• Thu, Nov 15 2012

    Color Managed Workflow in Painter 12 - Part 1: Into Painter...

    You take a picture with your phone or your digital SLR. Then you upload it to your computer and view it on your monitor. Maybe you modify the image using more than one software before bringing it to Painter. Lastly you share your image via the web or print. In each step you have taken with your image, you have entered a potentially different color environment - resulting in unexpected color shifts in your image. The intention...
    • Wed, Jul 18 2012

    Creating Painter custom palettes for Cinco

    If you're not familiar with Corel Cinco for Painter, I invite you to visit the product website to learn about its features: www.corel.com/installcinco Let me provide you with a bit of history on Cinco. Well over a year ago, one of the Painter developers brought his iPad to work. He was very keen to show us that, in his free time, he had succeeded in creating an iOS application that could “talk to Painter”...
    • Fri, Mar 30 2012

    Where have all my palettes gone…? Working with Multiple Resolutions

    Hello Painter People :-D I’ve been watching you… and I can’t help but notice that you’re having trouble finding your palettes in Painter whenever you switch resolutions. Remember that demo you did? Where you wanted to show your client / boss / friends your work in Painter? You plugged your laptop into a projector only to discover that all of your palettes had vanished or moved to weird places...
    • Thu, Jan 12 2012

    Clone Source Workflow: Moving from Painter 11 to Painter 12

    Hello all, For my first post, I wanted to to explore the changes in clone source workflow in Painter 12. I had the priviledge of working on cloning features for Painter 12. Throughout this process, I learned great deal about clone source and cloning features in Painter. I also became inspired by skilled Painter artists who use these features. Many of these great painters make their knowledge and resources available...
    • Wed, Nov 23 2011

    Hello Painter People :-D

    My name is Caroline and I have been a developer at Corel since March 2006. The first version of Painter I had the opportunity to work on was Painter 10. I'll be taking over "Dan's Painter Insights" as Dan has moved on from Corel to seek new opportunities. I've got some big shoes to fill, but I'll do my best to offer you the same level of insight and technical details to help you get the most...
    • Mon, Aug 29 2011

    Hardcore Customization - Part 2 - Customizing Menus

    In this post, I’ll show you how to customize Painter’s menu structure. To begin, you need to locate the folder that holds the resources specific to your particular language. Chances are, if you're reading this post, you'll be interested in the English language resources. To find the English resources, you'll need to look in a folder parallel to the Framework folder. (Please refer back to Part...
    • Wed, Aug 24 2011

    Hardcore Customization - Part I - Customizing Icons

    One of the great things about Painter 12 is its new user interface. Not only does it look modern and offer more functionality, it's ultra-customizable ... if you know how. Luckily, today I'm going to start a series teaching you all the tricks to editing Painter's configuration files so you can build your own customized version of Painter. Over the next few posts, I'll be showing you how to: Customize...
    • Wed, Aug 3 2011

    Addressing brush lag in Service Pack 1

    We designed Painter 12 with multi-core computers in mind. A modern multi-core computer should see significant improvements in performance over Painter 11. In Painter 12, the work for the brushes can be split up and run in parallel on each of your CPU's cores. Splitting the code to run on multiple cores ( Multithreading ) is designed to target the scenario where a single CPU core does not have enough power to run...
    • Fri, Jul 29 2011

    Importing custom content from Painter 11

    Let's say you've just upgraded to Painter 12 and now you're wondering what to do with all the great content you created in your old copy of Painter. Here are a few ways to bring your customizations forward from an older version: Custom Palettes First thing you need to do is to get your custom palettes out of Painter 11. You have two options for this: Go to %APPDATA%\Corel\Painter 11\Default...
    • Thu, Jul 21 2011

    Quick Tip: Resizing Palettes

    Let's say you're working on a canvas with a lot of layers. In the default view, you're probably going to get scroll bars in the layers panel. If you go ahead and resize the palette to make everything fit, you'll find that the Navigator at the top is resizing too. This is probably not what you want. To work around this, double-click on the Navigator and Color tabs. This will "roll up"...
    • Mon, Jul 11 2011

    About crashes...

    I wanted to make an appeal to our users to help improve the quality of Painter going forward. The idea for this post came to me when one of the applications that I use everyday crashed on me. The first thing that happened was that Windows Error Reporting began to generate a crash report. So, as I'm sure most people would, I hit Cancel and went back to what I was doing. It was then that I realized that this is probably...
    • Mon, Jun 27 2011

    Canvas Presets and Templates

    Let’s say you’re always working on similar canvases, it’s probably worth looking in to leveraging some of the customization options in Painter. Here are two options I’d like to point out: Tip #1: Create your own Canvas Preset Painter will remember your most recently used settings automatically. But, if you’re frequently switching between different image sizes, you should save custom...
    • Mon, Jun 20 2011

    Understanding Painter's memory settings

    A common question we’re asked is to explain how to make the most of your system memory when using Painter. Well, to answer that question properly, you need a little background: When you create a canvas in Painter, all the information about how you created it has be stored somewhere (ex. the color of each pixel, the layers, the undo operations). There are two choices on where we can store that data: on your hard...
    • Fri, Jun 10 2011

    Exposing "hidden" features through Custom Palettes

    Alright, let's get this blog rolling with a quick post... Custom palettes are one of my favourite features in Painter and we've really beefed them up in version 12. One of the coolest changes made was to the Add Command dialog. Add Command has been in Painter for many years, but now it offers a little more functionality. In Painter 12, if you fire up the Add Command dialog, you’ll find three new options...
    • Sun, Jun 5 2011

    Welcome to my new Painter Insights blog

    Hello Everyone, My name is Daniel and I've been a software developer on Corel Painter since version 7. Over the years, I've worked on many aspects of Painter and I think it's time for me to start sharing some of the insight that I have in to Painter's internals. I'm hoping to start posting this week. So, welcome to my blog; I hope you enjoy it!