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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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We're now going to take a look at the Restoration palette. What does is it enables me to bring back some of the original imagery that was in our source image and I've got that opened up again. This is the image we went through and did some underpainting, and controlled the Color Space a little bit. So now I want to take the image that I created earlier and actually use the Restoration palette with it. This opens up an interesting little piece of information you need to know is how do I reestablish a connection between a source and a destination image so that I can do this kind of work? Let's go up here and I'm going to go back and I'm going to open the autopaint_finish image.
So we've now got the source and destination. What I need to do is reestablish the connection between those two. So if I go up to the File menu and go to the Clone Source and just double check here. Let's make sure. We've got autopaint_finish and that's our target image. Our source image we want to be in this case the morning_sununderpaint image, and that is selected. If it isn't, you want make sure that you can select here so that they are linked up. So we've now got our connection between these two images setup.
Let's go ahead and go to the Restoration palette. You can see here you've got two choices. You've got the Soft Edge Cloner Brush and the Hard Edge Cloner Brush. There are some cases where you'd use the Hard Edge Cloner but 99% of the time you're going to want to select the Soft Edge Cloner. What this is going to let me do, and let's just take look a little bit at the source and destination here. I wanted to look at this for where is the detail plus where do I want the eye to go. Now there's kind of natural lead-in into the image, the way that these trees kind of lead you back into here.
This is an unusual image in that the brightest spot is up here, which is definitely is not necessarily the source. It's more of an atmospheric kind of feel to the image. To my eye I really want a kind of lead the viewer back in space and maybe some of this Spanish moss that's hanging in the trees. It's kind of interesting. So I'm going to go back here now and I'm just going to slightly bring back it. And all I'm doing here is just kind of painting in this image. What's it's going to slowly do is bring back some of that original image.
This is also why it was important earlier on that we applied the Smart Blur Filter because even what we're bringing back now is not 100% photographic. There are times where you may want to keep the image totally photographic and bring back in, but I find if it's evened and simplified down a little bit through Smart Blur, that ensures that what's going to come back up through here is not just pure photographic image, because that will be a little jarring to have this painted image and see the pure photograph coming up. So I'm just going in here and wherever I want or just put a little bit of interest in the image, by refining it more detail and just painting in those area.
But you can see, already I've kind of gotten up where the detail and this is the way the human eye is designed, we were hunter, gatherers, have used detail in the scenery around us to go to that area and spend time in it. Areas of little detail we're not going to want to spend much on. So artist have long ago figured this out and they use detail to lead the eye where they want it to go in an image. So you can literally kind of make an image even though it's not dynamic, it's just a flat 2D image, you can still get the viewer's eye to move around in an image, based on where you place an interesting detail.
So I'm just putting a little bit more in here right, just want to have a little detailed path that kind of leads back into there. And then some areas up here because they are interesting textures. Just put that where I want within the image and these areas that are less defined, we don't tend to spend as much time in. So the Restoration palette basically controls being able to restore some of the original detail in selected parts of the image. Though you can actually play around with bringing the viewer's eye into the portions of the image that you want.
So take advantage of the Restoration palette, as I said it to outset. This really is setup in a bit of a workflow. First you simplify and adjust the image, then we apply brush stokes to it, and then finally we do that last little touch where we bring a little bit of the original imagery back through to end up with our resulting painting. So the Auto-Painting palettes are a good tool for applying to source imagery to end up with some widely varying artistic results.
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