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!
Bendoon wrote: "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."
This scribble is using the Real 2B Pencil in Painter 2016. It is made using different grains, even angling. The pencil works just fine with grains. It is one the best looking "real" digital pencils I use. Sorry to read about your pencil / watercolour problems.
Thanks Harry. Actually I *LOVE* painter. Digital watercolour (New Simple Water) is my favourite brush. I think its shortfalls aren't problems but attributes to be learned and taken into consideration, worked with.
Like with physical tools It's really about learning how the tool actually works rather than how we imagine it should, then using it to the best effect. To my shame I was being pedantic in regards to whether the Real-2B should be called "real" or not... The naming is not an important point, it's either one of the tools I use or it isn't. Real-2B doesn't have the exact feel I'm looking for but it's perfect for someone who wants a sharp 2B with a nice side-lead.
Looking at your pic and trying it again myself I see there IS grain. On full throttle it's not grainy enough for my own use though. It smooths the paper quite some... My favoured "pencil" (the Dull Grainy Chalk!) reflects the actual coarseness of the paper I've chosen, so it's a winning choice for my daily work. Here's my comparison between the two:
The attributes of the Real-2B are particularly good, really. But as the saying goes, different strokes for...etc.
If I needed the grain to cut through the Real2B I can increase the contrast in the grain palette, then drop it back to normal for the watercolour wash afterwards. Again, it's about learning the tools.
Actually, thinking about it and trying it... I may be coming around to this pencil! It may just end back in my custom palette for a good workout.