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June 2006

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

Corel Painter IX.5
With John Derry

Where Does One Draw the Line?
Recently, an online user in a Corel® Painter™ forum posed an interesting question: where does one draw the line when emulating the foibles of traditional media on the computer? After all, since the computer can render a circle with unerring precision; why approximate one exhibiting human imperfections? The answer lies in the artist’s intent. Read more >>

Creating and sharing Corel® Painter™ IX.5 custom palettes
Corel® Painter™ IX.5 gives you the freedom to create custom palettes that contain exactly the features you want. You can create special palettes for a particular project or workflow that you use frequently. You can then switch between the palettes as needed. There is no limit on the number of custom palettes you can create. Corel Painter IX.5 saves the palettes from session to session, so you can access the necessary tools immediately whenever you sit down to work. Once you create a custom palette, you can also save it externally to share it with others. In addition, you can open custom palettes that were created by others.

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Creating Custom Palettes
To give you the freedom to work in your own style, Corel Painter lets you create custom palettes that contain exactly the features you want. Because the features on a custom palette are immediately available, you can choose them with a single click.

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Corel Painter Wow! Tips with Cher Threinen-Pendarvis

Adding Impressionist texture to a photograph
By Cher Threinen-Pendarvis

Mimic the look of Monet or Cézanne in a few easy steps! Combine two powerful Corel Painter effects-Glass Distortion and Apply Surface Texture-and create an Impressionist look with textured highlights and shadows.

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Creating a custom brush to paint fur and hair
By Don Seegmiller

Often, I'm asked what the secret of painting hair and fur is and is there a way to make it easier. While there is no secret formula, there are things you can do that make the process easier. This is where Painter IX comes in. No other program can give you as much creative and artistic freedom when painting difficult subject matter such as fur and hair. Learn more >>

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

Check out the Brush of the Month Archives >>

PC World Honors
Corel Painter IX.5
with a World Class Award.
Paint enchanting forests
You'll amaze yourself with your new ability to paint! Experience DigArts' series of illustrated tutorials on how to paint forests using new Winter Trees and Jungle DVD products. The step-by-step lessons include free nozzles and brushes. Learn more >>

Here's a glance at what's hot and happening in the Corel community:

EXOTIQUE and PAINTER exclusive limited-editions prints
Buy one of the first 500 copies of Ballistic Publishing's leather-bound, special-editions of PAINTER and EXOTIQUE and receive a bonus set of limited-edition prints. Ballistic Publishing's exquisite books are beautifully crafted, featuring black leather-bound covers and metallic embossing. Learn more >>

Jane Conner-ziser Art Exhibition
Check out Jane's abstract portrait series "Girls Night Out" on display for the month of June at The Casements, Ormond Beach, Florida. The show is part of the "Penwomen of America" art exhibition. Jane's pieces are the first digitally-painted originals accepted for exhibition by the group! Read more >>

Art Amongst the Mannequins!
Jeremy Sutton's Dance series of paintings, all created using Corel Painter, were featured in the couture department of Nordstrom's San Francisco flagship store in their May Martini Splash event. Look out for Jeremy's next big solo show there October 27. Read more >>

iDC 2006 Workshops presents…
Check out the Shootin' and Paintin' Workshop in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, September 23-27, 2006. Come join in this Photo Impressionism® digital photography adventure with two Painter Masters: Maura Dutra and Bruce Hamilton Dorn. Read more >>

Jane Conner-ziser:
There's an artist hiding in all of us! Learn advanced digital painting techniques at Jane's "High End Portrait Retouching and Painting" seminar July 16 to 20 in Victoria, BC. Learn more.

Fay Sirkis:
Join Fay's Photo Painting workshop August 14 to 16 at the Hilton Hotel, San Jose, CA. Email
Take your skills to a new level at the "Mastering Photo Painting" workshop September 6, at Photoshop World, Las Vegas, NV. Space is limited so register early! Learn more.
Spend a day with Fay! September 18 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Ronkonkonma, NY. Photo Painting-A Day with Fay Sirkis. Email

Jeremy Sutton:
Two Day Painter Creativity Seminar, July 14 and 15, San Francisco
If you're wanting to dive into Painter and get up to speed on transforming your photographs into paintings with flair and panache, then please join Jeremy's two day Painter Creativity Seminar on July 14 and 15. It takes place in Jeremy's beautiful San Francisco, CA studio. If you're looking for a longer course come to one of Jeremy's four day seminars (Los Angeles, August 21 to 24; San Francisco, October 16 to 19). Learn more.
Art from the Heart—Harnessing the Power and Beauty of Digital Paint Apple Store Made on a Mac Talks – London & San Francisco Thursday, August 4, 2006, 7 - 9 pm, Apple Store San Francisco. In these lively talks Jeremy shares his approach to painting and creative process. Enjoy a live demonstration of digital portrait painting and insights into the development of his art and current techniques and tools. Jeremy will show how he harnesses the power of the Macintosh computer, in combination with Corel Painter software and a Wacom graphics tablet, to create expressive paintings that capture movement, color, rhythm, personality and emotion. Learn more.

Helen Yancy:
Helen will team with Lois Miller July 16 to 22 at the New York Photographic Workshops. Email
New date!! The Deep Creek class, in the beautiful mountains of Maryland, will now be held November 2 to 5. The class starts at the beginner level, progressing to fine portraiture. Email

Karen Sperling:
Join Karen's "Artistry Corel Painter IX.5 Retreat" July 18 to 20 at St. George Inn, Tarzana, CA. Learn more.
Karen teams with Laurence Gartel at the "Artistry Corel Painter IX.5 Portraits for Profits" workshop August 1 to 4 at The New Yorker Hotel, New York, NY. Learn more.
Karen teams with Laurence Gartel at another "Artistry Corel Painter IX.5 Portraits for Profits" workshop August 28 to 31 at St. George Inn, Tarzana, CA. Learn more.
Artistry Retreats and Workshops, including Southern California, July 18 to 20, 2006; Professional Photographers of Sacramento Valley (PPSV), August 16 and 17, 2006; and Southern California, August 28 to 31, 2006. Learn more.

Marilyn Sholin:
Marilyn Sholin Workshops and Events: View all events.
Learn Corel Painter IX.5 from a pro. Learn more.
July 12 San Jose Professional Photographers Meeting Learn more.
Enjoy two full days of Corel Painter on July 13 and 14 to learn how to sell and market your paintings! Learn more.
Unwind and learn at Marilyn's five-day August workshops at Long Island photo workshops. Learn more.
Join Marilyn at the Niagara School of Imaging. Learn more.
Check our Marilyn's Newsletter online. It includes a Corel Painter tutorial movie! Learn more.
September 10 and 11: Littleton, CO: Two Day Painter Learn more.
September 18 and 19: Salt Lake City, UT: Two Day Painter Learn more.
The Digital Painting Forum is still FREE!! Learn more.

Visit the Digital Painting Forum!
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Learn Karen's tricks!
Karen Sperling has just released a new Artistry Tips and Tricks CD: Year Two, The First Six Months. Pick up some astonishing portrait and landscape techniques from these popular tutorials. Learn more >>

The June 2006 issue of Artistry Tips and Tricks features step-by-step tutorials for turning people and pet photos into paintings in Corel Painter IX.5. Included in the June issue is information for knowing which photo to choose to turn into a painting and how to paint fur and hair. The June issue also shows you how to create an unusual vignette effect useful for paintings and greeting cards. Learn more >>

Meet a Dungeons and Dragons designer
Stop by our booth at Dragon*Con 2006 from September 1 to 4 in Atlanta and meet Todd Lockwood, one of the world's premier fantasy artists. Todd uses Corel Painter to create images for Dungeons & Dragons, science fiction and fantasy novels, and the gaming industry. He has won numerous industry accolades including twelve Chesleys and two prestigious World Fantasy Art Show awards. Todd will be presenting demos at the Corel Painter booth (# 209) and will be signing copies of his art book, Transitions. Learn more.
Calling all photographers!
Come watch Claudia Salgueroa at the PMA Canada Exposition 2006 - A Capital Idea! September 11 to 13 at the Ottawa Congress Center, Ottawa, ON. Claudio will demonstrate the vast artistic potential of Corel Painter IX.5 for photographers. Attendees will receive an introduction to the software and useful tips and tricks on how to turn their photographs into hand-painted work. Learn more.
ARNO Art Award 2006 - Closing Date rescheduled
The deadline of this years ARNO Art Award has officially been postponed to August 31st. Due to numerous request of participants this extension will give all artists another 6 weeks to send in their artwork and to participate in one of Europe's biggest art and illustration challenges. Learn more >>

Jim Lampi, Designer/illustrator, musician
“It was one of the few tools at the time which allowed you to create original content, that did not look like 'computer artwork.'”

“I had a one-man show at the Cyberian Gallery in London, England. The show was sponsored by Kodak and it featured large format prints, all created in Painter.”

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