Paint Your First Photo using Corel Painter

Learn to turn any photograph into a visually stunning digital painting
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  • Lectures 27
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 10/2015 English

Course Description

Learn Photo Art with Corel Painter. In this Painter course, you'll learn how to create portraits with tools in the software. These skills you will learn will help you to paint professionally or to build a portfolio of work to impress your potential future employer, or even as a nice hobby, why not?


After we cover the gist of Photo Art, we will then move on and work on a final project at the end of this course to bring it all together using cool Painter brushes and have lots of fun as we explore and develop our own final family portrait.

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 vast 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?

• Prep work in photography

• Pre visualization

• Wrapping techniques

• Augmenting backgrounds and hidden elements

• Wardrobe details

• Pattern restoratons

• Dominating focus

• Lights to reduce conflict

+ more...

What is the target audience?

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

What are the requirements?

  • A copy of Corel Painter (2015 is recommended, but older versions will work too)
  • There are no skill prerequisites for this course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Paint a complete family portrait from any photograph
  • Prepare for real world prep work and pre-visualization
  • Use background selections to alter the look of paintings and photographs
  • Alter clothing to create a more professional look
  • Master touchups on human skin for a polished end product

Who is the target audience?

  • Digital art enthusiasts
  • Photographers
  • Digital artists
  • 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.

Section 2: Prep Work in Photography
Considering scale from the outset
Augmenting backgrounds and hidden elements
Scaling and filling the canvas
Gallery wrapping techniques
Performing searches
Tonal variation and pre-viz
Section 3: Careful Background Selections
Create interest in subject matter via background adjustments
Make your own backgrounds
Using the clone source panel
Painting with the cloning brushes
Using the auto painting panel to create your underpainting
Progression approach back to front
Section 4: Wardrobe Details
Amount of detail on clothes: Include or discard?
Patterns: Holistic overview
Patterns: Detail restorations
Dominating focus
Section 5: Human Skin
Photo re-touching
Enhancing in Painter using blenders
Painting hands
Section 6: A Family Portrait (Project)
Painting not drawing
Selecting brushes
Defining base colors
Painting features
Blending mixed media and brush types
Light, texture and post production
Section 7: Conclusion
Closing message

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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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