Painting from Photos with Corel Painter 2021
Online Workshop
April 23, 30, May 7 and 14, 2021

In a Nutshell

This four week Painting from Photos with Corel Painter 2021 Online Workshop will be taught remotely via real-time interactive Zoom sessions, meeting once a week on Fridays. In this workshop you will learn how to create paintings from your photos using the latest version of Corel Painter 2021, the incredibly powerful and deep digital painting and creativity tool that works on a Mac or Windows computer and is used in conjunction with a pressure-sensitive graphics pen tablet such as a Wacom Intuos Pro Medium (or you could use an iPad as a secondary display with a Mac in “sidecar” mode).

Learn a versatile photo-painting digital workflow alongside applying the art principles of composition, of light/dark contrasts, of atmospheric perspective and color contrasts and interactions. The goal of this course is to empower you to fulfill your creative visions and create expressive digital fine art from photos that uniquely reflects your interests, viewpoint and style.

Assignments will be given each week. The live session times are 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific, with a short break in the middle. Slack will be used for communication, Q&A and sharing within the class between sessions and a Padlet gallery will be used for posting homework assignments.

Who is it for?

This is an all-levels workshop for all photographers, whether professional or hobbyist, who wish to master ways that the amazing tool of Corel Painter 2021 can be used to create expressive painterly artworks from their photographs.

What does it cover?

This course builds up your skillset from a solid foundation, giving you the empowerment of knowing what is possible in Painter, where to find what you’re looking for, and ideas of brushes and techniques to use for achieving different looks. Fasten your seat belt for deep dives into such things as brush behavior, organization, customization and control.

What to Prepare

  • Most recent version of Corel Painter 2021 (see Check for Updates option under Corel Painter 2021 on Mac and Help on PC) installed on your Mac or PC.

  • A pressure sensitive pen tablet such as the Wacom Intuos Pro series, Wacom One, Wacom Cintiq or iPad used in Mac sidecar mode.

  • Install the Jeremy Painter 2021 Workspace available here on PaintboxTV from the sidebar menu under Painter Extras / Painter 2021 Extras. To access the extras you’ll need to be a current paid monthly or annual Member of PaintboxTV (a requirement for the workshop).

  • The latest version of Zoom. You can open the Zoom app and select / Check for Updates. You can also sign into your Zoom account in the Zoom app (“Zoom desktop client” as they refer to it), click your profile picture and then click Check for Updates. If there is a newer version, Zoom will download and install it.

  • A folder on your desktop or somewhere else easily accessible titled “Painting from Photos Workshop April/May 2021”. This folder will be where you save all your projects connected with the workshop. Within this folder create another folder titled “SOURCE PHOTOS” within which you’ll collect potential source photos to use for painting.

  • Save at least six different potential source photo images to use during the workshop. You may not end up using them all but better to have a few more than you need to choose from. I suggest a variety of types of image – some very colorful, some more monotone. Any subject matter is okay – whatever interests and motivates you! Ideally each image speaks to you in some way that makes it stand out and inspires you to think “now that’s a painting!” For convenience I suggest you save the images as high quality JPGs with the maximum dimension of about 4000 pixels and a file name that includes your initials, a short summary of the subject matter and the size WxH in pixels (e.g. “JS-flowers-3000×4000.jpg”).

The Syllabus


    Content: Set up, navigation and optimization. Introduction to a versatile photo-paint workflow. The use of Cloning, Clone Tinting, Tracing Paper and Reference Image in the photo-painting techniques toolbox.
    Assignment: Practice using the versatile photo-paint workflow taught in this session to create a painting from a photo.


    Content: The joy of Thick Paint brushes, Thick Paint Compatible brushes.
    Assignment: Create an thick impasto paint on canvas style painting that uses just Thick Paint and Thick Paint Compatible brushes.


    Content: Learn how to apply and work with a variety of watercolor, ink, glazing, texture and grainy brushes.
    Assignment: Create a “mixed media” painting from a photo that includes a mix of both watercolor / inky styles of marks, plus chalk / pastel styles of marks.


    Content: In this final session you’ll learn the power of layer masks and techniques for layering multiple photos into a single image to tell a story.
    Assignment: Experiment with photo collage technique including some use of layer masks.

The syllabus is subject to change.

Cost: $499 plus PaintboxTV membership. Recordings of the sessions will be posted on PaintboxTV – you will need to be a current PaintboxTV member to access them. Please note: registration for this workshop is closed. Please let me know if you are interested in taking a similar workshop at a later date.

Dutch Windmill and Tulips, 2021

Jeremy Sutton

Originally from London, I studied drawing, sculpture and print-making at the Ruskin School of Fine Art and Drawing, Oxford University (while earning a degree in Physics), and subsequently studied at the Vrije Academie in The Hague, The Netherlands. I\'ve been using digital paint since 1991, including every version of Painter. I love teaching and have taught workshops and given presentations all over the world for the last twenty years. I create commissioned fine art paintings and perform live action painting and digital portraiture. I founded PaintboxTV in February 2009. Thank you for being part of this creative community!

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