Render to Painting

Skill Level: Beginner / Views: 15 / System Requirements: DAZ Studio or Poser, Corel Painter 2020, Wacom tablet

This is a tutorial I wrote because I'm often asked how I do my digital paintings. While this is overly simplified, it is meant as a primer tutorial for those who want to get started doing actual digital paintings. The tutorial walks you through creating a painting using "tracing paper". Of course, with practice you put Painter in a mode that will allow you to freehand paint, but that is NOT covered in this tutorial Again, this is a starter for doing a digital painting from a render. In the start of the tutorial it goes in to details about prerequisites and required hardware and software.

dbwalton on 2:30PM Mon, 13 January 2020

From Idea to Render to Digital Painting - Pg1

A Tutorial by D. Brent Walton

Abstract: How to create a digital painting using a render as a reference.

Required software:

  • DAZ Studio or Poser

  • Corel Painter 2020

Recommended Minimum Hardware:

  • PC with 16GB RAM with 4 or more CPU cores (while you can use a Mac, I've had better luck with PCs)

  • NVIDIA graphics card w 4GB RAM

  • Wacom or equivalent Tablet and stylus


  • A working knowledge of DAZ or Poser and the ability to create a scene.

  • A basic knowledge of Corel Painter's interface.


  1. Create a scene in DAZ or Poser.

  2. Pay particular attention to lighting angles and shadows as you light your scene. This is particularly important if you plan to render as a PNG file and add your background in post. Your lighting in your scene should match that of your background. If you are using a background within DAZ/Poser, you can see the shadows in the background and adjust your lighting on your subjects/props to match.

  3. Render your scene.

  4. If you rendered your scene as a PNG and plan to add a background in post, do it now. I typically add the background as a layer under my rendered PNG layer.

  5. Save your file as a JPEG.

  6. Open Corel Painter (Note: I am using version 2020, however much of what I am going to say applies to versions after Painter X.)

  7. Open your saved (step 5) JPEG.

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