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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.
In this video, we are going to talk about the Image Hose. Now what is the Image Hose? Think of a garden hose. It sprays what, when you turn it on? Water. Well, when you turn on the Image Hose, what would you expect to come out of it? Images, right? So the idea behind the Image Hose is that it takes advantage of the artist traditional mark making techniques with the hand and the wrist and everything, but instead of a pencil or a chalk or a brush coming off of the tip of this, what's coming out instead is a stream of images and which you have a great deal of control over.
They can be ordered or they can be very random. One of the great things about the Image Hose is that it can replace the tedium of drawing something over and over again. For example, take leaves. Individual leaves aren't really that identifiable; they are just leaves. So rather than paint every individual leaf, with the Image Hose you could construct a set of leaf elements either photographically and pick them up and put them in or draw them by hand, and then spray them out into an area that you want to portray leaves.
And it gives a very realistic sense to the eye. It fools it into thinking it's seeing this continuum of infinite, random leaves where in reality it may be an actual small sub-sampling. It's actually kind of interesting how small of a subsample of an element is needed in order to fool the eye into thinking it's seeing a complete random continuum of an element that's made up of something like leaves. So let's dig in and take a look at the Image Hose. We are going to take a little closer look at the Image Hose now, and I'm just going to do a theoretical little illustration here.
I'm going to select a Pastel here. So I'll use the Real Soft Pastel and I'm just going to create a tree trunk to start off. So I'm doing this by hand, and depending on how well you want to illustrate this, this either take a few seconds or be very quick. I'm under a bit of a time constraint in these videos, so I'm not going to do anything to elaborate, but we'll just get across the basic idea of a tree and branches. So we have got our basic autumn or winter tree here with no leaves on it. I am going to want to now dress this tree up, so how do I use the Image Hose? I'm going to go over and select the Image Hose.
Now the Image Hose is a tool. This is a tool that dispenses some form of content. The content is in a Nozzle file, and one of our content selectors at the bottom of the Tool palette is the Nozzle Selector. So I'm going to just select the Bay Leaves, and let's do a little bit of spraying here. Now this is a photographic element, so it's a little wild to combine it with illustration, but I have seen that done. It's certainly can be done. What I'm going to be showing you in a little bit is how these could be hand drawn leaves, if I wanted them to be.
The content could be anything you can draw on a layer. Essentially, it can be an Image Hose element. It's that simple. We'll explore that a little bit later, but I just want to get across the idea now. What the Image Hose is? You can see here, there are probably something like 8 or so elements in this Bay Leaves file, and yet it's still-- your eye pretty much reads it as a very random aggregation of leaves in general. So that's the basis behind the Image Hose. So we are going to be exploring coming up here how to control the Image Hose as well as make your nozzle.
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