I use Corel Painter since version 9.5 and although there are many flaws and issues, I always come back to it. But there are two huge wishes for future versions I have:
1) Please add finally clipping masks than I can skip the buggy step to mask everything in a layer and add my watercolor brush splatters that than "bleed" through the masking edges. This bug adds hours and hours of extra working time to delete all of these overstepping watercolor white fringes:
2) Transparency issues: When I save my watercolor layers as JPEG or PNG they loose their transparency and have those awful white edges -argh!! And although efforts were made to finally make brushes that are transparent and act like Photoshop's brush engine they are not usable since they do maintain their original color. Instead they make those terrible color shifts. In the end I turned this feature off, since it was unusable.
3) PLEASE: Add a Pencil brush that is that effortless and natural like the Pencil brush in Apple's old version of Notes. The tilted shading is a dream and also the normal lines. It looks so realistic and beautiful. Also the adding color to brush strokes by layering them looks and feels very natural. Here are several examples for that:
4) Add tabs instead of windows for opened files please! Look at this fail - I cannot even read which file is which:
These are all great suggestions which I'd agree with. Tabs would be brilliant.
I also find it interesting that (for example, if I recall correctly) the "real 2B" while giving a great side shade when angling the pen has no grain interactivity... so it's wrongly named for a real pencil experience.
The pencil I keep returning to is actually the dull grainy CHALK, not found amongst the pencils at all.
As LeFAy mentioned, I also find it a problem that the watercolour bleeds outside of selections, even "preserve transparency" can't stop that white, creeping bleed if diffusion is being used.
Again, I've used Painter since IX- like LeFay, and I've always used whatever workarounds I can for some of these issues.
Both A highly realistic pencil ( an analog in every way, not just nailing one or two attributes but them all) and diffusion respecting the boundaries would be two tweaks I would consider fabulous PLUS+ PLUS!
For the record, what I usually do to get rid of the watercolour fringe is: I draw an opaque shape behind the pencil which will be the boundaries of the bird/leaf or whatever. I'll usually paint directly on this with "preserve transparency" selected.
However, before I paint on it I have to make a copy of the layer, because as mentioned, diffusion will sometimes paint outside the lines...
When the bird is finished I fill the copy with pale grey (because Painter can't determine the difference between transparency and white, another thing I'd dearly love to be ironed out)and then select the transparent area outside of the shape.
With that selection I can delete anything that has gone where its not wanted on the other layer(s).
Thank you so much for your reply and helpful suggestions!
You're very welcome!
I do love this bit of software.
Just like the paints and pencils and pastels it simulates it has its own peculiarities. After a while you forget you're using a workaround to solve a limitation of the medium.