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Using the Computed Circular palette and stroke attribute brushes


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Painter 12 Essential Training

with John Derry

Video: Using the Computed Circular palette and stroke attribute brushes

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.
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  1. 1m 20s
    1. Introduction
      44s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 5m 4s
    1. Understanding what Painter 12 can do
      1m 45s
    2. Let's paint!
      3m 19s
  3. 11m 52s
    1. Starting Painter 12 for the first time
      4m 4s
    2. Creating, opening, and saving files
      4m 36s
    3. Working with templates
      3m 12s
  4. 30m 37s
    1. Painter's shiny new interface
      6m 43s
    2. Understanding the Tool palette and property bar
      4m 12s
    3. Using media selectors
      3m 43s
    4. Working with the Brush Selector
      7m 17s
    5. Configuring panels and palettes
      3m 41s
    6. Navigating Painter
      5m 1s
  5. 22m 41s
    1. Setting preferences
      6m 59s
    2. Arranging palettes
      1m 28s
    3. Creating custom palettes
      6m 30s
    4. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      3m 52s
    5. Understanding workspaces
      3m 52s
  6. 28m 37s
    1. Controlling color with the Color palette
      7m 12s
    2. Working with the Temporal Color palette
      3m 0s
    3. Mixing color with the Mixer palette
      11m 3s
    4. Working with color sets
      7m 22s
  7. 56m 31s
    1. Introduction to brushes in Painter 12
      41s
    2. Understanding brush size adjustment
      2m 46s
    3. Exploring brush controls
      17m 44s
    4. Using the Computed Circular palette and stroke attribute brushes
      4m 13s
    5. Painting with Real Watercolor brushes
      7m 34s
    6. Painting with Real Wet Oil brushes
      3m 20s
    7. Working with Impasto
      8m 10s
    8. Working with texture-aware media
      12m 3s
  8. 13m 38s
    1. Understanding Quick Clone
      3m 58s
    2. Working with the Clone Source panel
      7m 22s
    3. Tracing a clone's source using Tracing Paper
      2m 18s
  9. 22m 56s
    1. Understanding the Underpainting palette
      9m 25s
    2. Exploring the Auto-Painting and Smart Stroke palettes
      7m 26s
    3. Working with the Restoration palette
      6m 5s
  10. 22m 15s
    1. Working with the Rectangular Selection tool
      3m 25s
    2. Using the Lasso tool
      3m 26s
    3. Selecting items with the Polygon tool
      2m 39s
    4. Understanding the Magic Wand tool
      7m 55s
    5. The Channels palette
      4m 50s
  11. 29m 1s
    1. Understanding the flexibility of layers
      7m 25s
    2. Preserving transparency in layers
      5m 37s
    3. Picking up underlying color in layers
      5m 13s
    4. Using the Free Transform tool
      2m 52s
    5. Working with layer masks
      7m 54s
  12. 24m 3s
    1. Painting with symmetry
      9m 6s
    2. Understanding Smart Blur
      4m 43s
    3. Working with seamless patterns
      10m 14s
  13. 25m 10s
    1. Introduction to the Image Hose
      2m 13s
    2. Understanding Image Hose controls
      9m 58s
    3. Working with nozzle files
      12m 59s
  14. 14m 32s
    1. Using each application for its strengths
      4m 59s
    2. The PSD format: what's compatible and what's not
      5m 3s
    3. Color management compatibility
      4m 30s
  15. 7m 0s
    1. Your best friend: Undo
      1m 50s
    2. Painting on layers
      1m 55s
    3. Save often, save early
      3m 15s
  16. 9m 48s
    1. The panic button
      2m 13s
    2. Using the Shift key restart
      2m 1s
    3. Re-importing a workspace
      4m 4s
    4. Troubleshooting: My brush won't paint
      1m 30s
  17. 3m 20s
    1. Goodbye
      3m 20s

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Painter 12 Essential Training
5h 28m Beginner Feb 15, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Exploring the changes in the Painter 12 interface
  • Customizing brushes and selecting painting styles
  • Laying out the optimal workspace
  • Controlling color with the color palettes
  • Adjusting brush size and stroke attributes
  • Working with texture-aware media
  • Quick cloning with the Clone Source panel
  • Auto-Painting with the Underpainting, Smart Stroke, and Restoration palettes
  • Preserving transparency in layers
  • Creating layer masks
  • Painting with symmetry
  • Working with the Image Hose
  • Integrating Painter projects with Photoshop
  • Troubleshooting brushes and other issues
Subjects:
Design Digital Painting
Software:
Painter
Author:
John Derry

Using the Computed Circular palette and stroke attribute brushes

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.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Painter 12 Essential Training.


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Q: When I double-click the John's Smart Brushes.brushcategory file as shown in the Chapter 8 movie "Understanding the Underpainting palette," the brushes do not install. Instead I get the message "There is no application set to open this document."
A: This is because your operating system does not recognize the .brushcategory file type.  This can be circumvented by selecting the file, right-clicking, and choosing "Open With…".

If Painter 12 is not in the list, use "Other…" to locate and select Painter 12.

The file will be read by Painter and the brush category will be installed.
 
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