Corel Painter Essentials 4
Whether you are transforming your photos into paintings or sketching and painting on a blank canvas, this art studio offers everything you need to explore your inner artist. Corel Painter Essentials 4 also comes with extensive learning resources to help you get started in creating digital paintings:
Video Tutorials: Learn from Painter Master John Derry. The video tutorials can be accessed from the Help menu.
Guidebook: The Guidebook provides step-by-step tutorials, a tour of application, art tips, and more. You can access it from the Help menu.
Online Community: We invite you to join our online community at essentialscafe.com. You can get help from other users, share paintings you have created, and more.
Release Notes: This readme file contains installation information and other late-breaking news.
We hope you enjoy Corel Painter Essentials 4!
Mac OS version
1 GB of HD space for installation
Adobe(R) Acrobat(R) Reader are required for components of Corel Painter Essentials 4.
Safari(TM) web browser on the Macintosh and Microsoft(R) Internet Explorer 6 (or greater) on Windows are required for components of Corel Painter Essentials 4.Training Videos
Adobe(R) Flash(R) Player version 7 or higher is required to play the Corel Painter Essentials 4 training videos.
For download versions of the software, you must be connected to the Internet to view the Corel Painter Essentials 4 training videos.
Preparing to Install Corel Painter Essentials 4
Before you install Corel Painter Essentials 4, you must close all other applications, including virus detection programs. If other applications are running, they may interfere with the normal installation process. In Windows, open applications are displayed on the taskbar. On the Mac OS, in the Dock, a small, black triangle displays below the icons of open applications.
To install Corel Painter Essentials 4, you need a Corel Painter Essentials 4 serial number unless you are using a trial version. Please keep your serial number in a safe place in case you need to reinstall Corel Painter Essentials 4, or in case you need to call Corel Support Services. For activated trials, you also need to note your activation code.
Older Versions of Corel Painter
Installation on Macintosh Computer
The installation of Corel Painter Essentials 4 to a UNIX partition on a Macintosh computer is not supported.
Uninstalling Before Reinstalling
Before reinstalling Corel Painter Essentials 4, you need to uninstall it. Please follow these instructions to uninstall Corel Painter Essentials 4.
Note that if you do not enable the Remove User Files option when you uninstall Corel Painter Essentials 4, you will need to reset your user workspace before restarting Corel Painter Essentials 4. The procedure for resetting your user workspace is described in the Technical Issues section below.
Mac OS Version
For network administrators, a network deployment guide is available to organizations that have purchased multiple licenses of Corel Painter Essentials 4. For more information, contact Corel's Licensing Department or Customer Service.
If you are experiencing problems starting Corel Painter Essentials 4, try resetting your user workspace. You can reset your user workspace to the factory default by holding down the Shift key when you start Corel Painter Essentials 4. A prompt appears and asks you to confirm the restoration of factory default settings.
Please note that Painter Essentials 4 may not operate correctly if it is installed on an operating system that is below the minimum requirements.
Performance on Slow Computers
Because of their complexity, some brushes do not perform optimally on minimally equipped systems. To improve brush performance on slower systems, disable the Brush Ghosting option.
Help (Mac OS only)
If you encounter no response when pressing the Home button or navigating back to the Home page, close the Help window, and click Help > Corel Painter Essentials 4 Help to reopen the window.User Interface
Corel Painter Essentials 4 is optimized for Small Font Display on the Windows XP, and Windows Vista platforms.
Globalization (Windows only)
Corel Painter Essentials 4 is not a Unicode application. When Corel Painter Essentials is installed on a Windows operating system that has the English Multilingual Language Pack, you need to change the system's Regional settings for the application to operate correctly when you change the language of the operating system. This is especially important if the language you are using has double-byte characters (for example, Japanese). You need to switch the locale in the Regional Setting to the language you are currently working in, as described in the following procedure.
Windows Vista Platform
Windows XP Platform
Note: If you are using a native language operating system such as Japanese Windows Vista, you do not need to change your regional settings, as they would have defaulted to the native language of the operating system.
If you experience a loss of pressure sensitivity with your Wacom pen and tablet PC, install the "Enhanced graphics driver" from http://www.wacom.com.
Not all components are available in trial, Academic, and OEM versions. Unavailable components may include Corel applications, features, third-party utilities, and extra content files. However, some of these components may still be mentioned within the application and within the documentation.
Technical Support for OEM Versions
Technical Support is not available for OEM, "white box," jewel case (CD-only), trial, or Academic versions of Corel products. For more information, please visit http://www.corel.com/support.
The overall stability and performance of Corel Painter Essentials 4 on Macintosh OS X 10.5 Leopard has been improved. The following is a list of improvements.
Starting with Leopard in Japanese
Painter Essentials 4 will now start on Macintosh OS X 10.5 Japanese without having to hold down the shift key
The Welcome Screen no longer requires mouse or pen movement for it to function normally.Quick Look Support
You can now view the contents of RIFF files you have saved from Painter Essentials, using the Macintosh OS X10.5 Leopard "Quick Look" feature.
Size to Fit Page
The Size to Fit Page option is now available in the Print dialog box rather than the Page Setup dialog. If you wish to have your image sized to fit the page, follow these steps:
The following are known issues working with Painter Essentials 4 on a Macintosh OSX 10.5 Leopard operating system. Corel is working in conjunction with Apple, Inc. to address these issues.