Painter Master Dominick Saponaro and more on Painter Tutorials

Hi Friends,

Yesterday I attended Corel Painter Master Dominick Saponaro’s webinar and it was excellent.  I enjoyed watching how he used colorize composite method to color his gray-scale image.  Also, his use of Straight Line Strokes intrigued me.  The recorded video is now on-line.  Check it out at Painter Tutorials.

Painter Master Dominick Saponaro walks you through his painting process

Two other wonderful Painter Master tutorials were also released today.

Painter Master Elite Karen Bonaker demonstrates creative uses of layer masks and graphic stencils.  Karen outlines the technique in a way that is easy to understand and follow, but the results are far from simple looking.  I know you will enjoy Karen’s tutorial using Corel Painter 2016.

Painter Master Elite Karen Bonaker demonstrates creative uses of Layer Masks

Painter Master Elite Cher Pendarvis explains the new Blending Brush Control Panel available in Corel Painter 2016.  The enhanced and updated Blending Panel, previously called the Well Panel, is far more powerful and useful in Painter 2016.  Cher’s excellent tutorial sheds light on this rather complex panel.  Her explanation will change the way you paint.

Painter Master Elite Cher Pendarvis explains the Blending Panel

There are many more Corel Painter tutorials on You Tube.  I believe that some folks only look for the latest tutorials thinking that the earlier tutorials will not apply to the latest version, but that is not the case.  Yes, there are more bells and whistles in the latest version, but the basic underlying principles are the same.  So if you are looking for a particular topic for Painter 2016 and you find it demonstrated in Painter X3, don’t pass it up.  More than likely, you will get the answers you need.  Do visit Painter Tutorials and have a look around.

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17 responses to “Painter Master Dominick Saponaro and more on Painter Tutorials

  1. Skip, at about 49 min into the vid the sound goes out all the way to the end, just as he talks about colorizing. See if there’s another link with sound. This is a great vid.

    • Oh gosh, you are correct. I attended the live session and haven’t watched the recording. To my knowledge, there isn’t another link. Unless more than one person was recording, they may not be able to correct the issue. That’s a shame, too, like you said, it was an excellent webinar. I have had trouble with Go to Webinar recordings, too. I usually ask someone else to be an organizer and have them also record the session. So far, knock wood, both recordings haven’t been bad at the same time. Also, after recording, you have to convert the recording so folks can view it. The converter is provided by Go to Webinar. After converting, I usually run it through a third party converter, which seems to help. It is probably overkill, but losing a live meeting is the pits.

      • Thanks Skip, What I need to know, if you would be so kind, after he makes the colorized layer(Blue) and sets it to colorize, what are the next several steps to colorize different parts of the painting. I have not work like this but want to try. Even at full screen I can’t tell what steps he took. Thanks Wyndham

        • Hi Wyndham, Once you create a blue layer and change it to colorize, you are all set to use any other colors on the layer. I don’t remember the variants that he was using, but basically, he would change to yellow and paint an area. The yellow replaced the blue area and colorized the grayscale image with yellow keeping the values. Occasionally, he would revert the layer to the default composite method to show that he wasn’t being very precise in the application of color unless it was over an area like the feathers that needed more precise painting. In that case, he had previously made selections that he would load and then fill with the color needed. Again, all this is done on the blue layer with colorize composite method.

          Another way to work, would be to use Stroke Attributes. I have a video on You Tube describing the method. Stroke Attributes With Stroke Attributes you are not changing the layer, but the brush to work with a composite method. It doesn’t have to be used just with black and white, it can be used with color images, too. Here are a couple of more videos on my blog. Beyond Painting

          I like Dominick’s way of working because it is non-destructive to the gray-scale layer. But both methods do work.

          Hope this helps,

          • Hey Wyndham,
            I need to make a correction to what I have said. I went back and looked at the video and Dominick didn’t paint directly on the blue colorized composite layer. He added a layer above and turned that layer to colorize and added his next color. I am assuming that he is protecting the layers below. I’m not sure. You may want to send him a note via his webpage or FB. Sorry for my mistake. Skip

            • Thanks Skip for your info and video’s. Just got back from a local pottery show and will work on yor suggestions tonight. Wyndham

                • Pottery is great it just wears our bodies out way too fast. Going to need a hip replacement this summer so I’ll have some time to learn painter much better. BTW just viewed the video on stroke attributes, that works very nice. Wyndham

                  • Of course, you are the potter, I had forgotten that. It was my knee. I loved my kick wheel. And, yep, I had to replace the knee.

                    There are so many ways to work in Painter and so many different approaches. Stroke attributes is just one of them. Couple of a million more to go. 🙂

  2. Good morning Skip, Thank you for all your help.

    I am a Landscape Architect-artist and I am trying to understand how I could use painter to help create beautiful and unusual renderings for my clients. I have not seen any tutorials that cover renderings, but I believe that it could be very useful.

    Have you ever seen anybody use it for design purposes. I am trying to create a stunning and efficient method for creating perspectives that spark the imagination of my clients and help to communicate my visions.


    Chris Scuitto Houston TX.

    • Hi Chris,
      Painter can definitely be used to create architectural renderings and I know folks use it that way, but a name doesn’t come to mind. I don’t know if I have ever seen an architect do any demonstrations with Corel Painter; I will look around and see if I can find some.
      Are you aware of Painter’s perspective tool. It was introduced in Painter X3, I believe, and it is very powerful and would definitely be useful with architectural rendering. If you google Corel Painter perspective tool, I’m sure you will find a number of videos. I have enjoyed watching one by my friend, John Malcolm. He is from Scotland and has a beautiful Scottish accent. Here is a link, Using the Perspective Tool.
      I think the renderings I have seen before, use digital watercolor variants. I’m also thinking that you could use capture dabs to make stamp type brushes. The more I think about it, I think you are correct…Corel Painter would be a great tool for architectural renderings.
      Hope this helps,

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