Camel impasto clone

For this next clone we will use the same original photograph of the magnolia but use a very different brush to illustrate how the choice of brush variant can dramatically change the final result.

Step 1 File> Open> DVD> Step-by-step files> '02 magnolia'. Step 2 File> Quick Clone.

Step 3 Ctrl/Cmd + M to put into Full Screen Mode. Step 4 Select the Brush icon in the toolbox.

Step 5 From the Brush Selector bar choose the Cloners brush category and the Camel Impasto Cloner variant.

If you are not familiar with traditional painting, the impasto effect implied in the name of this brush refers to paint applied very thickly to the canvas giving the picture a three-dimensional finish. In Painter this effect is achieved through the use of shadows added automatically to the brush strokes as the picture is painted. Step 6 Change the brush size to 20 and the opacity to 72%.

Impasto Painting Magnolia

Figure 2.12

Screen at step 7.

Figure 2.12

Screen at step 7.

Step 7 With the tracing Paper turned on, start painting the flower, make your brush strokes follow the lines of the petals. After a few minutes take the tracing paper off to view what you have painted, increase the size of the picture on the screen to 100% (Ctrl/Cmd + 0) which will enable you to see clearly the three-dimensional brush strokes. The direction of each brush stroke is critical to the success of the picture so paint over any areas which have the brush strokes going the wrong way.

Step 8 Continue painting the petals until they are complete but avoid painting any background as far as possible. This is unavoidable at times and the dark green will appear around the edges, however this will be dealt with later.

Impasto

Depth Color Eraser

Figure 2.13

Depth color eraser

Step 9 If you feel that the brush strokes are too strong they can be softened quite easily. Go to the Brush Selector bar and choose the Impasto brush category and the Depth Smear variant. Use brush size 37 and opacity 15%, paint lightly over the brush strokes and the impasto effect is reduced.

Step 10 Lets deal with the edges now, select another variant from the Impasto brush category this time the Depth Color Eraser. Change the size to 15 and the opacity to 66%. Put the screen size to 100% again and carefully go around the edges of the petals and remove all the dark edges. Start with the brush well outside the edge and gradually bring the brush inwards, it is quite tricky to get a smooth edge which looks right and you may have to use larger or smaller brush sizes.

Figure 2.14

Cleaning the edges.

Figure 2.14

Cleaning the edges.

Figure 2.15

Magnolia impasto clone.

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