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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.
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In this movie, we are going to take a look at the Match Palette command. Typically this is used in photographic circumstances where maybe you have got several shots from the same session, but for the some reason the lighting changed or something you want to take the colors from the preferred lighting source and apply it to the other photograph. You can certainly use the Match Palette command for that, but I find it much better to used it more for artistic purposes. I'm just going to make a theoretical circumstance here.
Let's say a really like this image, but after I'm all done, I got to looking at painting by Monet and I realize I really like the color palette to he used on a particular image. So, with Match Palette, as long as you have access to the image, there is no reason you can't use it to apply it to one of your paintings. So, I'm going to go in and open up a file that we have here in the Chapter 16 and it's called Monet.
You will see that this is not the same scenery, but you really like the colors and you want to apply this or just see what your image looks like with these colors applied to your painting. So, I'll just poke this down to the corner and let's go in here and we are going to the Match Palette. Now, Match Palette is in the Tonal Control submenu and if you just go down and select Match Palette, this will give us our image and you can find the image that you want to use as your source in the drop-down menu.
So, I'm selecting Monet, so we have got this image and what's happening here is right now it's just using kind of the basic settings. I'm going to push them up a little bit, so color right now is just it's kind of taking 50% of the color and mixing that in with 50% of the existing color. But if I push this all the way up, it's going to start to change it completely. I can also use this is kind of a way to really fully take it as far as I can with the new color. So, I'm going to pull this all the way up.
Brightness lets me control, do I want to change the brightness to the original or do I want to use the brightness in the source image which in this case you can see it's pretty light compared to this, but we can play with it. So, I could keep it in the same value range, but apply the colors which kind of look nice. So, I'm going to do that and then variance just kind of throttles the contrast in the image. So, I can push the contrast and I would have to look around here a little bit to see and I'm liking what I'm seeing.
I can always undo it. Then as a master control, you can kind of feather between your all the way from the original to the changed work. So, let's go ahead and apply that and if we compare, you can see it's definitely taken this color palette and applied it. So, in a matter of speaking, this lets you steal from the Masters, you can take all of Monet's education in how he figured out how to mix his palette and get a certain set of colors and just lift those colors and put it here. I am just going to undo this and redo it, so you can see the difference that we have done here.
So, here is the changed image with the Monet palette associated with it and here it is before and it's a judgment call, this is the very subjective kind of operation. Some people may say I really prefer this. To me it looks a little washed out, but it does get me there. Now, if I did want to go a little further, there is nothing to stop me from going in a Tonal Control and increasing the saturations a more. So, I could do that, now that's the bit much, but you can see if I want to now use the Fade command that we used before, it will cut that in about half.
So, You can see that you have control with the Match Palette and then even afterwards some further kind of cajoling of the color is possible, but if I undo, there's what it was and then there's the original. So, this is actually a very good way to interpret one painting's colors into another.
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