Painter 12.1 enhancement: Photoshop Plug-ins support


With the release of the Painter 12.1 update, support for Photoshop Plug-ins is once again available, for both 32 bit and 64 bit sytems. One of the most popular of these have been the fabulous plug-ins available from Topaz.

To install/load the Topaz plug-ins in Painter 12.1, use the following method if you already have any Topaz plug-ins installed on your system, for example, in Adobe® Photoshop®:

To install all of your Topaz plug-ins:

1. Go to the Plugins folder in Photoshop, and copy the entire Topaz folder and all its contents.

2. Paste the folder into the Plugins folder in Painter 12 located here:

Corel\Painter12\Support Files\Plugins

To install individual Topaz plug-ins:

1.  Go to the Topaz\Plugins folder in Photoshop.

2. Copy the Presets folder, and any individual Topaz plug-in folders you want to use in Painter.

2. Paste the Presets folder and the individual Topaz plugin folder(s) into:

Corel\Painter12\Support Files\Plugins

You need the Presets folder unless you plan on creating all of your Topaz effects from scratch.

If you have never before installed Topaz:

I believe the installation asks you what your host application will be, and offers you the chance to browse to the location. I have no way to test this for you since I installed my Topaz plug-ins more than two years ago. However, if I am correct, simply browse to the Corel\Painter12\Support Files\Plugins folder during the installation of Topaz, and all should be well.

Enjoy the ability to use Topaz in Painter 12.1!


Corel Painter 12 updated!


Exciting news!

The Corel Corp. announced a major update today for Painter 12. This new update will change your current installation of Painter 12 to Painter 12.1.

The most significant enhancement will be in the area of Brush Management. With the new update installed you will now be able to manage your brushes and brush libraries in the same way you manage all your other libraries.
No more rooting around in the depths of your computer!

Well done Corel Development team!

In addition to this exciting new way of managing brushes, enhancements have also been made to the Mixer panel, the Brushstroke preview in the Dab profile panel, Workspace Management, and there are additional options now available for customizing the panels in your workspace.

Plus! There is now full support for Adobe® Photoshop® plug-ins. 

Read the announcement here:

Download the update here:

Don't forget to back up all your custom items before installing, especially your favorite workspaces. After installing the update, hold down your shift key when launching for the first time and then choose, "All Workspaces" from the dialog.



Registration is open at Digital Art Academy!

Hello All,

Registration is now open for the January 2012 session at Digital Art Academy (DAA).  The first session of the year begins on January 28 and ends on Feb 24.  DAA classes focus on Corel Painter, specifically Painter 12, but there are also a few self-study courses for Painter 11 which are active.  Start your New Year off by exploring the wonderful world of Corel Painter. Detailed information is available at DAA; however, below is a brief synopsis of the current offerings (beginning naturally with my own classes ;) ).
If you are brand new to Painter 12 or are an experienced user who would like a refresher course, then my Introduction to Painter12 Part 1 and Introduction to Painter 12 Part 2 are the classes which will start you off on the right foot.

Butterfly collage created in Painter 12
I've been teaching beginner classes for Corel Painter for several years now, and my goal is to try and present the material in a clear, concise and non-threatening way. The classes are very detailed with lots of screen shots, and are primarily offered in PDF format since this gives the beginner material which they can refer back to when necessary.

Using Corel Painter requires a good foundation, and I'm always thrilled when I know I've helped a new user embark on this creative lifelong journey which is called Corel Painter.
Some very exciting news! There is a new instructor at DAA. Her name is Joan Hamilton, and she paints the most beautiful watercolors. Joan will be teaching some of her techniques in this new class, and if you are a fan of watercolor, especially when created digitally using Corel Painter, then this class is not to be missed. If you want to see samples of Joan's beautiful work, visit her blog. You'll be glad you did.

"Morning on the Beach"

Corel Painter Master Karen Bonaker offers a class using the new 3.5 version of Art Rage Pro. Karen is an accomplished water colorist, and a very creative artist. In her class you will learn how to use the watercolor brush category in Art Rage Studio Pro 3.5how to make watercolor brushes, and last but not least, what’s new in Art Rage Studio Pro 3.5. In addition to video lessons, Karen also holds live session Webinars each week. Art Rage Pro is a very versatile and inexpensive painting program, and Karen will show you how to use many of the program tools effectively. 

"All Undone" painted in Art Rage Studio Pro 3.5
Corel Painter Master Skip Allen continues to provide DAA with his wonderful classes. Skip's teaching style is very relaxed and his approach is very creative too. If you have just upgraded to Painter 12, or are thinking about doing so and you have a good working knowledge of Painter X and/or Painter 11, consider enrolling in Skip Allen's Painter 12: A New Beginning class. Skip designed this class for the experienced Corel Painter user who is new to Painter 12. Discover the delights and mysteries of Corel Painter 12 in four short weeks.

"Table and lamp"
If you love the look of Watercolor paintings, but don't know where to begin, Skip's "The Basics of Watercolor in Corel Painter 12", is being offered again this session. In this class, Skip focuses on Painter 12 and the new watercolor variants, Real Watercolor. 

Also available this session is Skip's popular The Basics of Brush Making in Painter 12. This class takes the mystique out of brush making in Painter 12.  It is a basic course and doesn’t cover everything, but the student will develop a firm foundation in the techniques of brush making.

...and for those of you who haven't yet decided to upgrade to Painter 12 because they are still trying to learn their way around Painter 11, DAA offers Skip's three Painter 11 classes as Self-study:

Introduction to Corel Painter 11 the Basics

Introduction to Corel Painter 11 Beyond the Basics

Corel Painter 11 Selections, Channels and Masks, a class for advanced users

As you can see, DAA has something for almost everyone. Come join us as we embark on another year of learning, exploration, creativity, and fun.