Auto Painting palette

The Auto-Painting feature was introduced in Painter IX.5 and further improved in Painter X. It will allow you to make fast painterly clones using a vast number of brush variants. The new Smart Stroke brush category has been specially developed to work with the Auto-Painting palette.

One of the uses of this palette is to provide an underpainting prior to bringing more detail back with a regular clone brush or by using the Restoration palette which was introduced at the same time.

Step 1 File> Open> DVD Step-by-step files> '09 Mountain view'. Step 2 File> Clone.

Step 3 Select the Smart Stroke> Acrylics Captured Bristle brush, size 20, opacity 100%. Step 4 Window> Show Auto-Painting.

Step 5 In the Auto-Painting palette tick the Smart Stroke Painting but leave the Smart Settings unticked. Click the play button bottom right.

Step 6 Allow the process to paint the picture, you can stop it any time by clicking in the picture. Press the play button to continue.

Figure 9.26

The Auto-Painting palette.

variant.

Auto-Painting with the Artists┬╗Impressionist

Figure 9.26

The Auto-Painting palette.

Figure 9.27

variant.

Auto-Painting with the Artists┬╗Impressionist

When the Smart Stroke Painting option is not selected other options in the palette become operable. The Stroke box reveals a large choice of brush strokes which will modify the choice of brush previously selected in the Brush Selector. There is also the chance to customize the brush further by altering the five sliders in the palette.

Figure 9.28 shows the Impressionist brush with the Smart Stroke Painting option selected, notice how the brush strokes follow the lines of the original photograph. In Figure 9.29 this is not used and the Zig Zag stroke was chosen instead, see how the brush strokes are random and do not follow the lines of the photograph.

Figure 9.28

Impressionist brush with Smart Stroke Painting option selected.

Figure 9.29

Impressionist brush with the Zig Zag stroke used.

Figure 9.28

Impressionist brush with Smart Stroke Painting option selected.

Figure 9.29

Impressionist brush with the Zig Zag stroke used.

Two further examples now, Figure 9.30 shows the Impressionist brush again but this time with the Splat stroke used. Figure 9.31 uses the Smart Stroke Painting with the Square Chalk 35 brush.

Also introduced at the same time as the Auto-Painting palette is the Restoration palette and this allows easy access to the Soft Clone in order to restore parts of your original source photograph.

Figure 10.1

The old fence.

This old fence was photographed in Infra-red using a digital camera and then hand colored in Painter X following the same procedure as the step-by-step example in this chapter.

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