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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Enjoy,

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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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Corel Painter 2017 Update 1 Is Available!


Hello Everyone,

Update 1 for Corel Painter 2017 is available for download.  You can get the download one the Patches and Updates Page.  Following is a copy of the information provided about the update.  It looks great!

Painter 2017 Update 1 – Readme Notes

Important note for users of OS X Sierra (10.12): To apply this update, you must download the Painter2017Update1.dmg file directly from the web site and install it. Trying to install the update from within the application on OS X Sierra will result in an installation error.
Click here to download the update for Macs.

Windows users can download the update from Patches and Updates Page.

Painter 2017 Update 1 will update the initial release of Painter 2017 to the latest version.

If you experience any issues after installing this update, we recommend that you reset your workspace to ensure that all of the new features appear correctly. You can reset your workspace by holding down the Shift key when starting the application. A dialog box appears to confirm the restoration of the factory default settings.

Support for OS X Sierra (10.12)

  • (Mac 10.12) When purchasing a brush pack, the Close button in the payment wizard is now displayed correctly.

Application Fixes

  • (Mac OS, Wacom tablet) Now Painter properly changes focus to the selected brush after you use keyboard shortcuts.
  • (Windows 7 and Windows 10) The icons in the Toolbox now display correctly on second launch of Painter. If you still experience this issue after applying the update, reset your workspace.
  • (Windows) All items in the following menus are less likely to be cutoff at common display settings: Window > Brush Control Panel, Tools menu (Window > Custom Palette > Add Command), Other menu (Window > Custom Palette > Add Command). Some related menu items are now grouped and appear in submenus.
  • (Windows) Painter file associations now work as expected when Painter 2017 coexists with a previous version on the same machine.
  • (Windows) The Help > Messaging Settings command lets you choose whether and how often to receive notifications about product updates and set other message preferences.
  • Applying gradients with the Interactive Gradient tool works as expected when switching channels.
  • Choosing a paper after applying a paint effect to a gradient no longer affects your brush size.
  • Dual monitors: The Brush Selector appears as expected when moved to the upper-left corner of the secondary display.
  • It is now easy to add nodes to shapes.
  • Now when you hide all palette drawers in the Default workspace layout and exit the application, and then re-launch the application and display the palette drawer list (Window > Palette Drawers), Painter properly displays a list of all palette drawers that are available in the Default workspace layout.
  • Now when you reposition a palette, hide it, and do not display it over two consecutive launches of the application, the next time you launch Painter and show the palette, it opens in the expected location.
  • Painter no longer stops responding after you choose a Digital Watercolor brush, try to transform a texture, and then cancel the transformation and exit the application.
  • Painter no longer stops responding when you delete content from custom palettes by using the context menu.
  • Painter no longer stops responding when you manipulate nodes on captured gradients that have numerous nodes.
  • Painter no longer stops responding when you remove, rename, import, or export a brush category and then try to purchase a brush.
  • Painter no longer stops responding when you try to paint in the image window using a Wacom stylus pen without first creating or opening a document.
  • Texture Cover brushes now work as expected when you paint on a document, then create a new document, paint on it, close it, and then paint on the first document.
  • The cursor icon size no longer affects the accuracy of the sampled color when using the Dropper tool.
  • The Preserve Transparency layer setting is no longer ignored when you apply a fill (Edit > Fill) while the Interactive Gradient tool is selected.
  • The Scale Selection dialog box accepts new values by default so you can now complete the scaling operation by pressing Return (Mac OS) or Enter (Windows).
  • There’s no longer a flow map or paper shift with dab stencils when you paint on a layer versus when you paint on the canvas.
  • When you reinstall Corel Painter or install it on another computer, you can restore your purchases. This will help you download the brush packs that you have already purchased and reinstall them.
  • When you select a custom media library and relaunch Painter, Painter no longer reverts to the default library.

Check it out and enjoy Corel Painter 2017,

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David Gell’s Jitterbrush Site


Hello Everyone,

David Gell, a Master Painter Brush Maker, long time supporter of Corel Painter, and mentor to many of us, closed Jitterbrush, his wonderful website.  It was full of wonderful information and incredible brushes.  Before closing David told me that I could download anything and put it on my blog to keep it available for Corel Painter users.  I must say, David, I can’t tell you how honored I am to help keep your incredible work with in easy reach of new and advanced Painter users.  You have helped so many of us for many years.

David planned to close his site on July 9, 2016 and I was going to start putting the information on my site at that time.  Unfortunately, my sister fell and developed a massive hematoma on the left side of her brain on July 8th and I had to go to Mississippi to help with her care.  I have been gone for 3 months and all the material from David’s site was still in Georgia.  I returned to Georgia last week, and I decided to start the project today.  I plan to add little by little until it is all here.

The same rules apply for any of the downloads available.

There are no restrictions on use, other than the resources are not to be offered for sale or shared without my prior consent.

OK…lets get started.  I will pretty much follow what David said about his resources with an occasional comment of my own…or I may paraphrase when necessary.  Let’s start with:

Tribal Beads and Weaves Brush Strokes

This image is a screen capture of Tribal Beads as shown on Jitterbrush

This image is a screen capture of Tribal Beads as shown on Jitterbrush

The above image demonstrates some of the brush strokes possible using the Tribal Beads and Weaves Brushes.  The Tribal Beads and Weaves brushes for Corel Painter 12.2 and above have been primarily developed to quickly place a repeating jewellery element in your compositions.

Enclosed Variants are:

Beaded Braid 3 Strand, Beaded Braid 5 Strand, Beaded Braid 7 Strand, Beads 1 String Dab 1, Beads 1 String Dab 2, Beads 1 String Dab 3. Beads 1 String Dab 4, Beads 1 String Round, Beads 3 String Dab 1, Beads 3 String Round, Beads 5 String Dab 1, Beads 5 String Round, Beads 7 String Dab 1, Beads 7 String Round, Sequin Braid, Tiny Bead Necklace, Tribal Weave 1, Tribal Weave 2, Tribal Weave 3.

Here is a quick video showing the brushes in action.

Download Variants as a Category or as a Library…your choice:

Tribal Beads & Weaves Category

Tribal Beads & Weaves Library

If you choose to download the Category, download and save the Tribal Beads_Weaves.brushcategory “as is” to your computer.  Open Painter and go to Brushes > Import > Category and click open.  The category will load in the currently active Library.

If you choose to download the Library, download and save the Tribal Beads_Weaves.brushlibrary “as is” to your computer.  Open Painter and go to Brushes > Import > Brush Library and then click on the Tribal Beads_Weaves.brushlibrary file.  It will create a new library with Tribal Beads and Weaves loaded.

Enjoy your gift from David.

 

New Wacom Drivers released for PC and Mac


Hello Friends,

Wacom released new drivers for the PC and Mac.  Go to Wacom Drivers to get the latest download.  I always have mixed emotions about updating or not.  I tend to always update all of my software even if it doesn’t seem like it needs it.  Most of the time I am happy that I did, but lately, I have had some difficult updates with various software.  I still update, but at least I am a little more wary about doing so.

As usual, with Wacom Drivers, I disconnect my tablet, uninstall the current driver, reboot, install the current driver, reboot, and then reconnect the tablet.

Enjoy,

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Still Time to Register for My Class: Woo-hoo! What’s New in Corel Painter 2017


Hello Folks,

My class started at the Digital Art Academy, but it isn’t too late to register.  I am enjoying the class and I think the students are, too.  I produced over 30 videos already.  The first week we covered Painter 2017’s enhanced UI, property bars, and palette drawers.  Then we started painting and altering older paintings with the new Interactive Gradient tool.  And for the adventurous, I showed how to change the variants used by the Interactive Gradient Tool when it uses the Paint Express function.  It adds another bit of fun to an already powerful function.  In the attached video I demonstrate how Express Paint changed.

Following is the image created in the video.  I think this makes a great under-painting for a forest type landscape, but who knows…there is a lot of imagery lurking in this piece.  What do you see?

Using an altered brush with Express Paint in Corel Painter 2017

Using an altered brush with Express Paint in Corel Painter 2017

OK…that’s it from me.  Do join my class…I think you will enjoy it.  Register for Woo-hoo! What’s New in Corel Painter 2017.

Enjoy,

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Corel Offers Special Upgrade Pricing for Painter 2017


Hey Everybody,

In my last post I announced that Corel had released Painter 2017.  I am seeing many folks asking if the special upgrade pricing is available.  I wasn’t sure, but then Debbie posted on FB how she got the special price.  The following video will show you how to find the special pricing.  I do not know how long the special will last…so grab it quickly.  In my video the price is $99.00 US, but the price will vary from country to country.

Get your copy today!!!

Enjoy,

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