$299.00 USD

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All materials are copyright 2023 @ Heather Michelle Chinn and may not be shared, distributed, re-packaged, sold, or handed out without expressed, written permission from Heather Michelle Chinn. While these may be used in your edited, flattened files for your photographic edits, they may not be submitted to your photography (or ANY) clients as layered files. These backgrounds, or other content, (in whole or in part) may NOT be sold, distributed, or used as a base to create variations or "new" backgrounds in any manner to be printed or sold to background companies without expressed, written permission from Heather Michelle Chinn at Heather@HeatherThePainter.com
You agree to terms of use upon download which include not sharing, selling, or re-packaging these documents in any form to be used as stand alone products. You may use them within your artwork, but please don't repackage and sell them as standalone transparent files. I have seen my backgrounds sold as backgrounds on Etsy before. Please don't do it.

Backgrounds, textures, collections, or any files downloaded from this site (including the online library) MAY NOT BE UPLOADED INTO ANY AI (artificial intelligence) programs such as but not limited to Midjourney, Dall-E, NightCafe, Images.ai, Deep Dream Generator, ArtBreeder, StableCog, DeepAI, StarryAI, and/or FOTOR. This is agreed upon download. You are encouraged to either use the backgrounds in your photographic edits, OR to use them as painterly bases to take into a program where a human user controls the brushwork in the digital painting such as Adobe Photoshop or Corel Painter for a client file (subject over top of the background in a flattened delivered file). 

The Backgrounds and Backgrounds Collections may be used as layers, or textures while editing your artwork for both commercial (ie: photography studio needing to change a backdrop in their portrait subject's edit) and personal use. The backgrounds/textures may not be (modified or not) shared, repackaged, resold, copied, or redistributed in any way to be distributed as backgrounds/backdrops/textures. This is agreed upon download. Backgrounds may not be sold, licensed, or distributed in a way that permits Licensee’s end users to extra or access the backgrounds as a stand alone file or PRINTED. Each purchase is copyright protected and only available for a single user. All backgrounds remain property of Heather Michelle Chinn.

To revisit the terms of use please visit HERE. 

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out to  email Heather@HeatherThePainter.com.


For backgrounds and textures downloads, please see User Agreement above or on the store for terms of use. For some ideas on how to use the backgrounds and textures please visit (and subscribe!) to Heather's Youtube channel here:

Special Offer! Add the Alla Prima ll Collection for only $39 (reg. $159!) This set provides 97 monochromatic high resolution textures plus bonus materials created from actual paint on large canvases perfect for your texture palette in Corel Painter (or Adobe Photoshop)! I pull textures from this collection ALL THE TIME!

2023 Creating and Using Functional Backgrounds Masterclass REPLAY - Study at your own pace

This Masterclass REPLAY includes:


OVER 10 hours of Video!

41 high resolution BACKGROUNDS

22 high resolution TEXTURES

4 worksheets

25 of Heather's Corel Painter brushes compatible with Corel Painter 2021 (or newer)

Reference images

and more!

You will see how Heather starts an image from the absolute GROUND to the END in these videos!

You'll receive: 

  • OVER 6 hours of pre-recorded, streaming Masterclass videos you can access via your online library
  • Access to Controlling the Texture in the Background webinar replay (120 minutes plus goodies)
  • Intro to Corel Painter 2021 video (1hr18m)
  • Brushes pack for Corel Painter 2021 (and newer)
  • Homework assignments each session
  • PDFs
  • Heather's BONUS 2023 (un-released) Backgrounds Pack
  • Some of Heather's favorite backgrounds from the last few years to study at high resolution (including Alla Prima, Alla Prima ll, Foundations, and some of the earlier collections)
  • 22 of Heather's high resolution textures
  • Some of Heather's high resolution paintings, and reference images to study the brushwork "up close"


Backgrounds are often the most overlooked space in a painting. They're the supporting role. If you're not composing them properly, your subject could be weakly supported leaving the viewer to wonder "well, that's nice." Strive for exceptional. Especially in this day and age. 

 You'll learn how to utilize organic materials and utilize them in a digital space for a truly life like painted look in your backgrounds. This extended workshop will cover editing and layering in Adobe Photoshop (CC and newer), and painting in Corel Painter 2021 (or newer) with a Wacom Intuos Pro tablet and pen. The pre-recorded Masterclass tutorials can be streamed whenever you have high speed internet through your online library!

Heather will cover how to make one of a kind textures organically for digital use using traditional media. You'll learn how to layer textures, tricks and pitfalls, how to prepare them for Corel Painter's "Texture" palette. You'll also learn how to incorporate backgrounds you might already own from this store into your textures or backgrounds arsenal. Heather will demonstrate how to identify and use brushes in background building, as well as edge identifiers for painting the subject into the background if the background was painted separate of the subject. 

If you're looking to create unique backgrounds for your own use, or even selling them on Etsy, or maybe it's looking how to better merge your subject to the background space, this class is for you! A basic understanding of layers and maneuvering Photoshop and Corel Painter are required. Please note an Intro to Corel Painter 2021 video is included to help you manage your setup.

While this course is designed to teach you to create your own backgrounds, please note if you are using any backgrounds from this store the terms of agreement are still in effect. You can view the terms here. 



Replay ONE - Textures - merging traditional with digital

Replay TWO - Layering tricks and brush identification

Replay THREE - Gestalt - Merging the subject with the background texturally

Replay FOUR - Finishing the subject into the background



 BONUS Backgrounds


Class Requirements

  • Adobe Photoshop CC or newer
  • Corel Painter 2021 or newer
  • A pressure sensitive tablet such as a Wacom
  • A digital camera of some sort. Your cell phone is not recommended but if that is all you have access to, so be it. 
  • Black acrylic paint (cheap, dollar store paint is fine!)
  • High speed internet


Please note only this does not include any LIVE sessions - simply the REPLAY from the first Original Creating and Using Functional Backgrounds Masterclass! 

This Masterclass goes through the not so lovely "OH POOP" moments when you have to make the subject work with the background space. You'll see it ALL in the replays. If you can't make it work, let alone know what to look for, the overall painting will not work. Don't let a few elements keep your masterpiece in the dud pile. This image is what you'll see from start to finish in the Study At Your Pace REPLAY.

What People Are Saying:

Your backgrounds are always so amazing. So talented!

P.K. S.

(During the critique) It was amazing to watch how you took a background which I felt was quite good... and in a few minutes made it infinitely better. When I watched you paint, you knew instinctively what would and would not work...

W. T.

I highly recommend Heather’s 2023 Creating Functional Backgrounds from Scratch MASTERCLASS. This 4 part tutorial was one of the most informative classes I have ever taken. I loved the fact that the class is divided into 4 sections that allow you time to absorb very useful material before moving on to other aspects of background painting. You can work at your own pace. You will not regret signing up for this Master Class and will receive many useful brushes and textures along with easy to follow instructional videos. This class is money well spent for your Painter education.

Tana P