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Painter tips from Karen Sperling

"Secret" oil-painting brush revealed!

One of my favorite oil-painting brushes in Corel Painter is not filed under Oils but hiding in the Blenders brush category—the Water Rake variant. As a Blender brush, the Water Rake blends colors in an image in the form of oil-paint strokes.

You can also use it to paint color. To do so, set the Resat slider in the Property Bar to 33%, choose a color in the Colors palette and paint. The brush stroke resembles an oil painting technique.


The image at right shows the strokes as I began to turn a photo into a painting in the style of artist Pino Daeni. On the left is a detail of one of his paintings. You can see that the Painter strokes on the right are a good facsimile of the ones in the painting on the left.

You can save these Water Rake settings as a new variant.

  1. Click the triangle in the Brush Selector.
  2. Choose Save Variant. The Save Variant dialog box appears.
  3. Type in the name of the new variant. I called mine Color Water Rake.
  4. Click OK.

Your new variant is now located in the Variants menu in the Brush Selector (the right-hand drop-down menu), though you might not see it at first. Click the Variants menu and you will find the variant either at the bottom of the list, or alphabetized.

To return the Water Rake to its original settings, click the triangle in the Brush Selector and choose Restore Default Variant. The Water Rake now blends the existing color in the image.

For the complete story of how I used the Water Rake (and other brushes) to turn a photo into a painting in the style of Pino Daeni, see my April 2006 Artistry Tips and Tricks!



Painting © 2006 Karen Sperling

Artist, author and photographer Karen Sperling is the original Painter expert. She wrote the manuals for the first several versions of Painter, authored several Painter books, has had many Painter tutorials published in magazines and has taught Painter to artists and photographers at movie companies, design firms, universities and at PPA affiliates and schools.

Learn Karen Sperling's Painter techniques in person in California July 18-21, 2006 and in New York City August 1-4. 2006. Visit for details.