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Digital Art Fundamentals using Corel Painter

Learn what it takes to be a digital artist, and start on the road to being one yourself.
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Learn Digital Art Fundamentals with Corel Painter. This course is designed to help you observe your design surroundings and appreciate the aesthetics that make it. In other words the principles and elements of good design is what we shall explore in this course.


After we cover these principles and elements, we will then move on and work on a practical project at the end of this course. We will look at the design brief, research and reference, planning for production and pre-visualization to Finished Artwork.

Who Should Take This Course

This course is designed for anyone who enjoys digital art, from photographers, graphic and web designers, animators and more. Whether a beginner or even an intermediate user, you will gain a vast on skills taking this course.


There are no skill prerequisites for this course. You are expected to have access to a copy of Corel Painter in any version, though we will be using Painter 2015 in this course, no prior Painter skills are required.

What am I going to get from this course?

• Quick orientation with Corel Painter

• Composing with paint and imported content

• Introduction to lighting tools in Corel Painter

• Proportion in Composition

• Mixing Fonts

• Properties of Line

• The Art of Simplification

• What is Light Logic and Radiosity

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What is the target audience?

Photographers, graphic and web designers, animators and anyone loving digital arts.

Who is the target audience?
  • Digital art enthusiasts
  • Digital artists
  • Phototgraphers
  • Graphic designers
  • Web designers
  • Animators
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What Will I Learn?
Understand the basic principles and elements of good design
Master the concepts of spacial design and negative space
Apply design principles to your art
Leverage professional lighting techniques to make your art pop
Apply the learned design principles in using Corel Painter to create digital art
Complete a piece of art from pre-visualization to finished concept
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  • There are no skill prerequisites for this course
  • A copy of Corel Painter (2015 is preferred but any version will work)
Curriculum For This Course
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3 Lectures 03:25

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Space, line and lettering
4 Lectures 17:41
Introduction to spacial design

How to use negative space

Properties of Line

Font Usage
Bite size design principles
5 Lectures 15:23
Contrast and Focus

Mixing Fonts

Proportion in Form

Proportion in Composition

The Art of Simplification
Foundation of light in design
5 Lectures 13:58
Introduction to light

Traditional Usage (Chiaroscuro principles)

What is Light Logic and Radiosity

Observing the effects of light

Introduction to lighting tools in Corel Painter
Artists tools
3 Lectures 25:28
Quick orientation with Corel Painter

Composing with paint and imported content

Adding finishing touches in Photoshop
Bringing it all together
7 Lectures 51:27
Taking your first design brief

Research and Reference

Planning for production

Pre-Visualization to Finished Artwork (part 1)

Pre-Visualization to Finished Artwork (part 2)

Pre-Visualization to Finished Artwork (part 3)

Pre-Visualization to Finished Artwork (part 4)
Bringing it all together
1 Lecture 02:43
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Corel has brought a spirit of innovation to the development of a range of award-winning products that includes graphics, painting, photo, video and office software. Over the past 30 years, we've earned a reputation for delivering high-quality products that are easy to learn and use, and help people achieve new levels of productivity. But more than that, we've built a relationship with a community of users—now 100 million strong—who have amazed and delighted us with everything they create using our software. Corel's product line includes CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite, Painter®, Corel DESIGNER® Technical Suite, PaintShop® Pro, VideoStudio®, WinDVD®, WordPerfect® Office and WinZip®.

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