Painter X Essential Training
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The Restoration palette


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Painter X Essential Training

with John Derry

Video: The Restoration palette

Let's review what we have done so far, we have used the Under-Painting palette to take our source image and alter its color characteristics, add a Vignette to it and remember that we used that Smart Sharpened Filter on it. A reason that's important especially now is that it has already pre-simplified the image. One of the things that we work on in workshops that I give is I constantly have to berate people my mantra is simplify, simplify, simplify.
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  1. 2m 9s
    1. Welcome
      51s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 18s
  2. 14m 32s
    1. Understanding what Painter X can do
      1m 55s
    2. Emulating natural media
      3m 37s
    3. Auto-painting
      2m 27s
    4. Painting from scratch
      1m 56s
    5. Painting from a photo
      2m 38s
    6. Using RealBristle brushes
      1m 59s
  3. 55m 54s
    1. Understanding the Painter interface
      2m 33s
    2. Using the Tool palette and the Property bar: Two sides of the same coin
      2m 42s
    3. Using art material selectors
      5m 56s
    4. The Color palette: Visual color selection
      2m 34s
    5. The Color Info palette: Precise color selection
      2m 20s
    6. Color sets: Choose 'n' use color
      1m 8s
    7. The Mixer palette: Traditional color mixing
      4m 55s
    8. The Brush Selector bar: An art store in a palette
      3m 7s
    9. Zooming in and out
      5m 26s
    10. Scrolling
      3m 5s
    11. Rotating an image
      5m 16s
    12. Full Screen mode
      2m 7s
    13. Keeping your palettes organized
      7m 5s
    14. Using workspaces
      7m 40s
  4. 23m 25s
    1. Creating a new image
      1m 35s
    2. Opening an image
      1m 32s
    3. Saving an image
      4m 57s
    4. Setting preferences
      1m 25s
    5. Defining cursor appearance and behavior
      5m 13s
    6. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      6m 1s
    7. File-saving preferences
      2m 42s
  5. 24m 27s
    1. What is a Wacom tablet?
      5m 40s
    2. Understanding the six axes of motion
      5m 54s
    3. Maximizing your tablet's pressure response
      5m 18s
    4. Customizing your Wacom tablet
      7m 35s
  6. 48m 7s
    1. Understanding brush categories and variants
      5m 4s
    2. Adjusting brush size
      4m 32s
    3. Managing brushes and paper texture
      6m 7s
    4. The Papers palette
      6m 23s
    5. Making basic brush adjustments
      10m 52s
    6. Custom palettes
      5m 51s
    7. The Tracker palette
      9m 18s
  7. 27m 35s
    1. Introducing the Brush Creator
      3m 58s
    2. The Randomizer
      5m 53s
    3. The Transposer
      8m 4s
    4. The Stroke Designer
      9m 40s
  8. 20m 37s
    1. Warming up: Exercises
      4m 11s
    2. Warming up: Calisthenics
      8m 4s
    3. Less is more: Too many brushes spoil the stew
      8m 22s
  9. 20m 43s
    1. Nozzle files
      4m 10s
    2. Creating a nozzle file
      9m 31s
    3. Controlling the Image Hose
      7m 2s
  10. 18m 30s
    1. Using compositional aids
      7m 29s
    2. The Layout Grid composition tool
      3m 36s
    3. Understanding the Divine Proportion tool
      3m 20s
    4. The Perspective Grid
      4m 5s
  11. 25m 15s
    1. The benefits of working with layers
      6m 9s
    2. Creating and deleting layers
      4m 54s
    3. Using the Preserve Transparency function
      5m 28s
    4. Using the Pick Up Underlying Color command
      8m 44s
  12. 32m 39s
    1. Cloning basics
      8m 24s
    2. Using Tracing Paper
      4m 15s
    3. In-document point-to-point cloning
      2m 17s
    4. The Underpainting palette
      4m 59s
    5. The Auto-Painting palette
      7m 22s
    6. The Restoration palette
      5m 22s
  13. 35m 50s
    1. Applying surface texture
      13m 22s
    2. Using the Match palette
      6m 16s
    3. Creating woodcuts
      6m 55s
    4. Creating custom tiled surfaces
      9m 17s
  14. 15m 26s
    1. Undo, undo, undo
      4m 7s
    2. Painting on layers
      6m 23s
    3. Save early, save often
      4m 56s
  15. 19m 48s
    1. Using each application for its strengths
      5m 7s
    2. The PSD format: What's compatible and what's not
      6m 20s
    3. Color management compatibility
      8m 21s
  16. 7m 30s
    1. Using the Shift key restart
      6m 3s
    2. My brush won't paint
      1m 27s
  17. 37s
    1. Goodbye
      37s

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Expressive brushes. This is instructor John Derry's two-word answer as to why Painter is such an effective tool. When used with a Wacom tablet, Painter can elevate digital mark-making to a form of creative self-expression. Combining the aesthetics of traditional media with the freedom to experiment, Painter X Essential Training not only delves into each tool, palette, material, and brush, it also speaks to the artistic concepts of simplicity, stroke, proportion, and perspective. Exercise files accompany the course.

Download John's instructions for alphabetizing your brushes and his troubleshooting checklist for brushes from the Exercise Files tab."

Topics include:
  • Understanding and customizing a Wacom tablet Creating brushes Painting with compositional aids Working with layers Cloning and using effects Using Painter and Photoshop effectively
Subject:
Design
Software:
Painter Wacom
Author:
John Derry

The Restoration palette

Let's review what we have done so far, we have used the Under-Painting palette to take our source image and alter its color characteristics, add a Vignette to it and remember that we used that Smart Sharpened Filter on it. A reason that's important especially now is that it has already pre-simplified the image. One of the things that we work on in workshops that I give is I constantly have to berate people my mantra is simplify, simplify, simplify.

People coming from a photographic background typically find it very, very hard to destroy all of this fine detail in the image, because that's what they are accustomed to. But a painter does not paint that level of detail, in fact painting typically is what I call more of an indication. Even in the image that we have got here, it is indicating bushes and it is indicating the tree. It is not attempting to do a photographic level of detail with it. So, simplification is something you really want to strive for in your imagery.

So, the second thing we did is we took that source image and on the destination we have created an Impressionist image that does just what I am saying here. It is indicating the scene without necessarily literally showing it to me like a photograph would. However, there are some areas in the image and let's Zoom up here, where we might want a little more detail like it is almost kind of hard to read that this is the woman walking pass the scene.

So, we are now going to go to the Restoration palette and I am going to click on this Soft Edge Cloner brush and what this is going to let me do is bring through to my destination image some of that pre-simplified smart blurred imagery that is this woman here and this is setup to be a soft slow build up. So, I am going to very softly caress this part of the image and just bring up selected bits of the profile of the woman.

But I will never bring back the photographic detail because we have already used the Smart Blur filter to pre-simplify it. So, I can bring this up knowing that I am not going to necessarily bring up photographic detail, I just want more detail because one of the tricks of the artist for centuries has been to use detail to direct to the eye. Maybe I want a little bit of what is going on in this window scene for example to show up. So, I am going to bring a little bit of that and what is going on here is our brain, our visual system is hard wired for detail, back when we were in the hunter gather stages, we used the ability to see detail for two reasons.

One was to avoid getting killed by that saber tooth tiger over there and the other one was that, that gazelle might be my next meal. So, by looking into the scene and seeing detail was just part of how we survived for so long. So, artists have taken advantage of that over time as I have said as a trick to direct to your eye. So, what I have done here, let's get this back. Now, if you look at this, you can see that your eye just goes to the detail in the image and I have done the most here, because this is where I really want you to spend time, but by putting the couple little islands of detail elsewhere in the image, it gets your eye to start to move around over the image rather than seeing it as one overall sort of equally impressionist drawing.

So, using the Restoration palette is a great way to focus on your subject and get your viewer's eye to go to these areas in an image, when done properly, you can literally direct the viewer's eye where you want it to go within a composition. So, the trial of palettes that make up the Photo-Painting palette System here, Under-Painting, Auto-Painting and Restoration, each have their specific tasks and they are actually ordered kind of in the order that you would use them from top to bottom to get your image done.

But Photo-Painting and the Auto-Painting palette in particular is a really powerful tool, particularly if you are among those who say, "You know, I can't paint or draw." This gives you an amazing power to interpret photography especially into an interpreted image that very much mimics many of the hallmarks found in traditional painting. So, I hope you all enjoy and spend a lot of time in these palettes because I will tell you it is one of those tools you can sit down start playing with it and the next time you look up at the clock, something like eight hours is gone by and you won't believe it.

It is just a complete little world onto itself that you can get absorbed into. So, have fun with the photo-painting palettes.

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Q: In the “Understanding brush categories and variants” movie, the author mentions that there is a video on alphabetizing your brushes, but I cannot find that video anywhere in Online Training Library.
A: Alphabetizing brushes was mentioned in the tutorial, but the movie was never added to the course.
To compensate for this oversight, we added a PDF file with the course materials that describes how to alphabetize brushes. The file, Ex_Files_PainterX_EssT_Free.zip, is free for all subscription levels, and is available under the Exercise Files tab of the Painter X Essential Training course.
Additionally organizing brush categories (including alphabetizing) is covered in Painter 11: Mastering Brushes, in the chapter 9 movie “Customized Brush Library Organization: Pruning a Library.” http://www.lynda.com/home/DisplayCourse.aspx?lpk2=58079
 
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