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Painter 2021: Top Reasons to Upgrade

NEW! Performance optimization

Run the intuitive Brush Accelerator™, which makes the most of your computer’s hardware and graphics card, to deliver the best possible painting experience. Work faster with double the number of GPU accelerated brush technologies, optimized drip and liquid brush technologies, and quicker brush and tool switching. 

 NEW! Thick Paint brushes and workflow options 

Enhance any photo, illustration, or painting with a new Thick Paint-compatible brush category and improved Thick Paint brushes and workflow options. Now you can lift the canvas or an existing default layer to a Thick Paint layer and paint in ways that you never could before 

 NEW! Artificial Intelligence  

Choose from 12 AI Styles that easily transfer to the image of your choice. Run with the default presets or tweak the style by adjusting strength, detail, color match, and smoothing to fine-tune the end result. You can also auto-paint or hand paint with any clone brush to transfer the style using the media of your choice and add personal touch.    

 NEW! Clone Tinting 

Enable the Clone Tinting feature while painting, then choose any color you like, use any clone brush, and render your clone source with custom color. This versatile tool also works with multi-point cloning allowing you to create entirely new compositions from existing artwork. Bonus! Create with a new Clone Tinting brush category. 

 NEW! Platform support 

Improve your overall Mac workflow in big ways! Use Sidecar on macOS Catalina to mirror your Mac on an iPad and paint using the Apple Pencil with new tilt support. On MacBook Pro and iPad, you can increase efficiency with new support for the context-sensitive Touch Bar and multi-touch Trackpad on MacBook Pro. Windows users will benefit from the new auto-launch after install. 

 ENHANCED! Layer control 

Enhance your workflow by choosing to paint on any layer type and hide the canvas right from the New Image dialog. Visually identify what brushes are compatible with various layer types including Liquid Ink, Thick Paint and Watercolor. Plus, take advantage of many other user-requested layer improvements

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