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June 2005

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

Corel Painter IX
Putting Your Best Stroke Forward
by John Derry

Whenever I finish a new image I tend to compare it to my earlier work. If I judge the image to be successful, I categorize it as one of my better works. This scale of success implies personal creative growth over many images.

This got me to thinking about how we, as artists, make a commitment to our efforts before, during, and after we create artwork. Where does this sense of commitment come from? How do we utilize it as we create a piece? Read the full story >>

Creating brushed, stamped metal with Corel Painter
By Cher Threinen-Pendarvis

With Painter's Bevel World dynamic layer, you can try an incredible variety of custom bevels on a selected layer-quickly and without the need for time-consuming masks and channels. In this tutorial, I create a brushed and stamped metal graphic, applying effects that include custom lighting, texture, an intricate bevel, and a cast shadow. Find out more >>

Using the frames-per-second control with animation
Frame rate, which describes the number of image frames displayed per second (fps), determines how smooth the motion appears. This doesn't necessarily mean that what you specify as the frame rate is what you'll experience. Factors such as frame size, compression method, and computer speed can prevent some movies from achieving their set rate. Find out more >>

Adjusting the fringe on digital watercolor
You can use Digital Watercolor brushes in Corel Painter IX to create effects similar to those produced with Watercolor brushes-without the need to create a separate layer. Settings such as Diffusion, Opacity, and Wet Fringe control the appearance of the stroke. Learn more >>

Karen Sperling's Q&A
Each month, Painter expert Karen Sperling answers a question from one of our Painter Canvas readers. Here's June's question.

It's easy to accumulate lots of layers in Painter. Whether you're creating artwork from scratch or adding painterly touches to photos, layers provide the flexibility to experiment with everything from color to composition. This easy proliferation of layers raises a question almost immediately: "How can I expand my Layers palette to see more layers?"

Here's a little-known method for expanding the Layers palette. Find out more >>

Do you have a Painter question for Karen? Email us at

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

Corel Painter IX Wins PC World world-class award!

Media & Methods Magazine names Corel Painter IX as a technology product that contributes to excellence in schools.

Here's a glance at what's hot and happening in the Corel community:
See Painter in action at the Mac Design Conference, June 21-23, in Tampa, FL. Find out more >>
See Corel Painter IX in action at this summer's coolest event for digital artists. The deviantART Summit takes place June 17-18 at the world-famous Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, CA. Read more >>
Visit the Corel Painter booth, June 27-29, at ICON4: The Illustration Conference. Register today to attend North America's most prestigious event for professional illustrators. Find out more >>
Jeremy Sutton's Move to the Groove Art Show & Dance Party (May 28, San Francisco, CA) was a huge success! See photos >>

Following is a list of events scheduled for June.
Ready for some "Shootin' and Paintin'" in Jackson Hole, Wyoming? Join internationally published Painter Masters, Bruce Hamilton Dorn and Maura Dutra and learn how to create spectacular landscapes and profitable environmental portraiture from September 19-22 at the Heart Six Guest Ranch. Find out more >>
Catch up this summer on all the art concepts and Painter tricks you've always wanted to know. Attend Karen Sperling's famous Artistry Retreats in June, July or August. Check out the summer schedule >>
Learn from Painter expert, Marilyn Sholin at the PPMA Annual Convention and Tradeshow, June 25-28. Read more >>
Attention readers in London, England! Grab this unique opportunity to receive hands-on Painter training from Jeremy Sutton at the Art Academy London, for one- and two-day sessions on June 25-26 and June 27-28. Find out more >>
From July 25 to 27, Planet Digital in Orlando will host the talented Corel Painter artist Don Seegmiller for a series of intensive hands-on, one- and two-day workshops. To learn more about these limited-seating workshops, visit the Planet Digital website, email, or call 407-896-7326 and ask for Jan.

We have some wonderful resources to help you get creative this month.

Professional Photographer Magazine is featuring a Painter IX tutorial by Painter guru Karen Sperling in its June bonus-content section. Check it out >>

Learn advanced digital painting techniques from Chris Beatrice at

It's here!
Cher Threinen- Pendarvis' much-anticipated Painter IX Wow! Book is now shipping.
Order it today

This month, we feature husband and wife team Bruce Hamilton Dorn and Maura Dutra-two internationally recognized Painter Masters.

Bruce Hamilton Dorn:
photographer, cinematographer, director and educator
During his 30-year career, Bruce has received many accolades, among them, acknowledgement for his Photo-Impressionism® portfolios created in Painter.

“Five years ago, I was given a brief introduction to Painter by my wife, Maura Dutra, and immediately found delight. Here, at last, was a technological tool that encouraged creativity, spontaneity, and precision.”
Read the full profile >>

Maura Dutra:
digital imaging artist, visual EFX designer and educator
A life-long visual artist, Maura started her career by using traditional media but became an early adapter of digital tools. She has been recognized by the industry with multiple graphic design awards from CAA, as well as a Clio Award for animation and visual effects.

"Painter's cloning tools opened the door to a form of digital painting that allowed us to develop and evolve our unique Photo Impressionism style."
Read the full profile >>

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