An introduction to paper grain

Before a painter using a 'traditional', that is non-digital method starts to paint, two important decisions have to be made. Firstly, which medium to use which might be oil, watercolor, pencil, pastel and so on and then the surface on which to paint, perhaps paper, board, sandpaper, etc.

What Painter does is to replicate as closely as possible the result of the chosen combination. A soft camel hair brush on a smooth board will give a clean edged smooth color, whereas when using a piece of hard chalk on a heavily textured paper the chalk will skim the surface leaving the paper indentations with no paint, in other words a very rough effect. These choices will have a major influence on the finished look of the artwork.

It is very similar when a photograph is cloned using the brushes and surfaces available in Painter, the huge range of brushes and papers cover virtually every type available to the traditional artist and many that are not.

There are something like 600 different papers in Painter, some of which have to be loaded separately from the program CD, so the combination of 900 brushes combined with 600 papers is pretty mind-boggling. Figure 2.19 shows a few of the hundreds of textured papers available. Chapters 5 and 6 deal with this subject in a lot of more depth but this introduction will give you a quick understanding before you start on the next step-by-step.

Figure 2.19

Some of the paper textures in the Painter program.

Figure 2.19

Some of the paper textures in the Painter program.

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