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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."
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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