I have several versions of Corel Painter on my computer. I just purchased the 2020 (Mac) and have been working with John Derry's tutorials on LinkedIn Learning. I started with 2015 Painter and now on 2016. On both of those versions, the color swatches are gone. However, if I go to the 2020 version the swatches are there. Is there a feature with the 2020 version that when you start to use is do the swatches upgrade and become no longer useable with the 2015, 2016 and 2019 versions?
I'm waiting for John Derry to put the Corel Painter 2020 up on LinkedIn as this is a very different version.
Seems highly unlikely.
Have you any idea how to get them back? I have tried the shift-launch process with no joy.
Sorry, I don't have either of those versions of Painter.
HI Muzzypat, there are a few places in Painter that have swatches, the most likely ones you may be noticing in John Derry's tutorials are the "Harmonies" swatches. They are located in a panel named "Harmonies", and are new/exclusive to Painter 2020. Painter 2015 and 2016 do have color swatches though, there are "Color Set Libraries" under "Window > Color Panels > Color Set Libraries". There is also a limited set of swatches in the Mixer panel under "Window > Color Panels > Mixer". Both of these should be available in your version of Painter, so if you are unable to see those after launching with shift, let us know.
If you really want to use the harmonies feature, consider downloading the free, 30-day trial. From there you can:
1. Create the harmonies (again, assuming this is what is being shown in the tutorial)
2. In the harmonies panel, click the "Add swatches to color set button". Then in the "Color Set Libraries" panel, you can export the harmonies to a color set library file.
3. When the trial expires, import the color set library file into Painter 2016 and enjoy!
You won't be able to create new harmonies in 2016, but you can at least keep the color set libraries you made using the harmonies in 2020's trial.