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,

Skip

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,

Skip

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,

Skip

My You Tube Channel; Corel Painter X3 Artists’ Oils Brush Panel


Hello Everyone,

I have a You Tube Channel, Skip Allen.  I started the channel because it made it easier to add videos to my blog with a link instead of processing via WordPress.  I can also make the videos true HD at 1080 p.  Most of the posts that are on the blog are also on You Tube.  BUT…not all videos on You Tube make it to the blog.  I’m finding that it is easy to answer questions found on various forums by doing a video and adding it to my You Tube channel.

I thought maybe some of the subscribers here, might like to subscribe to my You Tube channel as well.  I actually hope that you do because I plan on doing more short very specific videos there.  I do have a request to do videos about animation in Painter from a You Tube subscriber.  Something that complex would probably be posted on the blog, too, but I’m making no promises.

Following is an example of a video posted on my You Tube channel that didn’t make it to the blog until now.  If you like this video, then I would recommend subscribing to my channel.  I have 277 subscribers on You Tube and slightly over 1600 here.

I saw a question on Painter Factory specifically about the wetness slider in the Artists’ Oils brush control Panel.  After a couple of written replies it just seemed easier to answer with a video.  OK, true confessions, I would prefer to always answer with a video.  So that is what I did and provided a link to the video in the forum.  If you like this type of quick response, then I would suggest subscribing to my You Tube Channel…Skip Allen Channel.

“Why do you want a blog and a You Tube channel?”

“Oh my gosh Kevin, where have you been?”

For those who are new to my blog, Kevin is a good computer virus that lives in my computer.  He says he is like Glenda the good witch in the Wizard of Oz.  He wasn’t happy in my previous computer because it was too small.  I now have 9 TB of internal and external hard drives, so he disappears for days or months even.  He is always on my case about something.

“I’ve been here and there…no where in particular.  Why?  You don’t care,” he responded rather brusquely.

“That’s not true Kevin.  I do care…just not a lot.  I want to keep a watchful eye on you.  If you turn into a bad computer virus, I’ll be there with my trusty, virus eradicating gun.”

“Look, I asked you a question.  Are you going to answer it or should I just leave for my private island created in the bowels of external drive two?”

“Private island…in the bowels…”

“Answer the question doofus?” he shouted.

“I already said.  It is easier to link to You Tube for the blog.  I get a better resolution.  And I want to do more quick videos about a specific subject without having to come here and develop a post, check the grammar, and  post it.  I will be able to do more videos that way.”

“Who cares about your silly videos anyway?  I think it is something else.  I think you are a megalomaniacal, egocentric doofus.  Wait, I used doofus before…change that to dummy.”

“Kevin be nice.”

“I am being nice; you should have seen what I really wanted to say!”

“Come on Kevin, I’m not a bad person.”

“In the computer virus world, buddy you stink, and so do most other humans.  You kill our buddies, the evil viruses, and in the process take out a few million good viruses, too.  And you say you are not a bad person.”

“Are you sure we kill good viruses, too?”

“Look it up, it’s on the internet, which makes it true.”

“Really?  I had no idea.  That’s terrible; I don’t want to kill innocent viruses.  What can I do to make up for this horror?”

“I’ll get back with you on that one.”  Odd, he then left snickering at first, and then belly laughing until he was out of earshot.

OMGosh, I’ve been killing innocent good viruses.

Enjoy,

Skip

Painting Without Boundaries, Fall Open Studio with Karen Bonaker, Digital Art Academy


Hello Everyone,

Corel Master Painter Karen Bonaker has announced the 2013 Fall Open Studio, Painting without Boundaries.  I can’t wait; it starts August 31, 2013, just over a short two weeks away.  You can register or get more information here:  Fall Open Studio 2013 – Painting Without Boundaries.  You cannot beat the $42.00 price tag.

I can remember when I began using Painter back in 2008, I had difficulty getting started.  I could make the software work; make strokes on the page in other words.  I could clone, but it looked like the photograph.  So, I decided to take some classes at the Digital Art Academy owned by Karen.  If memory serves, my first class was with Marilyn Sholin, which helped me understand how to get a more painterly look to my clone.  I knew I wanted to go beyond cloning, too.

I graduated from Art School with a BFA in Pottery, and I had a couple of painting classes and a lot of life drawing classes.  I wasn’t very good at two-dimensional work.  The struggle with trying to paint with Corel Painter was very real.  Then I started taking classes with Karen.  She has a knack for making painting in Corel Painter fun and not the least bit stressful.  I didn’t turn into a painter over night, but I could see big improvements the more I worked with Karen.

Take it from me, I have first hand knowledge; Karen teaches you how to paint with skill and grace.  You do not want to miss her classes.

Here are a couple of examples of Karen’s work:

Corel Painter Master Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter X3

Corel Painter Master Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter X3

Corel Master Painter Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter X3.

Corel Master Painter Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter X3.

Corel Master Painter Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter X3

Corel Master Painter Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter X3

Corel Master Painter Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter X3

Corel Master Painter Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter X3

Corel Painter Master Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter X3

Corel Painter Master Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter X3

I love the last one, since I have a new cat, which makes two total.  Karen works in various styles…all her own.  She can jump between watercolor and chalk and then bring in oils.  If you would like to see more of Karen’s work, visit her blog, Karen Bonaker Art.

Fall Open Studio 2013, Painter without Boundaries  is for intermediate and advanced Corel Painter users.  You can use either Corel Painter 12.2 SP1 or the new Corel Painter X3 for your class assignments.  For more information and to register do go to the link provided.

Y’all hurry!  Class time will be here before you know it.  Go ahead and register; it will be the best $42.00 you have every spent.  I can’t wait for class to start and I hope to see you there.

Enjoy,

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Clone Source Image, Pin Point Accuracy, Corel Painter X3


Hello Everyone,

A student asked an interesting question in my class, Discover What’s New In Corel Painter X3.  Registration for this session closed Friday evening, but the class will be offered again in a few weeks.

We know that with Corel Painter X3, we have enhanced clone features including a Clone Source Image.  We can manipulate the image in multiple ways and then save it as a new clone source, or update the current clone source, or simply discard it.  I thought you could do almost anything to the Source Image; you can.  Just check out this video.

Tony from Australia asked if we could bring in a clone source that is smaller than the original source and place it in the source image perfectly aligned.  I tried it and at first I thought it couldn’t be done, but as I played, I realized that it could be easily done.  Check out the video.

I cloned the following image in Corel Painter X3.

Ginger Lily, cloned and painted in Corel Painter X3

Ginger Lily, cloned and painted in Corel Painter X3

Hope this video was interesting and it gives you some ideas for cloning in Corel Painter X3.

Enjoy,

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