A Fresh Start; the New Corel Painter 2019 Officially Starts July 8th


Hello Everyone,

My new class, A Fresh Start, the New Corel Painter 2019 officially starts in the morning, Sunday, July 8th.  It isn’t too late to register.  And while you are at it, check out the rest of the courses at the Digital Art Academy.  If you cannot register now; no worries; you can register for later and work at your own pace.

I am excited about this course.  I have designed it with two sections, one for new comers and one for intermediate and advanced users.  I think it will be fun for all.  The new Painter is a lovely program.  Here is an example of something I created in 2019.  In it I use Pattern Pens, watercolor, and thick paint.  The pattern pen I made to look similar to gold leaf.  I love playing with texture in Painter!!!

Golden Tundra, Pattern Pen, Watercolor, Thick Paint, Corel Painter 2019

Hope to see you in class.

Enjoy,

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Corel Painter 2019 Is Here; Registration is Open for A Fresh Start, the New Painter 2019


Hello Friends,

Corel officially announced Painter 2019 today and of course, I have a new class showing you the bells and whistles of the new Painter 2019.  I call the class A Fresh Start, the New Painter 2019.  Register for A Fresh Start, the New Painter 2019.  As usual, I offer the class at the Digital Art Academy and you can find the other course offerings here: DAA Courses.   You can buy or download your free trial, here:  Corel Painter 2019.

This year I decided to do something completely different with the class.  I am offering a “two-for.”  What?

In my dictionary, a “two-for” is two classes in one.  That’s right?  This class will be the usual “What’s New in Painter” class, but I am also adding a beginner’s class, too.  I can hear the intermediate and advanced Painter users lamenting, “But I don’t need a beginner’s class; I’m not getting a two-for class.”  Technically, you are right, sort of.  You are right if you know Painter upstairs and downstairs…every nuisance of the various commands, but do you?  I know I don’t.  I am constantly going back and re-leaning stuff.  Each time I review some function I haven’t used in a while, I think of something new that might be fun to explore with a “Fresh Start.”  Get it…A Fresh Start, the New Painter 2019.

So, how does this new concept work.  Well, there are two separate classes, each with four sessions.  New To Painter, NTP, is for the beginners, and Fresh Start, FS, is for intermediate and advanced users.  If you consider yourself someone new to Painter, then start with Session 1 of NTP…and follow to Session 2, 3, and 4 of the NTP class.  Once finished with Session 4, NTP, then the beginner goes to Session 1, FS, and completes the 4 sessions for FS…thus completing all 8 Sessions.

The intermediate and advanced users start with Session 1, FS.  And, if the student knows everything to know about Painter, then after Session 1, FS, move on to Session 2, FS.  But, and I suspect this but is true for most of us, if you could use a little refresher here and there, then after Session 1, FS, you will go to Session 1, NTP.  I’m not expecting you to take Session 1, NTP, the same way someone new to Painter did…no…I am going to give you a special challenge with the material in the various NTP Sessions.  For instance, let’s say I talk about auto-painting in Session 1, NTP.  Most intermediate and advanced users, might have tried auto-painting a couple of times, but moved on quickly to other parts of Painter.  I am guessing, that we…I’m included…didn’t learn a great deal about the various functions of auto-painting when we first explored it.  In this class, I am going to go into depth with various features and ask you to revisit the feature and find ways to use the feature creatively.  In other words, intermediate and advanced users will complete Session 1, FS, and then move on to Session 1, NTP, as an advanced users, reviewing with skills developed as a long time user of Painter.  I promise, to show you some new tricks that are useful.  Therefore, the intermediate and advanced user will complete all 8 sessions, too.

Check out these two images.  I created them using auto-painting only.  After I made them, I created papers, flow maps and patterns with them.  I made them about 5 years ago, and recently I had to relearn how to do it.  It is necessary for me to revisit sections of Painter from time to time, or I forget how to use them.  I suspect you are the same…I designed the class for us to revisit stuff long ago abandoned.

Auto-painted Texture

Auto-Painted Texture 2

Of course the class covers all the new features of Corel Painter 2019.  I am very excited about the new user interface; I think you will like it, too.  There are 36 new brush variants.  Using these 36 variants, I created a mini-brush making class.  Included are new pattern pen variants.  I enjoy playing with pattern pens.  Check out these two images done with pattern pens.  Can you see evidence of pattern pens in the images?

Fun Play, Pattern Pen Flower

Abstract Red Landscape using Corel Painter Pattern Pens.

There is so much more to tell you, so what are you waiting for.  Register for A Fresh Start, the New Painter 2019.  It is a steal at $55.00 US.

Be sure to check other classes available at the Digital Art Academy…All Courses.  And Corel Painter 2019 is here: Corel Painter 2019.

Enjoy,

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Having Fun with Watercolor and Thick Paint, and Painter 2018 Class Is Still Open For Registration


Hello Everyone,

I am having a lot of fun with Painter 2018 these days.  I decided to combine watercolor and thick paint; just wanted to see what it would look like.  The results pleased me; of course I’m never completely happy, but I don’t hate them.  For imagery, I chose to attempt abstract landscapes.  I particularly like sumi-e work.  The initial bone structure of the painting nods to sumi-e.  It doesn’t stay there; the work becomes way too busy to even see a sumi-e influence.  I would like to simplify the images and I think I can as I paint more.  In the beginning I am unsure of what brushes to use…and I try various ones…each variant adds a little more business to the final image.

This first image gives a good balance between watercolor and thick paint.  I really like the watercolor and played down the thick paint.

Corel Painter 2018, watercolor and thick paint

I couldn’t sleep last night.  When that happens, I usually get up and start my day.  I did the following two paintings this morning…starting at 4 AM.  I don’t like to fuss over a painting for hours…I prefer to jump in, paint, and finish in an hour or less.  I certainly do not want to paint over three hours.  I lose interest, or I get obsessed with minute details.  Both of these images played a bit more with thick paint.  I really do like Corel’s new thick paint brushes.  I think they are more natural than any other type of variants in Painter.

Corel Painter 2018, watercolor and thick paint

By the time I started the second painting, sleep deprivation raised its head.  I figured bright reds would wake me up.  I rarely work with bright reds; I enjoyed the activity very much.

Corel Painter 2018, watercolor and thick paint

In the title, I mentioned that Painter 2018, Is It Real Paint, is still open.  You will remember in my last post I said I was going to close the class on December 31st.  Well, I didn’t.  And folks have continued to join the class.  So, I decided to leave the class as an Open Enrollment Class at least for the rest of 2018.  Open enrollment, means you can register at anytime, all the materials are available for download once you register, and you can work at your leisure.  There are no deadlines…just set your own pace and post your paintings for critique if and when you want.

I know Corel ran a special price a week or so ago, so if the special prompted you to upgraded to Painter 2018, then this class is for you.  It covers all the new features of Painter 2018.  If you didn’t get the special, the upgrade price currently is $189.00.  I hope to see you in Class.

Register for Corel Painter 2018, Is It Real Paint.

Enjoy,

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Registration is Still Open for Painter 2018, Is It Real Paint


Hello Everyone,

You can still register for my class, Painter 2018, Is It Real Paint.  I cover all the new functions released with Painter 2018 and more.  The class includes 115 video demonstrations and many resources, such as brushes, papers, textures, etc.  I don’t think you will find another class that offers as much as this class.  Do register right away.  Everything is available for download to your computer; you can watch and work the assignments at your leisure.  The class will stay open well into the new year, however, registration will close December 31, 2017.  Don’t delay!

I hope to see you in class!  I created this image while demonstrating thick paint.  I had taken a photograph of Cade’s Cove in the Smokey Mountains on a winter day.  It was cold and a winter storm was brewing.  I wanted to express the feeling of the day, plus I was in a somewhat somber mood when I did the painting.  I love the new thick paint brushes and explain in detail how they work and show you how to build your own.  I think thick paint is one of the best new features of Painter 2018.

Thick Paint Landscape done as a demo in Painter 2018 Is it Real Paint

Happy Thanksgiving to those who follow this tradition.  And I want to wish everyone the Happiest Holiday Season and the Best New Year ever!

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David Gell Brushes are Here!!!


Hello Everyone,

I know…I have been a very bad person and neglected my blog…sigh.  And at least a year ago I promised to post brushes created by David Gell, who I consider to be the best brush master ever.  Many of David’s brushes were on his site, JitterBrush, but he took the site down and his variants were not available on-line.  He did give me permission to post all of them for you.  Well…since today is my birthday, I thought I would pass David’s gift to my blog readers.  I know, about time, right?

I have followed David’s Painter tutorials since I started using Painter and most of what I know about brushes comes from his generous sharing.  I created a David Gell Brush library so that I could have all of his variants in one place.  This library contains 28 brush categories and some of them are quite old and haven’t been available for some time.  But, I have always loved David’s variants, old or new, so I have kept them over the years.  With many thanks to David; here is David Gell Brush Library.

David Gell Brush Library

To install these brushes, first download the above file and save it to your computer, then open Painter, go to the Menu Bar and select Brushes > Import > Brush Library and select the downloaded file.  Please note, the installed file is a separate library.  You will need to switch back and forth between libraries.

Some of David’s brushes are pretty complex and need a bit of explanation.  As time permits I will post tips.  Many folks have requested Suminagashi 2 category included in the library.  I thought I would give you a few tips copied from David’s JitterBrush site about those variants.

Suminagashi and Suminagashi Grad Variants

Suminagashi Grad B variant with rainbow pinched gradient

The color rendering Suminagashi and Suminagashi Grad variants can produce a very fluid, ethereal look, even without the aid of softening or distorting variants.  Variants with Grad in their name take their color information from the currently selected gradient, while other variants employ color variability via the Color Variability palette.  For this image, I have chosen Suminagashi Grad B variant with Rainbow Pinched gradient.

Z Prefixed Variants

Z Takayama distorting the first image

Variants in this library prefixed with a Z in their name do not apply any color of their own, but distort the underlying imagery in many ways.  Comparing to the traditional Suminagashi technique, this would be the closest equivalent to disturbing the surface of the floating ink media so that the different colors and regions begin to mix and flow into each other.

For these particular variants, David configured them so that stylus pressure controls the magnitude of the distortion effect.  I used Z Takayama variant to distort the first image in this post.

Floranagashi and Grainagashi Variants

Floranagashi left, Grainagashi bottom and right side. Image first filled with two point gradient.

The Floranagashi variant can produce a sumi-e style branch and foliage effect, while the Grainagashi variant interacts with the currently selected paper texture.  The Z Grainagashi Smear variant does not apply any color, but smears the underlying pixels determined by the current paper texture.

For this image, I filled the canvas with two point gradient.  I created the bottom and right side of the image with the Grainagashi variant using Madness paper texture.  The branch like strokes on the left used the Floranagashi variant.

The Suminagashi Dragons

Top stoke, Fuku Riu variant Bottom Stroke, Sui Riu

Use undo and redo to achieve the desired look with these variants.  With a little trial and error, they can produce dragon-like forms, even complete with heads.  In this example, I used the Fuku Riu (Good Luck Dragon) variant for the top stroke and the Sui Riu (Dragon King/Rain Dragon) variant for the bottom stroke.

Life Form and Life Form Mono

Life Form, top storke
Life Form Mono, bottom stroke

The strokes produced by the Life Form and Life Form Mono variants appear alien, hence the name.  The Color Variability Panel randomizes the colors/values within the strokes.  Use a slower stroke speed to produce a more closed, tubular form, and faster strokes to give a more open “backbone” effect.  In this example, I used Life Form for the top stroke and Life Form Mono for the bottom stoke.  I altered the velocity of the stroke to showcase the different look at different speeds.

In case you didn’t know, Suminagashi is an ancient Japanese paper marbling technique.  Google it and learn more, there’s even a few videos about it on You Tube.  Other groups of people used the same techniques.  I am especially fond of Ebru.  I think I have some videos somewhere, probably You Tube, about making Ebru like images in Painter.  Check it out.

OK, that’s it for this post.  I hope you enjoy David’s variants.  I know I have.  And once again, David…thank you so much for your generosity.

Painter 2018 Is Here! Check it out.


Painter 2018, New Thick Paint Palette Knives

 

Hello Everyone,

Corel Painter has released its newest version today.  As usual, I will have a “What’s New” class which will start on Saturday, July 8th.  Register here for Painter 2018: Is It Real Paint?

Paint in the latest version of Corel Painter is better than ever.  It is stunningly luscious.  The new “Thick Paint” will surprise everyone.  I used to say I could smell the paint when using Corel Painter, now I am concerned I will need to clean paint off my screen. You are going to love “Thick Paint.”

As in previous what’s new classes, Painter 2018: “Is It Real Paint?” will focus on the new or enhanced features.  The class is primarily for intermediate or advanced users, but I still encourage beginners to join. With a new version, we are all beginners, right?  I cannot cover all the older functions of Painter in a class like this, but if anyone, beginner or advanced user alike, has a question about some earlier function that helps you understand a new feature…no problem…I will help.  So…let’s talk about what is new in Painter 2018?

I think everyone is going to be very excited about the new “Drip and Liquid Technology.”  Remember how the Sargent Brush could only be used on the Canvas Layer…or a layer that already had pigment…well…not any more.  We can now use Drip and Liquid Brush methods on any layer. I can’t wait to show you the ton of possibilities this added feature allows us to do.

Do you love to clone?  Oh my gosh, wait till you see the “Enhanced Cloning Features.”  Remember how you hated to clone an object that had blank space around it…remember…it cloned white…yuck.  Not any more, Painter recognizes transparent areas…and more.

And then there are “2.5D brushes!”  What are those?  Well, they are almost 3D brushes…get it…2.5D.  OK, I didn’t get it at first.  These are basically like the texture brushes introduced last year but with added depth…sort of like a 3D effect.  These are going to be to fun play with especially when used in conjunction with other variants.

“Texture Synthesis” is surprising.  Basically, you can take any photo, texture image, whatever, and select part or all of it, and then have Painter repeat the texture in a larger area.  And you can paint with the texture using a texture variant.  Gosh…this one is hard to explain.  You will have to join the class to see this one in action, but I will tell you this, I have a secret use for the technique that I think is going to be very useful.

Oh boy…one of my favorite new things, ”Selection Brushes.”  Ready for this, you can turn almost any variant into a selection brush.  When you paint with it, it will create a selection based on the properties of the variant.  If you are using a brush that shows a lot of grain, then your selection will show a lot of grain.  I am going to use this feature a lot.

Also new is “Fill with Texture.”  Remember how we can fill with patterns, gradients, clone source, color and even weaves.  Well, now we can fill with Textures.  And since we can make neat selections with the Selection Brushes and create new textures with Texture Synthesis, filling with texture is even more powerful and useful.

Then there is this new feature called “Random Grain Rotation.”  When activated, Painter rotates the paper grain just a bit with each stroke.  It is cool…the effect is subtle but adds just a bit of spice to the image.  Of course, it only works with variants that show paper grain, which are many.

There are many new brushes, too.  As a matter of fact, there is even a completely new library dedicated to “Natural Media Variants.”  If you are a traditional painter, this library is of special interest and may be your favorite new feature.

And that brings us back to “Thick Paint!”  As you can imagine, there will be lots of bristle type brushes using thick paint, but what I really love are the palette knives.  Yes, Painter has palette knives truly emulate traditional palette knives.

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New Wacom Drivers Available and a Welcomed Change in the Way They Are Organized


Hello Everyone,

Wacom released drivers twice since I last posted.  Wacom has grouped the drivers so you do not have to look around for the current driver for your product.  Take a look at the image below.  Notice that under Latest and Previous Drivers, you have a drop down menu that lists all the compatible products for that set of drivers.  And look farther down and you see Drivers for Previous Generation Products.  The image doesn’t show the complete web page and if you cannot read it in your browser, click it to enlarge the image.  But, best of all go to Wacom Driver Homepage and look for yourself.

Wacom Driver Page

Wacom Driver Page

I think this is a wonderful change; it makes it so much easier to select the correct driver.  Thank you bunches Wacom!!!

Happy New Year everyone,

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