Whats New in Corel Painter Essentials

Corel Painter Essentials 3 includes a range of new tools and features that help users get started on their next digital art project. The new Photo Painting Palettes magically transform photos into stunning paintings, and the new Artists' Oils brushes take Painter's legendary Natural-Media features into a new dimension of realism. In addition, to ensure that digital camera enthusiasts get the most out of their photos, Corel Painter Essentials 3 integrates with Corel Paint Shop Pro X, Corel Photo...

The Basics

The Corel Painter Essentials application provides a digital workspace in which you can create new images, or alter existing images, using the Corel Painter Natural-Media tools and effects. Your working image is known as a document and is displayed in a document window. This document window includes navigation and productivity features to help you work efficiently. As you create an image, you can save your document in a number of different file formats RIFF (Corel Painter native format), Adobe...

Painting with Airbrushes

Airbrush Flow

The Corel Painter Essentials computed airbrushes are so realistic, you feel as though you're using the real thing. Taking advantage of computed dab-type technology, most airbrush functionality is now available. The best way to get used to the Corel Painter Essentials airbrushes is to play with them. Select each variant and spray paint onto the canvas without worrying about running out of compressed air. With computed airbrushes, you can paint with color, patterns, or variants. Previous versions...

Dragging Between Programs Mac OS

Corel Painter Essentials supports drag-and-drop functionality between applications on Mac OS. This can be a quick, convenient way to acquire or export images. On the Mac OS, you can drag files from Adobe Photoshop directly into Corel Painter Essentials. Raster images that you drag into a Corel Painter Essentials document window become layers. You can drag a PICT file from the Finder to a Corel Painter Essentials document. The PICT image becomes a layer. You can also drag layers out of Corel...

Using Tracing Paper

You can use cloning to help you trace the source image by using Tracing Paper, the on-screen light box in Corel Painter Essentials. To use Tracing Paper, the source and clone documents must be the same size. When Tracing Paper is in use, you see a faded-out version of the clone source, as if it were displayed under real tracing paper on top of a light box. As you trace, brush strokes appear at 50 opacity. When you finish tracing and turn Tracing Paper off, the faint source image disappears, and...

Freehand vs Straight Line Drawing

Free Hand Straight Line

You can draw unconstrained lines by using the freehand drawing style, or you can draw straight lines. Options on the property bar let you choose the drawing style. When you use Freehand Strokes, you can drag with any motion or in any direction. The stroke follows your drag path. With the Freehand Stroke option, you drag to create strokes. When you use Straight Line Strokes, Corel Painter Essentials connects points with a straight line. With the Straight Line Strokes option, you click to create...

To scale an image

1 Select a layer or area of the canvas. If you want to scale the entire image, do not make a selection. 2 Choose Effects menu gt Orientation gt Scale. In the document window, drag a handle of the selection. The Scale Selection dialog box displays the horizontal and vertical scale percentages. In the Scale Selection dialog box, specify the horizontal and vertical scale percentages. You can maintain the selection's proportions by enabling the Constrain Aspect Ratio check box. Disabling this check...