I decided to try and teach an old dog a new trick. I have been messing around with Painter lately just to see what all the fuss is about. After learning a lot over the last year in Photoshop, I found that it carried over nicely to Painter. It still seems like Painter by itself is a tidbit crippled without some of the editing features Photoshop has, but it is so much fun to get messy in Painter, and the textural qualities have Photoshop beat.
Here are two quick tests I did recently while fussing around trying to get a handle on the program.