Painter 2016 and Mac OS X 10.11 AKA El Capitan and Wacom’s new Mac Drivers


Hello Everyone,
Apple released a new OS X 10.11 also called El Capitan.   Chris Pierce, the Corel Digital Arts Product Manager posted the following at Painter Factory several days ago.
Painter Update – New Apple OS X 10.11 AKA El Capitan
As you know, Apple released its new OS X 10.11 – AKA El Capitan today. Our top priority is to ensure that you always have a great experience with Painter, and while the Painter team is diligently working on certification testing, we wanted to make our Mac users aware that there is potential for some disruptions with Painter on the new OS. 
 
We strongly encourage you to experiment with the new OS on a test system and not your production system. 
 
We’re working on identifying and fixing any potential issues and will have more news to report shortly. Rest assured, Painter 2016 will be supported on OS X 10.11. 
 
Stay tuned to the Painter Factory for further updates and thank for your patience!!
 
Happy painting!
 
Chris Pierce
Corel Digital Arts Product Manager
Wacom released a similar warning for their users, but yesterday posted an updated driver for Mac users.  So, if you have upgraded to El Capitan, you may want to update your Wacom device to the latest driver for Mac.
PC owners, you are not affected…relax.
Enjoy,
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Portrait Painting with Winifred Whitfield Starts October 3rd


Hello Friends,

Winifred Whitfield has created another class at the Digital Art Academy; Portrait Painting with Winifred Whitfield.  Her classes are very popular and I know this one will be, too.  Winifred is no stranger to portrait painting and has received national and international awards for her portraits.  The class will include demonstrations of many painting techniques, but will focus primarily on blending.  Winifred also shows the important step of preparing the photograph to paint.  She gets the photograph ready in Painter, which negates the need for photography software…everything is done in Painter.

You can see a preview of work created by Winifred in this Portrait Class Preview.

Following in an example of work painted in one of the tutorials for the class:

Created in Painter by Winifred Whitfield

Created in Painter by Winifred Whitfield

Registration is now open and the class starts Saturday, October 3, 2015.

Enjoy,

Skip

 

New Wacom Tablet Drivers Released on Aug 28th


Hello Everyone,

Wacom released new drivers for its newest products on Friday, Aug 28th. Wacom Drivers

I downloaded the driver yesterday, uninstalled my current driver and installed the new one.  I was hoping that the issue with the On Screen Menu (radial menu) titles would be fixed, but they are not.  If you use the on-screen menu, you will see that even though you have named each Panel, it doesn’t show.

What I see with my On-screen Menu

What I see with my On-screen Menu

However, one of the followers of the blog posted a possible fix.  I haven’t tried it yet, but will give it a try today.  If it works, I’ll publish more about it.

Enjoy,

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Quick Look at ParticleShop Plugin for Photoshop


Hello Friends,

My class is going strong, but I had to take a break and play with ParticleShop, Corel’s new plugin for Photoshop.  I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised.  I don’t use Photoshop to paint, just adjust my photos.  And, I better tell you straight up, I am not a photographer. So, painting in Photoshop is a big deal for me.  But, if you want to see some very special videos of Particle shop in action take a look at the ones on ParticleShop’s web page.

OK…I opened one of my photographs in Photoshop.  I took this image at St. George Island’s State Park, Florida.  A lovely storm was rolling in, but it wasn’t rainy.  I guess I am glad I couldn’t see any rain; I did not want to get my camera and myself wet.  But, I did want to see soft rain falling from the clouds.  I wanted to see if I could make it happen in ParticleShop.

Storm, St. George Island State Park, Skip Allen, Nikon D810

Storm, St. George Island State Park, Skip Allen, Nikon D810

After working in ParticleShop for just a few minutes, I had my soft rain.

Storm Altered with ParticleShop, Skip Allen

Storm Altered with ParticleShop, Skip Allen

I need a lot of practice to feel totally comfortable in ParticleShop, but it wasn’t hard to do what I did.  Of course this is a greatly simplified demonstration of what is possible in ParticleShop.  Do check out the images and videos on the web page.

I captured making the above image in a video.  Hope you enjoy it.

OK, that is a quick look at ParticleShop.  I am looking forward to playing some more in the program.  I really liked what I saw in the videos on ParticleShop’s site; I want to see if I can do work like that.

My class, Corel Painter 2016 – New Horizons is going strong.  There is still time to register if you like.  My second live session is tonight at 9:00 PM EDT.  I record all live sessions for download.  Have fun with us.  Registration is Here.

Enjoy,

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Corel Painter 2016 Live Tutorial Recordings


Hello Everyone,

I had so much fun yesterday doing the webinars and talking about Corel Painter 2016.  Before I post the videos below, I want to remind you that my class starts tomorrow, Aug 15, 2015.  In class I cover all the stuff in the videos in much more detail and explore much more.

Register for Corel Painter 2016 – New Horizons

I had one session yesterday morning and it was so much fun.  My buddy Corel Painter Master Elite Tim Shelbourne was there and teased me without mercy.  It was a hoot and all in good fun.  I know you will enjoy it.  Winifred Whitfield and Hilary French were there helping, too.  Thank you so much my friends.

I held the second session yesterday evening.  Winifred was back helping manage questions.  Thank you so much Winifred.  Also attending was Corel Painter Master Elite Helen Yancy.  I quickly made her an organizer allowing her to interact with Winifred and me.  It is so much easier when I have someone to talk with while doing a demonstration.  Helen, thank you so much for letting me impose on you.

OK, now you have the two videos to watch.  They are also on You Tube.

Hey, have you discovered the link to get Corel Painter 2016 upgrade for $99.00 US.  Here it is.

Limited Special Upgrade Price for Corel Painter 2016

OK, don’t forget to register for my class.

Corel Painter 2016 – New Horizons

Enjoy,

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Let’s Celebrate 1,000,000 Views with Live Sessions…Join Me Today. Live Corel Painter 2016 Demonstrations


Hello Everyone,

OMGosh, the blog hits 1,000,000 views today.  I cannot believe it.  I know that is small numbers compared to a lot of blogs, but it is a big number to me.  Thank you bunches and bunches for your support.  I have loved doing the blog and meeting all of you.

So, to celebrate, I scheduled two live sessions.  One this morning and one this evening.  Please feel free to join one or both of them.  What will the webinar be about?  I don’t know…you tell me.  I know I will play in Corel Painter 2016 and the rest is up to you.  I will answer questions and take requests; as long as the requests are about painting.  I can’t sing or dance, but I can juggle oranges.  Shoot, I just checked and I don’t have any oranges, so that is not an options.  Anyway, come on by and let’s talk Painter 2016

The first webinar starts today, Aug 13, 2015 at 11:00 AM EDT (Eastern Daylight Savings Time)

Register Here for Morning Webinar

The second webinar starts today, Aug 13, 2015 at 8:00 PM EDT (Eastern Daylight Savings Time)

Register Here for the Evening Webinar

You can join either webinar during the session…just click the link.

Here are a couple of images created in Painter 2016

I love doing this style.  It is pretty fast…just make a few quick strokes and let the water flow do the rest.

Waterfall, inky landscape done in Corel Painter 2016

Waterfall, inky landscape done in Corel Painter 2016

And y’all know I love anything in a Sumi-e style.

Orchid, Watercolor, Done in Corel Painter 2016

Orchid, Watercolor, Done in Corel Painter 2016

This last one is a work in progress.  I need to get back to it.  Images that take a while to do, tend to bore me and I stop working on them, but I like the way this one was going.

Great Blue Heron, Work in Progress, Watercolor, Corel Painter 2016

Great Blue Heron, Work in Progress, Watercolor, Corel Painter 2016

 

Since I usually work in watercolor, I might try playing with oils and dry media in the Webinars.

OK…hope some of you can make the webinar.

Enjoy,

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