Terminology and usage

Similar but does not always work in the same way What looks like the Background color is actually the Additional Color which is used for two color brushes Single click in Toolbox in Photoshop, double click in Painter Activate Canvas, Select> All, Edit> Copy, Edit> Paste in Place to make a copy at the top of the layer stack Available from the Layers palette menu Image adjustments are in the Effects menu Works in the same way but not all layer modes are compatible, see below for more...

Preferences Customize Keys

For those people, like myself, who use keyboard shortcuts a lot the Customize Keys option is superb. It allows shortcuts to be made for all the main functions in Painter and you can also change the default ones if you wish. It is particularly useful if you use another program like Photoshop for instance, as you can use the same shortcuts in both programs. The option existed in earlier versions of Painter but in Painter X the dialog box has had an overhaul and is much more user friendly To bring...

Digital Watercolor

Digital Watercolor offers an alternative to the standard Watercolor brushes. The main difference is that the brushes can be applied to a normal layer unlike Watercolor, which must have its own dedicated layer. This makes it more versatile as it is possible to use both Digital Watercolor and other brush categories on the same layer. As can be seen below the brushes vary considerably from smooth strokes to very diffused ones. With the exception of the Flat Water Blender, all the examples below...

Hand tinting Changing season

The next stage follows on from the previous exercise and illustrates how with hand tinting you can change the season at will. The first snowfall has arrived at our autumn scene and the brown and gold tones will soon be covered with a layer of snow. Many of the autumn leaves are still on the trees, so you can use your final version to build on or use the new starting version provided on the DVD. Figure 10.29 New starting photograph. Figure 10.29 New starting photograph. Step 1 File gt Open gt...

Watercolor Layers

All the brushes in this category use a dedicated layer on which to paint and this is automatically created when you select and use a Watercolor brush. These layers have some special characteristics, e.g. because watercolor will blend when wet, you can return to these layers at a later date and having wet the layer again, paint over the image and paint 'wet on wet', a traditional watercolor technique. This is only possible if you save the picture in RIFF file format, if you save it in any other...

Painter X to Photoshop CS

The Canvas will translate as a background and Normal layers will stay the same. The specialist layers that include Water Color layers, Liquid Ink Layers, Dynamic Plug In Layers, Type Layers and Mosaics will change to Normal layers. All these special layers will be rasterized during the process of saving to PSD format. Rasterized means that they become normal bitmap layers and the special effects cannot be directly edited again. If you wish to keep any of these special layers to be edited at a...

Layer masks

Layer Masks work very much iike their cousins in Photoshop. By painting into the mask with biack the contents of the iayer are hidden. If you have not used masks before you may want to try the short step-by-step exampie beiow Step 1 Fiie gt Open gt DVD gt Step-by-step fiies gt '07 Muiti-Layered Fiie'. Step 2 Ciick the top iayer to make it the active iayer Step 3 Make a iayer mask by ciicking on the iayer mask icon highiighted in Figure 7.5. Step 4 Ciick on the iayer mask itseif to make it...

Smart Stroke Brushes

Corel Painter Auto Paint

Smart Stroke Brushes are the other brush category new to Painter X. They are designed to work with the new Auto-Painting palette and cover a wide range of traditional media techniques. They can be used for cloning and work very well, I particularly like the Acrylics Captured brush which gives a very rich texture and is quick and easy to use. The examples shown below for Sponge Soft and Watercolor Broad brush have been made using the Auto-Painting palette. This palette is very useful as it can...

Soft Runny Watercolor

Step 1 File gt Open gt DVD gt Step-by-step files gt '08 Slater's Bridge'. Step 2 File gt Quick Clone. Turn off the tracing paper as it is difficult to see the detail in this very light clone. Step 3 Select the Watercolor gt Soft Runny Wash brush, size 100.0, opacity 2 . Click the clone color option in the Colors palette. Step 4 Starting from the bottom, gently paint into the picture allowing the picture to slowly reveal itself. This brush uses a lot of diffusion and is therefore very slow to...

Textures

Corel Painter Step Step

Making a paper texture test print Changing the paper scale Changing the paper contrast Changing the paper brightness Using extra paper libraries Creating your own paper texture he huge range of paper textures is one of the reasons that Painter is so attractive to photographers and choosing the right texture can transform a picture quite dramatically. In this chapter you will explore the library of paper textures that come as the default set, altering the size of the texture and also the...

Watercolor explained

Before you start work on the next step-by-step clone it will be helpful to explore some of the very special features of the Watercolor brush category. This category has a lot of unique features and the following exercise will take you through some of the settings in the Water palette and explain how the brushes can be adjusted to suit the style of painting you need. There are 52 brushes in the Watercolor category and each one has a particular arrangement of settings in the Water palette, with...

Watercolor

Watercolor Corel Painter Tutorial

As can be seen from the list of brushes on the left, the Watercolor category contains a huge range of variants, which cover many types of watercolor painting. The Runny brushes use the traditional wet on wet style and run down the page leaving a highly diffuse picture. The Dry Camel and Fine Camel give quite a clear clone with the brush stroke visible. The Dry Bristle brush is a good quick brush for a beginner to try. All the examples below use the Clone Color option. Generally Watercolor is a...

Dry Bristle Watercolor

Step 1 File gt Open gt DVD gt Step-by-step files gt '08 Slater's Bridge'. Step 2 File gt Quick Clone. Step 3 Select the Watercolor gt Dry Bristle brush, size 30.0, opacity 2 . Click the clone color option in the Colors palette. Step 4 Brush over the main elements of the picture with the tracing paper on, then turn the tracing paper off and continue to paint in the picture. You will find this brush much quicker to use than the Soft Runny brush as the paint does not diffuse as much. Step 5...

Artists Oils

Artist Oils Dry Brush Corel Painter

Artists Oils brushes replicate the use of real brushes much more closely than ever before the paint can be taken directly from the Mixer palette and a blend of colors picked up on the brush. The brush only takes up a specific amount of paint so the brush stops painting when it runs out of paint. The brush also interacts with any paint already on the canvas, just as it would on a real oil painting. When the brushes are used on photographs they do not work as cloners in the same way as many other...

Felt Pens

Felt Pens are graphic tools and are best used for pictures that need a strong energetic style. One of the distinguishing characteristics of Felt Pens is that when you repeat brush strokes the density increases and the color builds quite quickly to black. Most of the Felt Pens in this category work on this same principle. The Design marker is very rough and increases the contrast and color quite strongly. In the last two examples the Method has been changed to Grainy Hard Cover Cloning and paper...

Keyboard Shortcuts

Ctrl Cmd Alt Opt and drag in the document, the circle shows the brush size Square Brackets - Left The incremental amount can be set in the General Preferences Change between active documents on screen Numbers on keyboard, that is 2 for 20 Remember that you can change any keyboard shortcut and create your own in the Preferences gt Customize Keys There are many ways to create artistic pictures with Painter painting from scratch in a blank document, using plug-in filters to change photographs in...

Hand tinting

Hand Tinting Photos

Hand tinting photographs is as old as photography itself and in recent years has experienced a revival as artists and photographers seek to make pictures that have that very special magic that hand tinting can give. This step-by-step example will explain the techniques needed to get the right degree of color in the final picture. The starting point is the picture of Hodge Tarn as seen in Figure 10.19. The original color slide has been desaturated and lightly toned in Figur 0J Original...

Making Mosaics

Laying Tiles Art Mosaic

Mosaic Clones work in a completely different way compared to all other clones. Most of the toolbox and palettes are not available when using Mosaics, so all the controls you need are available from within the Mosaics dialog box. Choosing the right picture to make into a mosaic is important as not all photographs are suitable, pictures with good strong shapes and lines usually work best. Step 1 File gt Open gt DVD gt Step-by-step files gt '09 Quarry Truck'. Step 2 File gt Quick Clone. Step 3 The...

Pastel

Corel Tutorial Quick Clone

Pastel pictures have a very distinctive texture as the pastel interacts strongly with a textured paper. The choice of pastel brush is critical as they vary considerably, hard pastels emphasize the paper texture while the soft ones blend into the paper but still have the texture present, particularly on the edges of the brush strokes. One of my favorite pastel brushes is the Artists Pastel Chalk which you will be using in this example. Step 1 File gt Open gt DVD gt Step-by-step files gt '08...

The Stroke Designer Palettes

Hair Brush Corel

The General palette is the most regularly used of all the brush palettes. It is worth knowing that all the individual palettes of the Brush Creator can be brought on screen separately in Painter X, go to Window gt Brush Controls and they will be listed separately there. Because the General palette is used so much I have this on screen permanently, other palettes like the watercolor palette are on screen just when a watercolor brush is being used. The Dab is the mark that the brush makes when a...

Monochrome clone

Clones using monochrome photographs can work very well. They need no special techniques apart from removing the color if your original picture is in color. This picture was originally photographed on Kodak Infra-Red film and that has given it a very grainy and contrasty appearance. Step 1 File gt Open gt DVD gt Step-by-step files gt '09 Old Coach House'. If your own picture needs to be changed to monochrome, make a new empty layer above the canvas and fill it with black. Change the layer...

Contents

Picking a color from the Colors palette Stroke Designer Palettes - Impasto The Randomizer Making a new brush category 123 Making a new brush category 123 Using a layer mask to reduce the effect Overlaying a texture from another picture Adjusting the saturation and contrast Making an inset mount Portrait in Oils Portrait using Artists Oils Portrait using Pastels Smart Stroke Brushes Design ideas for portraits Moody portrait Weddings Bride in white Glass Distortion Sketch Woodcut Liquid Lens...