Corel Painter X3 Service Pack 1 now available

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,


Important message for Mac users re Painter and the Maverick OS

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,


Another gift to the Painter community from David Gell

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.


Resources page has been updated

Hello again,

Wow, two blog posts in one week. I think that's some sort of a record for

My Resources page has been long overdue for updating and I finally got around to it. Several of the links have been updated and some new information has been added. Please take a look at it, there's a lot of good information available there.


The first Painter X3 class is available (at last)!


When Painter X3 was released at the end of July, I expected to be able to whip out the updated classes in a jiffy. Well, as those of you who have been waiting already know, this isn't what happened. Between various Real Life situations, many, many, violent summer thunderstorms, and old errors I kept finding, this took a lot longer than I expected it too...but finally...the new class is ready, and I think it's the best one yet. Which BTW fits perfectly with this latest version of Painter. You're going to love Painter X3...

This new class is for those who are new to using Corel Painter and is specifically geared toward Painter X3. (If you are using Painter 12, please see the intro classes for that version here. Scroll down for the Painter 12 class links.) The material contained in this class will teach you how to navigate around the Painter user interface and how to use the tools the program provides so you will be able to paint digitally. I start you with the basics and gently lead you through the process of painting images and cloning photographs. In subsequent classes you will learn to use the Painter materials, Patterns, Paper textures, etc. and you will learn how to customize the program so you have your very own virtual art store.
Digital art is an exciting area! It provides you with options not available with traditional media. Please join me as we begin the journey which is Corel Painter!

Note: If you have already taken the Introduction to Painter 12 classes, please be aware that the material in this class is the same as the material covered for Painter 12, although it has been completely edited and revised for use with Painter X3.


Painter X3 has arrived!


Technically of course, it's Painter 13, but superstitions carry a lot of weight. Trust me, there is nothing in Painter X3 to be superstitious about! I was privileged to be on the Beta team for this version and in all sincerity, I think this latest version is the most stable, bug-free and practical version of Painter to come down the pike in many years. I can hardly wait until you have tried Painter X3. I know you're going to love it as much as I do.

Some of the new features which have been added are:
  • The ability to search for brushes in the currently loaded library
  • A Cross-hair cursor for more accuracy in cloning
  • Linear perspective guides with a snap to function
  • A Reference Image panel...
...and much more...

For more detailed information and to purchase or upgrade to this new version, go to the Corel site via this link:

To see some informational videos which Skip Allen has kindly made, go to his blog via this link:

...and last, but certainly not least, if you are already a Corel Painter user, be sure to sign up for Skip's new class at the Digital Art Academy which will be starting this Saturday, July 27.

For new users of Corel Painter, I'm afraid I'm not as quick as Skip, but I will have beginner classes available very soon at DAA, so stay tuned. I know you're all going to love this new version of Corel Painter.


Painter 12.2 Service Pack Update


Corel has released a Service Pack for Painter 12.2. This pack has added optimization for the Mac platform. You may read specific details about this on Andy Church's blog. Several issues have also been addressed in  this service pack and you may read about those in the release notes here.

If you have the program set to automatically update then you probably don't have to do anything. You can verify whether you are up to date by going to Help>About Corel Painter. Look at the number in the upper left corner of the popup. It should be If the version number is other than this, you will have to download and install the Service Pack manually. 

The Service Pack may be downloaded here. Note that there is one download for the Mac and another download for Windows.

After downloading and installing the Service Pack, and before you launch Painter for the first time, export your current workspace, and any other workspaces you enjoy using so you don't lose any of your "goodies".

After you export your workspace(s), hold down your Shift key. In the dialog which appears, choose "All Workspaces", then OK.

When Painter launches you will have to import your favorite saved workspace, but otherwise you should be good to go. :)


DAA opens for 2013

Wow! It's already January 6. I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza or whatever else you may have celebrated during the holiday season. The Holiday Open Studio at DAA was a resounding success and thanks to Karen and her wonderful 25 days of Christmas brushes, I was able to paint a gorgeous image (well I thought it was gorgeous...LOL) for my Holiday cards.

Karen provided these phenomenal brushes to make trees with. I was so pleased with the way they turned out. The deer in the background is from a freeware font named "xmas_tfb_christmas" available from the maker of the font here.

Happy New Year to you all!

I know, I'm a bit late, but that's because registration opened at DAA on New Year's Day and I've already got a bunch of busy and eager students in my classes. I've been busy answering questions and looking at homework's wonderful!

So, without further ado let's get down to the business of the beginning of the January session. Karen Bonaker, our fearless leader, is offering a new Painter Focus class this session, all about learning to use color effectively and correctly in your paintings. Karen's classes always provide such helpful information and she really knows her stuff. The class will run for one week only, January  19th through the 26th and is open for registration now. Be sure not to miss it. These special focus classes are very feature rich and well worth taking.

By popular demand, Karen has put her Fall Open Studio class Landscapes and Water into the "Open Registration" format, so you can sign up and take this class immediately. It's a great class...I know, I took it. :)

Skip Allen's fabulous Basics of Brush Making, Painter 12 class is back and open for registration now. If you want to learn the ins and outs of Painter Brushes and all the different methods for tweaking them, this is the class to take. Skip has created some of the most versatile Painter brushes out there, and he continues to make more of them all the time. Occasionally, I worry about Skip and his addiction to Painter brushes, but then there are much worse addictions he could have... :)

If you're interested in learning to use Watercolor in Corel® Painter™ 12, take a look at Skip's Basics of Watercolor in Painter 12. This is another "Open Registration" class so if you have the time, by all means, enroll now!

Last, but certainly not least, all three of my Corel® Painter™ 12 Introductory classes are open for registration. The classes have already begun, but because they are set up in the "Open Registration" format, you may sign up and begin them at any time through October, 2013 (I haven't firmed up the final date yet...but, October is a long way away...I have to do my Income taxes first...groan...). Here are the links to my three classes:

Introduction to Corel Painter 12: Part 1 

Introduction to Corel Painter 12: Part 2

Introduction to Corel Painter 12: Part 3

For a complete list of all DAA classes, go to this page:

Scroll down the page a bit to see everything.

Hope to see you soon in the halls of the Digital Art Academy, the Internet's #1 school for learning to use the fabulous natural media brush program  Corel® Painter™ .