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Manipulating grain


Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes

with John Derry

Video: Manipulating grain

Manipulating grain provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by John Derry as part of the Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes
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  1. 2m 2s
    1. Introduction
      1m 0s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 2s
  2. 22m 31s
    1. Defining categories and variants
      2m 14s
    2. Understanding dabs
      3m 35s
    3. Manipulating grain
      5m 34s
    4. Defining brush stroke methods and subcategories
      4m 15s
    5. Modifying stroke behavior with Expression
      2m 37s
    6. Cloning images
      4m 16s
  3. 28m 59s
    1. Understanding the anatomy of a variant
      5m 10s
    2. Modifying a brush with the Brush Creator
      4m 16s
    3. Modifying a brush with the Brush Control palette
      4m 37s
    4. Which is best?
      1m 47s
    5. Setting up a stroke testing palette
      6m 3s
    6. Manipulating pressure adjustments
      4m 37s
    7. Saving a brush variant
      2m 29s
  4. 52m 44s
    1. Bristle Media in action
      3m 55s
    2. Painting with acrylics
      5m 35s
    3. Painting with gouache
      6m 37s
    4. Modifying resaturation and bleed with oils
      8m 6s
    5. Painting with Artists' Oils
      6m 52s
    6. Modifying the bearing expression with palette knives
      5m 59s
    7. Using RealBristle brushes
      3m 23s
    8. Painting with impasto
      8m 5s
    9. Using loaded brushes
      4m 12s
  5. 1h 9m
    1. Utility Media in action
      2m 43s
    2. Painting with airbrushes
      8m 50s
    3. Using an eraser as a mark-making tool
      3m 44s
    4. Using blenders
      5m 34s
    5. Using cloners
      7m 7s
    6. Distorting an image with the Distortion brush
      7m 15s
    7. Simulating artist brush styles with the Artist category
      6m 29s
    8. Making common photo adjustments with the Photo category
      1m 51s
    9. Using sponges and modifying captured dabs
      8m 4s
    10. Using FX brushes
      5m 53s
    11. Painting with pattern pens
      6m 45s
    12. Painting with the image hose
      5m 7s
  6. 27m 29s
    1. Dry Media in action
      2m 53s
    2. Drawing with pencils and colored pencils
      7m 37s
    3. Painting with chalk and using directional paper grain
      8m 16s
    4. Painting with pastels
      6m 19s
    5. Drawing with crayons
      2m 24s
  7. 26m 16s
    1. Ink Media in action
      2m 46s
    2. Configuring the Leaky Pen
      5m 0s
    3. Drawing with calligraphy pens
      6m 12s
    4. Using felt pens and markers
      4m 38s
    5. Exploring surface tension with liquid ink
      7m 40s
  8. 23m 7s
    1. Watercolor in action
      3m 24s
    2. Painting with digital watercolor brushes
      5m 25s
    3. Painting with the traditional watercolor brushes
      8m 28s
    4. Painting with the Tinting brush
      5m 50s
  9. 18m 20s
    1. Selecting and modifying an existing variant
      6m 13s
    2. Adjusting the color behavior of the new variant
      4m 0s
    3. Fine tuning and naming the new variant
      8m 7s
  10. 22m 29s
    1. Creating a new category and copying variants into it
      6m 25s
    2. Packaging brushes for distribution
      7m 54s
    3. Pruning a library
      4m 9s
    4. Understanding the Master Brush Library and the User Brush Library
      4m 1s
  11. 24s
    1. Goodbye

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Manipulating grain
Video Duration: 5m 34s4h 53m Intermediate Jan 28, 2010

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Manipulating grain provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by John Derry as part of the Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes

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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.

Topics include:
  • Comparing real-world brush behavior with brushes in Painter
  • Saving a brush variant for future use
  • Using loaded brushes
  • Using sponges and modifying captured dabs
  • Drawing with pastels and chalk
  • Painting with the traditional watercolor brushes
  • Packaging brushes for distribution
John Derry

Manipulating grain

Grain refers to the appearance of an irregular surface within a variant's stroke and Painter utilizes a built-in library of paper grains to provide grain-aware media with a virtual three-dimensional surface. What do I mean by grain-aware media? When I say grain-aware, I'm referring to various tools within Painter that are aware of this 3D surface and in the next movie, I'll show you how to distinguish between when a media is grain-aware and when it's not.

But for the most part, it's the ones that you would think they are, like chalk, charcoal, conte crayons, pencils, anything that you associate with interacting with grain is a grain-aware media. But I'll show you very specifically how you can determine what a grain-aware media is. One of the important factors of how you access these grains in Painter is through pressure sensitivity, and the Wacom tablet is probably the premiere tablet that is used in concert with Painter for being able to access this pressure.

So it's a combination of the fact that Painter is aware of paper grain and information being delivered from a tablet like the Wacom that is able to utilize pressure and in turn send that data to Painter so that it knows how to take advantage of the artist's varying pressure and utilize paper grain to make it visualized as part of the artwork. I'm going to start off with a little bit of chalk here to show you how this works, and I'm going to start with very light hand pressure and you'll see that I'm just barely touching the top of this grain.

One way to think of it is it's like a little mountain range and there are peaks and there are valleys. Right now, I'm just addressing the peaks, but as I start to bear down in pressure with my hand via the Wacom tablet, I'm adding more and more depth to that pressure so that at my full pressure I've now completely obliterated the mountain from the peak all the way into the valley. And it's this ability to have this scale from very light pressure to very full pressure that gives me this continuum of varying degrees of appearance of the grain.

So when drawing, you'll start to see how much it starts to play apart in the character of a particular variant. So you can see how this really makes a difference in the way that the character of a single brush or variant can be varied based on the hand pressure. Now by being able to adjust what grain is used we can even get more variability, and so we're going to take a look at where do we access these grains. I'm going to go up to the Window menu and drop-down to Library palettes and you'll see within the library of various media is Papers.

So you can access it this way, but I'm going to show you the way that I like to get at it and that's over at the bottom of the toolbar. We have access to the Library palettes right here as well and you'll see this upper-left icon, which actually is a graphic representation of the current paper grain, is the Paper Selector. When I click on this, I can quickly get to just the grains themselves. If I want to access the palette however, I can go up to the fly-out menu and go to Launch Palette and that brings up the Papers palette and once again, I now have access to all of these grains.

And if we select a different one, you'll see now I get a very different character based on that paper grain and that's one of the really nice things about the way paper grain works is which paper grain you happen to select makes a big difference on the way it's going to look. As a result paper grain is really responsible for delivering a wide range of expression to various grain-aware media and I will show you within the next movie how you can identify what is specifically a grain-aware media, but you can see very quickly here that just by changing grains, one simple tool takes on a very many different kinds of characters.

That's why grain is such an important component of the grain-aware media within Painter. I'll show you quickly what happens when you use a non-grain aware media and a good example of that would be something simple like the Airbrush. So let's go to Airbrushes here and I'll just kind of paint and you can see that this is also a brush. It's making a mark, but it has no grain. So it's not a grain-aware brush and that's why you get a very different kind of quality of stroke.

The good news is that there are some cases where grain awareness is very important, but with a tool like an Airbrush it's totally non-important, so you wouldn't want grain to appear in there and that's why there's a variety of tools that do sense grain and then there's a variety of tools that don't, and you want to have both types available. So think of grain as even though it's not part of the brush per se, it interacts with the brush in such a profound way that it's key to widening the expressive capability of many of Painter's brushes.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes .

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Q: In the chapter 9 video "Understanding the Master Brush Library and the User Brush Library,” at the beginning of the video the author states that the demo will be on a Mac but that the Windows file system information will be displayed as well. The Windows path information never appears. What is the correct file information for using this tutorial with Windows?
A: Unfortunately, the Windows portion is indeed missing from the video. Below is the pertinent information.

Painter 11 Windows Master Library Location: 
Windows XP: Program Files > Corel > Painter 11 > Brushes > Painter Brushes 
Windows 7 or Vista: Program Files (x86) > Corel > Painter 11 > Brushes > Painter Brushes 

Painter 11 Windows User Library Location: 
Windows XP: Documents and Settings > [User Name] > Application Data > Corel > Painter 11 > Default [or custom workspace name] > Brushes > Painter Brushes 
Windows 7 or Vista: Users > [User Name] > AppData > Roaming > Corel > Painter 11 > Default [or custom workspace name] > Brushes > Painter Brushes 
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