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Blobs filter for Corel ® Painter tutorial

painter corel blobs effect tutorial

Blobs effect / filter in Corel Painter and how to use with pasteboard, color and patterns tutorial. The blobs effect in Painter can be found via the effects menu 'esoterica' and blobs and is great for all kinds of weird and wonderful distortions and stretched transformations in Painter. This tutorial shows you a number of ways to use the blobs filter in Painter 2017 2015 X3 X2 etc

  1. Effects menu in Painter

  2. Esoterica

  3. Blobs

  4. Using pasteboard etc

  5. Set the number of blobs

  6. Minimum and maximum size

  7. Subsample

  8. Seed

  9. Click OK

Paste buffer approach for the Painter blobs

blobs effect in painter with nozzles

This Painter effect does require a little setup before use in that it works using the current pasteboard (clipboard, paste buffer) so you can copy literally anything into the pasteboard and use with the blobs effects. You can also set the source to be patterns (which can also be anything such as tiles or type or images etc). The image on the left shows a nozzle / image hose used as a source via the pasteboard


Using nozzles with Painter Blobs effect

painter blobs nozzles twice image hose
  1. file open command and open a RIFF file

  2. select menu and reselect

  3. edit menu and copy. Now you have the graphic design in the pasteboard, you can now use the blobs effect

  4. filter menu and esoterica and blobs

  5. set the number of blobs (the more you go for the better the effect but it can be slow) and set the size such as mininum 50 and maximum 500 (though it is probably not to push the maximum as the pasteboard may only contain an image of 300 px) and set the seed and subsample.

  6. Click OK


Unfortunately the blobs effect does not appear to work on layers but you can always just create a number of new images and apply the effect again and again in different documents and then copy those and paste back and use those as layers and combine with blending modes


You can apply the blob effect multiple times with different settings as well as different nozzles in the pasteboard (such as in the image on the right)

Use the blobs effect with current color

You can also use the current color. Doesn't sound so great but you can create some very abstract and unusual designs by using the current color (which can be blue, green, yellow etc as required) and changing the color each time you apply the blobs effect

  1. set color to orange

  2. apply the blobs effect with the current color option

  3. set color to yellow

  4. apply the blobs effect

  5. set color to blue

  6. apply the blobs effect


You can also change the seed by clicking on the refresh button as well as changing the minimum and maximum size and blobs number for each application of the effect. The image on the right uses different colors with a refresh applied in the blobs effect in Painter but the maximum size has been reduced to close to the minimum size so you end up with small droplets of blobs instead of large distorted blobs.


Great for creating those old victorian book 'paper marbling' looks with multiple applications of the blobs effect with different colors. The result of the blobs can then be added to by using effects or perhaps interweaving the blobs effect with other Painter effects such as blurs and apply surface textures and image luminence setting to add depth to the color blobs such as with the image on the left or use the super soften effect with the blobs effect and combine them in multiple ways to create a blurry smeared blobs on the right.

Use blobs effect with patterns in Painter

painter pattern and type effect blobs

Patterns can be a great source for blobs effects in Painter and patterns can be anything, they can be just an image that has been defined as a pattern


  1. window menu and media control panels and 'patterns'

  2. right side menu and capture pattern

  3. go to the effects menu and esoterica and blobs

  4. select the pattern options


Patterns can be any size so you can play with minimum and maximum size option. In the image on the left, the blobs created with the current color was used as a new pattern and then re-applied with a larger maximum size setting.


You can also select other images and other patterns and designs (such as many of the artworks on this site) and use those as a pattern and then apply them via the effect. The image on the right uses a photo letter brush stroke as a source for the pattern and applies the blob effect to the source of the pattern to create a weird and wonderful distorted blobby type effect in Painter. Many different types of effects can be achieved by using different patterns


You can also use the painter grains / paper textures as a great source for the effect as the texture can be quickly re-defined as a pattern (basically they are much the same except one is grayscale and the other color) or perhaps use the paper textures as an express texture etc and then define that as a pattern and use in the Painter blobs effect

Other resources

1. Painter nozzles / image hoses

2. Painter textures / paper grains