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Karen Sperling's Painting for Photographers Video Tutorials
Volume 1: Portraits


Karen Sperling's Painting for Photographers Volume 1 video tutorials show you the art lessons and Corel Painter brushes, tools and techniques for turning photos into classic, Rembrandt-esque-style painting.

Volume 1 also has easy-to-follow step-by-step details for harnessing the power of Painter's versatile image hose tools that let you paint multiple images as a steady stream from your brush--a real time saver when painting portrait backgrounds.

Topics include:

• Art lessons exploring the work of the Great Master portrait artists, including Caravaggio, Velázquez and Rembrandt and how you can incorporate these time-honored techniques into painting your own masterpieces.
• How to decide if a photo is a good candidate to be turned into a painting.
• Selecting and editing selections in Photoshop.
• Choosing color schemes.
• Adjusting tones and colors in Photoshop to prepare the photo to be turned into a painting based on traditional art concepts.
• Setting up Tracing Paper in Painter.
• Painter's Smart Blur.
• How to use Painter's brushes.
• How to use Painter's custom palettes.
• How to work with Painter's clones.
• How to work with Painter's Tracing Paper.
• How to edit Painter's brushes.
• How to paint photos in Painter.
• How to paint eyes based on traditional art theories, including Painter demonstration.
• How to paint lips based on traditional art theories, including Painter demonstration.
• How to paint jewelry based on traditional art theories, including Painter demonstration.
• How to paint clothing based on traditional art theories, including Painter demonstration.
• How to paint furniture based on traditional art theories, including Painter demonstration.
• How to paint flowers and hands based on traditional art theories, including Painter demonstration.
• How to use Karen Sperling's special tips and techniques.
• How to create custom brushes.
• How to use shortcut keys to speed up work.
• How to paint with the image hose.
• How to create great image hose nozzles.
• How to use the versatile image hose for unique portrait backgrounds.
• Start-to-finish workflow steps.
Accompanying the videos are bonus backgrounds and image hose nozzles suitable for both professional photographers and hobbyists to use to enhance painted portraits.


Image Hose Nozzles and Backgrounds

The Painting for Photographers Volume 1 tutorial videos include detailed steps for using Painter's exotic image hose brush, which sprays steams of images in one fell brushstroke.

You can either paint with the bonus nozzles and backgrounds that are part of the video collection, or you can create your own nozzles and paint with them. Included are movies explaining all these alternatives.

You can use the Image Hose for photographic and painterly results.

For example, here's a photographic portrait background painted with the image hose nozzles in the Painting for Photographers Video Tutorials, which also show you how to create your own unique patterns.

Painting by Karen Sperling based on a photo by Kathy Beach.

Here are the nine bonus backgrounds included in the Painting for Photographers Video Tutorials.

Paintings by Karen Sperling.

The horizontal backgrounds are 20" x 16" at 300 dpi and can either be resized larger or smaller or cropped for vertical paintings.
Here are the bonus nozzles included with the Painting for Photographers video tutorials. There are 14 all together with the video tutorials.


Paintings by Karen Sperling.



Included with the Painting for Photographers Video Tutorials Volume 1 is a set of 25 brushes and 52 pages of new bonus tutorials showing how to use them.

Compatible with all versions of Painter X to 2018, these Volume 1 brushes match their function, including painting eyes and painting hair in the style of watercolors and oils.

Also included are foliage and texture brushes that are useful for painting portrait backgrounds and landscapes.

The Volume 1 brushes get rave reviews like this:

In response to your brushes and tutorials. I have spent the last couple days working with them all and
I can attest that they are amazing in achieving the results I desire. You have made these brushes
intuitive and extremely responsive. I especially love the oils for creating beautiful portraits!
The tutorials are easy to follow, allowing you to create a masterpiece with minimal effort and
in a short amount of time! Thank you for taking the time to produce these brushes.
Linda Wehler
Digital Fine Artist

Free Issue of Artistry Tips and Tricks

The Painting for Photographers Video Tutorials include a free issue of Karen Sperling's highly acclaimed ezine, Artistry Tips and Tricks, with step-by-step written instructions and illustrations for turning a photo into a painting in Corel Painter.

Painting by Karen Sperling.

Photo by Anita Morrison.

Photo by Karen Sperling.


The Painting for Photographers Portraits Video Tutorials receive rave reviews like these:

Painting for Photographers Portraits Video Tutorials Illustrate Legitimate Use of Image Hose
I am enjoying your videos!
I like the perspective you bring of actually painting on the image and not using clone brushes,
although I do find myself using the cloners along with your techniques to define my own style.
I also enjoyed learning about the Image Hose. Initially I thought it was too gimmicky, but now
I really see a legitimate use for it.
Chris Flierl

Painting for Photographers Portraits Video Tutorials Offer Host of Tips Not Previously Seen
I can paint!
Yes, that's how much of a difference Karen Sperling's portraits video tutorials have made to my painting.
The video tutorials are almost like having a Corel Painter master in the room with me, offering a
host of tips I have not previously read about. My portraits are coming to life.
What I also enjoyed about the video tutorials are the references to the Masters of old,
the reasons why a certain method is employed. It is also interesting to watch how
a professional artist uses a brush, the direction of the strokes may not sound important,
but you can't see this in a book.
These video tutorials have brought my portrait painting forward in leaps and bounds, and will continue
to do so for some time to come yet.
Books have taken me so far, these video tutorials have has taken me to the next level.

Loves, Loves, Painting for Photographers Video Tutorials
I have gone through many of the video tutorials. I go back and watch two or three times to understand.
I love, love them. It is so much better than written instruction no matter how good the book or the tip.
Many times when I read an instruction, it takes me awhile to find what the book is talking about and
then guessing how to manipulate the brush or whatever the instruction I am trying to learn.
I was getting nowhere fast and I think I will finally be able to create something.
Watching your demonstrations on the video tutorials is a big leap forward for me."
Terry G.

Painting for Photographers Video Tutorials Loaded with Great Tips and Techniques
The Painting For Photographers video tutorials, like the book, are loaded with a lot of
great tips and techniques for creating hand paintings from your images.
T. Michael Testi, Blog Critics.
Click here to read the whole review.

Painting for Photographers Video Tutorials Offer Best Instruction
Karen's new video tutorials, Painting for Photographers, brought me to a new level.
I have many books and have been studying directions in those books and
in magazines, and never was able to put the tools to work for me effectively,
on my own picture, before I bought the video tutorials. I think the instruction is better
than anything I have seen so far and watching her far surpasses reading.
T. Sita

Learns More with Every Viewing
Hi Karen,
I received your Painting for Photographers video tutorials and I must say
I am learning more every time I open the video tutorials.
I like the idea that you are showing the steps by AUDIO AND VISUAL.
I will be looking forward to more video tutorials.
Thank you,

Appreciates Karen Sperling's Sharing Great Knowledge
Thank you for the Painting for Photographers video tutorials. I have been looking for an
easy way to create my painterly look. Now I know that it takes a little more
time than that. I once again have learned so much from your video tutorials.
What a great knowledge you have and thank you for sharing it. When you are ready
the teacher will appear. Great stuff.
L. Fowler

Painting for Photographers Video Tutorials Offer New Techniques for Real Artistry
I have been working on one of the images that you have in your video tutorials.
The instructions you give in your video tutorials are more than just copy what is
in the photo -I am pleased to find the new techniques for real artistry
in your instructions!
Thanks so much for doing these video tutorials - they are what I have been waiting for!
I have so much to learn, but armed with this instruction, I may just be able
to produce a greater painting.
Best wishes,

Loves Painting for Photographers Video Tutorials
Hi, Karen,
I finally got to review your Painting for Photographers Video Tutorials. This is my first
attempt at using your techniques.
I have never painted a whole image before, only parts mainly the background.
Your Painting for Photographers Video Tutorials have really opened a new world. I really only used the
blenders before, so adding color to an image really takes it a step further.
I love your video tutorials. Not much training on Corel Painter out there.
Thanks for putting out great training videos.
Larry Simpson


The Portraits video tutorials have terrific information, brushes and backdrop textures, and show the interface for Painter X and 11. You'll find that the steps are slightly different from those shown in the videos if you're using Painter 12, X3, 2015, 2016, 2017 or 2018, but not so different that you can't figure them out--like the brushes being on the right before Painter 12 and on the left starting with Painter 12--that sort of thing.
When you are familiar with the interface of Painter 12 and later versions, you will find you are able to go through the portraits videos, even though they show the pre-Painter 12 interface.

If you go through any of the Artistry materials created for Painter 12 and later, including the Artistry Beginners tutorials and the Painting for Photographers ebook or printed book, or any of the other Artistry video tutorials or classes, you will have enough information about Painter under your belt to follow the video tutorials in this volume.

Many people have ordered the Portraits video tutorials who are using Painter 12, X3, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 and haven't had a problem.

Please write to Karen Sperling with questions.

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