Cover painting and design by Karen Sperling based on a photo by Felicia Tausig.
Dimensions: 8 1/2" x 11
Number of pages: 128 pages not including the covers
Compatibility: There are two versions, one that is compatible with Corel Painter X and 11 and one that is compatible with Corel Painter 12, X3, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The second version was written for Painter 12, but the interface is similar for Painter 12 through Painter 2023.
Cover Price: Printed Version: $39.95
Ebook Version: $35.95
Expected release date: Available now

Author: Elite Corel Painter Master Karen Sperling

The author of Painting for Photographers Volume 1 is Elite Corel Painter Master Karen Sperling, the original Painter expert, who wrote the original Painter manuals and whose preface and art are featured in Painter Showcase. She is also the author of the bestselling Painting for Photographers book Volume 2, which shows how to paint children's portraits in Corel Painter and she is currently writing Painting for Photographers book Volume 3, which is getting rave reviews from early adopters. She also is the producer of the popular Painting for Photographers video tutorials for painting portraits, landscapes; and children's portraits in Corel Painter; the highly regarded Artistry online self-paced classes; the successful Corel Painter Master Class and the smash hit Artistry Quick Fix videos. Karen also paints commissioned portraits directly for clients and for photographers for their clients.
Click here to write to Karen Sperling or call her at 818-941-9739 with questions.


Corel Corporation has named Karen Sperling a member of the Painter Master Elite program and also a Certified Painter Educator.
According to Corel, "These high profile Painter artists are proven masters of their craft having earned the prestigious Painter Master Elite title from the Painter team for their many years of dedicated service to Corel Painter.
As Painter Master Elite artists, they hold a very special place in our hearts. They continue to inspire new artists and Painter feature innovations while also managing to keep us grounded to our world-renowned realistic natural media roots. We would not be where we are today without them and the world will continue to be inspired by their creations.
Whether you are looking for inspiration to develop your own signature style, wanting to dive into learning the ins and outs of Painter, or looking for an artist to create work for you, we highly recommend checking out what these very talented artists have to offer."


Painting isn't just for artists anymore. Professional photographers and hobbyists nowadays are interested in turning their digital photos into paintings in Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop. And now Painting for Photographers, published by Artistry Books, shows both the art lessons and software steps for transforming photos into works of art.

Written and illustrated by Karen Sperling, the world's first Painter authority, having penned the first several Painter manuals and three previous Painter books, Painting for Photographers is the first art book for photographers.

It starts with a look at the art concepts that photographers need to know to paint their photos and describes the materials needed to create art, in this case, the software program tools and features, in addition to Wacom tablets.

Next, Painting for Photographers provides step-by-step instructions and four-color illustrations for creating paintings in Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop from popular photo subjects, including portraits, landscapes and pets, covering various styles of art, including oils, watercolors and pastels.

Additionally, Painting for Photographers shows how to paint with traditional acrylics and oils on top of the digital artwork after it's printed to canvas.

Painting for Photographers includes information for painting portraits, landscapes and pets both in a painterly way and photorealistically. It features Karen Sperling's special tips and techniques gained from her 20+ years of Painter experience, including which Photoshop and Painter brushes to use for painting portraits and landscapes, and how to take advantage of art concepts while transforming photos into paintings.

Painting for Photographers appeals to everyone from professional photographers who would like to sell paintings to their clients to hobbyists who are interested in painting photos of their kids, grandkids and travels to graphic designers, illustrators, animators, web art creators and fine artists who would like to use photos as the basis for their artwork.

Here are some examples of the paintings covered in Painting for Photgraphers.

Painting by Karen Sperling based on a photograph by Michelle Lamberth.

Painting by Karen Sperling based on a photograph by Phillip Stewart Charis.

Painting by Karen Sperling based on a photograph by Evan Agostini.

Paintings by Karen Sperling based on her photographs.

Painting by Karen Sperling based on photographs by Ken Partington and Karen Sperling.



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Compatible with Corel Painter 12, X3, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Painting for Photographers Volume 1

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