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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 movie, we're going to take a look at animation. Now the principle behind the animation is that it simply a series of closely related images, played back in rapid succession and when you do so, you produce the illusion of motion. I have got a little sample here. I'm going to just play it and you'll see that we get the illusion here of a ball bouncing and if I stop this, and then just forward it one frame at a time, you can see that they are just individually drawn frames. And with the built-in animation tools in Painter, it gives me the ability to be able to place these in such a manner that I can draw this and get a convincing sense of the ball bouncing and rebounding off of the floor on the bottom.
So don't think of Painter however, as a complete animation system with some painting tools in it. It's just the opposite. Painter is a natural media of painting system that happens to have a nice simple little module to produce animation within it. You are not going to create a full -length movie using these tools. However, having said that, I have seen people that have won awards and done some amazing things with this simple animation along with other animation tools. So it is possible to produce some really nice things here.
So let's take a look at animation, but before I go, I want to show you one little website that you may be interested in and this is actually on Corel's United Kingdom website. If you go to this URL, you'll find down here at the bottom, they have some academic courseware. Even though it's for Painter 9, not up to Painter 11, nothing is changed in the animation that would outdate this information. But Joyce Ryan, who is a good friend of mine, she teaches at the Atlanta Art Academy, is an animator who produced this courseware and it's got full in depth information about the whole process of animation that's specifically used in Painter.
So if you want to get your hands on some in depth information about animation, specifically related to Painter, I'd advise you to go to this website and download this material. It's a good piece of information to base your work off of. So let's get started now, we'll take a look at animation in Painter 9.
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