Corel Painter 20/20 offers artistic vision to photographers

Corel Painter 2020
(Image credit: Corel)

Corel has updated its professional art application Painter, with improved performance, new brushes, interface improvements and more. It’s designed for a variety of users including concept artists, illustrators, comic artists, fine artists – and photographers who want to transform digital images into natural-looking art.

In fact, Corel considers the photo artist audience to be one of its biggest for Painter 20/20, and the software has two key features for photographers who also want to experiment with digital art. Those with a little more time and experience can use manual brushes to Clone over the original photo, or use the software’s Auto Painting feature to do all the heavy lifting.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at