Five things I learned while playing with Painter Essentials 5

Let’s get one thing out of the way, I’m not an artist. I love art. I love looking at it, studying it, talking about it and working with software that creates it. But if you were to ask me to draw something, you may be slightly disappointed in the stick figure I come back with.

When we released Painter Essentials 5 last week, I was asked to take the program for a spin. Heart palpitations followed. I worried that everyone would discover my lack of artistic talent; I would be found out and voted off the island! It got real.

Fortunately for me, Painter Essentials 5 is very easy to use. I had a lot of fun playing with the auto-painting and cloning features. I even ended up learning a few things about myself, which I bet you’re all dying to know! So let me take you on the journey of self-discovery and photo painting.

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The art of STANDING OUT in a social media world

My caricature, created in Painter

My profile picture, created in Painter

Turn your inspiration into art with Painter Essentials 5

Art is continually changing, but the explosion of mobile apps and online sharing transformed the art landscape forever. It took artistic freedom to a whole new level, giving both artists and wanna-be artists anytime access to creative tools.

The iPhone was the real game-changer. It turned a small phone that you can fit in your pocket into a powerful tool that you can use to actually make something. Suddenly, there were thousands of apps and devices out there that let you take photos, get creative, and simultaneously upload and publish your artwork to the entire planet.

Today, we’re a population obsessed with self-expression. Blogging, photo-sharing, video storytelling. Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest. YouTube. It’s all about creating and sharing—with everyone. After all, if the art never makes it to the audience, what’s the point?

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Time is running out to take advantage of free Corel software with the Teacher-Try-It Program


You may remember that earlier this year, Corel introduced the Teacher-Try-It Program, allowing qualified teachers and faculty members in the U.S. and Canada to download free Corel software. Educators looking to enhance their students’ technology skills can do so, with some of the world’s leading graphics, digital media and productivity software. Imagine the possibilities in the classroom! This limited-time offer is coming to end on December 1

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SGIA: What an Adventure!


A few weeks ago, I attended SGIA Expo 2014 in Las Vegas with some of my colleagues. This was my first trip to SGIA, and let me tell you what an adventure this was.

The Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center was buzzing with activity well before we arrived and still after we left. According to, the Expo had record attendance with over 25,000 registered attendees. This is not at all surprising considering the number of people that came to see us to say hello, ask questions or share their experience with our products for many years.

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How to Photograph Your Kid’s Sports Without Motion Blur

By day I’m the CEO of Corel, a desktop software company that sells Photo, Video, Graphics, Productivity, and Utility software to millions of consumers and small businesses around the globe. By night, like many of you, I’m an amateur photographer trying to shoot my teenage boys’ sporting events. Over the past decade, I have learned a number of tips and tricks that have increased my keeper rate. However, none of those tips are more important than learning how to eliminate motion blur.

Motion blur is by far the number one problem that amateur photographers have when photographing their kid’s sports. The good news is that motion blur occurs due to a particular reason – the shutter speed of the camera is too slow. The bad news is that increasing the shutter speed of the camera is a lot easier to say than it is to do. You need the right kind of camera, set to the right mode, with a lens that is long enough and big enough to catch the action.


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Why Corel PDF Fusion Made

We are very pleased to share the news that Corel PDF Fusion is among the favorites at Here is what the staff at TopTenReviews had to say about the PDF conversion tool.

At TopTenReviews, grading PDF conversion software comes down to a simple combination of must-have attributes: a simple and user-friendly interface that enhances the overall experience, a team of experienced and knowledgeable staff that’s readily available to assist users at virtually any time, and a comprehensive list of features that’s comparable to the software’s price.


Let’s breakdown these elements to find out why Corel PDF Fusion made it on

A Full-Service Editing Juggernaut

100: That’s the number of possible file types that Corel PDF Fusion has the ability to open at a moment’s notice. This unprecedented ability allows users to combine a wide collection of different files into one document with great ease. You can immediately begin editing files you’ve opened within the program, which makes adding everything from sticky notes and changing security settings to adding hyperlinks a breeze. Combine this functionality with editing tools that are easy to locate and PDF Fusion becomes a technological force to be reckoned with.

Timely and Professional Customer Service

The support staff for PDF Fusion is always one step ahead of the curve by providing users access to resources within the application as well as online. For example, the content help tool provides specific functions and support topics that you can then bookmark and index to query at a later time if needed. Step-by-step tutorials and technical dictionaries are also accessible to help users gain a better understanding of everything that PDF Fusion has to offer.

Additional support and technical resources are available in the form of tool tips and tool labels. These can be found within the editing space and can be toggled on and off at any time based on your level of comfort and proficiency. Think of these as helpful, in-screen tutorials that guide you during the editing and production processes. In addition, as with most programs and applications, the “help” function is always there to provide on-the-spot advice and troubleshooting resources.

Corel’s support connects you to professional and knowledgeable representatives, Monday through Friday between 9 and 5 pm EDT. The support website offers a comprehensive FAQ section and forums that allow you to speak directly with like-minded users across all skill levels. Addition support is also available through Facebook and Twitter.

The prompt and courteous customer support team is great with answering many, if not all, of the questions you may have regarding PDF Fusion and are apt to respond to emails in a timely fashion. This allows you to get your issues solved quickly so that you can get back to work with whatever project you may be in the middle of.

At the end of the day, the most impressive things about PDF Fusion are its clean and modern design, seemingly endless features and the impressive collection of tools at your fingertips. Its overall simplicity and ease of use make the software a delight to use, and its multimedia functions allow you to flex your creative and production muscles without feeling overwhelmed with everything that Corel PDF Fusion can truly do. highly recommends Corel PDF Fusion for anyone who values logical design and advanced functionality at a price that’s easier on the wallet than some of the most popular PDF conversion applications out there.

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Photo Retouching in Corel PHOTO-PAINT X7

Beauty touch-ups are a popular form of digital retouching in portrait photography. The techniques usually involve reshaping on enhancing parts of an image as well as removing unwanted and distracting elements. Whether you are going for the glamorous magazine look, adding artistic effects to your photo or just looking to remove some blemishes, PHOTO-PAINT provides you with an array of tools to help you get the job done.

Today I am going to show you how to use the new Liquid tools (PHOTO-PAINT X7) and the new Healing Clone tool (available in CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 Update 2).

These tools behave similarly to other brushes in PHOTO-PAINT. This means you use them by dragging them across your image like a brushstroke. As with any other brush tool, you can use them with a pressure sensitive tablet. You can also easily make the nib larger and smaller by dragging up and down while holding down SHIFT or using the nib radius slider on the property bar.

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Enter the Painter Mobile Contest Today!


As autumn approaches, we are really FALLing for art, and we want you to bring your visions to life with the Painter Mobile app. So, we are hosting the first ever Painter Mobile Contest!

You’ve got ideas, and you want to share them with the world. Now is your chance to do so. The Painter Mobile Contest is the perfect opportunity to showcase your artwork, and possibly win some cool prizes at the same time. Talk about a win-win!

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Corel helps teachers get ready for back-to-school

Students working on computers in libraryIt’s hard to believe that summer is coming to an end. Sorry to break the news to you! Soon the temperature will drop, the leaves will fall and the kids will head back to school. This year, educators can return to the classroom with more than a fresh start. They can arrive fully equipped with creative software!

Earlier this year, Corel introduced the Teacher-Try-It Program, allowing qualified teachers and faculty members in the U.S. and Canada to download free Corel software. Educators looking to enhance their students’ technology skills can now do so, without breaking the bank. Imagine the possibilities in the classroom!

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Introducing the NEW Painter 2015


With great power comes great creativity and we are confident in saying that Painter 2015 packs a punch! Painter is known for offering the world’s most realistic brushes but what you will experience in Painter 2015 is so real, it’s unreal.

We could not have released such a fantastic version of Painter without the help of our invaluable Advisory Council and Beta Testers. If you are not familiar with the council, they are a panel of artists who dedicate their time to providing us with application feedback and artist workflows. They test run the software and meet with us weekly leading up to launch in order to share thoughts for improvements, tips and techniques. They also helped develop brushes that you will find within the product, reinforcing the fact that Painter is developed by artists for artists. Huge thanks go out to our Advisory Council and the Beta Testers.

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