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Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes

Painting with digital watercolor brushes


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Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes

with John Derry
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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

Video: Painting with digital watercolor brushes

Digital Watercolor is Painter's original watercolor media. Its simple approach to emulating some of watercolors primary visual features makes Digital Watercolor an excellent tool for putting together a predictable watercolor looks without tearing your hair out. Let's go ahead and take a look at Digital Watercolor. So we are going to go up to the Brush Selector Bar. Here is Digital Watercolor, but I want to point out that there is also the other category Watercolor. We are going to look at Watercolor in the next video, but I just wanted to point out that both of these are in here and sometimes this confuses people.

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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

Painting with digital watercolor brushes

Digital Watercolor is Painter's original watercolor media. Its simple approach to emulating some of watercolors primary visual features makes Digital Watercolor an excellent tool for putting together a predictable watercolor looks without tearing your hair out. Let's go ahead and take a look at Digital Watercolor. So we are going to go up to the Brush Selector Bar. Here is Digital Watercolor, but I want to point out that there is also the other category Watercolor. We are going to look at Watercolor in the next video, but I just wanted to point out that both of these are in here and sometimes this confuses people.

Digital Watercolor is the simple version of Watercolor. So be sure you to select Digital Watercolor. I am going to show you a couple of the features that make this a very simple to use yet correct to the look of watercolor media to work with. And I am just going to draw a little bit here, and what I want you to notice is a couple of things. One is you'll see along the outer edge of this is a little darkened edge and that's one of the hallmarks of traditional watercolor.

What happens is the water media is evaporating and absorbing into the paper. There's a migration of pigment towards wherever the most water is and just the way watercolor dries on the surface. Pigment will typically migrate out towards the edges and create this little signature darkened edge. And so what you've got here is a simulation of that. You can control that with the Wet Fringe slider and I can actually make it more enhanced or I can remove it all the way.

And as long as you're in Digital Watercolor and you save this images as a RIF file, these live properties that I am going to show you will be maintained. So the ability to adjust the Wet Fringe on-the-fly as you're working to either emphasize it or reduce is something that you can do. So this is one of the aspects of Digital Watercolor that's nice and something that you can quickly take advantage of to adjust the look of your watercolor.

The other thing I want to show you is-- let's go to a different brush here. I will use Diffuse Water in this case and let's take a different color. I am going to draw with this and you'll see what happens is that it diffuses. Now in Painter, this is called post diffusion because you can see what's happening as I draw. Nothing happens until I lift up, and then diffusion happens. This diffusion is controlled here. Once it's been applied, unlike the Wet Fringe, I can't eliminate. It is part of the image now, but I can control how aggressive it is.

So if I turn this down, you'll see I get very little migration of the pigment. What this is doing is it is utilizing the current paper grain, and as we've talked about before, there is a height field associated with all of the papers, so you've got peaks and valleys. What this is attempting to do is using the valleys of the current paper grain to diffuse the pigment along those valleys. The more aggressive this gets, the greater the diffusion. So see now there's a much more aggressive diffusion.

But depending on what the current paper grain is, you'll get a different look, because it's going to use those valleys in that paper grain to determine where to leak the media out to as it diffuses. You can also, after you've already done an image, take advantage in the Layers palette. You can go down and say Diffuse Digital Watercolor and whatever the setting currently is, is the degree of diffusion it will apply to it.

So I am going to leave it really strong, and if we go down here and say Diffuse Digital Watercolor, it has to think for a minute, but then it uses the current paper grain and diffuses everything that it finds here. So in a way, this is almost like spraying some water on your watercolor to get some more diffusion to happen. So Diffusion and Wet Fringe are two of the key elements of watercolor. The last thing I want to show you is if you create a new layer and draw on it, what happens is it immediately assigns the Gel layer to it, and this shows up in the little icon here.

Rather than a default layer, which is gray and white, a Gel layer has red on it. This is to let you know in the layer stack that you are using a layer type that respects the build up method of watercolor. The other thing that I want to mention here is even though there is no apparent layer on the canvas, there really is a layer of sorts that's going on underneath the hood. It is not visible within the layer stack itself, but the indication of the Gel layer is what's telling us that this is associated with the watercolor to preserve its look, because if it isn't you see you get a very unusual unpredictable kind of look and you don't want that.

So Digital Watercolor is simple but it is also very predictable. Now in the next video, we are going to look at the Watercolor layer and its brushes, and you'll see that while it's much more realistic, it's also much more unpredictable like the actual medium.

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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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