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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Wacom New Tablet Drivers for Macs Are Posted Again


Hello Everyone,

I just noticed that Wacom has posted new tablet drivers for Macs.  A couple of weeks ago, Wacom posted the first set of drivers for Macs, but there were issues and Wacom removed the drivers.  Apparently, they have reworked them and they are available again.

Mac Drivers are Here

I know many of you wait for a while or longer to install new drivers.  I’m sure you will wait, however, if any of you are having issues with your tablet and your Mac, then I would try installing the new drivers.  You can always uninstall and go back to an older version.

If you do decide to try the new driver, do not forget to back up your current Wacom Tablet settings, disconnect your table from your Mac, uninstall your current driver completely, restart your Mac, install the new driver, restart your Mac, reconnect your tablet and you are good to go.

Enjoy,

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Issues With Latest Wacom Drivers for Macs


Hello Friends,

Three days ago I mentioned there were new Wacom Product Drivers for Macs.  Apparently, there were issues with the release and Wacom has pulled the new drivers from their site.

If you did download and installed the driver, you are probably having problems.  You will want to uninstall the new driver and re-install the old driver.  The old driver is available at Wacom Drivers.

To correct the problem,

Back up your Wacom preferences

Detach your Wacom tablet from your computer

Uninstall the new driver

Restart your computer

Install the old driver

Reboot your computer

Reconnect your Wacom Tablet

Don’t be mad at Wacom…these things happen…just hold tight and I bet they will put out a new driver soon.

Enjoy,

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New Wacom Drivers for Macs Now Available


Hey folks,

Wacom has posted new tablet drivers for Macs.

Drivers

If you decide to try it, don’t forget to back up your settings. disconnect your tablet, uninstall the current driver, re-start, install the new driver, re-start, and then connect your tablet again.

Enjoy,

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Corel Painter 2016, Simple Watercolor with Gradients


Hello Friends,

I was playing around with the technique I used in the last posted videos.  I started the same way, but this time I tried adding gradients to a layer mask to vary the look of the black brush strokes.  I wanted color, so I added gradient to layers and changed the composite method.  On the first try, I got the following.  Not bad for a first try, right?

Corel Painter 2016, Watercolor, Gradients

Corel Painter 2016, Watercolor, Gradients

I thought the technique was worth sharing, so in the next 4 videos I created the following image.  Hope you like it.  It reminds me of flying at dusk.

Corel Painter 2016, Watercolor, Gradients

Corel Painter 2016, Watercolor, Gradients

In the first video, I make the black inky watercolor underpainting.

In the next video, I altered the look using a gradient in a layer mask.

It gets interesting in the third video.  I added gradients to several layers and change the composite method coloring the gray-scale image.

In the fourth video I planned to add another gradient to a layer mask, but tried something different and liked the results.  I copy merged the image and placed it in place.  I transformed it a bit and then changed the composite method.  I loved the moody nighttime feel of this image.

A couple of posts ago, I mentioned that did a bunch of videos for Corel about making paper in Painter 2016.  Corel released the videos yesterday.  Making and using paper in Corel Painter is very important; I can say that it is one of the most important functions in Painter.  In this set of videos and the set before, I used papers to create the landscape.  You can get papers for Painter from a lot of sources, but why?  It is so easy to make papers and it is fun, too.  Take a look at the following videos.  Some techniques are basic and perfect for the beginner, but others are for the advanced user.  Take a look and while you there, check out Painter Tutorials.  There are a ton of video tutorials.

My paper videos:

01-How to use Corel Papers

02-How to use the Paper Library

03-How to use the Paper Control Panel

04-How to create a new Paper Library

05-How to use Make Paper Command

06-How to make a Fractal Pattern Command Paper

07-Helpful Paper Tools you can make

08-Capture a non-seamless paper texture

09-Create a seamless paper texture

10-Auto-paint a seamless paper texture

11-Watercolor and Pattern papers

12-How to create seamless papers from photos

13-How to use your Corel Painter Papers

I hope you enjoy the videos.

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Holiday Open Studio Starts 14 Nov 2015 at Digital Art Academy


Are you ready for Holiday Open Studio Registration; I am.  OMGosh, by the looks of it, I’m really, really ready.  It all starts Saturday, 14 Nov 2015.

Santa Skip by Corel Painter Master Elite, Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter 2016

Santa Skip by Corel Painter Master Elite, Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter 2016

 

Have you registered yet?  There is still time to register before Holiday Open Studio Registration starts this coming Saturday, 14 Nov 2015.

holiday osThe instructors for this year are Corel Painter Master Elite, Karen Bonaker plus professional painter and educators, Elaina Moore-Kelly and Winifred Whitfield.  Oh…me too…I will do a bit of a song and dance the last week of the four-week class.

Karen Bonaker starts the class with Winter Trees in Snow.  Karen demonstrates watercolor, liquid ink, and how to use selections and the image portfolio to create lovely landscapes.  I am looking forward to her week; I love her artistic innovations.  Karen is always an inspiration.

Where is my peace, Watercolor, Corel Painter 2016, Corel Master Painter Elite, Karen Bonaker

Where is my Peace, Watercolor, Corel Painter 2016, Corel Master Painter Elite, Karen Bonaker

DAA closes for Thanksgiving Week, 21 – 27 Nov 2015

In the second week of class beginning 28 Nov., Elaina Moore-Kelly continues with watercolor, which is something new for her.  Since watercolor is my favorite medium, I can’t wait to learn her approach.  Elaina explains using fonts in Painter and adds creative selections to the mix.

Happy Thanksgiving, Corel Painter 2016, Elaina Moore-Kelly

Happy Thanksgiving, Corel Painter 2016, Elaina Moore-Kelly

Winifred Whitfield takes the reins in week 3 creating images inspired by Roy Lichtenstein, the American Pop Artist from the 1960s.  His work defined pop art through parody and he used comic strips as his inspirations.  He used heavy black lines, dots, checks and all sorts of patterns.  Winifred capitalizes on all aspects of Lichtenstein’s work and provides patterns and papers for your explorations.

Corel Painter 2016, Winifred Whitfield

Corel Painter 2016, Winifred Whitfield

And that brings us to week 4, my week.  I planned to demonstrate painting a poinsettia in watercolor, but that may change.  I am waffling.  I spent the last couple of months making pastel variants for Painter.  The new features in Painter 2016 add so much to the look and feel of pastel variants…so…I may switch my week to pastels…or not.  Hey…who knows, I may just do both.  Here is an example of a photograph I took while walking around my neighborhood.  I live in rural Georgia.  And following is the pastel image I did using the photograph as a reference.  It was loads of fun, but I better get with it and decide what I am doing.

Poole Road, Nikon D810, Skip Allen

Poole Road, Nikon D810, Skip Allen

And the image in pastels.

Poole Road Stream, Corel Painter 2016, Custom Pastel Variants, Skip Allen

Poole Road Stream, Corel Painter 2016, Custom Pastel Variants, Skip Allen

OK, if you have read this far, here is a bit of sad news.  Holiday Open Studio has been an annual event at the Digital Art Academy (DAA) for eight years.  But, Karen Bonaker has announced that this will be the last one.  Yes, that is right, this will be the last one.  If you have never participated in a Holiday Open Studio, then don’t miss this last one.  They are so special.  And, if you have been a regular, then do join us for a farewell to Holiday Open Studio.

OK, that’s it from Santa Skip. I hope to see all of you in the class starting Saturday, 14 Nov 2015.

Painter 2016 and Mac OS X 10.11 AKA El Capitan and Wacom’s new Mac Drivers


Hello Everyone,
Apple released a new OS X 10.11 also called El Capitan.   Chris Pierce, the Corel Digital Arts Product Manager posted the following at Painter Factory several days ago.
Painter Update – New Apple OS X 10.11 AKA El Capitan
As you know, Apple released its new OS X 10.11 – AKA El Capitan today. Our top priority is to ensure that you always have a great experience with Painter, and while the Painter team is diligently working on certification testing, we wanted to make our Mac users aware that there is potential for some disruptions with Painter on the new OS. 
 
We strongly encourage you to experiment with the new OS on a test system and not your production system. 
 
We’re working on identifying and fixing any potential issues and will have more news to report shortly. Rest assured, Painter 2016 will be supported on OS X 10.11. 
 
Stay tuned to the Painter Factory for further updates and thank for your patience!!
 
Happy painting!
 
Chris Pierce
Corel Digital Arts Product Manager
Wacom released a similar warning for their users, but yesterday posted an updated driver for Mac users.  So, if you have upgraded to El Capitan, you may want to update your Wacom device to the latest driver for Mac.
PC owners, you are not affected…relax.
Enjoy,
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