Corel Courts Photoshop Users with ParticleShop Brushes

August 11, 2015

By Greg Scoblete

Corel is branching out of its own family of photo and graphics products, taking aim at Photoshop and Lightroom users with a new brush tool that promises to deliver a degree of detail not available in existing brushes. 

The new ParticleShop plugin delivers photo realistic effects with a number of brush styles, allowing users to “paint” on effects such as smoke, fire, lighting and more. The brushes are compatible with pressure-sensitive styluses and tablets as well as conventional mice. It uses a simple UI that details brush effects 

ParticleShop will be sold in an 11 brush starter pack for $50. There will be 11 additional packs, each with 15 brushes, available for $30 a piece. Packs are organized around themes such as hair, dust and debris, fur, smoke and steam and more. In addition to Photoshop and Lightroom, the plugins will work for Corel’s own software titles, including PaintShop Pro and PhotoPaint. 

Corel also updated its Painter visual arts program, delivering a 9X speed boost from the X3 edition, revamped interface and several new features.

A total 131 new brushes have been added to the program, including brushes that can react to sound and dynamic speckles to recreate natural paint brush strokes. Users can now import the brush stamps of Photoshop brushes and customize them in Painter.

Among the UI changes are customizable color options for the background and interface and new document views (default, single document and presentation).

Painter 2016 is available now for $429 or $229 for existing users.