Digital Painting With Corel Painter

Painter 2017 Glazing Brushes

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Corel Developers really listened to the suggestions from their user base and developed a set of brushes that is truly special! Glazing Brushes. They let you control the evolution of your painting using velvety, translucent paint transitions just like the Renaissance masters. Glazing Brushes deliver stroke-level opacity, so the paint of each brushstroke is applied independently. The paint that each dab deposits on the canvas builds up smoothly from a minimum to a maximum. This creates a smooth blend between colors, with no unwanted colors where dabs overlap. You’ll really see Glazing Brushes at their best when you fluctuate stylus pressure in a single brushstroke.


Glazing brushes add a new reality to your work, reflective glow of the paint that was never possible before is now possible with this new brush category. Never before have I been able to capture the transparency and clarity in my painting as I can with Glazing brushes. Glazing is different from Brush opacity (Window  Brush Control Panels  Opacity), which controls the opacity of each dab (or bristle for other brush types.) If you set Glazing to 20%, the opacity in a single brushstroke will never exceed 20%. Within that 20% range, you can specify the opacity of each dab from 1% to 100%. For example, if you set dab opacity to 100%, the paint that a brushstroke will deposit will still be only 20% of the selected color. Brush opacity allows you to gradually build up to the selected color and Glazing determines what that color is. The lower the Brush opacity, the slower you build up to the color specified by Glazing in a single brushstroke.


(Left) 100% Brush opacity, 100% Glazing; (middle) 100% Brush opacity, 20% Glazing. Color does not build up when you brush over the same area in a single brushstroke; (right) 20% Brush opacity, 100% Glazing. Color builds up when you brush over the same area in a single brushstroke.

Glazing is an opacity modifier in terms of a per stroke basis. It enables the artist to explore subtle transitions in opacity with a smoother stroke that builds based on pressure and glazing opacity that you control from the Glazing Panel as well as the Opacity Panel.

 No overlapping is what you will notice first with this amazing brush category. If you stay in one spot and begin to dab with the brush, you notice that the build up is based on the pressure and the value of the opacity which you set in the Glazing Panel. Working with both opacity and glazing will enable you to find the best results. This is truly an amazing brush category that you will use to create the most traditional look of glazing in your fine art representations.

Dab Stencils

When it comes to Dab Stencils, I think the best way to understand how they render is to think of masking. If you choose a texture, and apply the stroke, the Dab Stencil masks brush strokes before you apply a brush stroke. The potential for creativity lies in what brushes you choose from blenders to watercolor to Impasto and more! The brush mark in essence knocks out areas of the brush dab by making them more transparent as if you were painting around a masked area or stamping with the brush variant. For areas that are elevated more paint is applied and less or no paint at all with the inverted or indented areas of the dab.

Similar to Texture brushes and Glazing brushes you can choose a dab stencil source from a variety of stencil media such as papers, flow maps and textures.

I feel one of the most important panels to use while experimenting with Dab Stencils is the Texture Painting Panel. The greatest control lies in the Strength and Min Strength settings. You can adjust the properties of the dab stencil which will in turn change the look of the brush stroke. When a Dab Stencil is at maximum strength (100%), it is more opaque and makes the dab appear the most transparent in terms of the area that it covers.


Dab Stencils feature differs from grain in several ways. 

  • Dab stencils vary the opacity of the dab before you apply a brushstroke and can be applied only to dab-based brushes.
  • Grain works only with paper textures
  • Dab stencils can use flow maps, paper texture and textures
  • Dab stencils work with methods and subcategories that currently do not support grain. An example would be applying dab stencil to a glow brush


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Painter 2017 What it Means to the Digital Fine Artist

Today Painter 2017 was released! This version of Painter promises to be one of the best yet in terms of addressing legacy bugs and adding new content that makes sense to the vast majority of Professional users as well as Painter enthusiast! On the surface it may seem that this version of purely for the Professional user, but not so…there are some wonderful new tools for the Digital Fine Artist as well. Let me introduce you to some of my favorite new features.

You will want to get in on the special upgrade price of $99! In this video by Painter Master Elite Skip Allen he shows you how to find the upgrade option! If you own Painter 16 and you received a notification on screen about the upgrade you will receive the upgrade price!

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In this release you will delight in using a new Brush Category called Texture brushes. Texture brushes create the appearance of surface texture over existing paintings, photographs and more. Although this particular brush set is focused towards Illustrators, Character Designers and Concept Artists the Digital Fine Artist will discover ways to expand creativity while painting with these new variants.

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Grayscale images are particularly interesting to work with as you can blend different textures into a grayscale image. Especially important is the pressure you apply to the stylus while painting in the textures!


The image pictured below shows how you can composite a photograph adding textures or additional imagery all from the Texture Libraries.




Textures can be added to skies, land, and water elements within the scene. But the fun is experimenting with the many ways texture can be applied in your creative process. Textures such as scales, feathers and fur can add an element of realism to your paintings.

Painter 2017 includes a wonderful variety of texture presets or you can create your own or import several textures or photos at once. Textures are highly customizable  and you will never tire of the ways you can use them.


Texture painting is so much fun and you will find many ways to incorporate textures into your artwork.

Texture painting lets you add textures to your projects by taking the color and luminance components of a source image — the texture — and transposing them onto another surface — your painting — using different brush methods. Texture painting works with brushes that use any of the following dab types: Circular, Computed Circular, Captured, Single-Pixel, Dynamic Speckle Bristle, and Particle types (Flow, Gravity, and Spring).

You can display a representation of the texture on screen to help you move it, position it precisely, and manipulate it in relation to the underlying brushstrokes or image. In addition, you can control how much of the underlying image you see through a texture. If you don’t want to see the texture or it’s obscuring your ability to paint, you can hide it.

For more information on painting with Textures please see the Corel Painter Help files.

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But for the Digital Fine Artist you will delight on the endless ways to paint with texture! From landscapes to enhancing your portraits. Create new and beautiful backgrounds to start your paintings from! At Digital Art Academy we will be showing you all the wonderful new ways to use Texture painting and to help you get started.





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