Webinar is Over; Thanks for attending


Hey Gang,

Well, it’s done.  Did you get to attend?  Did you like it…or…dare I ask…hate it.  Any constructive criticism would be welcomed.  Would you like to have more live meetings?  I thinking about getting Go To Webinar and hosting  for fun.  I would alter times to make the live session available for a variety of time zones.  The program is pretty expensive monthly; I might have to charge for the webinar, but it wouldn’t be much…$1.00 or $2.00 US.  Would you still attend? 

I was surprised the time went so fast.  I hardly painted and I am usually further along in and hour…or finished.  I am posting the final image.  I will tell you that it wasn’t a keeper for me.  I am keeping so I can refer to it for any questions.

Wbinar

Webinar Landscape, Watercolor in Corel Painter 12.1

If you have any questions, please feel free to post.  If you would like to comment on the webinar, feel free to post.  Comments are welcome. 

Enjoy,

Skip

PS:  I’ll post when the video is available to view.  I think it will be Friday.

New Driver for Wacom Pen Tablets


Hello Everyone,

Wacom released a new driver 9/13/2011 for the Intuos Pen Tablets.  Here is the link for the Americas Wacom Product Drivers.

Links for other areas:  (Update…just heard from Tim Shelbourne after I posted that the driver for Europe is not updated.  We checked Asia/Pacific and it isn’t updated either.  I do not know about China and Japan.  So apparently, the update is available only for the Americas at the moment.  Hopefully Wacom will post to the other sites soon.  If you are a CS5 user, the updated driver enables full pressure.  Thanks Tim.)

Wacom Europe

Wacom China Site

Wacom Asia/Pacific

Wacom Japan Site

I have used a Wacom Intuos tablet for several years.  Currently I am using the Wacom Intuos 4.  I love this product.  The 2048 levels of pressure are fantastic and make painting with Painter 12 an absolute joy.

Have Fun,

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Corel Painter 12 Demo, Real Watercolor Category Brushes


Hello Everyone,

It is amazing how easy it is to emulate traditional watercolor in Painter 12.  I decided to do another painting demo for a couple of reasons.  The first is I love painting with this new brush engine, and I am having a blast making new brushes.  The second is to let everyone know that I am teaching a class at the Digital Art Academy called The Basics of Watercolor in Painter 12, which begins Oct 22; registration is now open.  My custom watercolor brushes that I keep promising will be ready by then, hopefully sooner.  You do not have to join the class to get them; I will post them here for everyone.

With the basic class in mind, I did this very simple watercolor.

Bud Vawe

Simple watercolor done in Corel Painter 12

During the first part of the session as we would do if we were taking a traditional watercolor class, we will focus on brush use and how to develop washes and other typical watercolor marks.

The last painting demo I did was 7 videos long, which is way too long.  This time, I am providing only one video that is about 27 minutes long.  You can view all or skip over the dull parts. 🙂

But before I forget, I want to mention that I am also going to teach a class at DAA  called The Basics of Brush Making in Painter 12.  In this class I am going to demystify brush making and make it fun.

Hope you enjoy the video; please let me know what you think.

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Painter 12 SP1 Patch Adds New Feature


Hello Everyone,

I can’t wait to tell you about the Patch that Corel Painter 12 released a couple of weeks ago.  If you haven’t gotten SP1, yet, do not delay and download it today.  You will be very glad that you did.  But before I start talking about the patch, I want to give you some links to developer blogs at the Corel Painter Factory site.  These blogs have information that I don’t think you can find anywhere else.  Here are the three blogs :  SP!LOG; musings from sp!ke, a Painter user experience designer…; DAN’S PAINTER INSIGHTS; and CHRIS’ BRUSH BLOG.  If you haven’t been watching these blogs, you missed some terrific information.  I don’t believe there is an email subscription, but there is an RSS feed.  In my video, I will refer to Dan’s blog a couple of times, but there is information on Chris’ blog about multicore options, too.  And on Steve’s blog, you will find a list of all the changes made in SP-1.

The biggest change is a new feature called Multicore Usage added to Edit > Preferences > Performance.  It is similar to Memory Usage.  I found a number of my Painter 12 students had upgraded the patch but didn’t have a clue about the new feature.  I realized I needed to do a video for the class and thought I could make it for my blog, too.  I am thinking there are others out there who are not aware of the new feature.  I am a little late in spreading the word.  Here is the video:

“You think you are a little late? The party’s been over for a week”

“Oh Kevin don’t start.  Just be glad that I am here and adding the video.  I haven’t been absent from the blog for that long”

“Yes you have,” Kevin the good virus screamed.

Maybe he isn’t so good.  For a long time I thought he was an imaginary friend, but I discovered that he is really a computer virus, but a good one.  He likes to compare himself with Glenda, the good witch in the Wizard of Oz.

“Do you realize that you have been a way for over a month.”

“OK, so it has been a month.  Big deal!”

I don’t know what his beef is about.  He can visit with any visitors to the site.  I think he really is mad because most folks ignore him; poor guy.

“It is a big deal and if you don’t start posting regularly, I will make you wish you had!”

“Yeah, you and who else.  If I remember correctly you are a good virus.  How could you hurt me?”  I said that laughingly.

I heard a quick intake of his breath with that last quip and then, “I can turn into a bad virus at the snap of my finger.”

Again laughingly, “Last time I looked you didn’t have any fingers.”

Another audible gasp, the sound of little “feet” running across the floor, followed by the slam of a door.  A very dramatic exit.  I wonder if he could turn into a bad virus.  No way…he is a good virus.

I haven’t finished my new watercolor brushes, yet.  Every Time I think I am going to finish, I make three or four more variants.  And if I don’t have enough to do, I have started another set, but not watercolor.  This set is using opaque paint and each brush is a captured dab.  To make the brushes work like Artist’s Oils or RealBristles, I am using the dryout slider in the Well brush control panel.  I have already started some videos about those brushes and will post soon.  I have some other great news, too, but I’ll wait for the next post to tell you about it.

I guess that’s it for this post.

Enjoy,

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Painting Demo with Corel Painter 12 Real Watercolor


Hello Everyone,

I think I have mentioned that I am working on some new brushes for Painter 12 using the Real Watercolor brush engine.  I really love the brushes created with this new engine. The watercolor and digital watercolor categories mixed with the real watercolor category can create a watercolor look and feel.  At this point in the brush making process, I paint with the new brushes; I take them for a spin and kick their tires.  I will do a number of paintings each with a different technique or approach. It is a fun exercise, but not all the paintings are successful.

I created 7 videos that will show you the step by step process of painting with the new Real Watercolors in Painter 12.  This is the first time I have done a project like this; I don’t know if it will bore you to death or be fun to watch.  Just remember, you can always fast forward.  The finished painting looks like this:

Orange Flower

Painted in Corel Painter 12 using Real Watercolor type brushes

I guess we better get started.  Each video is 10 to 15 minutes long, with most being close to 10 minutes.

Whew, that is a bunch of videos.  I hope you enjoy them.  Painter 12 Rocks!!!

Don’t forget to visit Studio|Chris and pick up the MXSMaker.

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Karen Bonaker’s Surface Texture Technique using Channels and Painter 12


I think this technique is brilliant.  Karen’s blog is a must see.  Beatiful paintings and wonderful digital techniques can be found there.

Karen says,

“Introduction

This effect can be used on any finished painting or your work in progress.

Step 1

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Select a paper texture. For this example I used the Sandy Pastel Paper.”

For the rest of the story click on the link below.  It is an easy and effective technique.

Karen Bonaker’s Art

Enjoy,

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Corel Painter 12 Hot Fix for MAC OS X 10.7


Update:  You no longer need the Hot Fix, Sp-1 has now been released for the Mac and PC.  It is the only update you currently need and you can find both here.

I was browsing the Core Painter 12 Site and noticed that there is a hot fix for Mac OS X 10.7.  I just wanted to let my MAC user friends know; I’m not sure how long the fix has been out.  I don’t see a patch or hot fix for the PC, yet.

Painter 12 Logo

Painter 12 Rocks

Enjoy,

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