Over the course of 2019 more graphics arts tools have been procured. Corel PhotoPaint is a rival to Adobe PhotoShop but it is a lot less costly. Defy ordinary. Resist boring.  Corel can make your work come to life. Corel tools are able to work with the old Wacom tablet and stylus which makes it far easier when doing drawings and illustrations etc. The pressure sensitive stylus can vary the line weight dynamically making it far more realistic looking.

Now that Windows 10 is more or less where Microsoft is handling the PC market the prospect for modernizing the software stock seems like a prudent move. The main goal is to find 64-bit applications so that memory management does not get impacted with cut and paste with video etc. With 32GB of RAM the desire to leverage it is obvious.


Painter Essentials is designed for the student graphic artist. It is a lot easier to use and it has more guidance to make learning fun. I have used Painter since it first was published and it has been excellent for free hand sketches and more.


Corel Painter has some additional direction for game art development. Painter can easily make excellent quality sprite images for a game. Painter is incredibly powerful which allows the studio to offer additional services. There are hundreds of brushes available for every conceivable need.


Mirage is able to animate images which can be helpful for web graphics. Animated GIF or MP4 video are all possible. The power of modern software makes it easier than ever to be great. Today animation is so widely used in marketing that the impact has been weakened. Now animation is limited mostly for the site to support the news of the day.


Cakewalk is an old favorite that works with MIDI devices. Bandlab has modernized it to work with USB hardware while retaining the versatility. Cakewalk has tones galore and it comes with a drum machine replacement etc. Bluetooth gear is now becoming more common which can make things a lot easier with a lot less clutter.


Avid Pro Tools can work with 16 MIDI tracks as a tone source beside the 16 digital tracks provided. It integrates conveniently with Media Composer to assemble the finished product.


Sound Forge is handy for editing audio for soundtracks. A new 64-bit version was acquired to support Windows 10 properly. Sound Force has the capability to process the final mix and master a compact disk or DVD 5.1 Dolby soundtrack. Sound Forge can also restore old media with noise reduction capability.


Together various audio tools are important for games, movies and television alike.