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We’ve talked lots about our favourite mobile apps for artists and designers that like to work on the move, but here we’re taking a look at some of the best and even not-yet-released Mac and PC painting and sketching software for artists, as used by professionals. Here are eight of our favourite painting applications for artists.

Best painting software: Adobe Photoshop CC

Let’s start with one you’ve  all heard of and no doubt use regularly – Adobe Photoshop. 

With Photoshop, you’ll get access to thousands of brushes that you can add to by downloading more or creating your own, and it’s constantly being updated thanks to Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription model. Photoshop CC 2017 introduced new features such as in-app search, Adobe Stock templates and search, Typekit Marketplace and tighter integration with Adobe XD. It’s now integrated with the new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar Support also.

At the last Adobe Max conference three updates to Adobe’s creative tools was released – Adobe’s Project Felix app and Adobe XD for Windows was announced. 

Adobe Photoshop CC is available from Adobe’s website for as little as £10.10 per month incl VAT as part of your Creative Cloud plan, and there’s a 30-day free trial available, too. See all of the plans here.  

Right: A digital painting created in Photoshop by artist Takumer Homma for a Digital Arts tutorial that you can read by clicking here.

You might also like: 86 best Photoshop tutorials

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