Corel Painter 12.1 GRADIENTS

All About Gradients

This week, I posted a video about ways to create and use Gradients in Corel Painter 12.1.  I often use gradients in painter.  Filling  a canvas with a gradient or using it as an overlay  is a good way to quickly get some color on your canvas and often sparks the next creative idea.

In this video, you will learn how to create a two-point gradient and how to save it, how to create a custom color gradient from a strip, (1000 pixels wide by 50 pixels deep), save it and capture the icon, and how to create your own gradient library.  To add additional gradient  collections to your libraries, please to to Corel Painters “extra content” page or click on the direct link  to the extra content on my RESOURCES blog page. I hope you enjoy this video. Winifred.

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Corel Painter Tutorial 12.1 – Selections and Textures

The purpose of this Tutorial is to build experience in in visualizing a non photographic image,  making complex selections,  and making decisions about color texture which will affect the design and creativity of your painting. Any brush which has  “grain” in it’s name can be used.  I used the soft pastel.  With pastel and chalk brushes a grain setting of 7% gives the maximin grain.  Taking the grain setting to 100 percent pretty much allows you to paint without grain.  This is a fun way to create a painting and a good way to  experiment with creating a painting without cloning from a photo. Just play and enjoy.


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Winifred Whitfield Turns Photographs to Paintings

Photographs often serve as my inspiration, but I love creating portrait and fine art paintings. Whether the photograph is taped on on a wall to view or exist as an underlying layer in Corel Painter, my mission is to go beyond – far  beyond the photograph which inspires me to create a painting.

The following image progression represents just such a process.  I wish I could say that when I started to paint  I know where I am  going – that I have envisioned the final painting.  The fact is that  is rarely the case.  My paintings are created one brushstroke or one vision at a time ,as in – just keep putting one foot in front the other.  I just follow inner vision. Often I close my eyes to envision the  that next step and it always comes.  For sure, nothing will happen if one does not start. So, I support you in starting, in experimenting, in playing.  I paint everyday because I love it. I learn something new everyday.

The following image progression represents one such artistic journey for me:

Reference image – a boudoir portrait. I knew I wanted to subdue the colors

and to soften and paint all with brushstrokes and to darken her

bright sparkling eyes, to remove photographic detail.

I  changed the color pallet of the image before creating a
clone with painterly  brush strokes.

Now I was on my on and  I would paint the remainder from imagination.
I felt she needed a hat and I painted one.

I started to envision details – like flowers on her hat.

A color scheme continued to emerge.  I was not happy with the hands

in the original image  – not for hands in a classic portrait.

I painted a hand thinking of the grace and stylized long tapered

fingers seen in classic portraiture.

This is the final painting, its character, visual and emotional

content has been altered and it is sensuous in a different way.


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Corel Painter 12.1 – All About Color Sets

Use color sets to select a single color or select all the colors in a color set to paint with. Create custom color sets, add new color sets fron Corel Painter Extra Content. Modify a  color set. Add or delete from view color sets.  This video will show you how.

I created a custom color set in order to select colors for this painting.

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Corel Painter 12.1 Tutorial – Creating Multi Color Brush Strokes

Multi color brush strokes add to the richness of this painting.

Create multiple colors in your brush strokes by:

1) varying hue, saturation and value (HSV),

2) select color from a gradient or,

3) select color from an entire color set.

I am sure you will  enjoy creating more colorful and expressive brush strokes.  The set of brushes I referred to are called Desert Oasis.  They are watercolor brushes and would have to be converted to “cover” if they are to be used as a non watercolor variant. They can be found at Skip Allen Paints Blog along with many other brush sets he makes available for free.

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Corel Painter 12.1 Tutorials – Creating Painter LOOKS

It is easy  to create custom and accessible brush and texture combinations called “LOOKS” in Corel Painter 12.1

I have created a custom “splatter look” with a specific brush and paper

to simulate the look spattered paint in the image below.

I  can now apply this”spatter” effect to any image with just the click of a “look”.

I hope  you enjoy this video, I would love to receive your comments and feedback.

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Winifred Whitfield  is a portrait painter, a fine art painter and teaches digital painting using  Corel Painter and Photoshop.

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Corel Painter 12.1 – Painting Dancers

Painting Dancers

I love painting dancers though I have not created many such paintings.  I am changing this. I enjoyed painting the variations below in Corel Painter 12.1.

Watch the video to see how I create the four variations of this painting. Unfortunately, there is not enough time in the 15 minutes to demonstrate the initial painting.

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Corel Painter 12.1 – Creating a Sketch

Creating s sketch of your subject allows for additional creativity and expression in your painting. A sketch in itself might become a finished work of art. Learn to sketch by hand. This video will inspire you to do so.

Below is the final painting.

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Playtime Again

By now you likely know the importance I find in just playing,” doodling” sometimes I call it. Just put that brush to canvas and see where it takes you. That is how the following painting was born. I was continuing to explore the Real Camelhair brush variant in the Oil Category of Corel Painter which will sample multiple colors.  And so I “dipped” into blue and white and started to twirl – creating a “Van Gough” sky.   And then yellow and more blue. OK – fun – time to form land. Waves of green began to form a hill side, and then the reverse then gave depth and perspective.  Perhaps there should be trees, I thought, more twirls formed the trees and then the apples.  Apples started to fall  to the ground and to roll to low spots. Perhaps there should be children gathering them, I thought. Little girls appeared, two of them more interested in the collecting than the other – who read her book. I  thought of body positions, sitting, reaching, bracing on a hillside. I was able to do this quickly and fluidly – I am always amazed when this happens.  And so this cheerful illustrative painting came into being.

And so it goes sometimes, when I put brush to canvas.

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Corel Painter 12.1 Tutorial – Sampling Multiple Colors

Sometimes magic occurs in our paintings when we least expect it. I love that

By Winifred

There are times I want to talk about a painting.  Not in this case. This painting tells its own story very well.


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