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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.
Download the Painter/Photoshop Consistent Color Management PDF and the Brush Troubleshooting Checklist PDF from the Exercise Files tab.
We have now got a source and destination image established and the way that was done was I started with a source image and I used the Quick Clone command to quickly create an exact sized copy of that image, and in this instance, it doesn't have anything in it. So the first thing I want to show you in Painter when you have got a destination and source image established, you can turn on right up here in the upper-right corner of the window, you can toggle Tracing Paper on.
So now, I'm seeing this underlying image as if it had a sheet of transparent tracing paper on top of it. I'm going to go and get the nice sharp little pen like the Scratchboard tool and what it's going to do is allow me to see through to this underlying imagery so that I can go in and use this source information as a reference point. I will just do enough here, so that you can see how useful this can be. Everybody knows how to trace.
So right here is one way you can very quickly use one document or image to create a clone. So we have got a little bit of information on here. You can see now I have got the makings of what could become a very finished drawing by just spending time tracing. All of the tools work so that if I go in here and turn this back on, for example, I could zoom-in to this image and see everything and in doing so, it gives you a really amazing ability to create this as if it were created from Scratch and there are some other things we can do here.
For example, if I click and hold on the Tracing Paper icon, you will see what pops up is a set of percentages. This allows me to control how Transparent or Opaque the tracing paper is. So, in some cases, you may want to have it more weighted towards being able to see the tracing paper. So that's a little more obvious. In other cases, you may want to go more towards the end of making it more transparent. So the background is more obvious. So you have got control over the transparency of the image.
The other thing I'm just going to quickly show you here is if I go to the Cloning category, which is Cloners right here. I'm going to go down, and there's a tool in here called the Soft Cloner. Let's grab that. I am going to start to draw or paint with this. I'll just start to do it a little bit in here. Right now, we are not seeing much happen because I have got Tracing Paper on. But since we have got enough of a reference, let's go ahead and toggle this off and enlarge my brush a little bit and in this case I'm using my Bracket key.
So I'm using the right-bracket key here. But I can go in here now and even bring through certain little bits of the photo if I want and this is actually kind of a neat technique to sort of blend together drawing technique with photographic source material. But once again, I'm using hand controlled input here. So it's got a drawn quality even though it's bringing through some of the source imagery. `So we have taken a look at tracing paper. This represents the first rung on the cloning ladder.
It utilizes that source and destination relationship to enable you to treat the destination as if it were a sheet of tracing paper and do additional things like actually bringing through bits of photography.
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