Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

Using each application for its strengths

From: Painter X Essential Training

Video: Using each application for its strengths

Painter and Photoshop each have their own strengths. And I find using them together gives you a very powerful toolset that is hard to beat with any other combination of applications that I know of. If you've got Painter and Photoshop, you've got just about every tool you need to adjust, tweak, change pixels that is possible. I have a certain working methodology that I am going to describe to you in which each application is taking advantage of it's own strengths and I call it the Photoshop Sandwich with Painter in the Middle workflow. And what I find is by starting and ending in Photoshop and using Painter in the middle, that gives me the correct tools for the correct aspect of the job as I go through my workflow.

Using each application for its strengths

Painter and Photoshop each have their own strengths. And I find using them together gives you a very powerful toolset that is hard to beat with any other combination of applications that I know of. If you've got Painter and Photoshop, you've got just about every tool you need to adjust, tweak, change pixels that is possible. I have a certain working methodology that I am going to describe to you in which each application is taking advantage of it's own strengths and I call it the Photoshop Sandwich with Painter in the Middle workflow. And what I find is by starting and ending in Photoshop and using Painter in the middle, that gives me the correct tools for the correct aspect of the job as I go through my workflow.

First of all, Photoshop is the first layer in the sandwich and this is where I do all of my image preparation. Things like resizing for intended output. Sometimes I do border treatments to images and it's important at the beginning rather then the end of the job, to add any additional border that you may want to add because if you have sizing requirements you would rather do the image at a 100% scale with that additional outset of the non-image area to work in for any ragged edged borders or painterly edge borders. Whatever they are, it's best to figure all that out at the beginning. So I do use Photoshop for just getting the image sized correctly. Secondly, the tonal and color adjustment. Photoshop is unparalleled when it comes to adjust color and tone. So I take advantage of Photoshop's world class tools for just that purpose in preparing my image.

And then finally if there is any retouching or compositing work that has to be done. Once again that's the domain of Photoshop and I really prefer to use it's tools. That's the first segment of my Photoshop sandwich with Painter in middle. Now let's look at the middle, which is Painter. OK, secondly now this is the middle part and to be honest this is where you are going spend the most time. Even though there is Photoshop on either end of job, Painter really is where the bulk of the work gets done and of course for expressive interpretation, creating brush work or applying brush work over a photograph, there is no better tool than Painter for that. The central expressive area of the workflow is by far the most critical and you take advantage of Painter's arsenal of expressive mark marking tools to do that.

So all of the brush work gets done in Painter. Any texture application that I want to apply, I use Painter's tools for that. As I mentioned if you are going to add a border when you do that in Photoshop then the border treatment that you may add to it, you'll do in Painter, but because you did the correct sizing in Photoshop earlier, you'll have that extra white blank space around the outside of your image to paint into, so that you have got that extra edge available to work with. So Painter let's you work with expressive mark making tools in a way that you can't do anywhere else.

And then for the third part of our sandwich, we go back to Photoshop and this is where I finalize the image. When you paint in Painter, you are mixing pixels and so sometimes some of the saturation of color gets a little dulled down because of that intermixing of color. So there are times where you are going to need to do some color correction. Just local tonal adjustments. Particularly in the world of portraiture, you can do some tricks in Photoshop to emphasize the subjects face and de-emphasize some of the non-subject areas of the image through various dodging and burning type techniques. And then finally I use Photoshop to do the final conversion of the image to the intended output profile. If you are working either with your own printer or with a commercial lab that prints out out your work, you need to be able to ship them the image in whatever their workflow dictates.

So a lot of times they want it in sRGB, or they want it in a Adobe RGB, but whatever it is, Photoshop is definitely the application to do all of that work in. So this Photoshop sandwich with Painter in the middle workflow, works very well for me. And I have taught it to a lot of people and many people I know now use it. I really encourage you to especially if you do have Photoshop and you are learning Painter or if you have Painter and you want to learn Photoshop. Together, they are just the best set of tools you could possibly have to do just about anything you want with pixels in the world of image making and expressive mark making.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for Painter X Essential Training
Painter X Essential Training

77 video lessons · 9512 viewers

John Derry
Author

 
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 2m 9s
    1. Welcome
      51s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 18s
  2. 14m 31s
    1. Understanding what Painter X can do
      1m 54s
    2. Emulating natural media
      3m 37s
    3. Auto-painting
      2m 28s
    4. Painting from scratch
      1m 56s
    5. Painting from a photo
      2m 38s
    6. Using RealBristle brushes
      1m 58s
  3. 55m 58s
    1. Understanding the Painter interface
      2m 32s
    2. Using the Tool palette and the Property bar: Two sides of the same coin
      2m 42s
    3. Using art material selectors
      5m 57s
    4. The Color palette: Visual color selection
      2m 35s
    5. The Color Info palette: Precise color selection
      2m 20s
    6. Color sets: Choose 'n' use color
      1m 8s
    7. The Mixer palette: Traditional color mixing
      4m 55s
    8. The Brush Selector bar: An art store in a palette
      3m 7s
    9. Zooming in and out
      5m 26s
    10. Scrolling
      3m 5s
    11. Rotating an image
      5m 17s
    12. Full Screen mode
      2m 8s
    13. Keeping your palettes organized
      7m 5s
    14. Using workspaces
      7m 41s
  4. 23m 27s
    1. Creating a new image
      1m 35s
    2. Opening an image
      1m 32s
    3. Saving an image
      4m 58s
    4. Setting preferences
      1m 26s
    5. Defining cursor appearance and behavior
      5m 13s
    6. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      6m 1s
    7. File-saving preferences
      2m 42s
  5. 24m 25s
    1. What is a Wacom tablet?
      5m 38s
    2. Understanding the six axes of motion
      5m 54s
    3. Maximizing your tablet's pressure response
      5m 18s
    4. Customizing your Wacom tablet
      7m 35s
  6. 48m 10s
    1. Understanding brush categories and variants
      5m 4s
    2. Adjusting brush size
      4m 32s
    3. Managing brushes and paper texture
      6m 8s
    4. The Papers palette
      6m 24s
    5. Making basic brush adjustments
      10m 53s
    6. Custom palettes
      5m 51s
    7. The Tracker palette
      9m 18s
  7. 27m 39s
    1. Introducing the Brush Creator
      3m 59s
    2. The Randomizer
      5m 54s
    3. The Transposer
      8m 5s
    4. The Stroke Designer
      9m 41s
  8. 20m 38s
    1. Warming up: Exercises
      4m 12s
    2. Warming up: Calisthenics
      8m 4s
    3. Less is more: Too many brushes spoil the stew
      8m 22s
  9. 20m 45s
    1. Nozzle files
      4m 11s
    2. Creating a nozzle file
      9m 32s
    3. Controlling the Image Hose
      7m 2s
  10. 18m 32s
    1. Using compositional aids
      7m 29s
    2. The Layout Grid composition tool
      3m 37s
    3. Understanding the Divine Proportion tool
      3m 20s
    4. The Perspective Grid
      4m 6s
  11. 25m 18s
    1. The benefits of working with layers
      6m 10s
    2. Creating and deleting layers
      4m 55s
    3. Using the Preserve Transparency function
      5m 28s
    4. Using the Pick Up Underlying Color command
      8m 45s
  12. 32m 42s
    1. Cloning basics
      8m 24s
    2. Using Tracing Paper
      4m 16s
    3. In-document point-to-point cloning
      2m 17s
    4. The Underpainting palette
      5m 0s
    5. The Auto-Painting palette
      7m 23s
    6. The Restoration palette
      5m 22s
  13. 34m 51s
    1. Applying surface texture
      13m 23s
    2. Using the Match palette
      6m 16s
    3. Creating woodcuts
      6m 55s
    4. Creating custom tiled surfaces
      8m 17s
  14. 15m 26s
    1. Undo, undo, undo
      4m 7s
    2. Painting on layers
      6m 23s
    3. Save early, save often
      4m 56s
  15. 19m 45s
    1. Using each application for its strengths
      5m 6s
    2. The PSD format: What's compatible and what's not
      6m 18s
    3. Color management compatibility
      8m 21s
  16. 7m 31s
    1. Using the Shift key restart
      6m 3s
    2. My brush won't paint
      1m 28s
  17. 37s
    1. Goodbye
      37s

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ .

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Painter X Essential Training.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member ?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferences from the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.