Corel Painter announced a new version today, Painter 2021. This is a very robust version with many new things that are extraordinary. It is definitely worth the price to upgrade. You can find out all about it, buy your copy, or try the trial version by following this link:
Corel Painter also announced a free webinar scheduled for Jun 24th at 1 PM EDT.
As usual, I have a “What’s New” class for the latest version. The class starts Jun 27th. I call it Painter 2021, Loads of New Stuff. You can find out the details and register for the class with the following link.
I can’t wait to show you Painter 2021. Enhanced layer control is my favorite new feature. We can lift the canvas layer to a thick paint layer, similar to what we could do with watercolor. Not only can we lift, we can simply convert any layer to default, thick paint, or watercolor. Prior to this version, we could only paint on a thick paint layer using thick paint variants. Hundreds of variants can use a thick paint layer in this version. To make it easy, Corel added a Thick Paint compatible category. Most impasto variants work on Thick Paint layers. Painting with thick paint and various compatibles adds incredible richness to Painter’s thick paint look.
I love using watercolor in Painter and lately have been combining watercolor and thick paint. That process is so easy with the new Painter. The following image was created using watercolor, but I changed it to a thick paint layer and added texture and thickness to the watercolor paint. I finished up with thick paint compatible brushes. See the tutorial here:
In the next image I am using watercolor, liquid ink, thick paint and thick paint compatibles. The possibilities are endless…I love this new Painter.
Another new feature that is very useful is called Clone Tinting. Don’t let the name fool you. It can be used with cloning or not. It is very versatile. The following image was an ink wash landscape in grayscale. I used the landscape as the clone source and then tinted the grayscale to achieve this image. See the tutorial Here:
Another new feature with lots of promise is AI-based Art Styles. This isn’t just a copy and paste function. The artist has control over the strength, detail, color matching, smoothing. Each style can be altered in multiple ways. The styles can be applied to any image, photo, original art…whatever. The results can be used as a finish piece or a starting point for an image. Following is a Work in Progress.
Do you love photo-art. Painter’s creative cloning is even more versatile with the enhanced features. Here is an original photograph of mine.
The next two images are cloned from the photograph.
This version uses Clone Tinting.
I have to say again, I am really loving the fact that you can use multiple media on a single layer. This image has watercolor, liquid ink, thick paint, and real wet oils.
There is so much more to share. I hope to see you in my class. Click the link below for information and registration.