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This movie-based tutorial is designed to give new and existing users of Corel Painter IX a basic understanding of the latest version of the program and its new and improved features, including the new Welcome Screen, Customizable Keyboard Shortcuts, Artists' Oils Painting System, Snap-To-Path Painting, QuickClone, and integration with the Wacom Intuos3 tablet. The training begins with an overview of the Corel Painter IX interface, a review of basic tools, and tips on working with a Wacom tablet and then moves to practical sketching and painting exercises, including how to convert digital photographs to drawings, paintings, and mosaics. Exercise files accompany the training, allowing you to follow along and learn at your own pace.
- One of the most important aspects of working with a painting program like Corel Painter 9 is the ability to choose color. And fortunately Corel Painter 9 offers a number of tools to make it easy for you to choose and mix your own colors. In this first movie we're going to talk about the color palette in Corel Painter 9. And in the next two movies we're going to talk about the mixer palette and the color sets palette. You can see here that I have the colors palette open and inside you can see that it has this awesome color wheel inside.
And for those of us who have a traditional art background, being able to choose color using this sort of format is excellent because it's just basically what we're used to in the traditional world. So let's take a look at how it works. You can see that around the edge, we have what's called a hue ring. And as I drag this little black circle around, what happens is that value saturation triangle on the inside changes to reflect the different values that you can choose for that specific hue, so here you can see I'm sort of in an orangey-red.
Now I'm moving into a lighter orange, into yellow, green, turquoise, aqua, blue, purple, pink, and then back into the reds. So basically you use the hue ring to choose the hue that you want to work with. Once you've set up your hue, then you can use the value saturation triangle to decide the exact specific value of a color you want to work with.
You can see that there's a little white circle here and basically I can just click and drag it as well. If I go down to the bottom you can see I'm getting closer to black, so I'm getting colors that have much stronger value. If I go up to the top you can see I get colors with white, so I have more of tinting shades. And then as I go to the right, I get colors that are more saturated or that are truer colors, brighter colors. And as I make these changes, what you can see is that the main color swatch updates automatically.
And this main color swatch is basically what tells me what my currently selected color is. So let's just open up a blank file here, I'm going to choose file, new, and leave the defaults there. And I just have an artists oil brush here, a blender bristle, and if I just start to paint with it, you can see that as I click inside this color wheel, whether it be, you know, around the hue ring, or whether it be inside the value saturation triangle, my primary color's automatically going to change and that's going to be reflected when I actually paint some strokes onto my canvas.
Now there's a couple of other controls that we need to take a look at in this palette. One is the clone color button. And basically by turning this on, it grays out the color wheel. And that basically says instead of using the color in the color wheel, to sample color, you use color from the clone source. Now I'm going to leave it at that for now because we have a number of movies where we discussed cloning. So for now, just remember that this is the clone color button and if you're interested in specifically how to clone and how to set up cloning brushes, then you could take a look at the chapter of movies on that specific topic.
We also have this little entry right here, which is hsv, which gives us our hue saturation and value percentages. If I click, you can see it changes to rgb, and I get my rgb value. And basically as I change colors, either again, using the hue ring, or the value saturation triangle, you can see that our rgb information updates. Now seeing this you might be wondering, "Okay, well what if I have a specific rgb value "that I want to enter?" These little numbers aren't editable. But if you have a specific rgb value you want to work with, what you can do is use the color info palette.
Now it's turned off by default, but you can easily turn it on by going to the window menu, choosing color palettes, show color info. And there you can see it pops up right underneath our color sets palette. So if we have a specific rgb value that we want to enter, we can enter it right here, let's say 209, 228, 184. There we go. And we can automatically see that that updates our color wheel, it updates our main color swatch, both in the colors palette and in the color info palette.
And here we have our specific rgb value. Now I can also use these sliders too, if I want to refine my choices and you can see that as I do that basically the hue ring and the value saturation triangle also update. And this is kind of actually a nice thing to have because you can kind of visually see what happens with your rgb values as you change. Now I can also choose to view that as hsv and set up my specific hsv values. I find that working with rgb is the most useful when I'm working in the color info palette.
So let's close that up. And now let's take a look at the options that are in the menu here. You can see that standard colors is turned on. What standard colors means is basically you see the hue ring and the value saturation triangle. Now you may find that this particular palette takes up a bit too much screen real estate. So what you can do is choose small colors. And this shortens up your color palette. You can see that now it's called small color, and this works very similar to the regular colors palette, only we have this hue, I guess, bar or line, as opposed to a ring.
And you can see as I drag that black circle up and down it changes the shades and values inside of our value saturation triangle. But the value saturation triangle works identical to how it does with the standard colors. The top has shades of white or tints, the bottom has darker colors or colors with more value, and the colors to the right are more saturated or brighter. Let's go ahead and return that to standard colors. We also have display as hsv, and that basically just does the exact same thing as if I click right here.
So those are the controls that we have access to. So as you can see, this color palette is a fantastic way to choose color in Corel Painter. What I love about it is just that it is so visual and it really, you know, because many of us who work in Corel Painter have a traditional background, especially working in color theory and painting, working with a color palette that has this kind of great visual color information is a fantastic way to work. In the next movie we're going to take a look at how do you mix our own colors using the mixer palette.
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