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Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes
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Manipulating pressure adjustments


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Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes

with John Derry

Video: Manipulating pressure adjustments

Pressure, as it relates to the Wacom tablet, is the single most important dimension of expressive control communicated by the tablet to Painter. The artist's hand pressure imparts a great deal of expressive character to the brush strokes. Many of Painter's newer brush dab models actually respond more subtly to pressure than in the past. As such, it is important to periodically adjust your stylus' sensitivity as you're working. Let's go ahead and take a look at the Brush Tracking palette where this sensitivity is adjusted.
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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
      24s

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Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes
4h 53m Intermediate Jan 28, 2010

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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
Subjects:
Design Digital Painting
Software:
Painter
Author:
John Derry

Manipulating pressure adjustments

Pressure, as it relates to the Wacom tablet, is the single most important dimension of expressive control communicated by the tablet to Painter. The artist's hand pressure imparts a great deal of expressive character to the brush strokes. Many of Painter's newer brush dab models actually respond more subtly to pressure than in the past. As such, it is important to periodically adjust your stylus' sensitivity as you're working. Let's go ahead and take a look at the Brush Tracking palette where this sensitivity is adjusted.

I'm going to go to the Corel Painter 11 menu, which in the Mac is where you'd get to Preferences. On Windows, you'll find it under the Edit menu. And let's go to Brush Tracking. Before we even go any further, I want you to take a look at the keyboard shortcut here. On Mac it's going to be Shift+Command+K. On Windows, it will be Shift+Ctrl+K. But you want to memorize this keyboard shortcut, because I'm going to be going back and forth between Brush Tracking palette and the image, so it makes great deal of sense to be able to quickly access it rather than going the long way through the menu.

So let's go ahead and we'll open it up, but from henceforth, I'm going to be using the keyboard shortcut to open it up. You've probably used this before and the idea is that if you draw a sample stroke in the style of the way you feel like you're going to be working, it adjusts these parameters for how to provide pressure to the tools in Painter. But I want to show you how you can take the Pressure Scale and Pressure Power sliders and even use them a little more finitely than you can get when you use the Scratch Pad up here.

Just to give you an example, I'm going to turn this down and let's go ahead and I'm going to draw now with the Scratchboard tool, which is a pen that has a very nice thin-to-thick ratio. I'm going to go ahead and just draw a sample here. Right away, it's very hard to get to the fine end of this scale. If I try really hard, I mean I'm literally just dragging without any other pressure input to get in there. It's hard to get to that thin end of the scale. Why is that? Well, that's because the Pressure Scale slider relates to how many iterations of pressure are being applied to the tools in Painter and with a short Pressure Scale, there are not very many iterations available.

That's why I can't get to the full range of pressure. If I turn this up, now I've elongated or created a longer scale with more iterations of pressure throughout the scale. Now when I go in here, I have a very nice control over the thick-to-thin ratio. So, when you're working with tools in Painter, I find that a lot of times you just need to go in here and adjust this up or down a little bit to get the exact feel that you want, and for my money, it's far better to get used to using the Pressure Scale slider to get the control over how you're delivering that full range of pressure than you're ever going to get using the Scratch Pad.

So that's a very important aspect of pressure control in Painter. The other thing I want to show you quickly is I'm going to go to the Control Palette for the Wacom tablet. That will be in your Control Panel on Windows. The thing I want to show you here is you do have this thing, Tip Feel, and you can make it Soft or Firm. My advice is to just keep that centered in the null position, so it's neither soft nor hard, because Painter actually has a more sophisticated control in the Brush Tracking palette than you have here.

If you set this to something different, it's going to bias the way that that control was acting, because you're actually controlling it at two different times. So, I find it best to just leave the Wacom Setting in its default null setting and let Painter handle the heavy lifting of changing that scale for you. So, you don't want to tweak both the Wacom tablet and Painter's controls, otherwise you'll be double-controlling them, and you won't know for sure when you actually have an accurate setting.

So using the Brush Tracker to adjust various brushes is the single best way I know of to get the maximum performance out of Painter and your Wacom pen tablet. Whenever a brush doesn't seem to be delivering its full expressive character, it's time to go check the Brush Tracking.

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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