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Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes

with John Derry

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A brush variant's business end is the dab. The dab is what establishes the graphic quality and character of a brush stroke. So they're very important in terms of how brushes are made when the pin touches the canvas. I'm going to show you where we find brush dabs. So we're going to go up to the Window menu and we're going to go down to Brush Controls > General and this will pop- up the entire Brush Control palette, but the one that's really important is General and it's actually located at the top for a reason.
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  1. 2m 2s
    1. Introduction
      1m 0s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 2s
  2. 22m 31s
    1. Defining categories and variants
      2m 14s
    2. Understanding dabs
      3m 35s
    3. Manipulating grain
      5m 34s
    4. Defining brush stroke methods and subcategories
      4m 15s
    5. Modifying stroke behavior with Expression
      2m 37s
    6. Cloning images
      4m 16s
  3. 28m 59s
    1. Understanding the anatomy of a variant
      5m 10s
    2. Modifying a brush with the Brush Creator
      4m 16s
    3. Modifying a brush with the Brush Control palette
      4m 37s
    4. Which is best?
      1m 47s
    5. Setting up a stroke testing palette
      6m 3s
    6. Manipulating pressure adjustments
      4m 37s
    7. Saving a brush variant
      2m 29s
  4. 52m 44s
    1. Bristle Media in action
      3m 55s
    2. Painting with acrylics
      5m 35s
    3. Painting with gouache
      6m 37s
    4. Modifying resaturation and bleed with oils
      8m 6s
    5. Painting with Artists' Oils
      6m 52s
    6. Modifying the bearing expression with palette knives
      5m 59s
    7. Using RealBristle brushes
      3m 23s
    8. Painting with impasto
      8m 5s
    9. Using loaded brushes
      4m 12s
  5. 1h 9m
    1. Utility Media in action
      2m 43s
    2. Painting with airbrushes
      8m 50s
    3. Using an eraser as a mark-making tool
      3m 44s
    4. Using blenders
      5m 34s
    5. Using cloners
      7m 7s
    6. Distorting an image with the Distortion brush
      7m 15s
    7. Simulating artist brush styles with the Artist category
      6m 29s
    8. Making common photo adjustments with the Photo category
      1m 51s
    9. Using sponges and modifying captured dabs
      8m 4s
    10. Using FX brushes
      5m 53s
    11. Painting with pattern pens
      6m 45s
    12. Painting with the image hose
      5m 7s
  6. 27m 29s
    1. Dry Media in action
      2m 53s
    2. Drawing with pencils and colored pencils
      7m 37s
    3. Painting with chalk and using directional paper grain
      8m 16s
    4. Painting with pastels
      6m 19s
    5. Drawing with crayons
      2m 24s
  7. 26m 16s
    1. Ink Media in action
      2m 46s
    2. Configuring the Leaky Pen
      5m 0s
    3. Drawing with calligraphy pens
      6m 12s
    4. Using felt pens and markers
      4m 38s
    5. Exploring surface tension with liquid ink
      7m 40s
  8. 23m 7s
    1. Watercolor in action
      3m 24s
    2. Painting with digital watercolor brushes
      5m 25s
    3. Painting with the traditional watercolor brushes
      8m 28s
    4. Painting with the Tinting brush
      5m 50s
  9. 18m 20s
    1. Selecting and modifying an existing variant
      6m 13s
    2. Adjusting the color behavior of the new variant
      4m 0s
    3. Fine tuning and naming the new variant
      8m 7s
  10. 22m 29s
    1. Creating a new category and copying variants into it
      6m 25s
    2. Packaging brushes for distribution
      7m 54s
    3. Pruning a library
      4m 9s
    4. Understanding the Master Brush Library and the User Brush Library
      4m 1s
  11. 24s
    1. Goodbye
      24s

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Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes
4h 53m Intermediate Jan 28, 2010

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Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes takes a deep look into the variety of mark-making tools found within Corel Painter, a software application that allows you to create painterly images that look like they were made with natural (non-computerized) painting media. Through a comprehensive demonstration of different brushes, Corel Painter guru John Derry shows how to adjust multiple variants to achieve desired results. Just like an artist who holds a paintbrush or piece of chalk at a particular angle to create a specific mark, John demonstrates with both live action and within the application how to modify brush variants for maximum expressive impact. From bristle media to ink media, watercolor to utility media, he explains how to get the most out of this drawing and painting application. Exercise files accompany this course.

Topics include:
  • Comparing real-world brush behavior with brushes in Painter
  • Saving a brush variant for future use
  • Using loaded brushes
  • Using sponges and modifying captured dabs
  • Drawing with pastels and chalk
  • Painting with the traditional watercolor brushes
  • Packaging brushes for distribution
Subjects:
Design Digital Painting
Software:
Painter
Author:
John Derry

Understanding dabs

A brush variant's business end is the dab. The dab is what establishes the graphic quality and character of a brush stroke. So they're very important in terms of how brushes are made when the pin touches the canvas. I'm going to show you where we find brush dabs. So we're going to go up to the Window menu and we're going to go down to Brush Controls > General and this will pop- up the entire Brush Control palette, but the one that's really important is General and it's actually located at the top for a reason.

It's almost like a top-down view of the importance of what makes up a brush stroke. So right from the get-go Dab Type is very important and the drop-down menu is how you access all of these various dabs. Now don't be too confounded by the number of dabs you see here. Some of them are actually duplications. For example, Water Color, Liquid media, they're the same dab types. They're just designed for specific media, but we'll be looking at these in-depth throughout the entire title.

To show you exactly what I'm talking about though, I'm going to use an airbrush and I'm just going to do a one dab and you'll see that basically that is an individual hit of the brush on the canvas. If we go to the Size menu, we'll see that there is the actual dab and in the case of airbrushes, these dabs are actually kind of canned within Painter to be various density distributions, like you'll find in an airbrush.

What's happening is the Painter takes this one dab, and I've actually got to kind of jiggle here to make it build up a few times so you'll see it. It takes that dab and spaces them so closely that when you paint, it looks like it's a continuous brush, but actually those are very closely spaced dabs that create the illusion of a complete stroke. Based on these various profiles I'll get a different kind of quality for the way that the dab and its appearance along a stroke path is going to appear.

So Profiles are just specific built-in examples of dabs within Painter and as we'll see later on in the title there are a whole number of various ways to make and create dabs to get that really wide range of character that Painter is known for. The last thing we're going to look at right now is Jitter. Jitter is something that actually controls where this dab appears along a stroke. I'm going to temporarily close these up and go down to the Random palette and you'll see here we have the Jitter slider.

When I turned this up, you'll see now what's happening is I'm still on the same path, but what's happening is those dabs are being randomly thrown off of the center line of the stroke. This is such an important control for many brushes to introduce a different kind of quality into it that this control is actually mirrored up in the Brush Selector bar. So you don't necessarily have to go down into the Brush Control palette to get to this control. You'll find it up here.

In fact, many of the very standard highly used controls within Painter will appear in the Brush Control bar. So Dabs, and Profiles, and Jitter, are all various aspects of how to control where and when a dab happens along a stroke.

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Q: In the chapter 9 video "Understanding the Master Brush Library and the User Brush Library,” at the beginning of the video the author states that the demo will be on a Mac but that the Windows file system information will be displayed as well. The Windows path information never appears. What is the correct file information for using this tutorial with Windows?
A: Unfortunately, the Windows portion is indeed missing from the video. Below is the pertinent information.

Painter 11 Windows Master Library Location: 
Windows XP: Program Files > Corel > Painter 11 > Brushes > Painter Brushes 
Windows 7 or Vista: Program Files (x86) > Corel > Painter 11 > Brushes > Painter Brushes 

Painter 11 Windows User Library Location: 
Windows XP: Documents and Settings > [User Name] > Application Data > Corel > Painter 11 > Default [or custom workspace name] > Brushes > Painter Brushes 
Windows 7 or Vista: Users > [User Name] > AppData > Roaming > Corel > Painter 11 > Default [or custom workspace name] > Brushes > Painter Brushes 
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