This is an ongoing list of resources to help you learn to use Corel Painter. I'll be adding to this list as I discover new web sites which I think will be useful.
Brush Samples by Valerie Beeby. Valerie very kindly went through the entire program and created image samples of each brush and basic variant (she didn't do all the different size increments of each variant, an unnecessary chore). When you go to the page, click on the various categories groups. You'll be taken to a page with thumbnail images of the brush strokes. Click on a thumbnail to view a larger image. You can save the larger image to your computer! These are so useful. Thank you Valerie.
Skip Allen paints: Skip has become a brushmaker extraordinaire. Visit his blog and find brushes to download, learn how to use and tweak brushes, and all kind of other goodies and tidbits.
Painter Brushes Guide. At the Corel site.
Although a fabulous tool, the Mac OSX Color picker is not the most user-friendly tool on the planet, however, this wonderfully written tutorial by Robin Wood should make you an expert!
One of my students posted the link to this utility to the classroom message board. He likes it very much, and recommends it. The little program is Donationware, so if you download it and decide it's useful, please don't forget to go back to the site and click on the "donate" button. He only wants $4.00...a very minimal amount. :)
Jinny Brown's PixelAlley
Using Watercolor in PainterThere are two excellent online courses currently available which are specifically geared toward using Watercolor in Painter 12:
The Basics of Watercolor in Painter 12
I know the instructors for both of these classes, and I think you will be quite happy taking one or both to further your understanding of how to use Watercolor.
Books about PainterThere are lots of books about Painter available, and lots of money to be spent buying them. If you want the one book which will give your the most "bank for your buck" you can't go wrong with the Jeremy Sutton Painter Creativity series. Get the book which goes with your version of the program, and by the way, Jeremy does a lot of revising from book to book, so each one has different, and useful information in it. I own three versions: "Painter IX Creativity", "Painter X Creativity", and "Painter 11 Creativity"...all of them are very good. :)
Wacom Tablet Links
Free Videos from Wacom
Several videos available here from Wacom. They cover the Intuos, Cintiq and Bamboo tablets. Hope you find these useful.
John is one of the original authors of Painter. Click on the Gallery link to see some of his phenomenal art work, then when you're finished oohing and aahing, click on the resources button to find links for tutorials and custom brushes.
NOTE: This site is not Firefox friendly. If you use FF as your browser, and you have the IE addon, right click on the link and choose "Open Link in IE Tab". Otherwise, you'll just have to view the page in...gulp...IE. ;)
From CorelVarious Tutorials
Video on Creating Custom Palettes and Workspaces