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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Corel Painter 11 Unveiled Today


New version delivers enhanced brushes

Ottawa, ON – February 24, 2009 – Corel Corporation (NASDAQ: CREL; TSX: CRE) today introduced Corel Painter 11, the newest edition of the world's leading painting and illustration software. With more than 40 new and enhanced features, Painter 11 provides the most inventive drawing and painting tools available, making it the ultimate art studio for those ready to expand their definition of creativity.

Since its inception, Corel Painter has set the standard for painting and illustration software. With Painter 11, artists can now expand their digital toolset with the most advanced painting and natural media tools available. New pressure-sensitive brushes allow hand and brush to fluidly work as one, producing brushstrokes that are unrivaled in texture and precision. Enhanced drawing tools and customizable media allow users to create distinct art every time.

"The cornerstone of Painter's success has always been our loyal user community. During the development cycle for Painter 11, we listened closely and carefully to what these talented artists were saying about our product – the features they loved and the new features they needed as they worked with Painter on a day-to-day basis,” said Rob MacDonald, Product Manager for Corel Painter. "With Painter 11, we've successfully addressed many of the key areas our users highlighted while also delivering some exciting new features that will further expand artists' creative options.”

Changing What's Possible in Art
In developing the newest version of Corel Painter, the Corel team focused on four key areas:

Enhancing the Creative Process
Painter 11 offers artists the ability to enhance their creativity through the freedom to create and customize brushes and media variants to their precise specifications. With unique new tools including new artistic media, new hard media brushes, and new selection tools, Painter 11's unique toolset enables users to create art that would not be possible working with traditional media.

Going Beyond the Digital Darkroom
With Painter 11, artists can expand their digital toolset with painting media designed to extend the capabilities of digital photography programs such as Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo and Adobe Photoshop. New color management improves color recognition when importing files from other applications and individual color profiles per document create greater color accuracy for each file.

Learning from Unlimited Experimentation
For those looking to embark on an artistic education, Painter 11 offers the ability to experiment with color theory and composition much faster than in a traditional environment, and without the toxins and mess. With the option to undo brushstrokes and other effects, this digital art studio provides the ability to experiment in an unlimited capacity, giving students, teachers, and other new users the confidence to explore a wide variety of artistic techniques.

Increasing Performance and Productivity
Artists using Painter 11 can enjoy creating in an inviting environment that is optimized for  their workflow. Enhanced brushes perform up to thirty percent faster than in previous versions, making this the fastest, most responsive version of Painter yet.

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