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Join John Derry, one of the original Corel Painter authors, as he shares the creative techniques that will get beginners up and running, and shows old hands the new features that can get a creative vision out of your head and on to your canvas. The course demonstrates how to create projects, use Painter brushes and painting styles, build templates, and work with layers and channels. John also shares pointers on setting up a Wacom tablet to interface with Painter.
Earlier, when I was showing you the brush controls, I talked a little bit about the Dab Profile. And there's some new features in Painter 12 that particularly affect how you can adjust airbrush behavior. And so, to start, I am going to start by painting a little bit with the digital airbrush that we painted with earlier. And this is a brush that's been in Painter forever. Its behavior is very well-known. As we talked about earlier, it's got this ability to use a profile to get more opaque in the center and then ramp off in opacity as it goes out towards the edges.
Very much like a real airbrush. And as I paint with it, it just continually will build up. So this is intended to very much mimic airbrush from the traditional world, in the sense that it has a soft roll off on the stroke, and it also overwrites itself and gets more opaque with each stroke, even within a stroke you can see how I can build this up. Now I am going to switch. What I am essentially doing is switching here to the Digital Soft Pressure Airbrush.
I want to show you how its behavior is different. I'm going to paint and I am going to go back on the stroke. Notice it's not changing. Now if you've ever worked in Photoshop, this is a behavior that Photoshop users love. It's a way to fill areas with a solid color without changing it. Now if I pick up my brush, and re-stroke, it's now applying the same opacity of brush, which you can see, where I'm overwriting the earlier stroke I made.
It's now doubling the opacity of that stroke, but where I go in a new area, it's still painting with the original opacity that it was set at. And so, in concept work and in quick drawing and rendering work, a lot of artists have gotten very used to this technique and they like it a lot, and so Corel introduces this behavior into Painter 12. Now how is it accomplishing what it's doing? Well, it's actually again kind of borrowing from the vocabulary of Photoshop's airbrush behavior and adding some new controls to do it.
And what it's doing is two things; One, it's now got this Computed Circular Brush panel, and what that lets me do is, I can play with the hardness of the brush. So you can see how the edge of this brush is getting harder and harder, until up here. Now it's a very hard-edged brush. So unlike the earlier Painter brush that uses preset profiles to affect how the hardness is controlled, you actually have a hardness slider here, much like Photoshop. Secondly, it's also got an opacity slider that controls how much opacity does it deliver within a stroke.
If you look up here, you can see it says it's at 100% opacity, but it's not, it's respecting this opacity, it's really only at 16%. So that's something you need to be aware of. Adjusting this will have no effect. It's really what's happening in the Computed Circular's Dab Opacity slider that controls that. Secondly, it's also using Use Stroke Attributes. This is what enables the brush to be able to write over itself in the same opacity and not build up opacity.
Remember, if we are in that other brush, the older Digital Airbrush, it is going to continually build up opacity within a stroke. The computed airbrush that uses the stroke attributes, does not do that, so, that's a big difference and people that come from Photoshop and want this kind of airbrush, it's here in Painter using these two new techniques. You just need to make sure when you go to Airbrushes, the ones that say Digital, well the first one Digital Airbrush is actually the original one. But these ones below that say digital, they all use either one or both of these new attributes, the Stroke Attributes or Computed Circular panel controls, in order to adjust it.
So Photoshop users, if you love your airbrush over in Photoshop, you can rejoice that there is now a very similar characteristic available in Painter.
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