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Skip Allen

“I love to teach”, Skip remarks,“ I find that it is a wonderful sharing experience.” Skip is looking forward to sharing his knowledge of Painter with those anxious to learn about the program and the digital creative process. ​ Besides teaching, Skip enjoys making custom brushes for Painter. While he has made Impasto and Liquid Ink brushes, his favorites are Watercolor. His brushes are available for free at his blog Skip Allen Paints.

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About this course

Painter 2022: “Year of the Dab

As in previous "what’s new classes," Painter 2022, "Year of the Dab" focuses on the new or enhanced features.  The class is primarily for intermediate or advanced users, but I still encourage beginners to join. With a new version, we are all beginners, right?  However, if you have never used Painter before, starting will be a bit overwhelming at first.  Do not worry, this version of painter has many new features that I will cover in detail.

Following is a list of features covered in this class, but I always cover a lot more.  Ask anyone who has taken a class from me before.

List of Features:

New! Brush Library experience

The first thing you’re likely to notice in Corel Painter 2022 is the new brush library. It has been meticulously overhauled in every way. There are fresh, modern icons designed for every brush category. And the categories themselves have been renamed, reorganized, and streamlined to present a diverse set of brushes and tools in each singularly focused category.

New and enhanced! Cover methods

The versatile cover methods are the foundation of many popular brush categories, such as Acrylics, Chalk, Charcoal, Conte, Gouache, Pastels, and Pens. Cover methods are also used for some Oils and Blenders, and with many stamp-type brushes.

The Enhanced Cover methods, available only in Painter 2022, take advantage of the latest technology advancements for an improved brushing experience. For Flat methods, anti-aliasing support has been increased resulting in opaque dab rendering. Noise has been added for artifact reduction in all Enhanced Cover methods, and it is especially pronounced for Soft brushstrokes with feathered edges.

Alpha Blend technology has been added to improve color precision when blending adjacent brushstrokes, reducing the likelihood of unexpected color shifts near the edges. Grainy methods feature new options for grain control, opacity, and enhanced layer blending. In addition, brush loading support has been added to all Enhanced Cover methods to give your brushstrokes that smeary, oily look.

New and enhanced! Smoothing

A new Jitter Reduction option joins the Smoothing controls, along with updated names for existing options that are more indicative of their respective effects. The panel also provides updated tooltips and graphics that make it easier to soften the appearance of brushstrokes. 

New! Brush filters and favorites

Quickly build your very own list of favorite brushes, and then use the My Favorites filter to trim the brush library down to your personal essentials. Take advantage of the Painter Masters filter to experience a wealth of brushes curated by distinguished Painter artists. You can also quickly isolate stamp-type, Watercolor and Thick Paint compatible, and Cloner brushes. 

New! Captured dab libraries

The new Captured panel provides boundless possibilities for experimenting with customizing the appearance of brush dabs. There are 12 new captured dab libraries to choose from: Bristles, Concept, Flat, General, Graphic, Hard Media, Hatch, Knives, Light, Natural, Splatter, and Sponges. You can instantly alter the dab shape of any brush, adjust settings, apply a new Dab Effect, and even capture your new dab for use with other brushes.

New! Import Photoshop Brush Stamps (ABR) as dabs

When you import Photoshop brush stamps with Painter 2022, you now have the option of importing only the brush stamps. They will be added to a new captured dab library so you can use them with other brushes. 

New! Dab Effects

The new Captured Dabs flyout on the property bar offers Dab Effects that you can use to customize captured dabs. You can choose from Feather, Threshold, Blur, Dilate, and Erode effects, and adjust the strength of each applied effect. 

New and enhanced! Dab profiles for Circular dab types

You can now experience improved anti-aliasing for Circular-type brushes by using the new Hardness slider in the Dab Options flyout. This lets you fine-tune the opacity of dab profiles so you can create brush marks with soft edges, or with crisp anti-aliased edges, or even somewhere in between. In addition, you can try the new Soft Profile that provides a strong core, with a large falloff area towards the edge. Last but not least, you have the ability to reduce the opacity in the center of Watercolor dabs, which produces a stronger-looking fringe along the edge of the stroke.

New! Rotate and Squeeze Static Bristle

You now have additional shaping options when you’re painting with a Static Bristle brush and a stylus. You can use the Angle controls to rotate and squeeze the brush, providing new, creative dab and brushstroke possibilities. 

New! Watercolor compatibility

Painter 2022 breaks down boundaries for mixed-media creators who want to combine watercolor with other art forms. Many default brushes are now compatible with watercolor layers, letting you fuse dry media and watercolor brush marks on the same layer. Just look for the Watercolor Layer compatibility icon in the Brush Selector when you’re choosing a brush for mixing with watercolor media, or you can enable the Watercolor Compatible filter to see only those brushes. And for added creative flexibility, you can now transform watercolor layers while retaining special media capability. 

New! Size selector and library

You can now choose brush size presets from the new Size library. Painter 2022 offers a new collection of dab sizes, and lets you create and manage your own custom size presets. 

New! Navigator in grayscale

You can now switch the Navigator to grayscale, which is useful for doing color value studies of your compositions.

New and enhanced! Layer productivity

Painter 2022 introduces many layer productivity improvements designed to accelerate your work with layer-laden documents. It is now faster and easier to perform operations on more than one layer. You can lock, move, and convert multiple layers at once, as well as collapse visible layers. Plus, layer lock and visibility operations are recorded in your Undo steps, making it quicker and easier to change those choices.

Enhanced! Special layers compatibility dialog boxes

While many brushes are compatible with special layers, there are times when a chosen brush may produce brush marks that appear different than you would expect. There are also brushes that are simply not recommended for the current layer. In these cases, Painter will prompt you so you can choose how to proceed. We’ve redesigned these dialog boxes to present clear and concise options, so you can make a quick choice and get back to focusing on your art. 

Enhanced! Performance optimization

The Painter team is continually updating the codebase to take advantage of rapidly evolving operating system technologies.

With Painter 2022, the new Enhanced Cover methods are optimized for CPU and GPU acceleration. The Brush Accelerator makes the Enhanced Cover methods up to 18x faster on Intel multi-core processors with AVX2 extensions, and up to 50x faster when combined with GPU acceleration. Click Window  Search and type "enhanced cover" in the Search text box to find brushes that use Enhanced Cover methods.

Impasto brushes are also up to 2x faster on default layers, and 1.7x faster on Thick Paint layers. Plus, several other brush engines, plug-ins, and erasers perform up to 2x faster compared to Painter 2021.

To get the best possible performance from Painter on your system, you need to run the Brush Accelerator. This utility starts by analyzing your processor (CPU) to detect how many cores are available and whether it supports extensions, such as AVX2. It also analyzes any available graphics processor (GPU) to determine its compatibility with Painter, as well as how much memory (RAM) is installed on your system.

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Skill Level

This class is designed for Intermediate, Advanced and beginning users of Painter who have been working with Painter for at least 6 months.   If you are completely new to Painter, I suggest you  take Corel Painter 2019, a Fresh Start, which has a complete beginners class included.

Software Requirements

A working copy of Corel(r) Painter™ 2021 is required. Remember that you can download a 30-day trial version of the software to use for this class.
A Wacom Pen Tablet & Stylus- Using a Mouse is not the optimal tool for digital painting
A system capable of running Corel(r) Painter™ 2021

Hardware Requirements

4 GB of Ram or better Note: For optimum performance, your system should have 8GB of Ram or better

Class Overview -What Will I Receive For Joining This Class?

The class is monitored by the instructor; comments and critiques are provided for completed assignments.  Questions are answered within 24 hours in the forums or by bonus videos.

When necessary, Image Resource files are provided to complete the assignments.

Custom Brushes come with the class.

You receive many hours of high quality video, which you may download or stream at any time.

Who is this class for?

People who love to paint with Corel Painter!

Digital Artists

Art enthusiasts

Terms of Use Digital Art Academy

Thank you for your enrolling at Digital Art Academy!

By purchasing this course you are agreeing to these terms for personal or professional use.  

This license extends to the original purchaser only and cannot be sublicensed, resold, transferred or redistributed.

This course you have purchased cannot be resold, shared, loaned or redistributed on its own or used in a product offered for sale where the item can be extracted. 

This course cannot be used to create derivative action, presets, brushes, digital textures, images you offer for sale.  

You may not redistribute or post them to the internet for any reason.  

You are however welcome to use resources in this course in the creation of your art that you offer for sale, your client work personal and professional.  

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