Oils

Many of the brushes in the Oils category have textured brush strokes and in this next step-by-step you will see how this can transform a photograph into an image which appears to have depth. The impression of depth is called Impasto, which is described in more detail in Chapter 4.

Step 1 File> Open> DVD> Step-by-step files> '08 Autumn Color'. Step 2 File> Quick Clone. Step 3 Select the Thick Wet Oils 30 brush, size 35.0, opacity 100%. Click the clone color option in the Colors palette. On the Properties bar change the Resat box to read 100%, this change means that the brush will keep on painting with the full amount of paint rather than running out.

Corel Painter Clone Oils

Figure 8.24

Thick Wet Oils brush.

Figure 8.23

Original photograph.

Figure 8.23

Original photograph.

Step 4 Paint the entire picture with a layer of paint, this stage is shown in Figure 8.24. Paint the sky first, which will darken it considerably, then paint the rest of the picture using short brush strokes to give a textured effect. More detail can be seen in the enlargement as shown in Figure 8.25.

Figure 8.25

Detail of brush strokes.

Figure 8.24

Thick Wet Oils brush.

Figure 8.25

Detail of brush strokes.

Thick Brush Strokes

Step 5 Reduce the brush size to 15.0 and using very short brush strokes paint over the autumn leaves, pushing the brush strokes outwards from the centre of the foliage. Enlarge the picture on the screen to work in greater detail and check the detail shown in Figures 8.26 and 8.27.

Figure 8.27

Detail of brush strokes.

Figure 8.26

Figure 8.27

Detail of brush strokes.

Figure 8.28

Step 6 Reduce the brush more to between 8.0 and 10.0 and run the brush down the tree trunks to bring them out clearly. Paint the side of each tree trunk to emphasize the light and dark areas. Continue to paint over the leaves at varying brush sizes to give an interesting texture as in Figures 8.28 and 8.29.

Figure 8.29

Detail of brush strokes.

Figure 8.28

Figure 8.29

Detail of brush strokes.

Step 7 Press Ctrl/Cmd + B or go to Window> Show Brush Creator and click on the Spacing tab. Change the Spacing slider from the default 8% to read 63%. This will space out the brush dabs and reduce the smoothness of the

Figure 8.31

Figure 8.30

Figure 8.31

The picture needs more contrast to make it spring off the page but we cannot clone from the original photograph until it has been brightened, so the next stage is to alter the contrast of the original by making two extra layers.

Step 8 If the layers palette is not on screen bring it up via Layers> Show Layers. Activate the original image by clicking in the picture and then select the Layer Adjuster tool from the Toolbox. Select> All then holding down the Alt/Opt key, click in the picture to make a copy of the Canvas, this will automatically be placed on a new layer. Repeat this step to make a second copy of the Canvas.

Step 9 Click on the top Layer and rename it Lighten (via the Layers palette menu).

Go to Effects> Tonal Control> Brightness and Contrast and move the sliders to the approximate positions shown in Figure 8.32.

Figure 8.32

Adjusting Brightness and Contrast.

Figure 8.32

Adjusting Brightness and Contrast.

Step 10 Click the eye icon on the top layer to hide it, then click on the middle layer and rename it Darken.

Co to Effects> Tonal Control> Brightness and Contrast and move the sliders to the positions shown in Figure 8.33.

Figure 8.33

Adjusting Brightness and Contrast.

Figure 8.33

Adjusting Brightness and Contrast.

This has given us two extra versions of the original picture from which to clone. The two extra layers are shown in Figures 8.34 and 8.35 and the Layers palette in Figure 8.36.

Figure 8.35

Figure 8.34

Light layer.

Light layer.

Figure 8.36

Layers palette showing the three layers to clone from.

Figure 8.35

Figure 8.36

Layers palette showing the three layers to clone from.

Step 11 Click on the Darken layer in the original image to make it active and turn off the visibility Dark layer. °f the Lighten layer. Return to the clone copy and using brush size 12.0 and 33% opacity, brush some darker areas into the picture where you would expect to see shadows. Step 12 Click on the Lighten layer in the original image to make it active and turn off the visibility of the Darken layer. Return to the clone copy and using brush size 14.0 and 33% opacity brush highlights into the top of the trees and in the groups of leaves. Increase the opacity to 65% and dab in more highlights. Increase the opacity to 100% and add just a few more highlights very carefully, don't overdo it!

The final cloned image after a small crop is shown in Figure 8.37. Some extra texture was added to complete the picture and the procedure for this is covered in Chapter 6.

In the same way these extra layers were created to increase contrast, the original image can be altered at any time, for instance, to clone out something distracting, to blur the picture or to change the color before continuing to clone.

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