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Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes takes a deep look into the variety of mark-making tools found within Corel Painter, a software application that allows you to create painterly images that look like they were made with natural (non-computerized) painting media. Through a comprehensive demonstration of different brushes, Corel Painter guru John Derry shows how to adjust multiple variants to achieve desired results. Just like an artist who holds a paintbrush or piece of chalk at a particular angle to create a specific mark, John demonstrates with both live action and within the application how to modify brush variants for maximum expressive impact. From bristle media to ink media, watercolor to utility media, he explains how to get the most out of this drawing and painting application. Exercise files accompany this course.
Painter has a category of tools referred to as the Photo tools and these are a set of tools that do some fairly basic photo manipulation type tasks and let's just take a quick look at them. If we go up to the Brush Selector Bar and drop down to Photo, we'll find that we've got a set of tools here. I'll show you a few of them but I'll be honest in telling you that if you're a casual user, these will work fine. However, if you're looking for a more high-powered results, there are other solutions available that are better than this. But for just casual use, these will get you by.
One for example are the Dodge and Burn tools. Now while they're in this menu, they've actually been added over into the toolbar itself. So rather than go to the actual category, you can just go right here to get to the Dodge and Burn tools. So, I'll take Burn and we'll just darken kind of a side area here and you'll see that it introduces a bit of darkening of density to the image, so you could use this easily as a way to vignette this image a bit. But you can see one of the limitations of it is it does start to want to saturate colors well, and there is certainly other tools that won't introduce that saturation into it.
Conversely, we can take the Dodge tool here and lighten up some of the central area of the image. But once again, this is a very basic approach to doing it and you may find you want to move on to more sophisticated tools if you're beyond a simple approach to things. One that does work really well is the Blur tool. This let's me go in and add a sense of blur, so if I want to kind of throw this foreground out of focus, problem solved. So, the basic idea of the Photo tools are they are a set of tools that are designed to work with photo imagery and for casual use they're fine.
If you're beyond the casual stage, you may find better tools elsewhere.
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