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Making Masterpieces with Corel Painter

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Join 's Course: 4-Week Short Course: Making Masterpieces with Corel PainterTransform your favorite photographs into beautiful paintings using Corel Painter software. This 4-week course - taught by master photographer and author Jim Zuckerman - is open to anyone who wants to learn the creative potential of Corel 8.0 or higher. Used primarily by artists but open to photographers as well, Painter allows you to create oil paintings, mosaics, pastel sketches, and impressionistic masterpieces from your photos. In no time at all, this course will teach you how to make such great works of art that Van Gogh and Picasso will seem like amateurs!
Key Features

  1. Techniques for making a pastel portrait
  2. How to turn a photo into a Van Gogh masterpiece
  3. Tips for creating a mosaic
  4. How to turn a photo into an oil painting

  • Miraculously turn your photos into paintings.
  • No previous Corel Painter experience required.
  • Focuses on creating one masterpiece per week.
  • For Painter 8 through XI.

What You Get


You get direct feedback on your photos from world-acclaimed, professional photographers. You can learn photography in this way from anywhere in the world.  
  • Learn at your pace, with structure.
  • Be guided by a real pro instructor.
  • Get your photos critiqued every week.
  • Join students from around the world.
  • Go far beyond any book or DVD.
  • Make great pictures, again and again!



Photography Instructor: Jim  Zuckerman Jim Zuckerman
Few people are able to spend most of their time pursuing their passion in life. I'm one of them, and I feel blessed to have had a love affair with photography since I began taking pictures.

In 1970, I decided to abort my intended career as a doctor in favor of photography and have never regretted it. Photography has enriched my life more than I can tell you. My career has taken me to over 60 countries, and I've seen and photographed wondrous things.

I specialize in wildlife and nature, international travel, and digital effects. In addition, I also shoot nudes, photo- and electron microscopy, children, and other subjects that stimulate my visual or emotional sensibilities.

For 25 years, I shot a medium format camera, specifically the Mamiya RZ 67, for its superior quality. When I would lecture, Id project the large, glass mounted transparencies, and it was really an incredible experience to see the brilliant color saturation and resolution of these slides. However, I went digital in 2004 because the technology finally equaled or surpassed medium format. I now shoot the Canon 1Ds Mark II digital camera with a variety of lenses.

I am the author of 12 books on photography. My work is sold in 30 countries around the world, and my images have appeared on scores of magazine and book covers, calendars, posters, national ads, trade ads, brochures, and corporate promotions.

For many years I've led photography tours to exotic places. These include Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Burma, Greece, The Czech Republic and Slovakia, Spain, Morocco, and Peru.

A Couple of Photos by the Instructor

© Jim Zuckerman 

© Jim Zuckerman 

Course Outline


Week 1: Making a Pastel Portrait
Assignment: Upload a pastel painting along with the original photo. Take your time to make it just what you want. I would advise you not to start with a snapshot or a picture with harsh lighting, but rather use a fine image you've photographed that will translate well into a painting.
Week 2: Turning a Photo into Van Gogh Masterpiece
Assignment: Convert a photo into an impressionist painting using either the impressionist sub-brush or Flemish rub, or both. Both of them are found in the Artists category. Chose your original carefully because not all photographs translate well into impressionism.
Week 3: The Chalk Brush and Impasto
Assignment: Two remarkable tools help you create beautiful and unique paintings. For this assignment, make a colored chalk sketch and an Impasto painting

Week 4: Making an Oil Painting
Assignment: Upload a before and after photo using one of the oil brushes. You may prefer a very subtle approach, where the blending of colors is soft and the brush strokes are hardly visible because they've been blended so well together, or you may like a more aggressive style where the brush strokes are large and easily seen.

© Jim Zuckerman 

© Jim Zuckerman 



  • Painter 8 through XI.
  • A Mac or Windows-based computer.
  • Digital images to work with.
  • A Wacom tablet is not required, but it will make your life a lot easier as you apply brush strokes to your photographs.




Who is this course intended for?
This course is open to anyone interested in learning how to transform photos into paintings, and who has Corel Painter (Painter 8.0 to Painter X).  

Do I need any experience in Painter to keep up with the class?
No experience is necessary - Jim Zuckerman starts at the beginning, and his examples will take you step-by-step through each procedure. 

© Jim Zuckerman 

© Jim Zuckerman 

Do I have to be online at any specific time?
No, you do not need to be online at any specific time. The lessons are sent to your email and you are also provided the Campus Square - where you interact with your classmates and instructor. This is also where you upload your photos to be critiqued by your instructor. The instructors are very punctual and respond quickly.

Will I have access to the instructor to ask questions during the photo course?
Absolutely! Students can ask questions in the special Q&A forum set up in the course's Campus Square, or can ask the instructor via email.

Do you offer a money back guarantee?
Yes. We are confident that you will fully enjoy our courses. All the same, for our 8-week classes, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent out. If for any reason, you are not satisfied and let us know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent, you will be promptly refunded.

For our 4-week courses, we offer a 100% money back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent out from BetterPhoto. If for any reason you are not satisfied and you let the ordering department know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent, you will be refunded within 7 days. After the second lesson has been sent out, no refunds will be given.

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Course Reviews:

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BetterPhoto Member Thomas Eriksson
Thomas Eriksson
member since: 3/1/2008
Recomended course and teacher

- 12/29/2009 6:44:34 AM

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BetterPhoto Member Janice M LeCocq
Janice M LeCocq
member since: 6/3/2007
Jim's courses in using software to create more art with digital photography are great. The course opens up more and more opportunities to be creative and have fun with digital photography. His critiques are specific and very useful, and he is generous with his advice and comments. I recommend him highly.

- 3/26/2008 11:29:44 AM

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BetterPhoto Member Carlton Ward
Carlton Ward
member since: 12/13/2005
I just finished the Making Masterpieces w/Corel Painter class and it is a great class. I bought Corel Painter X and the 6x8 Wacon Intuous3 tablet the week before taking this class and Jim's lessons and examples got me familiarized with various brushes, tools and applications to get me well on my way to continue using this wonderful software. Jim also explains how some images will work and others wont when using Painter and how an image may work with one style of brushes and not with others and also how to apply specific brushes to acheive desired effects. This was my 8th BP class and this was one of the fastest in terms of knowing nothing to feeling like I now have command to achieve a desired effect for my art. I would have liked this to be an 8 week course just to get a little deeper, but what I have now will lend itself to my own experimentations as I continue to explore Painter. I am also having so much fun with Painter and if Jim offers Painter part II, I will take that one as well. A lot of my friends that know my photography are really impressed with my new painted creations and I even used one image for another BP class and now some of those students have told me they are going to get Painter as well. Thank you so much Jim, I am having a blast with this program.

- 12/7/2007 9:40:01 PM

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BetterPhoto Member Sibylle Basel
Sibylle Basel
member since: 4/3/2005
This is a great class. I always loved to paint the old fashion way. Now I can combine my love of photography and painting. It is so much fun to "paint" on the computer, with my own photos. Jim Zuckerman is a great teacher, who explains everything in great detail with many examples of different ways to paint. You don't have to be a "Painter" to love this class. Follow the lessons and anyone can paint masterpieces!

Sibylle Basel

- 10/31/2007 12:41:10 PM

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"Perfect! Jim's ability to teach and instruct in a constructive manner created a learning experience that I will carry on with me as I continue to use Painter to take my images another step further. This course made learning Painter fun and enjoyable." -Denise Clay 

"I loved this class. It has opened avenues of creativity that I was unaware I could do with my photography. The instructions were clear, concise, yet not so restrictive as to restrict our creativity and imagination. The purpose of this course is twofold, to teach technique, but once that's mastered, it's about putting it all together to create something unique and beautiful... To me, the best recommendation and/or review I can make is to say that I am looking forward to another class by Jim Zuckerman!" -Ann Raine 

"I thought the course was excellent... Jim is an excellent teacher. His comments are down to earth and helpful, even though they were gently given when he had corrections. He also gave suggestions to student to push them to go a little further." -Judi Feinman 

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