Painter 11 Essential Training
Illustration by John Derry

Introducing tablets: Cintiq


Painter 11 Essential Training

with John Derry

Start your free trial now, and begin learning software, business and creative skills—anytime, anywhere—with video instruction from recognized industry experts.

Start Your Free Trial Now

Video: Introducing tablets: Cintiq

We've taken a look at the Intuos tablets, the 3 and 4. Those are the primary workhorse tablets that you see in the industry and in the arts all over the world today. They are great tablets, nothing wrong with them, but I'm going to show you the next level of tablet. What I have here is the Cintiq 12WX, and this tablet has a built-in integrated LCD display along with the fact that it's still a pressure sensitive tablet. So what does that mean? That means that this tablet is literally a virtual pad of paper or canvas.
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 1m 49s
    1. Welcome/demo
    2. Using the exercise files
  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 25s
    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 50s
  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
    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 17s
    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 33s
  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 58s
    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 28s
  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 46s
    1. Using each application for its strengths
      4m 24s
    2. Working with Photoshop's PSD file format in Painter and Photoshop
      4m 51s
    3. Configuring color management
      8m 31s
  20. 33m 26s
    1. Setting preferences
      7m 37s
    2. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      5m 5s
    3. Saving and restoring palette layouts
      4m 4s
    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

please wait ...
Watch the Online Video Course Painter 11 Essential Training
8h 39m Beginner Jul 24, 2009

Viewers: in countries Watching now:

In Painter 11 Essential Training, John Derry, one of the original Painter authors, demonstrates basic and advanced creative techniques that can get beginners up and running. He also shows old hands the new features that can get a creative vision out of the head and onto the canvas. John demonstrates how to establish an easy workflow in Painter by using a Wacom tablet, and he explains how to create, edit, and publish projects. Exercise files accompany the course.

Download the Painter/Photoshop Consistent Color Management PDF and the Brush Troubleshooting Checklist PDF from the Exercise Files tab.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the Painter 11 interface
  • Exploring Painter's brushes and painting styles
  • Creating and using templates
  • Working with layers and channels
  • Adding text to a canvas
  • Designing captions and text for photos
  • Integrating Painter projects with Photoshop
  • Creating animation sequences with Painter
Painter Wacom
John Derry

Introducing tablets: Cintiq

We've taken a look at the Intuos tablets, the 3 and 4. Those are the primary workhorse tablets that you see in the industry and in the arts all over the world today. They are great tablets, nothing wrong with them, but I'm going to show you the next level of tablet. What I have here is the Cintiq 12WX, and this tablet has a built-in integrated LCD display along with the fact that it's still a pressure sensitive tablet. So what does that mean? That means that this tablet is literally a virtual pad of paper or canvas.

So I can draw on this and at the same time, I'm seeing the actual drawing on the tablet. So let's take a look at this at a little bit closer up. So we've got the tablets setup here, and I'm just going to do a little bit of drawing, so you can see how this works and how it really is just like drawing with a digital form of paper. The really cool thing is about this is that it really makes it feel as if you're working on a traditional medium, more so than the separation in some cases.

The thing I really like about this is that, I can't tell you. It's one of those things you almost have to try out to find out just really how much this senses to yourself, like you're dealing literally with a traditional medium. The fact that it's all in one spot like this is very powerful. Now the thing that's a little funny for me is my background has so many years literally of working with tablets separated from the monitor where I'm dealing with the tablet in front of me, but the monitor is where the imagery is happening.

That when I first started dealing with Wacom tablets, it was a little unusual, because all this time I've gotten very used to with my hand not being in the way of the tablet, and the first thing I noticed when I first stared using Wacom, was, oh, my hands in the way, how can I get around that? I found that was just an impediment. Well, the thing is that's because of my background. I'm used to that and as a result, it's very easy for me to see that as something that's problematic.

However, a lot of people who come from backgrounds where they have spend many years working with medium in which they're marking the mark right at the same time and in the same place that the stylus is, are not going to find this unusual at all. So it really comes down to a matter of experience. My experience is a little different and as a result, I started wanting to figure out, well, I like this and it's pretty cool, but how can I make it a little bit more like something that I would like to use and take advantage of the tablet and yet at the same time, be able to still take advantage of the fact that I've got this really unique surface to work with? So what I have done is come up with a way that I can combine my favorite aspects of how this tablet works with the way I've worked for years and I'm going to give you a look at it here.

I think it's really a unique way to take advantage of this tablet, as well as the way we've just seen. So I've got things setup here and it's a little different than than I did before and I just want to give you a little indication of how I did this. Basically I have made the Cintiq a secondary display. So right now, my monitor is my primary display, this is where my menu bar is, and as a secondary display, I can take palettes from Painter and bring them over to this secondary display. That's how I have done, what I'm going to show you here.

So let's go ahead and get going. What you're going to see is I've taken the Mixer palette, which in Painter 11 is now resizeable. I've resized it so over almost two-thirds of the entire display is just mixing area. This means that I can start to mix on this display just like it were a traditional painter's palette. Along with the mixing area, I've also got my color set, which I've opened up, and this is the default one I've turned it on, so I can see all of these traditional names, like Manganese Blue, or Permanent Magenta, Carmine, Cobalt, Violet, these are all traditional colors.

So I've got a whole set of tube color paints sitting here that I can mix with. I've also got my color wheel, if I want to mix colors here. The other thing I've put in here that works well is Color Variability. So if I want to do something with my brush to introduce some color variability in the strokes, I can do that as well. So what this becomes now is my color control. I've isolated all of the color work and color control out of the main display. The main display is my painting area.

So I'm going to go and I'm going to start by mixing a few colors, and just kind of play around here, so you can see exactly how this is working for me. So I'm going in here and again here's that sensation, I mean this really feels of very much like I'm mixing colors right on this surface, much as if were a traditional artist's palette. It feels a lot like the only that's missing is the smell of the oil paint. So I suppose you could open some kind of a solvent and have it sitting next to here so it enhances the sensation, but it's closer enough now, I don't even I need that in order to get the feeling that I want.

So here we go, I've got this setup. I'm now going to start to select some colors. The first thing I want to show you is once I've selected a color, there's one of the buttons that's programmed on here currently, so that I can just toggle to this display. Now I'm in here and I'm painting on my canvas. So just like the traditional tools, I'm up painting on a canvas, I press the button, I'm down here, I grab a color, press the button, and it's just all, you know, other than the fact that I'm pressing a button to get back and forth between these two monitors, it really, really comes close to feeling like a traditional painting where I've got a painting area that I'm working on.

I've also got a mixing area, where all of this paint is happening. I'm just kind of horsing around here to show you how this works without trying to get too specific, but I can go in for example, I'm selecting some white in here and I'm using the Color palette and basically to do and select a couple of colors here. So this really, really, really-- I can't emphasize enough how authentic this feels. Not to mention, I happen to have a brush here that is an Impasto brush and so there is actually a sense of three- dimensionality about the brush strokes that I'm currently drawing.

So all of this comes together to show you, for me, this is kind of the next step. We're now starting to get close to where not only is Painter emulating natural media, but we have hardware technology around which we can even take this further and start to do some things that just-- these are the things I dreamed about years ago being able to do, and now here we are. We're actually doing it. That is kind of intoxicating to see this, finally getting to the point where a few years ago this was science fiction.

Well, science fiction has become reality and here it is sitting in front of us. So that in a nutshell is the Cintiq tablet and considering what it does, it really is the state-of- the-art in tablets today.

There are currently no FAQs about Painter 11 Essential Training.

Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.

Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ .

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

* Estimated file size

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.

Mark all as unwatched Cancel


You have completed Painter 11 Essential Training.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.

Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member ?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any page and choose Site preferences from the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Learn more, save more. Upgrade today!

Get our Annual Premium Membership at our best savings yet.

Upgrade to our Annual Premium Membership today and get even more value from your subscription:

“In a way, I feel like you are rooting for me. Like you are really invested in my experience, and want me to get as much out of these courses as possible this is the best place to start on your journey to learning new material.”— Nadine H.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.

Sign up and receive emails about and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from

Sign up and receive emails about and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.