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INTRODUC TION
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P AINTER
20 222 | Quick Start Guide
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Corel Painter 2022……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………3
What’s new in Corel Painter 2022……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….4
Workspace overview……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 14
Choosing a workspace layout……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………16
Choosing and modifying brushes……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 18
Exploring the toolbox……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 24
Exploring panels and palettes……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………28
Choosing a workflow……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 33
Additional resources……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 442 | Quick Start GuideCorel Painter 2022 | 3
Corel Painter 2022
Corel® Painter® 2022 is the ultimate digital art studio. Its inventive drawing tools, realistic brushes, cloning capabilities, and customizable
features let you expand your creative output in exciting new ways. When you use the pressure-sensitive brushes of Corel Painter, they
become fluid extensions of your hand, so the resulting brushstrokes are unrivaled in texture and precision. What’s more, features such as the
ability to build your own Natural-Media™ brushes and customize how brushes interact with the canvas give you countless ways to develop
your artistic ideas. Corel Painter takes you far beyond what’s possible in a traditional art environment.
Image created in Corel Painter. Artwork by Yann LeGuen4 | Quick Start Guide
What’s new in Corel Painter 2022
New! Brush Library experience
The first thing you’re likely to notice in Corel Painter 2022 is the new brush library. It has been meticulously overhauled in every way. There
are fresh, modern icons designed for every brush category. And the categories themselves have been renamed, reorganized, and streamlined
to present a diverse set of brushes and tools in each singularly focused category.
Within a category, you’ll find new variant names, dab previews, and stroke previews that accurately reflect the defining shape and media
characteristics of each brush. This new collection of brushes pulls together many legacy variants from Painter 11, 2015, 2021, and the
Natural Media Brushes library, and fine-tunes them with the latest and greatest brush engine technology.
We’ve also surveyed many Painter Masters to learn which brushes they most value, resulting in a single-click filter that focuses the library on
just those brushes — more than 180! Throughout this process, many artists test drove and helped to optimize brush settings. In addition,
the new Watercolor Sumi-e category offers exciting creative possibilities for watercolor compatibility, and the new Bravura Oils category
features intriguing oil brushes and blenders that do not require any special layers, Impasto, or media settings.
Finally, all Painter 2022 brushes have been adjusted to take advantage of brush engine technology developments, such as the new
Enhanced Cover methods, layer blending, smoothing options, and dab profile anti-aliasing. Whether you use a mouse or a stylus, we’re
certain that you’ll feel the performance enhancements and enjoy a fluid brushing experience. So, grab a brush, and start painting!
New and enhanced! Cover methods
The versatile cover methods are the foundation of many popular brush categories, such as Acrylics, Chalk, Charcoal, Conte, Gouache, Pastels,
and Pens. Cover methods are also used for some Oils and Blenders, and with many stamp-type brushes.
The Enhanced Cover methods, available only in Painter 2022, take advantage of the latest technology advancements for an improved
brushing experience. For Flat methods, anti-aliasing support has been increased resulting in opaque dab rendering. Noise has been added
for artifact reduction in all Enhanced Cover methods, and it is especially pronounced for Soft brushstrokes with feathered edges.Corel Painter 2022 | 5
Alpha Blend technology has been added to improve color precision when blending adjacent brushstrokes, reducing the likelihood of
unexpected color shifts near the edges. Grainy methods feature new options for grain control, opacity, and enhanced layer blending. In
addition, brush loading support has been added to all Enhanced Cover methods to give your brushstrokes that smeary, oily look.
Try the Flat Color brush in the Pens category for a great example of improved anti-aliasing, and the Soft variant in Airbrushes for a smooth
buildup of paint with minimal artifacts. To experience the improved color precision of Alpha Blend technology, set the Soft airbrush Opacity
to 1%, Resat to 85%, and Bleed to 34%, and then blend two colors.
(left) A Flat Color brushstroke using Legacy Cover method; (right) A Flat Color brushstroke using Enhanced Cover method
And for a perfect showcase of the new Grainy Edge Flat Alpha Blend subcategory, try the Smudge variant in the Conte brush category to
apply smeary brushstrokes with heightened grain interaction.
(left) A Smudge brushstroke using Legacy Cover method; (right) A Smudge brushstroke using Enhanced Cover method
For more information, see “General controls: Methods and subcategories.”6 | Quick Start Guide
New and enhanced! Smoothing
A new Jitter Reduction option joins the Smoothing controls, along with updated names for existing options that are more indicative of
their respective effects. The panel also provides updated tooltips and graphics that make it easier to soften the appearance of brushstrokes.
For more information about smoothing, see “Smoothing controls.”
The new Jitter Reduction option in the Smoothing brush control panel
To adjust smoothing controls
1
Choose Window  Brush Control Panels  Brush Shape  Smoothing.
2 Perform a task from the following table.
To Do the following
Smooth strokes by reducing jitter Move the Jitter Reduction slider to the right to minimize small-
scale jitter. Higher values result in a smoother stroke.
Adjust stabilization Move the Stabilization slider to the right to even out jagged
strokes. Move it to the left to allow for more ragged transitions
between points on the stroke.
Smooth strokes by adding path points In the Faceting Reduction area, move the Points slider to the right
to add points and even out jagged strokes. Move it to the left to
decrease the number of additional points.
New! Brush filters and favorites
Quickly build your very own list of favorite brushes, and then use the My Favorites filter to trim the brush library down to your personal
essentials. Take advantage of the Painter Masters filter to experience a wealth of brushes curated by distinguished Painter artists. You can
also quickly isolate stamp-type, Watercolor and Thick Paint compatible, and Cloner brushes. For more information about filtering brushes,
see “Marking brushes as favorite” on page 21 and “Filtering brushes” on page 20.
New! Captured dab libraries
The new Captured panel provides boundless possibilities for experimenting with customizing the appearance of brush dabs. There are 12
new captured dab libraries to choose from: Bristles, Concept, Flat, General, Graphic, Hard Media, Hatch, Knives, Light, Natural, Splatter,
and Sponges. You can instantly alter the dab shape of any brush, adjust settings, apply a new Dab Effect, and even capture your new dab
for use with other brushes.
You can also import JPEG or PNG images or create your own shapes to use as captured dabs, and you can now select any portion of your
document — including content from multiple layers — for use as a dab. What’s more, you can instantly capture the dab from your current
brush at any time, which is very useful if your brush has a dab that’s not in the captured dab library. For more information about the
Captured panel, see “Captured dab controls.”Corel Painter 2022 | 7
The Captured panel
To display the Captured panel

Choose Window  Brush Control Panels  Brush Shape  Captured.
To choose a captured dab
• In the Captured panel, click a captured dab icon.
To choose a captured dab library
• In the Captured panel, click the Manage Libraries flyout button  Captured Dab Libraries, and then choose one of the following
options:
• Bristles • Concept
• Flat • General
• Graphic • Hard Media
• Hatch • Knives
• Light • Natural
• Splatter • Sponges8 | Quick Start Guide
2 Click the Brush Selector on the Brush Selector bar, and choose a brush variant.
3
Choose Brushes  Save Dab To Captured Dab Library.
You can also save a captured dab from the currently selected brush by clicking the Save To Captured Dab Library button in
the Captured panel (Window  Brush Control Panels  Brush Shape  Captured.)
New! Import Photoshop Brush Stamps (ABR) as dabs
When you import Photoshop brush stamps with Painter 2022, you now have the option of importing only the brush stamps. They will be
added to a new captured dab library so you can use them with other brushes.
To import Photoshop brush stamps
1
Click Brushes  Import  New from Photoshop Brush Stamps (ABR).
2 Browse to the folder where the ABR file is stored, choose the file, and click Open.
3 In the Import Photoshop Brush Stamps (ABR) dialog box, perform a task from the following table.
To Do the following
Import only the dab shapes Choose Import dab shapes only. Click Import.
The dabs will be added to a new captured dab library so they can
be used with other brushes. For more information about captured
dabs, see “New! Captured dab libraries” on page 6.
Create a brush for every ABR brush stamp Choose Create a basic brush for every ABR brush stamp that
Painter is able to import. Click Import. Type a name for the new
brush category, and click OK.
You can import only the brush stamps of pixel-based brushes.
New! Dab Effects
The new Captured Dabs flyout on the property bar offers Dab Effects that you can use to customize captured dabs. You can choose
from Feather, Threshold, Blur, Dilate, and Erode effects, and adjust the strength of each applied effect. For more information about the
Captured panel, see “New! Captured dab libraries” on page 6.
To apply a dab effect
1 In the Captured panel, click the Dab Effects list box and choose one of the following options:
• Feather — softens the edges of the brushstroke
• Threshold — removes pixels from the brushstroke that are below the specified opacity strength
• Blur — softens the brushstroke by smoothing the pixels and edges
• Dilate — expands the pixels and edges of the brushstroke
• Erode — contracts the pixels and edges of the brushstroke
2 Adjust the Strength slider to determine the percentage of applied dab effect.
To save a captured dab from a brush
1
In the toolbox, click the Brush tool .Corel Painter 2022 | 9
New and enhanced! Dab profiles for Circular dab types
You can now experience improved anti-aliasing for Circular-type brushes by using the new Hardness slider in the Dab Options flyout.
This lets you fine-tune the opacity of dab profiles so you can create brush marks with soft edges, or with crisp anti-aliased edges, or even
somewhere in between. In addition, you can try the new Soft Profile that provides a strong core, with a large falloff area towards the edge.
Last but not least, you have the ability to reduce the opacity in the center of Watercolor dabs, which produces a stronger-looking fringe
along the edge of the stroke. For more information about dab profiles, see “Changing dab profiles.”
To choose a brush tip profile
1
In the toolbox, click the Brush tool .
2 Click the Brush Selector on the Brush Selector bar, and choose a brush variant.
3
Click the Dab Options flyout button on the property bar.
If the selected brush is using a Captured dab type, enable the Apply Dab Profile check box.
4 Click a brush tip profile icon.
If your brush uses a Circular dab type, move the Hardness slider to adjust the opacity of the dab profile.
You can adjust the hardness only of Circular brushes that use one of the following dab profiles: Pointed, Medium, Soft, Dull, 1-pixel
edge, and Watercolor.
New! Rotate and Squeeze Static Bristle
You now have additional shaping options when you’re painting with a Static Bristle brush and a stylus. You can use the Angle controls to
rotate and squeeze the brush, providing new, creative dab and brushstroke possibilities. For more information about Static Bristle brushes,
see “Static Bristle controls.”
(left) A brushstroke with Squeeze set to 0%; (right) A brushstroke with Squeeze set to 30%, Ang Step set to 5°,
Ang Range set to 360°, Expression set to Direction, and Spacing set to 50% to illustrate how the dabs rotate
To squeeze and rotate a Static Bristle brush
1
In the toolbox, click the Brush tool .
2 Click the Brush Selector on the Brush Selector bar, and choose a Static Bristle brush variant.
There are Static Bristle brushes in many categories. To find a Static Bristle variant, click Window  Search, and enter Static Bristle.
3
Click the Size flyout button on the property bar.
4 Set the Ang Step to 5°.
5 Set the Ang Range to 360° to allow for any angle in your stroke.10 | Quick Start Guide
6 From the Expression list box in the Angle area, choose one of the following options:
• Bearing
• Direction
• Rotation
7 Set Squeeze to 30%.
New! Watercolor compatibility
Painter 2022 breaks down boundaries for mixed-media creators who want to combine watercolor with other art forms. Many default
brushes are now compatible with watercolor layers, letting you fuse dry media and watercolor brush marks on the same layer. Just look for
the Watercolor Layer compatibility icon in the Brush Selector when you’re choosing a brush for mixing with watercolor media, or you can
enable the Watercolor Compatible filter to see only those brushes. And for added creative flexibility, you can now transform watercolor
layers while retaining special media capability.
New! Size selector and library
You can now choose brush size presets from the new Size library. Painter 2022 offers a new collection of dab sizes, and lets you create and
manage your own custom size presets. For more information about the Size library, see “Size controls.”
To choose a brush size preset
• Click the Size flyout button on the property bar, click the Size Library button , and click a preset in the Brush Sizes panel.
To manage brush size presets

In the Size Library panel (Window  Brush Control Panels  Brush Shape  Size Library), perform a task from the following table.
To Do the following
Add a preset
In the toolbox, click the Brush tool . Click the Brush Selector
on the Brush Selector bar, and choose a brush category and variant.
On the property bar, move the Size slider, or type a value in the
Size box. Once you are satisfied with the brush size, click the Add
Size Preset button in the Size Library panel.
Delete a preset
Click a preset, and click the Delete Size Preset button.
Tip: You can also delete a preset, by right-clicking (Windows) or
Control-clicking (macOS) the preset, and choosing Delete Size
Preset.
New! Navigator in grayscale
You can now switch the Navigator to grayscale, which is useful for doing color value studies of your compositions. For more information
about the Navigator, see “Navigating images and viewing image information.”Corel Painter 2022 | 11
When you need to evaluate the color contrast of a design, you can use the Navigator to display the image in grayscale.
To display the Navigator panel
1
Choose Window  Navigator.
2 Perform a task from the following table.
 
To Do the following
Move to a different area of the image without adjusting the zoom
level
In the Navigator panel, click a different area of the canvas preview.
Zoom to a specific magnification level in the document window Open the Zoom Canvas list box, and adjust the zoom level slider.
Rotate the image in the document window Open the Rotate Canvas list box, and adjust the rotation slider.
View the image in grayscale
In the Navigator panel, click the Navigator options button ,
and click Display In Grayscale.
New and enhanced! Layer productivity
Painter 2022 introduces many layer productivity improvements designed to accelerate your work with layer-laden documents. It is now faster
and easier to perform operations on more than one layer. You can lock, move, and convert multiple layers at once, as well as collapse visible
layers. Plus, layer lock and visibility operations are recorded in your Undo steps, making it quicker and easier to change those choices.
The new Spotlight Layer visibility option lets you Option-click (macOS) or Alt-click (Windows) the eye icon in the Layers panel to show only
the contents of a layer or group while temporarily hiding all other layers. It’s also easier to load selected layer content to a mask. And when
you move selected layer content, it just moves, and you’ll no longer see a Layer Floating Object appear in the Layers panel. Plus, the new12 | Quick Start Guide
Color Dodge and Color Burn composite methods give you additional creative options. And you can now clear layer content with a single
keystroke by simply pressing Delete. For more information about working with layers, see “Layers.”
(left) Before; (center) After using Color Dodge; (right) After using Color Burn
To show or hide a layer or the canvas
• In the Layers panel, perform a task from the following table.
To Do the following
Show or hide the contents of a layer, group, or the canvas Click the eye icon next to the layer name or the canvas.
When the eye is shut , the layer is hidden in the document
window. When the eye is open , the layer is visible in the
document window.
Show only the contents of a layer or group while temporarily hiding
all other layers
Alt-click (Windows) or Option-click (macOS) the eye icon next
to the layer or layer group.
If you don’t change the visibility of any other layer, Alt-clicking
(Windows) or Option-clicking (macOS) the eye icon of the
same layer again restores the original layer visibility settings.
However, if you change the visibility of any layer after Alt-clicking
(Windows) or Option-clicking (macOS) the eye icon, you will have
to manually restore the original visibility settings of all layers.
To create a layer mask based on a selection
1
In the Layers panel, select a layer, and click the New Layer Mask button to create a blank layer mask.
2 In the Layers panel, click the layer thumbnail icon to select the layer.
3 Choose a selection tool and make a selection in the document.
4 In the Layers panel, right-click the layer mask icon, and click Load Selection to Layer Mask.
5 In the Operation area, enable one of the following options:
• Replace Mask — replaces the mask with the current selection
• Add to Mask — combines the current selection with the mask
• Subtract From Mask — subtracts the current selection from the mask
• Intersect With Mask — determines the intersection of the selection and the mask and saves the intersection to the maskCorel Painter 2022 | 13
If you have already created a layer mask based on a selection, but you want to adjust the selection, click the layer icon in the Layers
panel to select the layer, and modify the selection in the document. Next, right-click the layer mask icon in the Layers panel, click
Load Selection to Layer Mask, and choose an option in the dialog box that appears.
The Load Selection To Layer Mask command is also accessible from the Layers menu (Layers  Layer Mask  Load Selection To
Layer Mask) and the Layers panel (Layer options button  Layer Mask  Load Selection To Layer Mask.)
To clear the contents of a layer
1 In the Layers panel, click the name of the layer you want to clear.
2 Press Delete.
You can also clear the contents of a layer by selecting the layer in the Layers panel, and clicking Layers  Clear Content.
You can also clear the contents of a layer by right-clicking the layer in the Layers panel, and choosing Clear Content.
Enhanced! Special layers compatibility dialog boxes
While many brushes are compatible with special layers, there are times when a chosen brush may produce brush marks that appear different
than you would expect. There are also brushes that are simply not recommended for the current layer. In these cases, Painter will prompt
you so you can choose how to proceed. We’ve redesigned these dialog boxes to present clear and concise options, so you can make a quick
choice and get back to focusing on your art. For more information about special layer preferences, see “Special layer preferences.”
Enhanced! Performance optimization
The Painter team is continually updating the codebase to take advantage of rapidly evolving operating system technologies.
With Painter 2022, the new Enhanced Cover methods are optimized for CPU and GPU acceleration. The Brush Accelerator makes the
Enhanced Cover methods up to 18x faster on Intel multi-core processors with AVX2 extensions, and up to 50x faster when combined with
GPU acceleration. Click Window  Search and type “enhanced cover” in the Search text box to find brushes that use Enhanced Cover
methods.
Impasto brushes are also up to 2x faster on default layers, and 1.7x faster on Thick Paint layers. Plus, several other brush engines, plug-ins,
and erasers perform up to 2x faster compared to Painter 2021.
To get the best possible performance from Painter on your system, you need to run the Brush Accelerator™. This utility starts by analyzing
your processor (CPU) to detect how many cores are available and whether it supports extensions, such as AVX2. It also analyzes any available
graphics processor (GPU) to determine its compatibility with Painter, as well as how much memory (RAM) is installed on your system. For
more information about the Brush Accelerator, see “Using the Brush Accelerator to achieve optimal performance.”14 | Quick Start Guide
The Brush Accelerator evaluates your system and generates a report that lets you view the test results.
To run the Brush Accelerator
1 On the Welcome Screen, click the Performance tab.
If the Welcome Screen isn’t open, choose Help  Welcome.
2 Click Optimize Now.
To cancel the test at any time, press Esc.
You can also run the Brush Accelerator from the Performance page of the Preferences dialog box (macOS: Corel Painter 2022
menu Preferences  Performance; Windows: Edit  Preferences  Performance) and the Performance panel (Window  Brush
Control Panels  Performance).
Workspace overview
The workspace is organized by using a series of menus, selectors, panels, and interactive palettes.Corel Painter 2022 | 15
Circled numbers correspond to the numbers in the following table, which describes
the main components of the application window. Artwork by Rainer Sollfrank
 
Part Description
1. Menu bar Lets you access tools and features using pull-down menu options
2. Brush Selector bar Lets you access the Brush Selector flyout. It also allows you to
access the previously used brush variant and mark brushes as
favorite.
3. Brush Selector flyout Lets you choose a brush library, select a brush from a brush
category, apply brush filters to show only the brushes you need,
and browse additional brush packs that can complement your
creative set of brushes. It also lets you instantly identify which
brush variants are compatible with the Default, Liquid Ink, Thick
Paint, and Watercolor layers. When you hover over a brush variant,
eligible layer compatibility icons appear beside the brush name at
the bottom of the Brush Selector.
4. Command bars The command bars — File/Edit, Canvas, Photo Art — contain
buttons and controls that are shortcuts to many commonly used
menu commands
5. Property bar Displays commands that relate to the active tool or object. For
example, when the Fill tool is active, the fill property bar displays
commands for filling selected areas. Controls on the property bar16 | Quick Start Guide
Part Description
are organized logically for ease of use. Group labels help you find,
understand, and use commands quickly and efficiently.
6. Captured Dabs flyout Displays captured dab libraries and controls for changing the
appearance of any brush. You can choose a captured dab, apply
a dab effect and adjust its strength, and then capture the brush
settings as a new dab in your library.
7. Size Library panel Lets you choose a brush size preset and manage size presets
8. Color panel Lets you select a color and view information about the selected
color
9. Harmonies panel Lets you use harmony rules to create color harmonies
10. Layers panel Lets you manage the hierarchy of layers and includes controls for
creating, selecting, hiding, locking, deleting, naming, and grouping
layers
11. Navigator panel Lets you view the entire image in color or grayscale without having
to zoom out. You can use the Navigator to move to a different
image area, change the zoom level, and rotate the canvas.
12. Canvas The canvas is the rectangular work area inside the document
window whose size determines the size of the image you create.
The canvas acts as the image background and, unlike a layer, it is
always locked.
13. Toolbox Lets you access tools for creating, filling, and modifying an image
Choosing a workspace layout
A workspace layout (also known as “palette arrangement”) displays, hides, and positions workspace elements such as palettes and panels to
suit a specific workflow. Corel Painter 2022 offers the following workspace layouts:
 
Workspace layout Description
New to Painter Displays the most essential controls together with the Hints panel
to help you get started quickly with Corel Painter
Classic Ideal for users who have experience with previous versions of
Corel Painter and are looking for a seamless transition to a familiar
environmentCorel Painter 2022 | 17
Workspace layout Description
Default The default workspace layout that works well for most computers.
For more information, see “Workspace overview” on page 14.
Simple Displays minimal user interface that includes the toolbox, the menu
bar, and the extended property bar
Concept Art Provides quick access to brushes, gradients, and texture painting
controls. Brush and media palettes are logically grouped in palette
drawers to save screen space.
Illustration Displays the Reference Image panel, brushes, papers, gradients
Fine Art Provides quick access to traditional media brushes and composition
tools
Photo Art Displays palettes commonly used by photo artists, providing
optimal setup for cloning photos, textures, and paintings
Manga Art Provides quick access to brushes, papers, and gradients, as well as
brush size and opacity controls
The Quick Switch feature lets you choose two workspace layouts and quickly switch between them to suit the current task or the display
mode of your device. This feature is especially useful on multi- or dual-mode devices. For example, you can select Default as Layout 1 and
Simple as Layout 2. When you flip the display panel from Notebook to Tablet mode, the Simple workspace layout is automatically displayed,
which lets you work in an uncluttered, minimalistic user interface.
To choose a workspace layout

Choose Window  Layout, and choose a layout.
You can also choose a layout from the Welcome screen by clicking Setup and selecting a layout.
To switch between workspace layouts
1
Choose Window  Layout  Quick Switch  Layout 1, and choose a layout.
2
Choose Window  Layout  Quick Switch  Layout 2, and choose a layout.
3 To switch between Layout 1 and Layout 2, do one of the following:
• Reposition the display panel of your dual- or multi-mode device (for example, from Notebook mode to Tablet mode).

Choose Window  Layout  Quick Switch  Toggle Layout.
You can switch between factory workspace layouts or custom workspace layouts that you created. For information about creating
and saving custom workspace layouts, see “Rearranging panels and palettes.”18 | Quick Start Guide
Choosing and modifying brushes
Corel Painter 2022 brushes consist of a wide range of preset painting and drawing tools called brush variants. Brush variants are organized
into a wide variety of categories, such as Airbrushes, Artists’ Oils, Calligraphy, Pens, Pencils, and Real Watercolor. Some brush categories
are designed with real media in mind, so you can select a tool with an expectation of how it will behave. Other brush categories have no
real-media equivalent, such as the ground-breaking Particle brushes, and give digital artists the ability to express themselves in ways never
thought possible.
The Brush Selector lets you choose a brush library, select a brush from a brush category, and browse additional brush packs that can
complement your creative set of brushes. It also allows you to organize and display brushes in various ways. For example, you can filter
brushes to show only the brushes you need. You can also show or hide Brush Selector parts to suit your workflow. For example, you can
show or hide the Brush Library Selector, recently used brushes, brush pack promotions, and more.
The Brush Selector also lets you instantly identify which brush variants are compatible with the Default, Liquid Ink, Thick Paint, and
Watercolor layers. When you hover over a brush variant, eligible layer compatibility icons appear beside the brush name at the bottom of the
Brush Selector. Clicking a layer compatibility icon lets you find all brush variants that paint on this layer.
Circled numbers correspond to the numbers in the following table, which describes the main components of the Brush Selector.
Part Description
1. Last Used Brush Lets you access the previously used brush variant
2. Brush Selector Bar Lets you access the Brush Selector flyout
3. Mark as Favorite Lets you mark the selected brush as favorite
4. Brush Library Selector Lets you choose a brush library
5. Brush Pack Promotions bar Lets you access the Brush Pack Selector and purchase brush packsCorel Painter 2022 | 19
Part Description
6. Brush library options button Lets you access commands that help you organize and display
brushes in various ways
7. Brush Pack Selector Lets you browse the available brush packs
8. Filter Brushes button Lets you apply brush filters to show only the brushes you need
9. Brush categories Lets you browse all categories in a brush library. Brush categories
are groups of similar brushes and media.
10. Brush variants Lets you browse the brush variants in a category. Brush variants are
specific brushes and brush settings within a brush category.
11. Layer compatibility icons Lets you identify and search for brush variants that are compatible
with the Default, Liquid Ink, Thick Paint, or Watercolor layers
In the Painter 2022 Brushes library, brushes are organized into categories, which are groups of similar brushes and media. Brush variants are
specific brushes within a brush category. The Brush Selector is also available as a floating panel that you can keep open to access brushes
quickly and easily while you are painting. The Brush Selector panel has two viewing modes: compact and full view. In full view, both the
brush categories and variants are displayed. In compact view, only the brush variants are displayed, which lets you see more brushes at a
glance without the need to scroll.
(left) Brush Selector panel in compact view; (right) Brush Selector panel in full view
To show or hide the Brush Selector
• Perform a task from the following table.
 20 | Quick Start Guide
To show or hide Do the following
The Brush Selector bar
Choose Window  Brush Selector  Bar.
The Brush Selector panel in full view
Choose Window  Brush Selector  Panel (Full View).
The Brush Selector panel in compact view
Choose Window  Brush Selector  Panel (Compact).
To select a brush category and variant
1
In the toolbox, click the Brush tool .
2 Click the Brush Selector on the Brush Selector bar.
3 Click a brush category, and click a brush variant.
Filtering brushes
Brush filters let you show only the brushes you need for the creative task at hand. For example, you can apply the Thick Paint Compatible
filter to show only Thick Paint and Thick Paint compatible brushes and hide all other brushes from the Brush Selector.
Corel Painter provides several brush filters: My Favorites, Painter Masters, Stamps, Watercolor Compatible, Thick Paint Compatible, and
Cloners. To fine-tune your selection of brushes, you can apply two or more filters at the same time. For example, you can show only your
favorite Watercolor Compatible brushes.
Apply one or more brush filters to hide the brush categories and brushes that you don’t need.
You can clear one or more filters to expand your brush selection, and you can clear all brush filters to display all brushes in the active brush
library.
To filter brushes
1
In the toolbox, click the Brush tool .
2 Click the Brush Selector on the Brush Selector bar.
3 In the Brush Selector flyout, click the Filter Brushes button to show the list of available brush filters.Corel Painter 2022 | 21
4 Enable one or more of the following check boxes:
• My Favorites — shows only the brushes you have marked as favorites. For more information about favorite brushes, see “Marking
brushes as favorite” on page 21.
• Painter Masters — shows only brushes that are highly valued and used by Painter masters
• Stamps — shows only stamp-type brushes that use the Circular, Captured, Computed Circular, or Static Bristle dab types
• Watercolor Compatible — shows only Watercolor brushes and brushes that can be used on Watercolor layers
• Thick Paint Compatible — shows only Thick Paint brushes and brushes that can be used on Thick Paint layers
• Cloners — shows only cloner and clone tinting brushes
When a brush filter is applied, the outline of the Filter Brushes button changes from white to orange .
Brush filters are applied only to visible brushes. Hidden brush categories and brush variants remain hidden.
To clear filters

In the Brush Selector flyout, click the Filter Brushes button , and do one of the following:
• To clear all filters, click Clear Filters. All brush variants and brush categories included in the active brush library are displayed.
• To clear a specific filter, disable the filter check box.
Marking brushes as favorite
Marking the brushes you like as favorite helps you easily find them by the Favorite icons that appear beside their names. You can mark
the selected brush as favorite from the Brush Selector bar with one click. To mark multiple brushes as favorite, it is faster to use the Brush
Selector flyout or the Brush Selector panel. You can remove a brush from your list of favorites at any time.
The selected brush (left) is marked as favorite (right) from the Brush Selector bar.
You can show only your favorite brushes in the Brush Selector by applying the My Favorites filter.
To mark the selected brush as favorite
• On the Brush Selector bar, click the Mark as Favorite icon , located to the right of the brush name.
You can also mark a brush as favorite in the Brush Selector flyout or Brush Selector panel by right-clicking the brush and clicking
Favorite. Use this method when you want to mark multiple brushes as favorite.
To remove the selected brush from your list of favorites
• On the Brush Selector bar, click the Remove from Favorites icon , located to the right of the brush name.22 | Quick Start Guide
You can also remove a brush from your favorites in the Brush Selector flyout or Brush Selector panel by right-clicking the brush and
clicking Favorite. Use this method when you want to remove multiple brushes from your favorites.
Finding brushes
You can quickly search the content of the currently selected brush library to find brushes that match a specific description. You can perform a
search by entering one attribute, or a combination of brush attributes. For example, typing the search terms “pencil real” generates a list of
all “Real Pencil” brush variants. Plus, you can use abbreviated search terms “d”, “tp”, “li”, and “wc” in the Search bar to find respective Default,
Thick Paint, Liquid Ink, and Watercolor brushes. In addition, the search term “gl” will instantly find all brushes that require Gel composite
method for optimal look and feel.
To search for brush variants
1
In the Search bar (Window  Search), type one attribute or a combination of brush attributes in the Search text box.
2 Hover over a brush variant in the list to display a preview of the brushstroke at the bottom of the flyout.
3 Choose a brush variant from the list.
The Search bar is displayed by default only in the Classic layout and is located to the right of the property bar, in the upper-right
corner of the document window. To display the Search bar in all other layouts, click Window  Search.
You can use GPU, AVX2, and Multi-core (or “Multicore”) as search terms to find brushes that leverage those technologies.
If you previously hid the Search bar, you can show it by clicking Window  Search.
Modifying brushes
When the Brush tool is selected, you can quickly modify a brush variant on the property bar. Some basic attributes, such as size and opacity,
are common to all brushes, and other attributes are specific to the brush category that you’ve chosen.
Controls on the property bar are organized logically for ease of use. Group labels help you find,
understand, and use commands quickly and efficiently. (1) The Reset button lets you restore the default
settings of a selected brush; (2,3,4) Controls common to all brushes; (5, 6, 7) Brush-specific controls;
(8) The Advanced Brush Controls button lets you access the panels related to the active brush variant.
Depending on the brush category and variant you select, the property bar contains flyouts that provide access to the most commonly used
functions that are relevant to the active brush or tool.Corel Painter 2022 | 23
The property bar for a Real Watercolor brush variant: (1) the Stroke flyout; (2) the Flow map flyout; (3) the Real Watercolor
flyout button; (4) the Dab Options flyout; (5) the Static Bristle flyout button; The background shape of icons indicates
their use. A square background (4) signifies that the control gives access to settings that let you modify the media
properties of a brush. Icons with a round background (4, 5) give access to settings that control the shaping of a brush.
To set basic brush attributes
1
In the toolbox, click the Brush tool .
2 Click the Brush Selector on the Brush Selector bar.
3 Click a brush category, and click a brush variant.
4 On the property bar, do any of the following:
• To set brush size, move the Size slider , or type a value in the Size box.
• To set brushstroke opacity, move the Opacity slider , or type a percentage in the Opacity box.
You can also set brush size by choosing a size preset from the Size library. Click the Size flyout button on the property bar,
click the Size Library button , and click a preset in the Brush Sizes panel.
You can also increase brush size incrementally by pressing the right square bracket ( ] ) key or decrease brush size by pressing the
left square bracket ( [ ) key.
When the Brush tool is active, you can set opacity by pressing a number key. Each number key is mapped to a fixed percentage. For
example, 1 equals 10% opacity, 5 equals 50% opacity, and 0 equals 100% opacity.24 | Quick Start Guide
Exploring brush categories
Corel Painter 2022 has a wide selection of brush categories, each with a variety of preset brush variants.
Creating custom brushes
You can choose a ready-to-use default brush variant from the impressive Corel Painter brush library, or you can modify a brush variant in the
General brush control panel. It contains the following settings:
• Dab Type — determines the method for applying media to the canvas
• Stroke Type — determines how a brushstroke applies media
• Method and Subcategory — method defines the most basic level of brush behavior and is the foundation on which all other brush
variables are built. The method and method subcategory represent attributes of the stroke’s appearance.
• Source — determines the media that is applied by the brush variant
For more information about using the General brush control panel, see “General Controls” in the product Help.
To display the General Brush Controls panel

Choose Window  Brush Control Panels  General.
 
Exploring the toolbox
You can use the tools in the toolbox to paint, draw lines and shapes, fill shapes with color, view and navigate documents, and make
selections.
The following table provides descriptions of the tools in the Corel Painter toolbox.
 
Tool Description
Color tools  
The Brush tool lets you paint and draw on the canvas or a layer.
The property bar displays the most commonly used functions
that are relevant to the active brush. For more information, see
“Selecting, managing, and creating brushes.”
The Dropper tool lets you pick up a color from an existing image.
The property bar shows the values of the color. When you select a
color with the Dropper tool, that color becomes the current color
in the Color panel. For more information, see “Sampling colors
from images.”
The Paint Bucket tool lets you fill an area with media, such as a
color, gradient, pattern, weave, or clone. The property bar shows
options for the areas that you can fill and the media that you can
use. For more information, see “Working with color fills.”Corel Painter 2022 | 25
Tool Description
The Interactive Gradient tool lets you apply a gradient to an image
by filling an area, such as the canvas, a selection, layer, or channel.
For more information, see “Applying gradients.”
The Eraser tool lets you remove unwanted areas from an image.
For more information, see “Erasing image areas.”
Selection tools  
The Layer Adjuster tool is used to select, move, and manipulate
layers. For more information, see “Displaying the Layers panel.”
The Transform tool lets you modify selected areas of an image by
using different transformation modes. For more information, see
“Preparing selections for transformations.”
The Rectangular Selection tool lets you create rectangular
selections. For more information, see “Getting started with
selections.”
The Oval Selection tool lets you create oval selections. For more
information, see “Getting started with selections.”
The Lasso tool lets you draw a freehand selection. For more
information, see “Getting started with selections.”
The Polygonal Selection tool lets you select an area by clicking
different points on the image to anchor straight line segments. For
more information, see “Creating path-based selections.”
The Magic Wand tool lets you select an area of similar color
by clicking or dragging in an image. For more information, see
“Creating pixel-based selections.”
The Selection Brush tool lets you create a freehand selection by
painting. For more information, see “Selecting areas by painting.”
The Selection Adjuster tool lets you select, move, and manipulate
selections created with the Rectangular, Oval, and Lasso selection
tools and selections converted from shapes. For more information,
see “Preparing selections for transformations.”
The Crop tool lets you remove unwanted edges from an image. For
more information, see “Cropping images.”26 | Quick Start Guide
Tool Description
Shape tools  
The Pen tool lets you create straight lines and curves in objects. For
more information, see “Drawing lines and curves.”
The Quick Curve tool lets you create shape paths by drawing
freehand curves. For more information, see “Adjusting curvature.”
The Rectangular Shape tool lets you create rectangles and squares.
For more information, see “Drawing shapes.”
The Oval Shape tool lets you create circles and ovals. For more
information, see “Drawing shapes.”
The Text tool creates text shapes. Use the Text panel to set the font,
point size, and tracking. For more information, see “Adding text.”
The Shape Selection tool is for editing Bézier curves. You use
the Shape Selection tool to select and move anchor points and
adjust their control handles. For more information, see “Selecting a
shape.”
The Scissors tool lets you cut an open or closed segment. If the
segment is closed, after you click on a line or point, the shape path
becomes open. For more information, see “Cutting and joining
shape segments.”
The Add Point tool lets you create a new anchor point on a shape
path. For more information, see “Adding, deleting, and moving
anchor points.”
The Remove Point tool lets you remove an anchor point from a
shape path. For more information, see “Adding, deleting, and
moving anchor points.”
The Convert Point tool is used to convert between smooth and
corner anchor points. For more information, see “Adjusting
curvature.”
Photo tools  
The Cloner tool gives you quick access to the last Cloner brush
variant you used. For more information, see “Painting in the clone.”Corel Painter 2022 | 27
Tool Description
The Rubber Stamp tool gives you quick access to the Straight
Cloner brush variant and lets you sample areas within an image
or between images. For more information, see “Performing offset
sampling.”
The Dodge tool lets you lighten the highlights, midtones, and
shadows in an image. For more information, see “Dodging and
burning.”
The Burn tool lets you darken the highlights, midtones, and
shadows in an image. For more information, see “Dodging and
burning.”
Symmetry tools  
The Mirror Painting mode lets you create a perfectly symmetrical
painting. For more information, see “Using the Mirror Painting
mode.”
The Kaleidoscope mode lets you transform basic brushstrokes
into colorful and symmetrical kaleidoscope images. For more
information, see “Using the Kaleidoscope Painting mode.”
Composition tools  
The Divine Proportion tool lets you plan compositions by using
guides based on a classical composition method. For more
information, see “Using the Divine Proportion tool.”
The Layout Grid tool lets you divide your canvas so that you can
plan your composition. For example, you can divide your canvas
into thirds vertically and horizontally to use the compositional rule
of thirds. For more information, see “Using the Layout Grid.”
The Perspective Guides tool lets you display guides using one-,
two-, or three-point perspective. For more information, see “Using
Perspective Guides.”
Navigation tools  
The Grabber tool lets you scroll through an image quickly. For more
information, see “Repositioning images.”28 | Quick Start Guide
Tool Description
The Magnifier tool lets you magnify areas of an image when you
are performing detailed work, or reduce areas to get an overall
view of an image. For more information, see “Zooming images.”
The Rotate Page tool lets you rotate an image window to
accommodate the way you naturally draw. For more information,
see “Rotating images and the canvas.”
Selectors  
The View selector allows you to switch between document
views and viewing modes. For more information, see “Switching
document views.”
The toolbox is open by default, but you can close it by clicking the close button on the toolbox header bar. To reopen the toolbox,
choose Window  Toolbox.
Exploring panels and palettes
The interactive panels in Corel Painter are single tabbed containers that let you access content libraries, commands, controls, and settings.
Panels are stored in palettes. You can turn a palette into a palette drawer, so you can quickly collapse it to save screen space.
This palette drawer includes two related panels: Gradients and
Gradient Node. You can access a panel’s content by clicking its tab.
Exploring panels
Most panels in Corel Painter contain option menus from which you can access a series of related commands. For example, you can use the
options menu in the Layers controls panel to lock, duplicate, and group layers.Corel Painter 2022 | 29
A typical palette features a header bar (1), a Palette Drawer button that lets you turn a palette into a palette
drawer (2), panel tabs (3), and a Panel options button that allows you to access a series of related commands (4).
The following table contains descriptions of the most frequently used panels. For more information about other panels, see “Exploring
panels” in the product Help.
 
Panel Description
Brush Control panels
 
The brush control panels are included in the Brush Controls palette.
The brush controls are divided into multiple brush control panels
that allow you to adjust a brush variant while you work, or alter an
existing variant to create a new variant.
Allow you to customize brush variants. For more information, see
“Adjusting brushes with brush controls.”
Advanced Brush Controls panel Generates a grouping of brush control panels that are relevant to
the currently selected brush. You can access brush shape and brush
media panels quickly by using the Shape and Media shortcuts
in the Edit panel. For more information, see “Exploring Brush
Controls.”
Color panels
 
Color Panel (Full View)
Color Panel (Compact)
Let you choose main and additional colors and create color
harmonies. For more information, see “Choosing colors from the
Color panel.”
Mixer Lets you mix and blend colors as you would on an artist’s palette.
For more information, see “Exploring the Mixer panel and mixing
controls.”
Color Set Libraries Displays the colors in the current color set so you can organize
groups of colors. For more information, see “Working with color
sets.”
Harmonies Lets you use harmony rules to create color harmonies. For more
information, see “Working with color harmonies.”
Layers and Channels panels
 30 | Quick Start Guide
Panel Description
Layers Lets you preview and arrange all layers. You can use Dynamic Plug-
ins, add new layers (including Default, Thick Paint, Watercolor, and
Liquid Ink layers), create layer masks, and delete layers. In addition,
you can set the composite method and depth, adjust the opacity,
and lock and unlock layers. For more information, see “Layers.”
Channels Lets you preview thumbnails of all the channels in a Corel Painter
document, including RGB composite channels, layer masks, and
alpha channels. From the panel, you can also load, save, and invert
existing channels, and create new channels. For more information,
see “Alpha Channels.”
Working with panels and palettes
When you launch Corel Painter 2022, the Color panel is open automatically and is grouped in a palette drawer with the Mixer, Harmonies,
Color Set Libraries, Layers, and Channels panels. The Color panel has two viewing modes: compact and full view. In full view, both the
color wheel and sliders are displayed. In compact view, only the sliders are displayed. By default, the Color panel in full view displays the
color wheel, and information for a selected color, but you can hide these elements.
The Color panel in full view
To hide information on the Color panel
1
Choose Window  Color Panels  Color Panel (Full View).
2 Perform a task from the following table.
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To Do the following
Hide the color wheel
Click the Color options button , and choose Color Wheel.
Hide color information
Click the Color options button , and choose Color Sliders.
You can easily display a panel when you need it, and you can quickly close a panel when you’re done.
To hide or show a panel or palette

Choose Window  [Panel name].
 
You can restore a previously hidden palette by choosing Window and choosing the name of a panel that is contained in the
palette.
You can save the arrangement of palettes as a custom workspace layout for later use, and you can delete this custom workspace layout
when you no longer need it.
You can rearrange the display of panels to better match your workflow. For example, you can group task-related panels together in one
palette. At any time, you can further customize these palettes by adding or removing a panel, repositioning a panel, or moving a panel to
another palette.
To group panels into palettes
• Perform a task from the following table.
 
To Do the following
Group panels into a palette Drag a panel by its tab to another open panel to create a group.
Add a panel to a palette Drag the panel tab to the palette.
Remove a panel from a palette Drag the panel tab out of the palette.
Reposition a panel in a palette Drag the panel tab to a new location in the palette.
Palettes and panels float in the workspace. Docking attaches panels or palettes to the vertical edge of the application window. Undocking
detaches them from the workspace, so you can move them.
To dock or undock a palette or a panel
• Perform a task from the following table.
 
To Do the following
Dock a palette Drag the palette header bar to the vertical edge of the application
window. The palette snaps into place when it lines up with the
edge.32 | Quick Start Guide
To Do the following
Undock a palette Drag the blank area to the right of the panel tabs away from the
edge of the application window.
Dock a panel Drag the panel tab to the vertical edge of the application window.
The panel snaps into place when it lines up with the edge.
Undock a panel Drag the panel tab away from the application window.
You can turn a palette into a palette drawer, so you can quickly collapse it to save screen space. At any time, you can turn a palette drawer
back into a regular palette. You can resize and reposition a palette drawer like any other palette group.
To use a palette drawer
• Perform a task from the following table.
To Do the following
Create a palette drawer
Click the Palette Drawer toggle button on the palette header
bar, and click Palette Drawer.
To turn a drawer into a regular palette, repeat the preceding steps.
Expand or collapse a palette drawer Double-click the header bar of the palette drawer.
Hide a palette drawer
Click the Close button on the header bar.
Show a palette drawer
Choose Window  Palette Drawers  [Palette drawer name].
Creating custom palettes
Corel Painter lets you create custom palettes that contain only the features that you want so you can quickly access them. For example, you
can place items from the Brush library panel or any of the Media library panels in a custom palette. You can also add commands from the
main menus or panel options to custom palettes. For more information, see “Creating and modifying custom palettes” in the product Help.
You can change how items on a custom palette are displayed. For example, you can display them as text, icons, or wide icons.
To quickly create a custom palette
• Press Shift, and do any of the following:
• Drag a brush variant from the Brush Selector panel to the document window.

Drag a paper, flow map, or media library thumbnail from the Paper libraries (Window  Media Panels  Papers), Flow Map libraries
(Window  Media Panels  Flow Maps), or the other Media panels (Window  Media Panels  [Textures, Patterns, Gradients,
Nozzles, Looks, Weaves Library Panel]) to the document window.
To add menu commands, controls, or tools to a custom palette
1
Choose Window  Custom Palette  Add Command.Corel Painter 2022 | 33
2 From the Select Custom Palette list box, choose New to create a new palette or select an existing custom palette.
3 With the Create Palette/Add Command dialog box open, perform a task from the following table:
 
To add Do the following
A menu item Choose a menu item from a default Corel Painter menu.
Additional controls Choose a menu item from the Other menu.
A panel, or any item included in a panel’s options flyout menu Choose a menu item from the Panel Menus menu.
A toolbox tool Choose a menu item from the Tools menu.
An item from an open palette Click the item.
4 In the Create Palette/Add Command dialog box, click Add, and then click OK.
Choosing a workflow
Corel Painter includes a wide array of tools and features that allow you to create original artwork and use the workflow that best suits your
creative style.
Using Corel Painter’s powerful cloning tools, you can quickly transform a digital photo into a painting. You can also use a photo as a starting
point for a painting with the tracing paper feature, which displays a faded-out version of the source image beneath the clone document and
allows you to precisely apply clone colors to the canvas.
If you prefer to start with a sketch created with traditional art tools, you can scan it and finish the painting digitally in Corel Painter. You can
also start a project from scratch in Corel Painter by choosing a paper texture and a brush, and applying color to the canvas.
Photo art: Photo painting
A great way to become acquainted with Corel Painter is to create photo art by painting on a photo. All you need is a photo to use as a
source image. The Photo Art workspace layout displays only the palettes and tools that are relevant to photo painting.34 | Quick Start Guide
You can use various preset styles to turn your photo into a painting.
Corel Painter includes powerful image cloning tools to help you transform an existing image, such as a photograph, into a work of art. You
can use the Quick Clone feature to automatically set up everything you need to clone an image, or you can start from a blank document
and add one or more clone sources. A clone source is a reference — a guide — for brush colors. You clone (copy) color from a clone source
and apply it to a destination canvas (clone document). A clone source may or may not be embedded. Embedding a clone source allows you
to keep it with your document and switch quickly between clone sources as you paint. You can use images, textures, and patterns as clone
sources. If you plan to use a clone source only once — for example, if you want to turn a photo into a painting — you can embed it as an
image. If you plan to reuse a content asset as a clone source in multiple projects, you can store it as a texture or a pattern in the Texture or
Pattern library, respectively. Corel P

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