Getting Started with Digital Painting

Are you a traditional artist who is interested in trying your hand at digital painting? Discover a world of creative possibilities with Corel’s digital art software that emulates a traditional painting experience and surpasses the needs of illustrators, fine artists and photo artists. Our step-by-step tutorials will guide you through the painting process from start to finish and provide many helpful tips and tricks as you get started on your digital art journey.

Top Reasons to Try Digital Painting

Erase and Undo

A digital painting is never permanent until you want it to be. If you’re unsatisfied with a brushstroke, simply undo it and try again!

Unlimited Experimentation

Experiment with tons of artistic tools without the mess, toxins & paint drying. Brushes, layers, textures, and unique technology you won’t find in the real world help you craft your masterpiece.


Easily integrate helpful composition tools into your digital artwork for depth, precision and eye-catching impact. Plus you can paint at any time of day without having to worry about light conditions.


Configure your brushes and workspace! Digital painting allows endless customization options so your artwork takes center stage.

Less Expensive than Traditional

No need to replenish costly traditional painting supplies! Once you have software and a tablet, digital painting offers limitless supplies plus loads of FREE learning material to help you succeed.

See what’s new in Painter 2023!

Download your FREE 15-day trial for Windows or Mac and venture outside the lines with realistic brushes, exciting media, and an array of versatile tools.

How to Get Started

This series of tutorials by Painter Master Elite Cher Pendarvis will introduce you to the Painter interface and tools, and teach you the basics of working with color and layers. Learn how to get started with photo art and freehand sketching, and fine-tune your painting with effects.

How to Set Up your Painter Canvas

Learn about the various options when setting up your Painter canvas: dimensions, color background, paper type, and recommended resolution for print or web.

Reviewing the Painter Toolbox

Do you know what’s in your toolbox? Painter Master Elite Cher Pendarvis reviews each of the tools in the Painter toolbox and what they can be used for.

Getting to Know Painter Brushes

Get a tour of Painter’s brush selector and learn about different media types, plus helpful features for find and saving brushes for various workflows.

Creating a Custom Palette

Speed up your Painter workflow by creating a custom palette to quickly access your most frequently used brushes, materials and even menu commands.

Working with Color in Painter

Painter Master Elite Cher Pendarvis introduces you to the various color tools for selecting, adjusting, sampling, cloning and mixing color in Painter.

Understanding Painter Layers

Painter Master Elite Cher Pendarvis discusses the Layers panel and how layers can be used to organize your paintings and experiment with different effects.

Property Bar and Shortcuts

Learn how to adjust the settings of each tool using the Property Bar, and get some helpful keyboard shortcuts to speed up your painting workflow.

Painting your First Photo

Learn how to paint your first photo with the tools in the Photo Art palette for cloning, auto-painting and restoring some of the photographic details.

Freehand Sketching from a Reference Image

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to set up a reference image for freehand sketching, and how to use the various tools in the Reference Image panel.

Fine-tuning your Painting with Effects

Painter Master Elite Cher Pendarvis shows you how to apply lighting and surface texture to your canvas to add that extra flair to your painting.

Understanding the Image Hose Brushes

In this tutorial, Painter Master Elite Don Seegmiller shows you how to create a simple nozzle for an Image Hose brush that paints with images instead of color.

Painting Courses for Beginners

Once you are familiar with the Painter interface and key features, delve into beginner courses for various artistic styles. From fine art to photo art, our talented Painter Masters will get you started on your digital art journey.

Fine Art for Beginners

These tutorials for beginner fine artists will help get you started with the basics, from canvas setup to finishing touches, and everything in between.

Concept Art for Beginners

This tutorial series by Painter Master Elite Cliff Cramp will cover the basics of getting started with Painter for beginner concept artists.

Illustration for Beginners

This tutorial series by Painter Master Elite Don Seegmiller takes a beginner user through the steps from initial sketch to finished illustration.

Photo Art for Beginners

This tutorial series will cover the basics of getting started with photo art, including setting up your workspace and familiarizing yourself with the tools.