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Applying surface texture

From: Painter 11 Essential Training

Video: Applying surface texture

In this chapter, we are going to take a look at effects. Painter has a whole menu of different kinds of filters and interesting things that it can apply to an image and many of them you would recognize from other applications. No surprises there. But Painter does have some interesting different filters that in some cases haven't seen the light of day for a while, they have kind of been buried back in their closet, but they have actually been in the application for some time and I'm going to go through and I'll show you a newer feature, as well as some of the ones that have been buried in the closet.

Applying surface texture

In this chapter, we are going to take a look at effects. Painter has a whole menu of different kinds of filters and interesting things that it can apply to an image and many of them you would recognize from other applications. No surprises there. But Painter does have some interesting different filters that in some cases haven't seen the light of day for a while, they have kind of been buried back in their closet, but they have actually been in the application for some time and I'm going to go through and I'll show you a newer feature, as well as some of the ones that have been buried in the closet.

We'll dust them off and take a look at them. So, let's look at effects. In this video we are going to take a look at Apply Surface Texture and as the name of this effect implies, this allows you to imbue an image with a sense of surface that's almost three dimensional, as if you could almost reach out and touch it. Now so far, we worked on this earlier from a photograph but I want to even go further into making this appear painted and I have taken the original image, which was layered and flattened down, and we are going to go to the Effects menu and under Surface Control we have Apply Surface Texture.

So, we'll click on that and this brings up this dialog. And there are several things I can do in here, all of these sliders are dedicated to achieving various types of visual control over your three dimensional appearance that surface texture is going to apply. Then normally, we use paper but I'm also going to show you this Image Luminance feature that's in the Using pop-up. This just determines where is the source of the three dimensional information being generated from. And in this case, we are just saying the actual image.

So, we are now looking at the image and I think you can see and I'll just really overdo it so that you can see it. It applies the appearance of a three dimensional height to everything within the image and I have got it right now so that it's way over done. But the idea is to really pull this down to a very minimal level. Now compared to where we were, this looks good. So, I'm going to say OK and that one is actually pretty good but even now, I can still see it kind of showing up a little more than I want in the image, in fact, I'm going to go to 100% here so we get the actual pixels to look at.

And there's just something about it. It's a little bit too strong. The think you basically want to do is keep these kind of at the threshold of consciousness. You don't want the viewer to be actually distracted by this stuff. It should be just noticeable enough so that it adds to the image but it also should be subtle enough that it doesn't distract or call attention to itself. And even after I have applied it, I have the option of going up to my Edit menu and I can take advantage of the Fade command Now, the Fade command just undoes what you did by a certain amount.

If I say Undo 0% that's exactly how it looks now on the canvas. If I take it to Undo 100%, well it will have us back to our original image before that was applied and I want somewhere in between there and you have heard me mention the old 50% rule. Well, this is actually a case in point where for this particular filter, I would say about 50% is right and so I'm going to go ahead and say OK. So we have applied a little bit of three dimensionality to this, but I want to apply now a texture to it.

And I'm going to open up the Paper palette here. So we'll launch our Paper palette and I'm going to now open up Apply Surface Texture again. Now, we are going to tell it we want to use the Paper as our source and the nice thing about this is while this is opened, I can actually adjust this so that you could see how, as I'm changing the scale in the Papers palette, I'm also seeing the scale change here. Now, one of the reasons that's important is, you may want it to stop to think about what size of a painting is this and I'm kind of envision it as a very small 12 x 8 inches or so.

So, it's not a really large painting and because of that, you wouldn't want to keep too small of a paper grain, especially this cotton canvas because if it's too small it's going to look as if it's a larger painting because canvas weaves are fairly in this ballpark in terms of count per inch or whatever, so that by playing around with this a bit, I can get what's going to look like the right scale for the image and here's a case in point again. Right now this looks pretty good, but while it is kind of turned up, lets just look a little bit of what I can do here.

For one thing, I can play with the Shine. If I wanted it to be a very matte canvas, I can turn that down and what it does is it get rids of the little highlights that make up the little point of light that is hitting the high peaks of the paper grain. So if I turn it up, you will start to see how it casts a light on that highlight edge. Now, let's just go ahead and say OK. And you can see by far that is way too strong and I can tell you that when you look at that little preview, it's isolated and you are seeing it kind of surgically removed from the context of the overall image.

And so it's not unusual at all to do this and then once you have applied it, realize oh! that was way too much. So, I'm going to Undo and I'm going to go back and I'm going to turn Shine just all the way down and I think any amount of that is going to end up being objectionable. And I also am going to apply my 50% rule, while this looks good in here, I'm going to take this down to about half, so it will be about 17%, 18% and I'm going to apply that and now that's much closer but even now, that's just enough causing a pattern on the image that you tend to see it.

So, I'm going to once again go to my Fade command here and at least 50% is probably good, lets try that. Now, there, there I can see it. It's in the image but it's not in the image to the point that it calls attention to itself. So, these tools take a bit of understanding how to sort of throttle yourself back because it's so easy to get enamored by the tool, when in fact you got to ask yourself the question what's the star of the show here? Is it the flowers that have been painted or is the physical characteristics of the canvas? Well, the answer should be obvious. It's the flowers.

So, anything added beyond that has to play a very supporting role. So Apply Surface Texture is a great way to add a bit of physical texture to your finished images, just be sure to use a subtle hand when you apply these tools.

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Painter 11 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 49s
    1. Welcome/demo
      54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      55s
  2. 3m 45s
    1. What Painter can do
      1m 15s
    2. Let's paint!
      2m 30s
  3. 23m 16s
    1. Starting Painter for the first time
      6m 39s
    2. Creating, opening, and saving files
      4m 52s
    3. Sizing image resolution for output
      6m 16s
    4. Extending the canvas
      2m 36s
    5. Creating and using templates
      2m 53s
  4. 37m 46s
    1. Navigating Painter
      8m 46s
    2. Rotating the canvas
      3m 3s
    3. Using the Tool palette and Property bar
      6m 41s
    4. Understanding Tool palette selectors
      8m 58s
    5. The Brush Selector bar: an art store in a palette
      4m 2s
    6. Configuring palettes
      6m 16s
  5. 28m 37s
    1. Accessing and controlling color with the Color palette
      8m 27s
    2. Mixing color in the Mixer palette
      10m 41s
    3. Color sets: choose 'n' use color
      9m 29s
  6. 37m 13s
    1. Understanding the six axes of motion
      3m 19s
    2. Introducing tablets: Intuos3 and Intuos4
      8m 6s
    3. Introducing tablets: Cintiq
      7m 49s
    4. Customizing your Wacom tablet: part 1
      4m 57s
    5. Customizing your Wacom tablet: part 2
      9m 25s
    6. Maximizing your tablet's pressure response
      3m 37s
  7. 14m 56s
    1. Understanding the selection tools
      2m 16s
    2. Making selections using the Lasso tool
      3m 20s
    3. Making polygonal selections
      2m 51s
    4. Making selections using the Magic Wand tool
      6m 29s
  8. 42m 34s
    1. Understanding layers
      8m 1s
    2. Using the Preserve Transparency control
      2m 50s
    3. Using the Pick Up Underlying Color control
      4m 36s
    4. Resizing and rotating layers using the Transform tool
      5m 45s
    5. Making selections using channels
      4m 23s
    6. Working with layer masks
      9m 52s
    7. Adding text
      7m 7s
  9. 37m 40s
    1. Understanding the Brush Creator workspace
      6m 11s
    2. Exploring brush properties using the Randomizer
      8m 15s
    3. Exploring brush properties using the Transposer
      4m 45s
    4. Using the Stroke Designer to create custom brushes
      9m 39s
    5. Managing brush variants
      8m 50s
  10. 38m 24s
    1. Adjusting brush size: three techniques
      3m 3s
    2. Fine-tuning your stroke in the Brush Controls palette
      5m 12s
    3. Working with texture-aware media
      8m 59s
    4. Painting with Artists' Oils brushes
      10m 45s
    5. Painting with RealBristle brushes
      3m 39s
    6. Working with hard media
      4m 57s
    7. Painting with markers
      1m 49s
  11. 20m 21s
    1. Understanding the Image Hose
      3m 26s
    2. Controlling the Image Hose
      8m 32s
    3. Creating a nozzle file
      8m 23s
  12. 22m 11s
    1. Warmup exercises
      7m 54s
    2. Draftsmanship: drawing media
      10m 56s
    3. Doodling
      43s
    4. Creating outline sketches utilizing the conceptual squint
      2m 38s
  13. 17m 28s
    1. Understanding cloning
      3m 1s
    2. Tracing a clone's source using Tracing Paper
      3m 27s
    3. Painting a cloned image
      5m 55s
    4. Creating a Quick Clone
      2m 46s
    5. In-document cloning
      2m 19s
  14. 25m 51s
    1. Understanding the vocabularies of paint photography
      8m 51s
    2. You must destroy detail
      6m 20s
    3. Focusing on the subject
      4m 1s
    4. Adapting color in a photograph for photo painting
      6m 39s
  15. 28m 16s
    1. Under-painting
      6m 26s
    2. Auto-painting
      5m 25s
    3. Using manual controls for auto-painting
      11m 53s
    4. Restoring detail using the Restoration palette
      4m 32s
  16. 18m 44s
    1. The photo as wet oil paint
      6m 47s
    2. Cloning the canvas and building detail with multiple layers
      11m 57s
  17. 25m 57s
    1. Applying surface texture
      6m 53s
    2. Matching the color palette between two images
      4m 10s
    3. Marbling
      9m 27s
    4. Exploring the Growth effect
      5m 27s
  18. 25m 10s
    1. Understanding frame-by-frame animation
      2m 9s
    2. Creating an animation with onion-skinning
      11m 51s
    3. Using a movie clone source
      11m 10s
  19. 17m 47s
    1. Using each application for its strengths
      4m 24s
    2. Working with Photoshop's PSD file format in Painter and Photoshop
      4m 52s
    3. Configuring color management
      8m 31s
  20. 33m 25s
    1. Setting preferences
      7m 37s
    2. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      5m 5s
    3. Saving and restoring palette layouts
      4m 3s
    4. Creating custom palettes
      3m 36s
    5. Accessing favorite brushes using the Tracker palette
      5m 55s
    6. Organizing custom workspaces
      7m 9s
  21. 8m 17s
    1. Undo, undo, undo
      3m 33s
    2. Painting on layers
      1m 57s
    3. Save often, save early
      2m 47s
  22. 10m 7s
    1. Resetting brushes: Painter's panic button
      2m 0s
    2. Resetting workspaces with the Shift key restart
      6m 12s
    3. Troubleshooting brushes with the brush checklist
      1m 55s
  23. 16s
    1. Goodbye
      16s

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