Corel Painter 2016, Watercolor, Wacom On-Screen Controls

Hello Friends,

After my last post about using the Wacom On-screen Controls with multiple applications, I thought it might be nice to show you how I paint using Wacom’s On-screen controls.  When I demonstrate, I have tons of panels open because it is easier for the viewer, but it does clutter the screen.  I have heard some complaints about Corel Painter’s user interface being cluttered, and I have to admit it can be, but Painter is also highly customizable.  Over time, I have customized Painter a great deal and I love it.  The following three videos will give you an idea of how I paint when not demonstrating.  There is a surprise in the third video.

I paint the following image in the videos.  I call these types paintings inky landscapes.  I love working with custom watercolor variants and inky black color.  At the end of the blog I have a couple of gifts for you.  I hope you like them.

Corel Painter 2016, Custom watercolor variants

Corel Painter 2016, Custom watercolor variants

In the first video, I show how I like to create a paper texture at the top of the layer stack.  I do this to give me the illusion that I am painting on watercolor paper.  To make it easier for me, I created a script to do the task.  A script is the same thing as an action in Photoshop.  Basically, it is a series of recorded commands that can be played back.  I keep the user interface pretty clean.  OK, I better shut up before I give away the ending.  I hope you enjoy the first video.

At the end of the first video, I finished one watercolor layer.  In the second video, I add two more watercolor layers.  Papers are key to my techniques, which is obvious in the first two videos.  With real watercolors, you can adjust the variant to work with flow maps or paper textures.  I find I get subtle textures with flow maps and more aggressive textures with papers.  I love the surprises that happen.

The last video is the longest and I do the least.  I add a few lines here and there to help solidify the landscape.  I am not interested in making an image that screams landscape.  I like to leave it open for the viewer to interpret.  Oh yes, I did mention there was a surprise in the last video.  Prior to making the video, I touched base with Winifred Whitfield and asked her if she would like to sit in on the video.  She said yes.  Winifred gave me some sound advice and helpful tips.

That’s about it.  I hope you enjoy watching the watercolor painting, the use of scripts, and the Wacom on-screen controls.  Oh yes, I promised gifts.  Unfortunately, they are only for Corel Painter 2016 usersPlease do not try to load them in any other version of Painter.

Click on this link to download a zip file containing the following three files.  Inky Landscape Tools

Unzip the file and install per the following directions.

Inky Landscape.BOX, is the custom palette that I used for the painting.  To install, go to Window > Custom Palettes > Organize > and click import and navigate to where you saved the file.

Show Paper.txt is the script I used to place the currently selected paper on the canvas layer.  Be sure you are on the canvas layer when you activate it.  To install, go to Window > Scripts > and click the option button on the top right corner of the Scripts window and select Import Script from the drop down menu.

Paper Overlay.txt is the script I used to place a paper layer at the top of the layer stack.  Use the import directions I give above.




Corel Painter 2016 Launches Today…New Class, Corel Painter 2016-New Horizons

Hello Everybody,

I am so excited.  Download your free trial copy of Painter 2016.


Branch, Painter 2016, Liquid ink and watercolor particle brushes

Branch, Painter 2016, Liquid ink and watercolor particle brushes

Yes it is that time again; Corel released a new version of Painter.    I think you will want Painter 2016; it is the best version I have seen to date.  I have outlined some of the new features for you:

  1. A completely new Welcome Window.  Corel added tutorials plus a few other surprises.
  2. New color schemes for your workspace.
  3. A new shift start that protects custom content, like brushes, custom palettes, etc.
  4. Enhanced layer blending, which allows blending to transparency without the white or black issues in earlier versions.
  5. ABR import…you can import Photoshop ABR dabs into Painter.  Wow!
  6. New custom palette toolbox, which allows you to send a custom palette as a toolbox to your friends.  The box includes brushes, papers, and flow maps, which will be automatically installed on your friend’s computer.
  7. New full-screen mode allows an immersive painting experience.
  8. Rotate papers.
  9. Rotate flow maps
  10. Particle technology added to liquid inks.  Love it!
  11. Particle technology added to watercolor.  Love it!
  12. Impasto can be added to particle brushes.  Amazing!
  13. New Dynamic Speckle particles…think tamed particle technology that can be used with any other brush method.
  14. New Dynamic Speckle bristles…think particles can work like bristles.  One of my favorite new features.
  15. Audio Expression…what?  Watch your brushes explode to the beat of your favorite music…what?
  16. Painter is more stable than ever.
  17. Painter is faster than ever.

I am sure I have forgotten something, but those are the major features.  BTW, I can’t test it myself, but others have and Painter 2016 works well with Windows 10.

Weathered, Corel Painter 2016, watercolor particles, dynamic speckle bristles, and impasto particles.  So much fun.

Weathered, Corel Painter 2016, watercolor particles, dynamic speckle bristles, and impasto particles. So much fun.

As with earlier versions, I am offering a class exploring all new features in Corel Painter 2016.  Registration for Registration Corel Painter 2016, starts today, Aug 10, 2015, at the Digital Art Academy.  Class begins, Aug 15, 2015.  I cover each new feature in-depth, but I did something different with this class.  Because there is the new shift start and it is easier than ever to import workspaces from earlier versions, I started with a complete clean Painter 2016 and show you how to build or customize your Painter to use your work flow.  Join the class and develop your Painter workspace and learn all about the new features in the process.  It will be fun, I promise.

Here is a teaser video showing a little bit about Dynamic Speckle Bristle brush technology.

Download the free 30 day trial of Painter 2016.

Registration for Corel Painter 2016 – New Horizons class.  Class begins Aug 15, 2015.

Hope to see you in class!