Just Can't Do Corel Painter

General / 05 April 2020

With the purchase of my new Mac I decided it was time to upgrade my copy of Corel Painter. After all I was still using Painter 2012 and at this point will it even run on macOS Catalina? I went ahead and paid the upgrade cost and installed it and began to “play”. I wanted to see how it ran. Being on the latest and greatest Apple machine it should run quite well, right?

Well, not exactly. I honestly got as far as using a few of the canvas commands and a bit of painting when I realized it wasn’t going to work for me. If remedial functions such as panning or rotating the canvas cause severe stuttering and lag on a machine like this then I know it’s time to look elsewhere. Remember this machine has a 32GB workstation video card.

I really want to use Painter but I can’t stand software that is laggy. As a digital artist one of the most important elements of any software is responsiveness. If I have to unnecessarily wait for the software to perform some task and it disrupts my flow then I will quickly toss it aside(or in the case of ZBrush, upgrade my storage speed. I can’t rid of ZBrush).

I know there are many artists out there that use Corel Painter and create wonderful works of art with it so I am interested to see if there is a work around for this issue or if I am experiencing a unique performance anomaly.

Side note, when opening Painter, you are asked to run a performance test to see if Painter will run well on your machine. On this new Mac Pro I would expect it should run at a very high level, or at least get test results that specify such. So I’m not sure what to make of the result below. The results came back "Good"? What do I need to get "Fantastic?" or "Awesome?" I'd even take "Gooder".