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How to create quick portraits with Corel Painter

Create a striking and artistic portrait in minutes

It’s possible to combine the intuitiveness of painting with the convenience of digital art. We use Corel Painter 11  to create a striking and artistic portrait.

Step 7. The Underpainting Palette also offers Photo Enhance tools, including presets and sliders for adjusting brightness, hue, contrast, saturation, value and Smart Blur. We’ve selected Increase Contrast and bumped up the contrast. We then hit Apply – you can choose Reset to return to the photo’s original state.

Corel Painter 11 step 7

Step 8. You can also add an edge effect or border – to simulate a traditional canvas painting, for example. In the Underpainting palette, choose an edge from the Edge Effect menu. Adjust the Amount slider and click Apply. In the screenshot below we have chosen Rectangular at 14 percent.

Corel Painter 11 step 8

Step 9. Still in Underpainting, click Quick Clone. Creating a clone lets you preserve the work you have just done in Underpainting before you auto-paint your image using Smart Stroke. You can save your Photo Enhance settings for future use – remember to save them with a relevant name.

Corel Painter 11 step 9

Step 10. Smart Stroke offers automated painting for those in a hurry or just starting off with Corel Painter. Results are mixed, so it’s worth trying several variations on the same image. Smart Stroke evaluates the original photo image and applies directional strokes to create the painting.

Corel Painter 11 step 10

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