Corel Painter 2017

Corel Painter 2017

Corel Painter 2017 continues to impress me.  It’s my goal to complete one painting a month in 2017, and Corel Painter is going to help me achieve this goal.  It allows me to pick up where I left off without having to worry about cleaning my brushes and work area.

Painter vs Photoshop

For a painter, there is no comparison between Painter and Photoshop.  Corel Painter was created for painters.  Adobe Photoshop was created for photographers.  Yes, you can “paint” in Photoshop, but believe me when I say it isn’t very realistic.

Realistic Painting

Realistic painting is when you take a “dry brush” and blend your oil paints.  It is also when you place watercolor paint on a wet paper and it spreads.  When it dries as a lighter color, that too is realistic.  These realistic features are all built in to Corel Painter 2017.

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Face Details

In the above face I used oil pastels.  The tooth of the paper (yes, you can establish a texture with tooth to it) left little dots (you can see some to the left of her mouth).  I was able to take my paint brush and blend most of them away.

Because I can control the size of my pastel, I can dial it down to a very sharp point and add details.  That’s how I painted the eyes, eyeliner and eyelashes, as well as the lips.

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Eye Detail at 100%


Last week I spent the week practicing painting eyes – the iris and the pupil.  The eyes are kind of fun.

Super 1 Day

On Saturday, May 20th, 2017, I will be conducting a PPA Super 1 Day workshop on painter.  I can’t guarantee anyone will walk away an expert.   Much of what people will take away from the class will be based on their knowledge coming in to the class, but I can promise this — you wall walk away having created a painted portrait.  In addition, you’ll know whether you want to pursue learning how to paint in Corel Painter 2017.

D. Brent Walton

D. Brent Walton is a Certified Professional Photographer and Photographic Craftsman.  With only a few merits to go, he is close to receiving both his Master Artist and Master Photographer degrees from PPA.