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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.
Do you remember the excitement you experienced the first time you sat in the driver seat of your parents or perhaps a willing friend's car? Your first time in Painter can produce similar emotions. With a few basic instructions, you can quickly experience the thrill of creating personally expressive marks on your own. Now we're going to go through a few short instructions here, and as soon as I get you up and running, you're going to be wanting to find out everything you can about Painter. So the first thing we have to do is create a new document. Go up to the File menu at the top, click on it, select New, and just hit OK.
All right, we've got a canvas. We're ready to go. The next thing we need to do is select a brush. So I'm going to go up to the upper- right corner of the interface, and I'm going to click and I want to go to the Artist's Oils category. If it's not already on it, just locate it and click on it. Then go to the right icon, click on it and go down and locate the Wet Brush. Okay, we've got our brush. We want to get a color now.
So go ahead and use the color wheel to visually find some favorite color of yours. You use the large circle to find a particular hue and then you locate in the triangle the particular color within that hue you want to use. The last thing we need to do is go over to the Tool palette on the left side and make sure that the Brush icon is selected. And after that, all it is is a matter of painting. So if you start playing with this, you'll see right away that this brush already has some very interesting characters going with it.
It runs out of paint for one thing and if you select a new color, you'll see that there is even a little bit of mixture that goes on between colors. And the more colors you select and the more you apply it to the canvas, the more you're going to end up with a painting. So you can either play abstractionist or realist or impressionist, any kind of paint style you're interested in. It's just a matter of picking up the brush and selecting the color and going.
So without any knowledge, you can create some pretty interesting results, but you're going to soon realize that you need some instruction and practice to be able to express yourself without constantly thinking about the interface and where all the tools are. That's what this training title is all about. And by the time we're done, I'm going to have you painting better than you ever thought you could. So let's get started.
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