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December 2006

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

Corel Painter IX.5
With John Derry

Rendering the Mind's Eye
With a lifetime of realizing ideas on paper—and now digitally with Corel Painter—under my belt, I've become accustomed to generally arriving at the image I intended. And yet, when I'm working with students in my workshops, I find that rendering the mind's eye can be quite frustrating for some. Fortunately, Corel Painter is an excellent aid for refining this skill. Read more >>

Using the Rotate Page tool
By the Corel Documentation Team

While sketching or painting with traditional art materials, you might want to reposition your sketchbook or rotate your canvas on an easel. Find out how Corel Painter IX.5 lets you rotate the canvas or an image.
Learn more >>

Using selections with the Photo Painting Palettes
By Steve Szoczei, Corel Painter Team

Selections are a great way to refine detailed areas of your painting when using the Photo Painting Palettes. You can select a portion of your painting and then continue the auto-painting process.
Learn more >>

Corel Painter Wow! Tips with Cher Threinen-Pendarvis

Go for consistent-looking letter spacing
By Cher Threinen-Pendarvis

Corel Painter IX.5 has the tools you need to adjust the special between letters and make your text look just the way you want.
Learn more >>

Creating a Brushed Metal Look for Type and Graphics
By Cher Threinen-Pendarvis

The Bevel World dynamic layer offers an easy way to create a three-dimensional title treatment.
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 >>

Game Developer has honored Corel Painter IX.5 as a finalist in the magazine's 2006 Front Line Awards! Learn more >>

Here's a glance at what's hot and happening in the Corel community:
Get a FREE 30-day trial to The Digital Painting Forum, hosted by Painter Master Marilyn Sholin. The forum has over 2,200 members and 27,000 posts about Corel Painter, Corel® Painter™ Essentials 3, digital painting, art and the business of creating, marketing and selling digital art. To get your free 30-day trial, send one email to with the subject line: "Painter Canvas". Put your name and state or country in the email. You will be emailed your code to access your account.
Read the new interview with Jeremy Sutton as the Featured Artist at the Digital Painting Forum. Learn more >>

Karen Sperling
January 29 to 31, 2007: Tarzana, California. Artistry Retreat, plus the "Artistry GARTEL: Photoshop Wisdom Workshop" February 1 and 2, 2007. Calling all photographers! Learn the Corel Painter IX.5 steps and concepts you need to turn photos into paintings. Learn more.

Visit to check out Karen's Artistry Tips and Tricks e-zine. The November 2006 issue covers how to paint horse portraits. All of the issues include information for turning photos into paintings in Corel Painter. To contact Karen, email her at

Fay Sirkis:
January 8 to 11, 2007: Ronkokoma, New York. Take your skills to new levels at the "Paint Like a Master" four-day hands-on Photo Painting workshop at the Hilton Garden Inn. Email to learn more.

February 5 to 9, 2007: Los Osos, California. Attend Fay's "Photo Painting Workshop" at the Lepp Institute of Digital Imaging. Learn more.

February 12 to 16, 2007: Destin, Florida. Attend Fay's "Paint Like a Master" workshop at the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort. Email to learn more.

Jeremy Sutton:
February 5 to 8, 2007: San Francisco, California. Introductory Painter Classes with a Focus on Creativity. Join Jeremy in his San Francisco Studio Gallery for a four-day class in which you'll learn a creative and fearless approach to painting from photos using Corel Painter. This class is a great way to dive right in and get going with Corel Painter. Artist and author Jeremy Sutton guides you through building up a solid foundation and then applying the powerful features of Corel Painter with an artistic flair. Learn more.

May 7 to 11, 2007: San Francisco, California. Collage Workshops: Corel Painter is a fabulous tool for creating incredible, beautiful, powerful, evocative collages. Jeremy Sutton has been using Corel Painter to create unique collage portraits for many years and is now, for the first time, sharing his insights and techniques with digital and traditional media in a new series of Collage Workshops for a limited number of students. These take place in his San Francisco Studio Gallery. More details.

Read more on "Us," one of Jeremy's collages

Helen Yancy:
January 15, 2007: San Antonio, Texas. Attend Helen's lecture on her Painter style at the Imaging USA Convention.

January 28 to 31, 2007: Chicago area, Indiana. Join Helen for a hands-on class at the Burrell Education Center. Great as refresher or for beginners to learn Painter techniques. Contact Burrell at 800-348-8732 for more information.

Marilyn Sholin:
January 12, 2007: London, England. Marilyn will deliver the Platform Program: High Key Photo Art with Painter from Traditional to Extreme at the SWPP & BPPA Convention. Details and registration.

Imaging USA
January 14 - 15, 2007: San Antonio, Texas. Kick off the year at Imaging USA. Hot speakers, new techniques and the latest products are yours to discover. Get more information at Be sure to visit the Corel Painter booth (# 217) for hands-on demonstrations by Corel Painter Masters, including renowned artists Fay Sirkis and Maura Dutra, and Helen Yancy, past president of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).

Now that you've had a chance to read through this issue of The Painter Canvas, we want to hear your thoughts.

Send us your comments and suggestions—and help us make this newsletter the resource you want it to be:

Joyce Ryan, Artist, Animator
and Educator

Driven by her passion for animation, Joyce Ryan has done everything from starting a visual effects company, to developing software, to teaching at the Atlanta Art Institute.

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