Corel Painter X3 Service Pack 1 Is Now Available


Hi Friends,

I just checked for updates using the Help Menu and found that Service Pack 1 is available.  I downloaded and installed it…easy.

Andy Church reports at the Painter Factory the following:

The Painter X3 Service Pack 1 is now available for download. 

Here are the top 10 reasons you will want to grab it! 

1.       Cloning is smooth & predictable.

2.       Prefer to start, stop and flip back and forth between Painter 12 and X3? Go for it!

3.       Copy, paste and use keyboard commands to your hearts delight.

4.       Layer on the layers and transform with stability.

5.       Shortcut crazy? Use all the characters you want.

6.       Set and forget your workspace.

7.       Scripted brushstrokes are a perfect timesaver.

8.       Straight as an arrow shapes and selections.

9.       Load your brushes, customize parameters and paint away.

10.   Access help any time you need it.

MAC USERS: This service pack delivers OSX 10.9 support for Painter X3.  You can learn more about the service pack details here.”

Enjoy,

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Latest on Corel Painter X3 Service Pack and Official 10.9 OSX Support


Hello friends and followers,

Andy Church posted the following at Painter Factory on November 14:

“UPDATE 3 (Thursday November 14th, 5:00 pm ET)

The Painter X3 Service Pack and official 10.9 OSX support is coming out next week. Thanks for your patience and please stay tuned for more news about P12 support for Mavericks. “

If I am reading this correctly, then we should have the Corel Painter X3 service pack and support for Mavericks sometime this week.  I’ll post a note as soon as I see that the update is available.

Stay tuned,

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More News on Maverick Support for Painter X3 – Mac Users, Very Important


Hello Everyone,

Andy Church posted this at Painter Factory 11/7/2013:

UPDATE 2 (Thursday November 7th, 12:30 pm ET)

We are now in the process of doing detailed testing in order to certify Painter X3 on OSX 10.9. Issues have been discovered and the following fixes are going through testing.

 

  • Sliders will now appear correctly.
  • Adding a nozzle to the library no longer causes the application to stop responding.
  • Adding an image to the Image Portfolio no longer causes the application to stop responding.
  • Capturing a pattern no longer causes the application to stop responding.
  • The completion of purchasing X3 from a trial will no longer cause the application to stop responding

The team will also conduct final, rigorous testing and validate the fixes across all our supported languages.

Please note, when we release the Painter X3 Service Pack 1, it will include 20 other documented issues we uncovered after the release of Painter X3. The patch will be released within one to two weeks, depending on our final set of rigorous tests. We will update you with the final release date as we progress in the coming few more days.

With regard to Painter 12 users wanting to upgrade to Mavericks (OSX 10.9)

This is something we are exploring and will get back to the community with a subsequent update. The team is very consumed with 64-bit MAC support. As you may well appreciate, patching Painter 12 for Mavericks is somewhat at odds with getting 64-bit Mac out the door in 2014.

Your constructive comments are more than welcome.

Andy

If there is more later, I will keep you posted.

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Maverick Support for Painter X3 – Important Message for MAC users…VERY IMPORTANT


Hey Gang,

This just in from the Andy Church and the Painter Team:

Apple announced that the new operating system, Mavericks was ready for FREE download on Tuesday October 22nd. Based on historical release practices at Apple, our team was not expecting this until late November.

As of today, October 23rd, Painter X3 does not completely support Mavericks. To maintain your current user experience with Painter, we would recommend you NOT upgrade to Mavericks at this time.

We are looking at the overall user experience of the final version of Mavericks and we are assessing any required code changes we need to make.

Later this week we will communicate when we expect to have full support for Mavericks. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Andy and the Painter Team

You can find the message on Painter Factory.

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New Wacom Tablet Drivers Available for Products Currently Being Sold


Hey Gang,

Wacom posted new drivers for the PC on 10/07/2013 and for the Mac on 10/15/2013.  I had missed the posts, so thank you to my friend Miguel for telling me about the new releases.

The new releases are only for the newer products, but I do think that the site is a little confusing.  So to make sure I understood what was up, I wrote Wacom Support and received excellent guidance from Travis Hackett, Tier 3 Support Technician.  When you go to the driver download site, you see a rather large array of drivers listed, for instance a Cintiq Hybrid, Cintiq, Intuos Pro, Intuos (previously called Bamboo), etc.  Just match your product with the proper driver.

If you have an Intuos 4 or another older tablet, then you would check the legacy driver site for the correct driver to use.  Those drivers have not changed since the September 3, 2013 release.

Enjoy,

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Corel Painter X3 Classes, Holiday Open Studio, Introduction to Corel Painter X3, and Natural Media Studio: Opaques’ with Tim Shelbourne Schmid brushes


Hello Everyone,

It pleases me to announce several new Corel Painter X3 classes available for registration now.  You will love them all!

Holiday Open Studio

It is time for the Digital Art Academy’s annual Holiday Open Studio.  Corel Master Painter Karen Bonaker teaches two weeks with Elaina Moore-Kelly and myself each taking a week.  Want four, fun-filled weeks full of painting Holiday Cheer?  Then do join us for this special seasonal class.  Holiday Open Studio starts November 9, 2013; closes for Thanksgiving week, and restarts on November 30, 2013.  The dates are Open November 9 – November 22; Closed November 23 – November 29; Open again November 30 – December 13.

As a teaser, here is an image by Karen. She demonstrates how to create lovely images like this one.

Image by Corel Master Painter Karen Bonaker; Subject for Holiday Open Studio

Image by Corel Master Painter Karen Bonaker; Subject for Holiday Open Studio

Don’t miss Holiday Open Studio!

Introduction to Painter X3, Part 1

Elaina Moore-Kelly is well-known for her “Intro Courses for Corel Painter.”  Part 1 of her Introduction to Corel Painter X3 is open for registration.

I know, you have used Painter for a several years and you don’t need an introduction course to Painter. Or, maybe you are just starting with Painter and are utilizing all the videos you can find on You Tube or various blogs, and you don’t think you need an Introduction course.  Phooey on that.  Yes, I am telling you, the advanced user and beginner, that you are very wrong.

Corel Painter is a very complex piece of software, which means it is difficult to learn.  Time and again, experienced users surprise me with their shallow knowledge of Corel Painter.  Yes, you can get by with limited knowledge and create stunning works, but imagine what you could produce if you knew the program more intimately.  Extra knowledge improves work flow, too.  Trust me; a second look at Painter is a “win-win” situation.  The benefits you gain will more than justify the small cost of this class.  If you are a beginner, the class prepares you to properly use all the bells and whistles of Corel Painter X3.

Elaina’s classes are beautifully crafted.  The class is open enrollment, which means you can register at any time and work the assignments at your own pace.  You may download all materials and use them when needed.  Register for Introduction to Corel Painter X3, Part 1 now.

Corel Painter X3 Natural Media Studio: Opaques

Tim Shelbourne has a new class open at The Artists’ Quarter (TAQ), Corel Painter X3 Natural Media Studio: Opaques.  Tim’s classes are always top-notch and I have enjoyed taking every one of them.  This class has the added bonus of some new custom brushes created by Tim.  The brushes are fabulous.  He calls them Schmid brushes and they were inspired by the work of renowned artist, Richard Schmid.  Check out this video on FB; https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152235582763032&set=o.508369542565533&type=2&theater. 

Here is an example of an image created by Tim using his new brushes.  In class Tim will demonstrate his techniques.

Tim Shelbourne's Gunslinger, Corel Painter X3, using new Schmid brushes.

Tim Shelbourne’s Gunslinger, Corel Painter X3, using new Schmid brushes.

You will love Tim’s class: Corel Painter X3 Natural Media Studio: Opaques.

Well, that’s about it for this post.  Do take these classes; you will be glad that you did.

Enjoy,

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Brushes and Stuff from Paint Jam 2, Corel Painter X3


Hello Everyone,

There is still time to register for the third session of Paint Jam 2 with Corel Master Painters Karen Bonaker, Peggy Gyulai, and me.  In the last session 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!

If you attended the second session, I promised to provide brushes and flow maps that I used in my painting. BUT, please remember that these can only be used in Corel Painter X3.  Here is the Paint Jam 2 Brush Category.  I also promised the Paint Jam Flow Map Library used, and these work with Painter X3 or Painter 12.

This is the completed painting that I did during my part.  I almost completed it in the 10 minute time frame.  I love direct brush work using watercolor or ink.  The work is greatly influenced by Chinese brush painting and Japanese Sumi-e.  Of course it is a digital version and the approach is different.

Pine Tree, Corel Painter X3, watercolor

Pine Tree, Corel Painter X3, watercolor

I did another painting, too, but it wasn’t influenced by the landscape we were using for inspiration.  It does show an important part of the brushes I provided.  Velocity governs opacity instead of pressure as most of my brushes do.  Opacity via velocity feels more like the way a traditional brush feels…lays dark paint while moving slowly, but if you speed up, lighter paint is laid down.

Orchid, Corel Painter X3, watercolor

Orchid, Corel Painter X3, watercolor

I can explain the brushes better in videos.  Here are three ten minute videos for your enjoyment.

Well that it for this post.  I must tell you one more thing.  Many of you know that my sister had a stroke and I travel back and forth between Mississippi and Georgia to care for her.  I am having a few medical issues as well.  On the day of the last session of Paint Jam, I will be having a medical procedure that may prevent me from participating.  I am hoping I will be through with the procedure and can join all of you, but if I cannot, I hope you will understand.  Do register for the last session; it will be terrific.  Karen and Peggy are terrific!

Enjoy,

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