Corel Painter vs. CorelDRAW Graphics Suite

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Painter
Score 8.9 out of 10
N/A
Painter is a digital art and painting application, from Corel Corporation.N/A
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite
Score 9.6 out of 10
N/A
Corel Corporation, headquartered in Ottawa, offers the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, a graphic design studio and library of tools.
$249
per year
Pricing
Corel PainterCorelDRAW Graphics Suite
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Subscription
$249.00
per year
Download
$499.00
One Time Fee
Physical Edition
$499.00
One Time Fee
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
PainterCorelDRAW Graphics Suite
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Score 9.6 out of 10
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Score 9.4 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
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Score 9.2 out of 10
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Score 9.2 out of 10
Enterprises
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CorelDRAW Graphics Suite
Score 9.6 out of 10
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Adobe PhotoShop
Score 9.2 out of 10
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User Ratings
Corel PainterCorelDRAW Graphics Suite
Likelihood to Recommend
7.0
(2 ratings)
9.8
(20 ratings)
Usability
1.0
(1 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
3.0
(1 ratings)
8.4
(11 ratings)
User Testimonials
Corel PainterCorelDRAW Graphics Suite
Likelihood to Recommend
Alludo
Corel Painter does have a lot of great brushes, and they do emulate real art supplies very well. Especially the thick paint is well done. But unfortunately there are so many functional and UX bugs that overall it is just horrible to work with. When contacting customer support about it, they really seem clueless about the seriousness of the situation, and clueless about what proper UX is in general. They have tried to make it work a bit like Photoshop, which is a good move but then some things are absolutely not intuitive at all and they are definitely missing the mark horribly with so many issues. I would highly recommend using Photoshop instead, though you'll have to download them separately; it also offers a lot of great brushes nowadays and works much much smoother without all those aggravating bugs of Painter. The price of Corel Painter is just not at all worth all these horrible bugs.
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Alludo
It is a perfect suite of applications to finish presentations and create beautiful layouts for design. It is very useful both for graphic design and for architecture design when you want to draw a realistic idea of a project without being a rendering or when you need to present both images and vectorial drawings.
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Pros
Alludo
  • Watercolor Compatible
  • Multiple variety of Brushes and shapes
  • Captured Dab Library
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Alludo
  • Easy to learn - especially if you have experience with other graphic software. It is fairly intuitive which is helpful.
  • Creating high resolution graphics is a breeze with this software - and it has the ability to export into a large variety of formats!
  • I am able to import a wide variety of file formats. I have also had success with importing and editing PDF files which has been helpful.
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Cons
Alludo
  • Way too many functional bugs, makes it hard to work with
  • Bad UX and usability, too much unintuitive behavior, makes it particularly hard to work with
  • Overall looks and behaves as if it was coded in the '90s, it really needs a complete UX overhaul
  • Did I mention the many bugs yet? Yeah? I'll mention it again because it's bad
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Alludo
  • The bitmap edit feature to edit images. The pop out is clunky and with it was a bit more integrated.
  • Trace - Would love to see this strengthened. We love to scan in hand drawn things to turn to vector and would love to see the accuracy increased.
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Usability
Alludo
If it wasn't quite clear yet, I'll state it again: the usability of Corel Painter is, simply put, horrid. And I am not talking about rendering, lagging, etc., it is not even all that bad there. I am talking about the weird issues like being unable to move a brush into a custom brush palette when you work on a second screen, like being unable to move the software onto the second screen in the first place unless you separate all the palettes and the windows (and if nobody tells you upfront there is no way of knowing because the manual doesn't state this at all), and then having to drag all your separate windows and palettes over one by one every time your computer wakes up again, and they won't really want to move to the other screen but only through a tiny corner of your screen, and the fact that you have to scroll through lists and lists of fonts but can't search and when you apply this font, add another piece of text the font jumps back to the default font of all the text already applied even when you haven't selected any of the text. Just to name a very small few.
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Alludo
Just like any design program or suite, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who doesn't do graphic design professionally. If you're not adept at learning a program or experience, it isn't a program you can just pick up and start using easily. Outside of the learning curve, it's a nice program with a decent user interface.
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Support Rating
Alludo
It was really hard to get them to understand what I was having problems with. It was hard to get the message through that Painter has an unacceptable amount of functional and UX bugs. When I finally talked to someone who was easier to communicate with, he was very stoic about the situation, like they didn't really care about the awful amount of bugs.
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Alludo
Overall, CorelDRAW meets all my needs as a researcher and allows me to create beautiful and clear graphics to illustrate the main ideas for publications. It does not lack any functionality for my needs; however, it has some bugs that impact productivity, such as the color drag and drop that sometimes stops working and needs restarting, and crashes, especially when working with large bitmaps.
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Alternatives Considered
Alludo
Corel Painter has support to multiple OS and across all the devices. Coloring and multi layer imaging works very well. The new enhanced brush settings and the redesigned brush libraries.
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Alludo
Although other softwares are good in there field but CorelDRAW is very good when it come to ease of making the designs. We can create designs in it very quickly and efficiently and also it us Avery easy software to learn, anyone can pick it up at good pace. Also it is more widely used by vendors here for printing, so its a better choice.
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Return on Investment
Alludo
  • Customer support could be improved in my opinion.
  • Multiple bugs while working with layered designing.
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Alludo
  • Ease of use reflects on less time to train new users, a positive impact in investment and productivity.
  • The practicality to make new designs results in less time needed to do them, again a positive impact.
  • The integration with other graphic programs could be better if needed to finish a rendering using the design made in Corel Draw it's needed to export in formats that don't carry all information and the process is not that simple.
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ScreenShots

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite Screenshots

Screenshot of A complete suite of applications:
CorelDRAW® - Vector illustration and page layout
Corel PHOTO-PAINT™ - Image editing and pixel-based design program
Corel® Font Manager - Font exploration and management tool
PowerTRACE™ - AI-powered bitmap-to-vector tracing (included as part of the CorelDRAW application)
CorelDRAW.app™ - Online vector illustration and graphic design via web browser
CorelDRAW.app™ for iPad – Vector illustration and graphic design iPad app
CAPTURE™ - Screen capture tool
AfterShot™ 3 HDR - RAW photo editorScreenshot of From creative professionals working in advertising and publishing, to small businesses producing in-house marketing materials, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite has the tools to create everything from stand-out brand identity assets to alluring sales tools.Screenshot of Professionals in the sign and print, and fashion industry rely on CorelDRAW® to create artwork for a variety of print outputs, thanks to a powerful color management engine and superior prepress tools.Screenshot of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite has commerce professionals covered with dedicated tools for web and print, whether you’re designing point-of-sale promotions or creating assets to enhance an online store.Screenshot of Illustrators and artists alike can combine their classic art practices with CorelDRAW’s state-of-the-art vector-illustration technology to create beautiful, sophisticated works of art.Screenshot of Get more for less! Discover the affordable, flexible way to stay up-to-date, while enjoying exclusive features, content, enhancements, and support for the latest technologies.