Sleek, sleek, sleek! Take everything you know about sleek painting software interfaces, then paint some more gray and silver coats of paint on it, and maybe you’ll be ready to use PaintSupreme. With only a few buttons breaking its grayscale layout, jumping into this new program is pretty easy and the concise organization of the main dropdown options makes exploring the basics a quick and unchallenging process. What’s even better is that this painting software is available to not only Mac and Windows users, but even Linux artists as well!
Stop! Get a graphics tablet first!
Before suggesting any graphics software to beginners, I would feel guilty if I didn’t first suggest buying a graphics tablet. Drawing with a computer mouse can be a nightmare, so a digital pen and paper pad is highly recommended. I use a Wacom Intuos3 Tablet that’s 6 by 8 inches, but there are plenty of other options on the market!
PaintSupreme System Requirements
Other than screen size requirements, PaintSupreme doesn’t list any actual specs that you’ll need in order to use it, just the operating system requirements, which are:
- Apple Mac OS X 10.6 or later.
- 32-bit and 64-bit Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2.
- Windows Vista or Windows 7.
- 32-bit and 64-bit Ubuntu Linux 8.04 or later.
- The resolution of your display must be a minimum of 1200 x 800 pixels.
That being said, I would still recommend no less than 2 MB of RAM. As for hard drive space, after being installed it’s just an impressive 73 MB in size.
Hailing from Germany, this BrainDistrict software is trying to jump in with the big industry names, and while it’s already covered a lot of ground with its 1.0 version release, it unsurprisingly still has a few hiccups that haven’t been polished but surely will over the next year. Let’s first look at the features before getting to the blemishes. It has a lot of the must-have perks, as well as a few unique bullet points of its own:
- Create, edit, and polish images with an easy to use and fun user interface.
- Layer based editing with an unlimited amount of layers.
- Lots of powerful layer based editing options (merge, group, lock, etc.)
- Powerful selection tools like freehand, ellipse, and lasso.
- Selections can be joined, subtracted, intersected, and can also be loaded and saved.
- Sophisticated but easy to use tools with a lot of powerful options, like the Brush, Pen, Magic Wand, Gradient, Erasure, Clone, and Paint Bucket tools.
- Various transform, color adjustment, and text tools.
- Support of vector shapes which can be used as a shape source for the pixel tools and which can be converted to selections.
- Guides and rulers make it easy to orientate and paint within sub-parts of the image.
- Various filters to polish your images and photos.
- Import and export of many external image formats.
As for the oddities, if you have dual monitors then it may load split like it did for me, where one half is on one monitor and the other half is on the other until you drag it to the center of your main screen. Likewise, the full screen option can also be finicky. Another peculiar thing I noticed is that it doesn’t actually say how long the free trial download is good for when you start the program, nor does it give that information in the help menu. Not a big deal, but not being able to find an easy way to make a custom brush is something that’s bothersome. Those used to Photoshop will enjoy the evolution of the Color Picker and Lasso tools, and the Gradient tool can perform some awesome tricks that Photoshop can’t do in a few clicks, but sadly it’s not as easy in PaintSupreme to just create a simple gradient effect.
If you’re someone who thrives learning new software through online tutorials, it’s worth pointing out that the software’s bundled tutorial pages and the online tutorial section are both sparse, but that will surely come with time. For a brand new art program, PaintSupreme’s price tag of $20 makes it a worthy competitor of other art programs I’ve written about on ACR/Tom Fronczak in the past.