Brush Training Videos

For those of you who are interested in what goes on "under the hood" of the Painter Brush Engine, an excellent tutorial series by Jason Maranto has been made available at the VTC web site. I was privileged to be able to view advance showings of the first 18 videos and believe me, this is an excellent set of tutorials. By the time you're through watching all the videos you will be able to alter and/or create custom brushes to your heart's content. Jason has a clear and concise way of explaining the inner workings of the Painter Brushes, and even those who are very experienced with Painter will find new information in this series.

In case you have a slower Internet connection as I do, wait a few weeks at which time VTC will be releasing the course on USB (by which I'm guessing you will be able to buy a small flash drive with the lessons pre-loaded) Meanwhile, go over to the VTC site and take advantage of the eighteen free lessons which they are offering.


Corel released Service Pack 1 for Painter X3 today. If you haven't already received a message on your computer, you can get the SP by opening Painter and going to Help>Check for updates. After waiting a few moments you should see the update available for download and installation. If it's not ready for you, wait a few hours and check again.

Caution! Before installing the SP, be sure to export all your custom workspaces, and panels, especially custom brushes...just in case. :)

Here is the information from the post at The Painter Factory by Andy Church on the reasons why you should install this Service Pack.
Here are the top 10 reasons you will want to grab it!

1. Cloning is smooth & predictable.
2. Prefer to start, stop and flip back and forth between Painter 12 and X3?
    Go for it!
3. Copy, paste and use keyboard commands to your hearts delight.
4. Layer on the layers and transform with stability.
5. Shortcut crazy? Use all the characters you want.
6. Set and forget your workspace.
7.  Scripted brushstrokes are a perfect timesaver.
8. Straight as an arrow shapes and selections.
9. Load your brushes, customize parameters and paint away.
10. Access help any time you need it.

Detailed information about the issues which were addressed may be found here.

MAC USERS: This service pack delivers OSX 10.9 support for Painter X3.  You can learn more about the service pack details here.

I don't know about you, but I plan to export all my goodies and install that Service Pack this evening. :)


Digital Photography Classes at DAA

Hello Painters and Photographers,

We have a new type of class being offered at DAA, and the classes are being taught by Al Mireau, a photographer and long-term instructor. Thsee classes will teach you how to use your camera more effectively and how to produce wonderful photographs. I took Al's classes several years ago and learned how and why to use my camera in full manual mode, and many other things. Although these days I mostly use one of the new, small, point and shoot cameras which only has a few manual settings (because it's small enough to fit in my purse) I still learned enough in Al's classes to make me a much better photographer than I used to be.

Al's photographs have been published nationally (in Canada) with Gardens West, Air Canada, Grandfather, Heritage Canada, and Canada West magazines. Want to see some examples of Al's work? Check out his features photographs here. Be sure to scroll down the page to see the photo of the deer... (I am so jealous! :)

Al's classes are open for registration and officially begin on November 11 (Monday). Don't miss the opportunity to learn from one of the best.

Best regards,


Here is an urgent message from the Painter team at Corel:

Apple announced that the new operating system, Mavericks was ready for FREE download on Tuesday October 22nd. Based on historical release practices at Apple, our team was not expecting this until late November.
As of today, October 23rd, Painter X3 does not completely support Mavericks. To maintain your current user experience with Painter, we would recommend you NOT upgrade to Mavericks at this time.
We are looking at the overall user experience of the final version of Mavericks and we are assessing any required code changes we need to make.
Later this week we will communicate when we expect to have full support for Mavericks. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
Andy and the Painter Team

You can read the official message at the Painter Factory.

In plain English...this means that if you download and install Mavericks (OSX 10.9) you're going to have problems with Painter X3 and probably all prior versions. My suggestion is to wait until Corel has had a chance to work with the new code.

Best regards,


It's time for Holiday Open Studio again!

This is probably my favorite class of the entire year! Karen Bonaker, Skip Allen, and I co-host this session. Karen does the first and last week and Skip and I take the middle ones. I'll be demonstrating another Greeting card, this year it will have a Victorian theme. I'll provide you with some copyright-free images to use, and I'm going to show you how to use the Channels Panel to create an unusual background. Skip keeps talking about the versatility of Channels, and I finally decided to explore and discover what he was talking about, and now I'm going to share what I learned with you. BTW, it's really not hard at all (which of course is exactly what Skip kept telling me...but did I believe him? Oh no, not me...LOL).

Here's a sample of the card we're going to make this year. Hope you like it.
Best regards,


Introduction to Painter X3...Part 2!!!

Just a quickie post here to let you know that the Part 2 class for Introduction to Painter X3 is open for enrollment. I know some of you have been waiting...well, now it's here. I hope you enjoy the class.

Best regards as always,

Hello All,

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the name David Gell, he is someone you definitely will want to be aware of. David is forever creating nifty brushes, Painter scripts, Mac utilities and more. He has been doing this for years and his web site is a veritable treasure trove.

David's latest gift to the Painter community is a series of pages showing small, clickable thumbnails of all the Paper textures which are included with the "Extra Content" from Painter 12. Since most of this content is also usable in Painter X3, you will want to check this out.

In addition, David has also added a gallery which contains the Default Painter X3 Paper textures. These thumbnails make it very easy to check out the papers and decide which one to use for your work.

Thanks again David.