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February 2005

The Painter Canvas is an inspirational monthly electronic newsletter exclusively for our Painter community.

Corel Painter IX
Beating the Creative Doldrums
by John Derry

It happens to all of us at one time or another—the dreaded creative doldrums. When your creative gas tank runs dry, what can you do to get back on the road towards your artistic goal? In the following paragraphs, I'll offer up some of the techniques I've found helpful in getting back onto the artistic track. Read on >>

Expressing Exuberance
By Jeremy Sutton

In this tutorial I take a low-resolution black-and-white image of Ray Charles* and, with the help of Corel® Painter™ IX, turn it into a colorful portrait—one that expresses Charles' exuberance and the power of his music. The specific steps covered here are less important than the overall philosophy of approaching an image with an open mind and a willingness to experiment. Read on >>

Give your painting a beautiful finishing touch with Paint Shop™ Pro
Once you've finished your latest Painter masterpiece, you should hop over to Paint Shop Pro to add a little final flourish. With Paint Shop Pro, you can choose from hundreds of frames and photos mats. Want to see how easy it is to add these beautiful finishing touches to your paintings? We'll show you how >>

Using the Blender brushes to paint photos in Corel® Painter™ IX
By Lori Kerfoot
You can use the Blender brushes in Corel® Painter™ IX in a variety of ways. Blender brushes do not apply color—rather, they move and mix color from the underlying image. They can also reproduce the effects of applying water or oil to blend paint. Read on >>

Using the Auto Clone feature in Corel® Painter™ IX
By the Corel Documentation Team
In Corel® Painter™ IX, you can use the Auto Clone feature to automatically apply brush strokes to your image. Auto Clone also enables you to easily produce a Natural-Media® version of an image. Read on >>

Roberto Ramirez's Juicylicious Brush
Roberto needed a brush that was quick and could blend and apply the colors at the same time. He started with a Blender brush, eventually coming up with something that allowed him to create really wet and juicy, loose looking piece of art. Roberto suggests trying it with varying amounts Resat and Opacity to get a truly "Juicylicious" feel.

Have you developed a unique Painter brush? Would you like to share your brush with other Painter users? Email it to us:

Editors' Choice Award!

“Painter IX is a worthy addition to your artist toolbox—and if you already have Painter 8, upgrade now. Right now.” Read more >>

PC World
4.5 out of 5!

“If you're a serious artist, this ingenious package is a rewarding investment in your creativity.”
- PC World, February 2005

MacWorld 4.5 mice out of 5!
“There's a lot to like in Corel Painter IX.”
“Corel is doing an excellent job with the interface, and the new features are well conceived and well executed.”
- Ben Long, February 2005.

Read more reviews >>

Here's a glance at what's hot and happening in the Corel community:
The 2005 Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) Convention, March 20, Las Vegas. Featuring Painter presentations by Marilyn Sholin, Jeremy Sutton, and Helen Yancy. For more information see
The Professional Photographers of Canada National Convention will feature Painter presentations by Jeremy Sutton, Nancy Mickle, Louise and Joseph Simone. April 2, 2005, Calgary, AB. Find out more.
Game Developers Conference. Expert Don Seegmiller will host a Digital Painting Workshop. March 7, 2005, San Francisco, CA. Check it out.

Following is a list of events scheduled for March.
See Corel products in action—sign up for a FREE webinar!
Discover how users worldwide use Corel graphics products to boost their productivity. Join Corel experts in a free interactive session that will give you access to tips to get you up and running as fast as possible. See them now >>
Mid-East States Regional/Professional Photographers of Ohio 52nd Annual Convention.
Painter Imagination: Photos to Art with Marilyn Sholin
February 27, 2005
Columbus, OH
For more information, contact Phil Craig or Carol Worthington by phone 614 228- 6703 or email
Pro4um School, Painter Portraits to Art
February 28: 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
New Orleans, LA
Contact: Kirk Voclain 985.851.4314
Fine Art Watercolor with Helen Yancy
Here's your chance to learn Painter from the leading fine art watercolor expert in America today.
March 17-18, Las Vegas, WPPI Plus
Karen Sperling's Artistry Retreats
Karen's retreats run throughout January and February.
More information and dates.

Nomi Wagner, self-employed portrait artist
After 20 years as a professional portrait photographer, Nomi Wagner wanted to create portraiture in a different way—by using the computer as her medium. Read on >>

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Jumpstart your creativity
Here are some great resources that will help you become the Painter expert you've always wanted to be!
Jeremy Sutton's Painter IX Creativity: Digital Artist's Handbook…Coming Soon!
Jeremy Sutton's Painter IX Simplified for Photographers DVD Tutorial Series
Online Tutorial: Cloning Techniques in Painter IX by David Nagel at
Karen Sperling's Artistry Tips and Tricks Newsletter—A downloadable Acrobat newsletter that answers your Corel Painter questions.

Corel Painter IX Interactive Training from
Getting Started with Corel Painter with Lynda Weinman is a CD-ROM workshop that includes video clip tutorials developed for Corel® Painter™ beginners, as well as returning Corel Painter users who want to understand the latest features.

The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book, by Cher Threinen-Pendarvis
This beautiful 4-color bookinstructs digital artists at all levels on how to push their skills further using Wacom pressure-sensitive tablet, Photoshop, and Painter. Written by the award-winning author of the Painter Wow! book series.

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