Having Fun with New Corel Painter Essentials 5

Hello Friends,

Melissa Gallo and I were having a Go To Meeting, and we started playing with the new Corel Painter Essentials 5.  After playing for a while, we decided to record the rest of the session and share with you.

Corel Painter Essentials 5 is and upgrade to Corel’s popular Painter Essentials 4.  It is an extremely rich program for a small price.  Melissa and I barely touched the features included with Essentials 5.  I did a quick watercolor from scratch and a auto-painting with some extra brush work using oil type brushes.  I hardly touch oil brushes anymore, but Melissa made me…just kidding.  Do go to Corel Painter Essentials 5 web site and check out all the new stuff added to this version of Essentials.  The list includes NEW…particle brushes, mirror and kaleidoscope painting, user interface, navigator, brush tracking utility, 2 in 1 mobile painting interface, real-time effects preview, transformation tools, native 64 bit for Mac and PC, plus more.  And I didn’t even get to the enhanced features.  The best part, Corel Painter Essentials 5 is on sale for $39.99 until November 28th.  I think that is an amazing price.

During the recorded video I created two images, one from scratch and the other using Essentials Photo Painting features.  I wasn’t thinking when I finished the watercolor roses and I deleted the image without saving.  I was not interested in saving the image, but without it, I didn’t have anything to post on my blog. So…I made a similar image off camera for the blog.

Here is the recreated watercolor rose:

Watercolor Roses, Corel Painter Essential 5

Watercolor Roses, Corel Painter Essential 5, Skip Allen

Next we explored the photo-painting capabilities of Corel Painter Essentials 5.  It was fun.  Here is the image created during the meeting:

Butterfly and the Rose, Corel Painter Essentials 5, Skip Allen

Butterfly and the Rose, Corel Painter Essentials 5, Skip Allen


Video of meeting between Melissa Gallo and Skip Allen.  Skip paints two images…check it out.

OK folks, that’s it…two posts in one day.  Wow.




New Wacom Drivers Posted November 6, 2014…Go get them.

Hey Gang,

Believe it or not, for the first time my Wacom Desktop Center notified me of a new driver.  This time, instead of downloading the driver from the Wacom site, I let the Wacom Desktop Center download and install the new driver.  A follower mentioned that he used the Wacom Desktop Center last time and it worked fine.  I haven’t used it before because it never notified me of a new driver…so, I figured that something was amiss.

But, apparently nothing is amiss.  I just followed the prompts and my Wacom Desktop Center downloaded and installed the new driver.  It worked like a charm.  And, my tablet settings were still in place.  I didn’t need to back up and restore my settings.  I’m very excited about this.  It means I do not have to keep checking for updates.  Yippee!  Great job Wacom.

In case your Wacom Desktop Center didn’t do the job, go to Wacom Drivers and download the latest drive for your tablet.



New Wacom Tablet Drivers are Available

Hey Gang,

There are new drivers available from Wacom.  It appears that I missed the ones posted on 10/15/13 for Macs.  There is a new set posted on 12/10/13 for Window Users.  The drivers are for Cintiq Companion Products, Cintiq Products, Intuos Pro, and Intuos.  There is a driver posted 12/19/13 for Bamboo Tablets.  Like I said, all the ones posted in December are for Windows users, the October posts are for Macs.

I did update to the latest driver because I was having a couple of issues and I am on an Intuos 5.  If you are not having issues, I’m not sure you would need to update your driver if you are on an older tablet.

Don’t forget to back up your preferences before you uninstall and install.



Corel Painter X3 SP1, New Flower Brushes…Loads of Fun

Hello Everyone,

I have made a new brush set called HOS 2013 Florals for Painter X3.  PLEASE NOTE: These brushes are for Painter X3 only; do not try to install in any other version of Painter.  I had planned to introduce the brushes to the blog first, but I was having so much fun with them, I decided to introduce them in the Holiday Open Studio class at the Digital Art Academy, which is why I named them, HOS 2013 Florals.  HOS stands for Holiday Open Studio.

Anyway, I am making them available here, too, plus I have added 10 videos showing how I use some of the brushes to create this painting.

Painting created in Painter X3 using watercolors, specifically my new set called HOS 2013 Florals

Painting created in Painter X3 using watercolors, specifically my new set called HOS 2013 Florals

I hope you enjoy the videos.  I tried to make them around 5 minutes long, but toward the end, I did get a bit verbose.  In the first video, I set up the paper layer and added a beautiful painting by Monet to the mixer pad, which allows me to use the color scheme of Monet’s painting.

I create a simple sketch in the second video.

Next, I create the background.  Here is video 3.

In video 4, I am using two new brushes, Basic Watercolor and Basic Watercolor 2

In video 5 I show the use of a layer mask.

I create another layer mask in video 6.  In both video 5 and 6 I use a new brush called Channel Painter.

In video 7 I use a new brush called Dark Edged Wash.  I brought back several older favorite brushes and added them to this category.  Thick and Thin 17 from Cool Springs is an example.

I use a layer command called Lift Canvas to Watercolor Layer in the eighth video.  This command is a must for working in watercolor in Painter.

Finally, I bet you are tired of waiting, I use Flower Maker and Flower Painter; the two flower brushes included in HOS 2013 Florals.  And, guess what?  You find out that it was the paper making the flowers all along.

The tenth video shows finishing touches.  I hope you enjoyed the series.

There are three downloads for this post; the brushes, the suminagashi papers, and a flow map library.  I didn’t use a flow map in this demonstration, but several of the brushes can use flow maps.  I would use the Paint Jam 2 Flow maps provided in a earlier post.


HOS 2013 Florals category

Suminagashi Papers

The suminagashi papers would not have been possible without David Gell’s wonderful Suminagashi 2 Brushes.  David has a new site devoted to Painter X3 called Jitter Brush – X3 and Beyond.  Thank you David for all that you do for the Painter Community.  I have learned more about brushes from you than anyone else.

OK friends, I think that about covers it for this post.  Enjoy and I hope each and every one of you have a Happy Holiday and a fabulous New Year.

New Wacom Drivers Released September 3, 2013…Go Get ‘em!

Hello Everyone,

I just found out that Wacom released new drivers on Sept 3, 2013.  For the link for downloads for folks in the Americas look below:

Wacom Tablet Drivers

I am a little confused by the drivers this time.  There are drivers for the Intuos Pro, and the Intuos.  I am away from home and have my Intuos 4 with me.  I know the driver for the Intuos is the correct driver for the Intuos 4.  I am uncertain if that is the driver for the Intuos 5.  I believe the driver for the Intuos 5 will be the same as the driver for the Intuos Pro, but I cannot test it until I return home.

Remember you should uninstall your previous Wacom tablet driver before installing the new one.  If you do not know how to do this, look on the blog banner above for Search.  Search for Intuos Drivers or installing Intuos drivers to find the post about uninstalling and installing Intuos drivers.



Corel Paint Jam Tomorrow – Come see Karen, Peggy and Me – It will be fun

Hello Everyone,

Tomorrow at 3:00 PM EDT Join Painter Masters Karen Bonaker, Peggy Gyulai, and yours truly…me, for this hands-on, three-part Jam series that covers everything you wanted to know about creating digital art from a traditional artist’s perspective.

Sign up for 1, 2 or all 3 live dynamic sessions that cover the entire artistic creation process—from starting with a blank canvas to creating your final artistic masterpiece.

  • Session 1: Sept. 11, 2013
  • Session 2: Sept. 18, 2013
  • Session 3: Sept. 25, 2013

Don’t have Painter X3? No problem. Download a FREE, 30-day trial version and join in the jam!

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Jam Session 1:
Meet the artists

Get to know Skip, Karen and Peggy and find out what fuels their creative process. Each artist will take you on a colorful trip down memory lane as they show and tell how they became professional working artists. Plus, they’ll provide invaluable tips for tackling that blank canvas and avoiding artist’s block.

Date: Wed. Sept. 11, 2013
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. EDT

Register Now

Jam Session 2:
Digital Paint Jam!

Watch as Skip, Karen and Peggy paint live. The session will rotate from one Master to another as they collaborate and inspire each other’s progress. Paint along with them and put their Painter knowledge and skills to the test!

Date: Wed. Sept. 18, 2013
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. EDT

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Jam Session 3:
Grand finale

See the finishing touches applied to the Masters’ paintings and learn what challenges they came up against, what brushes they discovered and what lessons they learned that they’ll take with them for their next project. Plus, get some insight into what to do once your work is complete, with topics covering mixed media inspiration, social media and selling your newly created masterpiece!

Date: Wed. Sept. 25, 2013
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. EDT

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Attend tomorrow and see how I changed from this:

OMGosh...that's circa 1980

OMGosh…that’s circa 1980

to this:

Good grief, what can I say.  HO HO HO I guess.

Good grief, what can I say. HO HO HO I guess.

Hope you can join us on the 11th, 18th, and 25th of September.



Corel Painter X3 Is Here; View the Videos for a Quick Look at the New Stuff

Hello Friends,

I am so excited.  Corel Painter has announced the launch of the newest version, Corel Painter X3.  There are some fabulous new features and enhancements.  Let’s get to the videos.  They are all short and meant to give you a quick overview of the new stuff, but they do not give all the details.  Look for an announcement of my class taking you through the new stuff in detail.  Registration will be open soon for my class at the Digital Art Academy, probably tomorrow.

Have you ever had trouble finding a brush.  Not any more.  Check out the new Brush Search function.

The next video describes the new Reference Image, which I particularly like.  I am not cloning as much as I used to, so the reference image fits my work flow.

I find the enhance stroke preview very helpful when making brushes.

I really hope you like the next new feature.  We have new mixer pads made by several artist, including one from me.  Check it out.

There are wonderful new brushes in X3, using something called Universal Jitter.  I’ll speak about that in the next video; in this one I’ll give you a taste of what the Jitter Brushes can do.

You’ve seen how the Jitter brushes work…here is what makes them tick…Universal Jitter.

If you adjust brushes, you are familiar with the minimum slider in the Size Brush Control Panel.  Guess what?  Added to multiple brush controls are minimum sliders.  I love it.

I can’t help it; this is one of my all time favorite things in Painter X3.  The Advanced Brush Control makes adjusting brushes so easy.  I know you will love it.

OMGosh…the new perspective guide is incredible.  Like the other quick videos, the functions of this tool are not shown in-depth.  I will have a class that will give you all the new features in greater detail.

Enhanced Cloning is a misnomer.  I think the new Clone Source Image will revolutionize the cloning work flow.  If feel like a new feature, not an enhancement.  I love this enhancement.

The development team improved layers; they are very stable.  Also added is the ability to transform across layers, even groups.   This is an amazing addition.

I think this is one of the coolest new features.  Now when making a color set, you can set the number of colors you want returned.  Created color sets are very useful.

And the final video concerns the return of Onion Skin when making movies or animation.  But this video will also tell you about new papers, flow maps, and patterns.  And, I do not want to forget that even though Mac users will not have a 32 bit version of Painter X3, an added memory extender allows Mac users to use extra memory.

OK…whew…that’s it for today.  I’ve tried to give you a quick intro to all that is new in Painter X3.  As I have mentioned, I will have a class at the Digital Art Academy called Discover What’s New in Painter X3.  We are in the process of setting up the registration page.  As soon as it is up…probably tomorrow…I’ll let you know.  I hope some will join the class and learn the details of what’s new in Painter X3.