Blenders

Blenders are not brushes for cloning but they do have some very interesting and useful features. They can be used directly on photographs and also on finished clones to add a further dimension.

Several of the variants, such as Diffuse Blur and Round Blender Brush, smear the image and give it a furry look. Others, like the Detail Blender, smooth the image but retain the overall shape and color.

There is more detail on Blenders at the start of Chapter 11 as they are excellent for portraits. Many other brushes not in this category can be made to work as blenders by reducing the ReSat value to zero and increasing the Bleed value.

Coarse Smear
Corel Painter Blenders

Figure 3.17

The Lavender Walkers.

Figure 3.17

The Lavender Walkers.

The Coarse Smear Blender was used to make this picture. I painted all over the photograph making flowing lines in the lavender and streaking the grasses out against the dark background, look at the detail in Figure 3.19 to see the brush strokes.

The Coarse Smear Blender was used once again on the clothes but changed to the Detail Blender 3 to work on the faces and fine detail.

The picture was taken at the Lavender Farm in the Cotswolds, England.

The blender range of brushes create lovely textures and are well worth experimenting with.

It is usually better to make a clone copy and work on that, which gives you the opportunity to bring back detail from the original image.

Figure 3.18

Original photograph.

Figure 3.19

Detail of brush strokes.

Figure 3.18

Original photograph.

Figure 3.19

Detail of brush strokes.

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