrant color effects because of the blending properties. What is missing, is high quality - in the brush strokes themselves. All that it's missing, is anti-aliasing.
These images were all made with Corel Painter, for a client. The first 5 represent different stories from the Bible. The last image is a wildlife portrait in progress. An apology for some of the scary scenes.. they were part of the commission requirements.
In this reduced size version, the aliasing problem is not visible, but in the actual size (100% view) the jagged aliasing problem is an absolute eyesore.
Really hope this problem with the "grainy hard cover" brushes can be eliminated. At this stage, every other painting program (except Microsoft Paint) has anti-aliasing. Painter should catch up, and be a leader in quality. Anti-aliasing is part of that high quality that is missing.
Thank you for viewing this problem, and idea for the program.
By the way, I'm very interested in the development of Corel Painter. If the team were ever looking for another digital painter interested in helping with the development of the program, I would be extremely interested in pitching in!
have you tried the painter 2020 demo that released sometime last week Forest Hymn?
is there any improvement?
I'm hesitant to try it, but I hope someone else tried and compared 2020 and past releases (if there's anything tangible enough to compare.)
Thought I'd look into this too: one user asked for his dough back for 2019 over antialiasing, so it's got me curious.
I had a search for the Grainy Hard Brush and it looks like it's not in the Painter 2020 brush Palette, so the brush has perhaps been deemed "no longer fit for purpose." It'll be in one of the legacy palettes but I'm not sure which one.
I think that's significant, most of the modern brushes Antialias like mad, but not all of them: The Croquil Pen will have jagged edges if drawing in very low res. --do folks want their art restrained to low res? I believe print quality could still be the industry entry level for art? Ever been caught short when a client wants their Twitter avatar on their shop-front and delivery van? ...done that!--
With Croquil Pen If you're down at 72ppi and drawing with a one or two pixel sized brush it'll get jagged, but it's as smooth as ice at print quality.
Having said that, I don't use that brush because there are better choices.
Just now I've noticed that in settings, "High Quality Display" will fuzz those edges up considerably.. even when things are anti-aliased they look a good deal more jagged up close on the regular screen setting.
I can't comment on the croquil pen/jagged edges thing because I never use garbage line-art tools in corel painter;
your example with someone wanting to blow-up a twitter user icon on a van would probably involve making a vector trace out of their image, and scaling it all the way up to the heavens.
the particular issue with painter oil pastel brushes and, specifically, grainy hard cover brush type is rooted in a very good combination of paint blending and paper interaction which is completely ruined by aliasing adding layers and layers of noisy pixel garbage over time.
picking any aliased brush type (i.e. grainy soft cover) affects both blending and opacity response for reasons unknown to me, but moreso it muddies paper grain quality.
painter sort of provides an alternative work-around with throwing paper texture through that other new setting (dab stencil, I think?), but it doesn't remove the rough aliased pen mark outline, the overlap of aliased brush strokes looks really harsh, and dab stencil marks look blurrier than legacy painter brush texture, which for me was a turn off.
clip studio paint does cleaner brush overlap even with the option to disable aliasing entirely, but so far it looks like switching painting packages instead of waiting for corel to fix this is the only realistic option.