Painter for Photo Artists

Painter for Photo Artists

Learn how to create photo art with Corel Painter X3. Photo art is all about creative synergy – it is the place where photography and digital painting meet.

Image by: Maria Fernandez

As a photographer, you capture moments with your camera and transform them into works of digital art. In addition to a wide range of incredible digital art tools, Painter X3 also offers powerful image cloning and painting features that are perfect for photographers. This collection of tutorials gives you a comprehensive introduction to using Painter’s powerful features to transform photos into art.

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Getting Started

Welcome to this Corel Painter tutorial for photo artists! Getting started in digital art can be a very exciting experience but it can also sometimes feel overwhelming. Whether you are an experienced traditional painter or a beginner, this tutorial will help get started with digital painting.


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How to Use the Reference Palette

The Reference Palette in Painter X3 allows you to load an image to keep visible in the corner of your screen. Use it as a style reference, or just to keep you motivated. You can even use the Dropper Tool to sample colors from your reference palette and use them in your work.


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Clone Painting Faces

When tranforming a photo portrait into a painting, it’s easy to lose some of the finer details. If you are clone painting a portrait, it is very important to make sure that the painted texture doesn’t eliminate your subjects most defining features. Explore a little bit about human nature and what makes people recognizable. Use that knowledge and the power of Painter to bring unmistakable identity to your portrait painting.



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How to Use Cloning Part 1

Corel Painter makes turning a photo into a painting easy. With the clone feature in Painter you can take advantage of near limitless customization options when painting your photos. Learn how to use cloning in Painter and start adding your own unique touch to your photos, or use photographs as the starting point for creative and unique works of art.


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Introduction to Resaturation

Understanding how resaturation affects the process of cloning a photo into painting can have a dramatic effect on your finished piece. Resaturation controls how much of your photo you want to clone. Leave resaturation set very low to give your photo an impressionist look, or high to retain finer details from the photo.


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How to Clone and Auto Paint

Imagine being able to transform your favorite photos into beautiful paintings in seconds! Learn how simple it can be to convert a photo to a painting with Corel Painter and auto paint. Use your auto painted photos as gifts or even holiday greeting cards or experiment with them just for fun!


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How to Use Cloning Part 2

In this Corel Painter tutorial, we continue our previous lesson on how to turn a photo into a painting using the cloning feature. Understanding how to manage your workflow and the differences between formats can not only save you time, but keeping organized can also help you stay focused on what matters, your painting.


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Clone Painting Hair

Now that you have learned the basics of converting a photo to a painting with the clone tool it’s time to refine your work. While it is possible to bring back detail by increasing the resaturation level, sometimes you can lose that painted look in the process. In this tutorial we will focus on clone painting over hair to bring out all of the lovely details while continuing to look fully painted.


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Advanced Auto Painting and Cloning

Now that you have learned how to do a simple auto painting, take the process even further by learning how to underpaint. Using layers and presets you will learn how to add a variety of enhancements to your painting by manipulating the source photo.


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