Painter in a Nutshell
One Day Workshop

Hands-on digital painting instruction

Introduction to Corel Painter 12
Hands-on digital painting instruction

Saturday, May 11th, 2013, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sutton Studios & Gallery, San Francisco
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Painter in a Nutshell is a one day hands-on introductory studio workshop that will get you up and running in painting with the amazing digital paint program Corel Painter 12. We’ll cover all the basics you need to get going and some fun, easy techniques you can try out with your photos.

Hands-on digital painting instruction

“Amazing! I’ve learned many skills to start me working in Painter.”
Bob M., Chico, CA

“Very informative. Just what I was hoping for.”
Peggy R., Sacramento, CA


  • 10AM – 1PM ~ Set Up, Optimization, Interface Tour & Brush Exploration

    Introductory overview of what’s what and what’s where. You’ll learn how to navigate your way around Painter, where to find the essential tools, panels and palettes, how to keep in control and simplify the palette arrangement, and how to choose, adjust and apply brushes. Get to know the wide range of types of marks available and the way to control and vary the quality of your brush strokes. Includes fun easy exercises like scratchboard, kaleidoscope, still life and self-portraits.

  • 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM ~ Fast, Fun, Expressive Painting from Photos

    Enjoy a quick, expressive, effective and fun way to paint from your photos. Learn a workflow that you can adapt to your own style and that frees you up on your canvas. You’ll learn the basics of color and cloning.

  • 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM ~ Project Time & Q&A

    Project time to apply and practice everything you’ve learned. I’ll help everyone individually and we’ll wrap up with a class with review of amin techniques and a Q&A.

Please note that this Syllabus gives a feel for the content and structure of the day and is subject to change according to the level and interests of the students.


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What you’ll need to bring with you

Laptop computer, Mac or PC, with latest version of Corel Painter 12 installed and a Wacom pen-tablet (to check your Painter version, go to Corel Painter 12 > Check for Updates on a mac or Help > Check for Updates on a PC). You can either download a trial version of Painter 12 or you can purchase it (or a bundle with a tablet) from Make sure you have the latest Wacom driver installed (go to and select Support > Drivers and then select your tablet model and operating system. Download the latest driver.) Please bring some images (three or four will be sufficient) you’d like to paint from. Strong compositions with good lights and darks and a nice range of colors will work well.