Smart Stroke Brushes

Smart Stroke Brushes are the other brush category new to Painter X. They are designed to work with the new Auto-Painting palette and cover a wide range of traditional media techniques. They can be used for cloning and work very well, I particularly like the Acrylics Captured brush which gives a very rich texture and is quick and easy to use.

The examples shown below for Sponge Soft and Watercolor Broad brush have been made using the Auto-Painting palette. This palette is very useful as it can create the overall texture as an underpainting and then detail can be painted in by hand.

Corel Painter Smart Stroke
Watercolor Broad Brush
Corel Painter Auto Paint

Figure 3.92

Cow and calf.

Figure 3.92

Cow and calf.

This pastoral photograph of a cow and her calf has been painted with the Smart Stroke, Acrylics Captured Bristle. The first stage was completed by using the Auto-Painting palette with the Smart Stroke Painting option ticked. This resulted in the picture seen in Figure 3.94, and the next step was to paint over the white areas. There are unsightly contour lines on the cow and these were painted over with the same brush size 20, opacity 100%, and the brush strokes followed the lines of the hair.

Reducing the brush size down to 10 and later to 5 and using an opacity of 50% the details on the head and coat of both cow and calf were gradually painted in.

The background was rather distracting, so taking the brush out of cloning method this was painted over with brush size 35 and opacity 50%.

Finally any unfinished areas were dealt with, rough areas smoothed over with a low opacity brush and the picture was cropped slightly.

Original photograph.

Figure 3.94

After the Auto-Painting.

Figure 3.93

Original photograph.

Figure 3.94

After the Auto-Painting.

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