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.

Here are five things that I learned while using Painter Essentials 5:

1) I don’t take selfies

When we kicked off our internal call-out for Painter Selfies, I took a quick scan through the photos on my phone only to find that I don’t take selfies, ever… like ever. In fact, there were very few pictures of me on my phone in general. I take more picture of my dogs than I do of myself. (But seriously, how cute are my dogs?)

My Dogs

I managed to find one meager selfie that I took on a business trip to San Franciso last year. Thanks to my very photogenic friend, the Golden Gate Bridge, the photo turned out ok. But, I needed more than this.

Michaela - Selfie

2) Taking selfies is kind of fun

Confession time: I actually kind of like taking selfies. Don’t judge me, you probably do too!

I made it a personal goal to take more pictures of myself doing unimportant things. In doing so, I discovered why so many people do this; it’s kind of fun. Who doesn’t want to know what my facial expression looks like when running onto the football field after a REDBLACKS game, or how I felt about standing next to a dinosaur (answer: not good)?

Illustration selfie

























Sure, it felt a little odd taking pictures of myself in public. I was certain that people were looking at me and thinking “what is the world is she doing?” Then I realized they were just trying to get the perfect duck face.

3) Auto-Painting if more addictive than Pinterest

Have you ever opened up Pinterest to look up a quick recipe, and four hours later found yourself reading about how to redecorate your house using old grocery bags? You are not alone, and you will love Painter Essentials 5!

I opened Painter Essentials 5 to play around with the new features, and before I knew it, I had turned almost every picture on my computer into a painting. Like I said, it’s addictive.

Try it for yourself. Download Painter Essentials 5, and see how much time goes by before you see another human. It’s ok, I’ll wait….



See! Addictive.

4) It’s easy to make people think you can draw

As I mentioned, I can’t draw. Unless you are looking for a stick figure or a cube, I can’t help you. But I can trace!

Painter Essentials 5 lets you trace over another image to create one of your own. You can get familiar with the motions and patience required in drawing or painting. It’s a great way to practice.



But who has to know you traced? Share it with your friends and tell them you drew it by hand. The paintings look so great, they will never question you!

5) Learning takes time

Despite my love of tracing, I am aware of the fact that I will not become the next Vincent van Gogh overnight. I’ve accepted that.

I’m not alone. Developing a skill like artistry takes a lot of time and practice. The artists who create those beautiful paintings that you see on our Facebook page probably didn’t pick up a brush yesterday. They have been practicing for a long time, and have worked very hard to get to where they are now.

But, Painter Essentials 5 can spark interest, imagination and fascination. It gives you a starting point, a place to practice and a tool to develop these skills. What happens next is up to you!

Feel free to share the images you create in Painter Essentials 5 on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. We would love to see them!

Happy painting!

About Michaela Schreiter

Michaela is a Public Relations Specialist at Corel. She works with the CorelDRAW, Painter and WordPerfect teams on generating awareness and engagement for all products.
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