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Painter 12 Essential Training

Picking up underlying color in layers


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Painter 12 Essential Training

with John Derry

Video: Picking up underlying color in layers

In this video, we are going to talk about Pick Up Underlying Color. Pick Up Underlying Color is an interesting attribute that can be turned on and off of layers. Effectively, what it does is, it treats all the layers as if it's one big happy flat painting, even though it's all layered. And as you've seen in the previous videos, how we have built this amazing abstract up to be able to do it in layers, is really a very effective way to have quite a bit of control over what's happening from layer to layer, and how you can change them.
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  1. 1m 20s
    1. Introduction
      44s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 5m 4s
    1. Understanding what Painter 12 can do
      1m 45s
    2. Let's paint!
      3m 19s
  3. 11m 52s
    1. Starting Painter 12 for the first time
      4m 4s
    2. Creating, opening, and saving files
      4m 36s
    3. Working with templates
      3m 12s
  4. 30m 37s
    1. Painter's shiny new interface
      6m 43s
    2. Understanding the Tool palette and property bar
      4m 12s
    3. Using media selectors
      3m 43s
    4. Working with the Brush Selector
      7m 17s
    5. Configuring panels and palettes
      3m 41s
    6. Navigating Painter
      5m 1s
  5. 22m 41s
    1. Setting preferences
      6m 59s
    2. Arranging palettes
      1m 28s
    3. Creating custom palettes
      6m 30s
    4. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      3m 52s
    5. Understanding workspaces
      3m 52s
  6. 28m 37s
    1. Controlling color with the Color palette
      7m 12s
    2. Working with the Temporal Color palette
      3m 0s
    3. Mixing color with the Mixer palette
      11m 3s
    4. Working with color sets
      7m 22s
  7. 56m 31s
    1. Introduction to brushes in Painter 12
      41s
    2. Understanding brush size adjustment
      2m 46s
    3. Exploring brush controls
      17m 44s
    4. Using the Computed Circular palette and stroke attribute brushes
      4m 13s
    5. Painting with Real Watercolor brushes
      7m 34s
    6. Painting with Real Wet Oil brushes
      3m 20s
    7. Working with Impasto
      8m 10s
    8. Working with texture-aware media
      12m 3s
  8. 13m 38s
    1. Understanding Quick Clone
      3m 58s
    2. Working with the Clone Source panel
      7m 22s
    3. Tracing a clone's source using Tracing Paper
      2m 18s
  9. 22m 56s
    1. Understanding the Underpainting palette
      9m 25s
    2. Exploring the Auto-Painting and Smart Stroke palettes
      7m 26s
    3. Working with the Restoration palette
      6m 5s
  10. 22m 15s
    1. Working with the Rectangular Selection tool
      3m 25s
    2. Using the Lasso tool
      3m 26s
    3. Selecting items with the Polygon tool
      2m 39s
    4. Understanding the Magic Wand tool
      7m 55s
    5. The Channels palette
      4m 50s
  11. 29m 1s
    1. Understanding the flexibility of layers
      7m 25s
    2. Preserving transparency in layers
      5m 37s
    3. Picking up underlying color in layers
      5m 13s
    4. Using the Free Transform tool
      2m 52s
    5. Working with layer masks
      7m 54s
  12. 24m 3s
    1. Painting with symmetry
      9m 6s
    2. Understanding Smart Blur
      4m 43s
    3. Working with seamless patterns
      10m 14s
  13. 25m 10s
    1. Introduction to the Image Hose
      2m 13s
    2. Understanding Image Hose controls
      9m 58s
    3. Working with nozzle files
      12m 59s
  14. 14m 32s
    1. Using each application for its strengths
      4m 59s
    2. The PSD format: what's compatible and what's not
      5m 3s
    3. Color management compatibility
      4m 30s
  15. 7m 0s
    1. Your best friend: Undo
      1m 50s
    2. Painting on layers
      1m 55s
    3. Save often, save early
      3m 15s
  16. 9m 48s
    1. The panic button
      2m 13s
    2. Using the Shift key restart
      2m 1s
    3. Re-importing a workspace
      4m 4s
    4. Troubleshooting: My brush won't paint
      1m 30s
  17. 3m 20s
    1. Goodbye
      3m 20s

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Painter 12 Essential Training
5h 28m Beginner Feb 15, 2012

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Join John Derry, one of the original Corel Painter authors, as he shares the creative techniques that will get beginners up and running, and shows old hands the new features that can get a creative vision out of your head and on to your canvas. The course demonstrates how to create projects, use Painter brushes and painting styles, build templates, and work with layers and channels. John also shares pointers on setting up a Wacom tablet to interface with Painter.

Topics include:
  • Exploring the changes in the Painter 12 interface
  • Customizing brushes and selecting painting styles
  • Laying out the optimal workspace
  • Controlling color with the color palettes
  • Adjusting brush size and stroke attributes
  • Working with texture-aware media
  • Quick cloning with the Clone Source panel
  • Auto-Painting with the Underpainting, Smart Stroke, and Restoration palettes
  • Preserving transparency in layers
  • Creating layer masks
  • Painting with symmetry
  • Working with the Image Hose
  • Integrating Painter projects with Photoshop
  • Troubleshooting brushes and other issues
Subjects:
Design Digital Painting
Software:
Painter
Author:
John Derry

Picking up underlying color in layers

In this video, we are going to talk about Pick Up Underlying Color. Pick Up Underlying Color is an interesting attribute that can be turned on and off of layers. Effectively, what it does is, it treats all the layers as if it's one big happy flat painting, even though it's all layered. And as you've seen in the previous videos, how we have built this amazing abstract up to be able to do it in layers, is really a very effective way to have quite a bit of control over what's happening from layer to layer, and how you can change them.

And so, I want to show you this preserve transparency and how it even goes a step farther. So I'm going to create another new layer on the top of all the layers that we've got so far. So now here we are, we have got this layer atop everything else, and right here is Pick Up Underlying Color, and it happens to be on. So I am going to turn it off, so you can see how this works. And I want to get a brush that has a lot of smeariness to it, and that would be the Wet Brush here. So let's get that.

And I'm going to go ahead and paint right in this area here. I want to show you what happens. See how nothing happens. Now, I actually did that on purpose because I want to show you something. Having been associated with painting over the years, I can't tell you how many emails I've gotten people saying, I'm trying to paint and it's not painting, what's wrong? Now there are a whole laundry-list of reasons that can do that, and at the end of the title I am going to give you such a list. But I just want to show you right now because we were just playing with Preserve Transparency.

If you're working on an image and for some reason all of a sudden a brush isn't working, the first place to look is right there, check to see if that's on or off. And if it's on, that's why it's not painting, and I'd say it's probably a good 70% of the reason people will say, my brush isn't working anymore. And it's not because they're stupid, it's easily done. You turn it on for some purpose, and later on you forget that you did that, and you come back and nothing is happening, and that's exactly why it is. So I wanted to purposely do that so you could see that by turning this off, we will be able to paint once again.

And so, I am going to take this brush and let's get kind of a dark red here. I am just going to start to paint in here. But see right now it's painting and it's doing an interesting job, but this really isn't what the character of this brush is designed to do. Although you can sometimes use the lack of Pick Up Underlying Colors on to get a specifically sort of short stroke like this with this particular brush. But let's clean all this off.

And now I am going to enable Pick Up Underlying Color. Now watch the difference in character. See how now this brush -- I am smearing, I am just totally screwing around with my image, do different colors. I will get some white even and just -- for all the world, it looks like, well you just messed up that image. However, this is all on a separate layer. Even though, it's on one layer, it knows how to look beneath it and use the colors with this particular brush, which is designed to not only lay down color, but smear any underlying color it finds with it, you can do that on a layer on top of everything else.

The odd thing is if you pick this up and move it, it looks kind of nonsensical. Well actually, it looks kind of neat, but it's a bit nonsensical looking. But if I undo and pop it back where it belongs, now everything is as it should be, and it just appears as if somehow everything has been smeared. If the layer palette was closed, you would look at this and you could just as easily assume it's a flat image, as much as it is a layered image, because of the quality of Pick Up Underlying Color.

So Pick Up Underlying Color is one of the tools in Painter that allow you to build up a painting, particularly with brushes that do exhibit some intermixing with color that it finds underneath of it. And as long as you have Pick Up Underlying Color enabled in the Layer palette, you can work on as many layers as you want and the overall effect will be that it looks like an individual flat image. It's up to you to create the layers as you go, to have the flexibility, for example, just to play around with it.

Let's select that layer, and I'm going to go back to my Layer palette. And I am going to temporarily turn off Auto Select Layer. So now I can turn that off. And I am actually moving it out from under where it was smeared. And once again, just a simple undo takes that back there. But this whole world of painting on multiple layers, and then you factor into it, the ability to pick up the underlying color it finds under any visible elements on the layers beneath it, is a very addicting kind of world to work in.

And I guarantee you, once you start working in layers, particularly as you are painting from scratch, you'll never go back.

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Q: When I double-click the John's Smart Brushes.brushcategory file as shown in the Chapter 8 movie "Understanding the Underpainting palette," the brushes do not install. Instead I get the message "There is no application set to open this document."
A: This is because your operating system does not recognize the .brushcategory file type.  This can be circumvented by selecting the file, right-clicking, and choosing "Open With…".

If Painter 12 is not in the list, use "Other…" to locate and select Painter 12.

The file will be read by Painter and the brush category will be installed.
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