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Paint Your First Photo using Corel Painter

Learn to turn any photograph into a visually stunning digital painting
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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.

Who is the target audience?
  • Digital art enthusiasts
  • Photographers
  • Digital artists
  • Graphic designers
  • Web designers
  • Animators
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What Will I Learn?
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
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  • A copy of Corel Painter (2015 is recommended, but older versions will work too)
  • There are no skill prerequisites for this course.
Curriculum For This Course
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1 Lecture 13:41

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Preview 13:41
Prep Work in Photography
6 Lectures 37:32
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
Careful Background Selections
6 Lectures 18:15
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
Wardrobe Details
4 Lectures 11:13
Amount of detail on clothes: Include or discard?

Patterns: Holistic overview

Patterns: Detail restorations

Dominating focus
Human Skin
3 Lectures 31:27
Photo re-touching

Enhancing in Painter using blenders

Painting hands
A Family Portrait (Project)
6 Lectures 01:04:05
Painting not drawing

Selecting brushes

Defining base colors

Painting features

Blending mixed media and brush types

Light, texture and post production
1 Lecture 01:25
Closing message
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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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