Jangled Nerves

Did your strokes have some variation in complexity or tangledness The amount of Jitter responds to the speed of your stroke, with slower strokes producing dense tangles, while faster strokes stretch and smooth out the tangles. Are you guessing that the Expression variable for Jitter is Velocity Then you'll be as surprised as I was when I saw None in the Expression field. Caffeine would have made more sense than that, but it's not an option. Eyes offer excellent opportunities for creative...

Figure Drawing

In a typical figure drawing class or workshop, an undraped model poses for increasing lengths of time, beginning with very short gesture poses lasting only a minute or two. Short poses are very energetic and active, exciting to capture quickly with a few strokes. For many years, I worked with charcoal sticks or oil pastels on big (18 x 24) sheets of paper. Nowadays, I'm usually the only one showing up with a laptop and Wacom tablet. My hands stay clean, and I don't have to worry about where to...

Image Manipulation

Painter provides most of the same tools for editing photos that you'll find in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, though some are named and organized a bit differently. We can easily make a composite using the Lasso tool (it's a roommate of the Rectangular and Oval Selection tools) followed by the Copy and Paste commands. Figure 5.22 shows how nicely (and quickly) these two photos can be blended. The layered RIFF file is also available in the Honolulu folder, as beachjadyjayered. Well, there is...

Illustration Projects

What 's the difference between fine art and illustration Fine art hangs on the wall, and illustrations get published. Well, that's the idea, but there's a lot of overlap. If you digitize the Mona Lisa and put a pair of jeans on her, you've got an ad. (It's actually been done. Mona's been public domain for even longer than Muybridge photos.) On the other hand, commercial art can hang in a museum after only a few decades. Examples include early 20th century orange crate labels and the psychedelic...

Naked Truth

Being forced to work this quickly encourages you to focus on the essence of the pose, skipping details. Just as important, this kind of practice helps you plunge into the process and ignore any self-doubt about your skill. After all, gesture drawings aren't meant to look good, and even if your effort sucks, there's another fresh opportunity to be successful every couple of minutes Process, not product is the mantra you need to repeat to yourself if you are judging your work negatively or you...

Pixel Based Animation

You've seen the incredible power that Corel Painter has for imitating traditional drawing and painting media. It shouldn't astonish you that Painter can also imitate traditional animation. I'm referring to the time-honored techniques that required drawing and painting by hand on transparent sheets of acetate, or cels, which were then photographed by a special camera. Even a short cartoon created in this way can involve teams of specialists for preliminary storyboarding, character design, pencil...

Its Only a Mask

In traditional printmaking or airbrush painting, areas can be protected from paint or ink with a mask. These can be made from tape, cardboard, or self-adhesive frisket paper cut to the precise shape needed. Earlier in this lesson, I mentioned the use of liquid resist for masking portions of a silkscreen mesh. It shouldn't surprise you that in digital art creating masks is much easier. Pixel-based applications like Painter and Photoshop provide several tools for selecting portions of the canvas...

Opacity Capacity

Painter X introduces changeable opacity for tracing paper. Just hold down the tracing paper icon to choose thicker or thinner paper. This is a handy feature for accommodating different stages in your drawing or different kinds of source images. So, you just need to pick a brush variant and a color, and you're ready to trace. I chose a rich brown, sampled from the shadow side of the pear source image. You don't have to actually switch to the Eyedropper tool to pick a color from an open image...

Just Add Watercolor

When you finish the line drawing, you can eliminate the preliminary layers. A quick way is to hide the visibility of unwanted layers and use the Drop All command in the Layer menu. Now add a new layer for fresh color. Remember to choose Gel or Multiply for the composite method. The Digital Watercolor variant provided in the custom palette for this project is Pointed Simple Water. It is an ideal choice for applying blobs or streaks of color in as casual and imperfect a style as your line work....

Grab a

Several other members of the F-X category use captured dabs Fairy Dust, Fire, Shattered and Squeegee. Yes, you can make a new and unique brush dab for your current variant. Create it, then select it with the Rectangular Selection tool. Use the Capture Dab command at the top of the popup menu in the Brush Selector Bar. Skip to the Opacity setting and notice that it is at 100 and the Expression field shows None. This means there can be no variation in opacity within a stroke. Click on the...

Lout the Author

Rhoda Grossman is the author of numerous books and tutorials on the creative uses of Painter and Photoshop, most recently Fun with Photoshop Elements. She has taught basic drawing as well as computer graphics techniques at several schools in the San Francisco Bay area and has earned a reputation for lively and humorous presentations. Rhoda became a pixel-packin' mama in 1990 and uses pixel-based software for commercial illustration and cartooning, as well as fine art projects. She has...

Text effects

Corel Painter Layer Shadow

Text uses Reverse-Out, shadow is green and blurred. Text in Difference method, shadow using Colorize. Text in Difference method, shadow using Colorize. The Text Palette, shown in Figure 10.6, gives you most of the Property Bar choices and more. Here's where you'll adjust tracking letter spacing and leading line spacing and assign a curve style. There doesn't seem to be a way to kern fine-tune spacing between two letters . If you're familiar with Photoshop's nifty Warp Text feature, prepare to...

Where Are the Clones

Corel Digital Painting

Cloner brushes have always been the most exciting feature of Painter, in my not so humble opinion. There are 38 brush styles to choose from. Version X provides a handy way to jump to the Cloner category instantly. Choose the Cloner tool in the Toolbox. Look for the brush icon with a little cross-hair indicating a clone source. Its roommate is the Rubber Stamp tool, used for point-to-point cloning with your Option Alt key engaged, click on the pixel area you want as the source. Release the...