Painter Essentials 8 (Download) – Discovery Center Store

Painter Essentials 8 (Download)


Digital art made simple

Interested in digital art? Enjoy all the versatility of Painter® Essentials™ 8, the fun and uncomplicated painting software for beginners that will inspire you to experiment and fall in love with digital painting.

Artist-trusted brushes!

From traditional to uniquely Painter, every brush in Essentials was custom selected for new digital artists from our professional Painter art studio.


  • Photoshop - Preserve colors and layers with ease when transferring files between Photoshop and Painter Essentials
  • Drawing tablet - Support for stylus tilt, rotation, bearing and pressure control creates the most natural painting experience
  • Mac/PC - Whether you’re a Mac or PC person we support both platforms with perpetual licensing

Essentials was created to provide the ideal paint software for beginners to ease into digital art

  • Blank canvas - Sketch, draw, render and paint whatever you dream up or are inspired by.
  • Photo art - Produce incredible photo art with ease using AI, Auto-Painting and cloning tools.

NEW AND ENHANCED! Painting tools

Launch the new Drawing and Painting Layout from the Welcome Screen to set up the UI with optimal tools for creating from scratch. Begin your painting by experimenting with 23 new brushes and many with enhanced smoothing for buttery strokes that react to stylus tilt and bearing.

NEW! Color options

Easily narrow down the perfect painting colors by using the new harmonies and color sets. The harmonies include complementary, light monochromatic and dark monochromatic color options that dynamically create balanced color swatches from your chosen color.

NEW! Artificial Intelligence

AI Auto-painting presets have added powerful new algorithms to provide richer, more natural looking results for portraits, still life and landscape type paintings from imagery. Choose from 10 new AI Styles to experience auto-painting with stunning artistic results.

ENHANCED! Document and layer control

Choose to create a landscape or portrait-oriented document right from the New Image dialog. While working with layers, the improved contextual menus, information dialogs, layer adjuster options and easy access to commands will greatly improve ease of use.

Apple support

Improve your overall Mac workflow in big ways!

NEW! Touch Bar Support
ENHANCED! Multi-touch Trackpad support
NEW! Sidecar Support
NEW! Apple Pencil Tilt
NEW! Apple Artificial Intelligence


  • Windows 10* (64-bit)(with latest updates)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2 processor
    • 4-physical cores/8 logical cores or higher (recommended)
    • AVX2 instruction set support (recommended)
  • 4 GB RAM
    • 8 GB or higher (recommended)
  • 1.9 GB hard disk space for application files** 
    • Solid-state drive (recommended)
  • 1280 x 800 @ 100% (or higher) screen resolution
    • 1920 x 1200 @ 150% (or higher) (recommended)
  • Mouse or Wintab-compatible tablet
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 or higher, with the latest updates
  • To activate your product, you must connect to the Internet and register it first

* Versions 1909 and later of Windows 10 are supported as well as versions that will be released during the life cycle of Painter Essentials 8.

** Additional space may be required for Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7


    • macOS Big Sur (11) or macOS Catalina (10.15), with the latest revision
    • Intel Core 2 Duo processor
      • 4 physical cores/8 logical cores or higher (recommended)
    • 4 GB RAM
      • 8 GB RAM or higher (recommended)
    • 900 MB hard disk space for application files
      • Solid-state drive (recommended)
      • Case-sensitive file systems are not supported
    • 1280 x 800 @ 100% (or higher) screen resolution
      • 1920 x 1200 @ 150% (or higher) (recommended)
    • Mouse or tablet
    • To activate your product, you must connect to the Internet and register it first.