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Join John Derry, one of the original Corel Painter authors, as he shares the creative techniques that will get beginners up and running, and shows old hands the new features that can get a creative vision out of your head and on to your canvas. The course demonstrates how to create projects, use Painter brushes and painting styles, build templates, and work with layers and channels. John also shares pointers on setting up a Wacom tablet to interface with Painter.
Now that we've set up our Underpainting step, and we've got an image sitting ready to be auto-painted, the next step is to go to the Auto-Painting palette. So, let's click up here to Auto- Painting, and we're primarily going to be interested in Smart Stroke Painting and the Smart Settings, but I just want to give you a sense of what happens if I just click on this without doing anything. You're going to get something like this and let me just explain what's going on here. Auto-Painting really is designed to be automatic.
However, until you enable Smart Stroke Painting and Smart Settings, it's very manual. Any settings down here are dictating what's going on down there. So, what happens to be using right now this particular stroke called Pressure Modulate, which is this zig-zagy stroke, and all of these other settings are just right now manual. So, if I would stop this, for example, and you do that by clicking either on the stop button right here, or you can even, let's have it running again, I can just click inside the image.
Actually, anywhere you click in the interface will stop it. So, I'm going to undo this, and let's change to a different stroke, say, like Short Dab, and I'll do something like make the brushstrokes larger just so you can see what happens. So, it's adjusted to a different kind of stroke and if I stop, I'll show you this so you can see. If I make the brush size very small, for example, you can see now we're getting these little strokes. So this does give you the option to manually build up an image with you under complete control of all these aspects, but the most probably fun aspect of Auto-Painting is the fact that it will auto-paint an image, and when you understand how all this works, you can, in fact, use the manual method.
But we're more interested at this point in how we can automatically achieve a painted image. Once again, let's undo this, and I'm going to enable Smart Stroke Painting, and I want to show you just quickly over in the Preferences, you've got some settings that you can use for quick cloning. And one of the things that they have here is you can automatically switch to those Corel smart brushes. However, even if this is unchecked, it's apparently broken because whether or not that's checked, this is what's going to happen.
When I go to Smart Settings, notice what happens up here. See it just changed to the Smart Strokes, and I believe it's just Corel's way of setting this up. So, it's brain-dead simple, and you don't even have to think about what brushes you're going to use. However, we want to switch to some other brushes. So, one of the things you need to make sure you do, once you check both of these options is you want to make sure you go to whatever brushes you prefer to use with it. So, we're going to go and we want to select the brush set that we want to use, which are my brushes, and because of the resolution of the screen, I know they're right down below here because they automatically install at the bottom of the screen.
So, to get around that little hiccup, if we just take this and temporality pop-it up to the top, I can now see those brushes. In fact, what I'm going to do is click and drag them and I'll just put them just right above the Smart Strokes here. So that lets me get to them. So we've selected that. Let's go ahead and we'll move this down, put it back in its former location, and we'll select my brushes, and now we're set up with everything is taken care of for you here. So, all we need to do at this point is turn this on and let's see what happens.
Now depending on your system, how fast this goes from beginning to end will vary, and the thing to notice right now though is that the brushstrokes are very large, they're broad strokes and have already now gone down to a finer level of detail. So, it's going to sit here and continue to find the image by a couple of ways. First, it's going to do, we've already seen here, it's reducing the size of the brushstrokes, but the other thing it's doing behind the scenes is, it's analyzed the image and looked at it, and it's determined what areas have fine detail and we can already see that.
If we look in the foreground here, where we know where the cactus is with all of the little needles and everything, notice how there's a lot more of work going on in this area. There's more and more finer brushstrokes are being added here, whereas up in the area of the sky where there's nothing, even in this background, not much is there or where there's some rocks right here. So it's already pre-analyzed the image and determined, where do I need to start spending more of my energy, applying finer strokes? And where is that? It's where the detail is in the image.
So, it's using it smarts by looking at the image and doing that, and already now we can start to see this build up into a recognizable image. It's never going to look like a photograph, because it's now being constructed out of brushstrokes, and it's been simplified and these brushes are thereby also simplifying the image. But as we go here, it's kind of magical to just sit and watch the image slowly develop. It's almost like watching a film develop in a dark room.
We start to see the image come out more and more. Okay, Auto-Painting has now completed its task. Let's go ahead and zoom-up to 100%, so I can show you the true detail in this, and you can see this is a brush that I constructed that does a couple of things. One, it uses the artist brush so when it's creating strokes, it's using the underlying detail in the image that is there and making loaded brushstrokes out of them, so each stroke has a set of colors within it. The other thing is, I have Impasto as part of this brush, so you get a relief quality, a bit of three-dimensionality.
Now, one of the things you'll see here is that the way that the random strokes are applied, I think it tends to get a little wigged out when it gets to the edges of the image. And so there're some things here that may not be what you want. And what I can simply do at this point is to take my brush, which is the same brush, but now I'm manually controlling it. So, I can go in here and if I want to do a few strokes here and there to cover up aspects of the image that I don't like, I'm free to do that as well.
There are some places where -- especially where there wasn't a lot of detail. It may not have actually ever even applied a stroke there. So after Auto-Painting is done, it may be required for you to go in and do a few strokes just to clean up the image. The other thing I want to mention is that, when this activity is going, when Auto-Painting is running, and you'll know it's running because this will be blue just like it looks when I'm hovering over it, you can't do anything else in the interface.
If you click anywhere, you will be telling it to stop. So, once this process starts, you do need to be aware of the fact that you need to let it do its thing and not attempt to do anything else. Otherwise you'll be stopping the process. I'll continue to do some cleanup here, and then we'll look at restoring parts of the image in the next chapter.
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