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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Corel Painter 2017 Released Aug 9, 2016! Woo-hoo! What’s New in Corel Painter 2017


Hello Everyone,

Corel released Corel Painter 2017, today.  It is fantastic; I really love it.  I am sure you will too.  But don’t take my word for it.  Download your free 30 trial today.

Download Painter 2017

And of course, I have a class called Woo-hoo! What’s New in Painter 2017.  I designed the class to bring you up-to-date on all the new features of Painter 2017 plus lots more.  The following video is the first video of the class and gives a broad over-view of what’s new in this version.

If you have taken one of my classes previously, you know that I cover the material in great detail.  The class officially opens on Saturday, Aug 13th, but I made some of the Week 1 videos available so early registrants can start playing right away.

Register for Woo-hoo! What’s New in Corel Painter 2017

I made the following image in Corel Painter 2017 using the new interactive gradient tool.  I started with one of my inky landscapes and then added color via gradients.  I have demonstrated this technique in Painter 2016, but Painter 2017 brings way more power to the technique.  The gradient tool might be…I keep changing my mind…my favorite new feature.

Corel Painter 2017, Inky watercolor with color added via gradient tool.

Corel Painter 2017, Inky watercolor with color added via gradient tool.

I hope to see you in the class.  I promise it will be a lot of fun.

Enjoy,

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All about Installing, Uninstalling, and Deciding Which Wacom Driver to Use


Hello Everyone,

Wacom released new drivers on 27 Jul 2016.  I decided it was time to update my information on installing and uninstalling Wacom Drivers.  Also, there is confusion about which drivers to use for which products.  Following are my thoughts on these issues; some of them are different from what I have posted before.

Updating from an older Wacom Driver to a Newer Wacom Driver:

If you keep your Wacom Drivers up to date, then you should have a program called Wacom Desktop Center.  You can find it in your apps.  This program or utility notifies you when there is an update to your Wacom Driver.  In my experience, sometimes it does and sometimes it does not.  But it does have a lot of useful functions.  You can back up and restore your preferences, you can make changes to your preferences, you can get help and find tutorials.  But the most useful function is its ability to install an updated driver.  It does this seamlessly and there is no need to uninstall the current driver first.  Whether you are on a PC or a Mac, when you need to update your current driver to the latest driver, I suggest using the Wacom Desktop Center.  If you are updating from an older driver and you do not have a Wacom Desktop Center, then use the manual methods shown in later videos.

Manually uninstalling and then reinstalling your current Wacom Driver on a PC:

From time to time, things go awry.  You are finding that you tablet isn’t performing as it should.  There could be lots of reasons for this and I am not going into those, but many folks think that uninstalling and installing the same driver will solve the problem.  This uninstall/install process is best done manually.  The next video shows the process for a PC.

Manually uninstalling and the reinstalling your current Wacom Driver on a Mac:

This video covers the manual process for uninstalling and reinstalling your Wacom Driver on a Mac.  I know that many folks uninstall their current driver by dropping the Wacom Folder into the trash bin.  I believe it is better to remove the Wacom Software through the Wacom Tablet Utility.  Check out the steps outlined in this video.

But…What Wacom driver is best for my tablet or Cintiq Model – Latest One or Legacy:

OK…I believe this issue is one that is the most misunderstood of any issues with Wacom drivers.  I believe that the problem is with Wacom’s website, which isn’t easy to understand.  But let me go back a few years.  I called Wacom support with some question, which I don’t remember now, but the support tech told me at that time that the drivers for my Intuos 4 would work for my Intuos 3.  The information was correct.  So, I continued updating drivers listed for the Intuos 4 and later for the Intuos 5 without having any issues with any of my tablets.  But, I kept hearing from folks who were having issues and they needed to go back to a previous driver for their tablet or Cintiq to work correctly.  I wasn’t having an issue, but since others were and the solution always was go back to a previous driver, I joined the fray and suggested going back to a previous driver, too.  But, what was the real problem?

I think the problem relates to updating the operating System (OS).  Think about it.  Why does Wacom or any other company update its drivers?  To keep up with changes to the OS is a major reason.  So the perfect driver for your tablet is the driver released about the same time that you last updated your OS…PC or Mac.  In other words, if you have kept your Mac or PC updated to the absolute last OS update, then you should use the latest Wacom Driver even if you are using a Wacom Intuos 3.  I know it works on my Intuos 5 Touch and Cintiq 24″HD Touch.  I am away from home and I cannot test my Intuos 3, but I am pretty sure my theory is correct.  You guys will let me know if it isn’t.  But, remember, the key is when you updated your OS.  I am talking about updates here…not upgrades.  If I understand Wacom website correctly, if you are still on Windows 7, but it is currently updated, then use the latest Wacom driver for the Intuos family…or the one listed for the Intuos Pro.  The same would be true for a Mac OS; if you are using an updated 10.9 x, then you can use the latest Wacom Driver.  I believe the following video gives a better explanation.

 

Well that about covers it.  The information provided is strictly my opinion; I do not have any contact with anyone at Wacom.  I am sharing what works for me.  I hope it is helpful and works for you, too.

Enjoy,

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New Wacom Tablet Drivers Released 7/27/2016


Hello Everyone,

Wacom released new drivers for its Cintiq, Intuos Pro, and Intuos (new name for Bamboo) products.  The drivers are for the latest products.  I looked where Wacom keeps its legacy drivers for the older products and I didn’t see any new drivers.

But, I am currently in Mississippi because my sister is ill and I am helping with her care.  I brought my older Alienware Aurora 4 and my Intuos 5 Touch with me.  My Cintiq and Alienware Area 51 are still in Georgia.  I wanted to update my Intuos 5 Touch because the older drivers for an Intuos 5 still use the radial menu technology and not the newer On-Screen Controls.  Of course I worried, but I decided to go ahead and give it a try.  The new driver is working well, so far.  I prefer it to the older drivers because I use the On-Screen Controls with the Cintiq, and I wanted to use a similar format with the Intuos 5 Touch.

Before I go any further…if I had an Intuos 5 or earlier version without “Touch,” I would not have used the newer driver.  This is pure speculation on my part, but I think if your product doesn’t support touch, then the newer drivers will give you problems.  As many of you tell me, if your product is working fine, then you probably do not need to update to the latest driver.

OK, this is how I updated my driver and I think it is a good method.

  1. I opened my Wacom Tablet Preference File Utility (it is similarly named for Macs, but it isn’t exactly the same name), and backed up my settings.  You can do the same with the Wacom Desktop Center
  2. I disconnected my Wacom Tablet from the computer.  If you are using a Cintiq, you only need to disconnect the tablet part, which is usually connected via a USB port on your computer.
  3. I completely uninstalled the current Wacom Driver.
  4. I rebooted.
  5. I downloaded the latest driver from Wacom.
  6. I installed the Driver
  7. I rebooted
  8. I reconnected my Intuos 5 Touch
  9. I opened my Wacom Tablet Preference File Utility and restored my settings

And I am back in business.

Hope this post helps,

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Recorded Live Stream Watercolor Demo from Aaron and Me Is Available


Hello Everyone,

If you want to watch the watercolor demo Aaron and I did yesterday, it is now available on You Tube to watch.  As promised during the session, I have put together the brushes, papers, and the scripts I used in the demo.  These tools are for Painter 2016.  I’m sorry, but some of the stuff uses newer technology found in Painter 2016 and will not work in earlier versions.  Please do not try to install in earlier versions of Painter.

Watercolor Demo Tools

To watch the recording, click the following video.  You can use the icons at the bottom to expand the videos size or go to You Tube to watch.  I’m still trying to figure out how to put it on my You Tube Channel.  I hope you enjoy it.

 

This is the watercolor I painted during the demonstration:

Watercolor Flowers, Corel Painter 2016, Watercolor Live Streaming Demo

Watercolor Flowers, Corel Painter 2016, Watercolor Live Streaming Demo

 

Thank you, Aaron for inviting me.  I enjoyed the live streaming process and hope to do it again soon.  And a big thank you to all who attended.

 

Enjoy,

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Don’t Forget to Join Aaron Rutten and Me Live…July 1…3:00 PM EDT


Hi Friends,

Wanted to remind everyone to join Aaron and me, July 1, 3:00 PM EDT.  All you have to do is click the image below.  You can watch from here, or click the You Tube icon at the bottom and watch from You Tube.

Hope to see you there,

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