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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  • Lectures 31
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 10/2015 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • There are no skill prerequisites for this course
  • A copy of Corel Painter (2015 is preferred but any version will work)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

Who is the target audience?

  • Digital art enthusiasts
  • Digital artists
  • Phototgraphers
  • Graphic designers
  • Web designers
  • Animators

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

Download the project files for this course here.

Have Questions?

As always, you can post your questions here, but you can also now Tweet your questions directly to the author, Charlie Everton!

Tweet your questions to @JustCorel and Charlie will get back to you on Twitter.

Course Introduction
Software to support this course
Section 2: Design
What is design?
Understanding aesthetics
Man and his love of Art
Section 3: Space, line and lettering
Introduction to spacial design
How to use negative space
Properties of Line
Font Usage
Section 4: Bite size design principles
Contrast and Focus
Mixing Fonts
Proportion in Form
Proportion in Composition
The Art of Simplification
Section 5: Foundation of light in design
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
Section 6: Artists tools
Quick orientation with Corel Painter
Composing with paint and imported content
Adding finishing touches in Photoshop
Section 7: Bringing it all together
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)
Section 8: Bringing it all together
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Instructor Biography

Corel Corporation, Changing the way people express and share their ideas

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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