Corel Painter: Getting Started

Helen Yancy M.Photog.M.Artist.MEI.Hon.M.Photog.Cr., CPP, API, A-ASP, F-ASP

You may have shied away from Corel Painter in the past, but this is your opportunity to learn it, love it and make it your own!

Instructor Helen Yancy helps you with what is often the biggest hurdle – getting started! Working with the image of a flower, you’ll learn how to clone and save your files, as well as the correct mode in which to start your brush strokes.

Using layers, discover how to make both subtle and dramatic changes to your image. Explore how to manipulate your colors – adding, diffusing, exaggerating and accenting to enhance the final masterpiece.

Helen demonstrates the differences between painting the flower and painting the background. Learn tools like the eyeball that allow you to zoom and examine your work; the eraser that is critical for any artist. Discover when to use a captured bristle brush, when to blend and how to soften the edges so that your work looks dramatic yet natural.

Whether opening and saving files, painting or blending, erasing or adding the finishing touches, Helen gives you all the tools and tips you need. A rose by any other name may smell the same, but once you’ve seen what you and Corel Painter can do for this flower, you’ll never look back!

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Helen Yancy Bio

No other American artist or photographer has received as many international honors or more professional acclaim than Helen Yancy. But it is the ability to please clients with artful images that provide Helen with her greatest satisfaction. This ability flows from her passion about art, life, family, and people. 

Working on location or in her comfortable residential studio, Helen’s goal continues to be creating exquisite art pieces that portray people and their relationships with sensitivity, realism, and imagination. 

During her distinguished career, Helen Yancy has earned the rare distinction of being the first person in the world to receive every degree and honor presented by Professional Photographers of America (PPA), the largest and most prestigious professional photographic association in the world. She is a past president and chairman of the board of PPA and is one of only a few Americans to be honored as a Fellow of the British Institute of Photography, in part because of her leadership in creating ties between PPA and the British Institute. 

A member of the prestigious Portrait Society of America, Cameracraftsmen of America, and the Society of XXV, a group of 25 exceptional photographic artists from around the world, she is one of fewer than 100 Fellows of the American Society of Photographers. In May 2001, she was honored at the United Nations with a Medallion for leadership, service, artistic and photographic ability by the International Council for Photography, the only organization of its kind recognized by the UN. 

Helen Yancy’s oil, watercolor, mixed-media, and photographic portraits hang in hundreds of private homes and in permanent collections and exhibitions.