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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.
- In the last movie we took a look at how to choose color in Corel Painter IX by using the colors pallet. Next we're gonna move on to one of my favorite features, and that is the mixer pallet. And the mixer pallet basically allows you to mix colors interactively, the same way that you would using traditional paint brushes and a paint pallet. You can see here that I have the mixer pallet open. And this pallet's made up of a number of components. At the top we have the mixer colors, then we have the mixer pad, which is the area that we can use to mix up our colors.
We have some tools, and then we have a control that allows us to change the brush size. We're gonna take a look at how all of these work together in this movie. To start out, basically with the mixer pallet, you're just gonna choose a color, and you can choose a color either from the color wheel, or from these little colors up at the top, the mixer colors. We're gonna start with this red, just add a little bit of paint, switch to some green, this time I'm gonna take it from the mixer colors. And you can see that as the colors slowly start to intersect, I can basically mix those colors up.
Let's add a little bit of orange. Again, as I start to intersect with other colors, I can do some mixing. Now I'm gonna grab some yellow, and the same thing, as I intersect my colors, I can basically mix them up. Now I can use either the brush tool or the pallet knife. The brush tool actually apply color and medium. And the pallet knife will basically just move it around. And the pallet knife is quite nice because as you can see right here, I can just smear the pixels around.
And that allows me to get some really nice tonal variations in between some of these transition areas. you can see between that red and green, I've got a few really nice colors going there that I couldn't have gotten with just using the paint brush. So the pallet knife just basically behaves like a true pallet knife, and really gives you a mixing tool to be able to smear the colors together. Now let's go back to the brush tool and let's talk about what this first button here, which is called, "Dirty Mode." I'm gonna clear off my mixer pallet by just hitting the Trash key.
And I'm gonna start by turning "Dirty Mode,' off, so I'm just gonna click that button. I'm gonna start with red, I'm gonna do a couple of paint strokes. Now I'm gonna go to yellow, and I'm gonna intersect the two. And now I'm gonna do another stroke in yellow. Now I'm gonna do the same thing with Dirty Mode turned on. I'm gonna trash, actually I'll leave that there. I'm gonna grab my hand tool and just move that up a little bit. Go back to my brush, turn on Dirty Mode, go to red, couple strokes of red, now I'm gonna go to yellow, do a stroke of yellow.
And go across to intersect. And now keep going. Now do you see the difference? The difference is that in the first one we went back to a true yellow every time we picked up our brush. Here what happened is we now have this kind of orange color. Well where did that come from? Well, Corel Painter IX is smart enough to realize that as I drag that yellow stroke through the red, that my brush became dirty. It became contaminated and the colors mixed together, causing this sort of orange color.
So every time I put down my brush, it's going to remember the last color that my brush was in. Let's trash this and take a look at that again. I'm gonna start with some red, now I'm gonna grab some yellow. Now I'm gonna move over here, you can see it's intersecting that yellow and red. Let's try some green. We can start out with a true green. Now I've mixed my colors together. And if I come down here, you can see I get these really nice strokes that have more than one color to them, which are really, really cool.
Now basically what I can do once I have my colors mixed here is I can actually go ahead and paint with them. So let's open up a new file, by choosing File, New. I'm just gonna leave it at the default settings. And I can just use whatever was on my brush, which you can see is the currently selected color, and paint with it. Now look at this. Isn't this a beautiful brush stroke? You can see I have that variation in colors. That's because I'm using the Artist Oils category. If I switch to a different category, such as the acrylics, and paint it with the same brush, I would just have that pure green.
The artist oils interact with the mixing pallet and allow you to paint with brush strokes that look like these ones here, that have that gradation in color. So one tool that you can use is what's called the Multi-Color Eyedropper tool. Let's first take a look at a regular eyedropper tool to see what it's all about. I'm gonna go back to Artists Oils because that's the medium that we know. It works with these particular tools really well. The eyedropper tool will work with anything. The Multi-Color Eyedropper tool will work with Artists Oils only.
And what I can do, is I can sample basically one color, so if I sample the red and paint, I get a straight red. If I sample the yellow, I basically get a straight yellow. Now let's grab this Multi-Color Eyedropper tool, and what I wanna do is position my cursor, somewhere that I can get a few different colors. You can see that there's that little circle around the eyedropper that's indicating the colors within the scope of the eyedropper that it's going to pick up. I can make it bigger by changing my brush size.
So let's click there. And now let's paint and see what happens. Look at that. We have this beautiful loaded brush that goes from yellow, to red, to green. Let's try another one. Let's come over here. And now we have different shades of yellows and oranges and reds. So this mixer pallet, along with the Multi-Color eyedropper tool basically allows us to create these really nice, loaded brush strokes. And they have multiple different colors in them because the Multi-Color Eyedropper tool allows us to pick up those different colors.
This is absolutely fantastic new functionality in Corel Painter IX. And it really allows us to simulate the painting experience much more true-to-life than what we've ever had before. There was, previously, some brush-loading technology in Corel Painter, but nothing that compares to this. I mean here you can basically work with the same work flow that you would using traditional oils. You can mix up your colors, grab a really dirty brush with lots of different colors on it, and just start painting with it. So, I can't say enough about how cool this technology is.
So I'm gonna go ahead and trash this mixer pad. And I just wanna point out a couple of things. The first thing is that, as I mentioned, you can either sample color right here from the mixer colors, I just need to switch back to my brush tool here, that's why it wasn't painting. Or, I can sample color from my color wheel, and start to paint. Now you might think, "You know, I really like this idea of having these mixer colors, but these colors really aren't quite right for me." Maybe you wanna do a painting that's different shades of red, or different shades of pinks.
Well, you can actually customize the colors that appear in here. So to do that, I'm basically gonna choose a color, let's actually go with some different shades of pink. So I've got a color, I'm gonna hold down the command key, or the control key on Windows, and I'm gonna click the color swatch. And there we can see it's changed. Now let's grab a different one. I'm gonna hold down again command, or control on Windows, and click, and now we've changed it. Again, command or control, and I'm just gonna repeat that to add a handful of colors in here.
And I'm just basically adding a whole bunch of different colors in here for variety. So that we can fill it up. You certainly don't need to add quite as many colors as I am, unless you want to. And there we go. Now we have sort of this range of colors, of different pinks, and burgundies. And once you get these colors set up, I mean, you're not gonna wanna remember what those specific values are every single time. What you can do is come over here, and choose Save Mixer Colors.
And Save Mixer Colors will basically allow you to save a file that you can load later, using this Load Mixer Colors command, and it lets you save those mixer colors to use them again if you need to. Now if you've customized these and you decide, "You know, that's great but I really wanna get back to the original," there's a Reset Mixer Colors option right there. And you can see that takes us back to the rainbow of colors that we started with. Now just like you can save the mixer colors here, you can also save the contents of the mixer pad. And if I go to this little menu, you can see that we have an Open Mixer Pad, a Save Mixer Pad, and a Clear Mixer Pad command.
Clear is obviously going to clear off the contents of it. But if I choose this Save command, I can basically choose to save that file, any location I want to, and then I can use this Open command to open that back up again, anytime I need to use it. And that's really to your benefit because sometimes you're gonna get this really great pallet that you've mixed up, and you're gonna have to work on another project, and you're gonna wanna go back and forth between a few different mixer pallets. Being able to save it is just a great way to get back to it. Often when I'm working, what I will do is I will actually save a copy of the mixer that I've mixed up in the same folder as the file that I'm working with.
So that I know that I can always get back to those two particular files. Because to me, the colors I'm working with are just as important as the image that I'm outputting. And not having to mix up colors again really saves a lot of time. The last thing that I wanna point out is that you can change the background color of the mixer pad. So I'm just gonna hit the trash icon. Now, why would you wanna change the background? Well typically you're mostly going to work on white, but there's gonna be times that maybe your canvas color is a different color, you've been given a specific project that you have to work on a green background.
And as you know, colors look differently on different colored backgrounds. So, being able to mix your colors on a background color that matches your canvas color, is very helpful to make sure that you're mixing colors that are gonna look good on that color. So to change your background color, I'm gonna go up to the mixer pallet menu, and I'm going to choose Change Mixer Background. That gives us the standard colors dialog box which we've seen before in this movie training. And you can basically just choose whatever color you want. I'm gonna choose an off-white here.
Click OK, and now you can see it's changed our mixer pad to that particular color. And I'm just gonna go ahead and reset that back to white, and click OK. So as you can see, the mixer pallet is a great feature in Corel Painter IX. And the ability to interact with the Artist Oils brushes, which are new brushes in Corel Painter IX, is a phenomenal new capability. As I said before, this brush loading technology, and the ability to work with these contaminated, dirty brushes, just really pushes Painter into another category of natural media painting technology.
And we're gonna take a look at exactly how those Artists Oils work, both the mechanics of them, and how to use them in an actual project later on in this movie training.
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