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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.
- Now that we've taken a look at the benefits of using a Wacom tablet as well as how to customize our Wacom tablet using the Wacom control panel, it's time to take a look at one feature in Corel Painter 9 which will give us some additional flexibility when working with a Wacom tablet. You can see I have a pencil chosen in my brush selector and I have the current color selected as black. And I'm just going to start to draw an apple. And you'll notice that as I draw, I don't have tons and tons of pressure sensitivity. And that's because my brush tracking is not set up in Corel Painter to reflect my sketching style.
If you think about it, all artists work in different ways. Some apply more pressure, some apply less pressure. And Corel Painter 9 respects that and gives you a control to specifically set up brush tracking so that you can customize it to work for your individual style and your individual hand. So let's go ahead and take a look at brush tracking. To access the brush tracking dialog box, I'm going to choose Corel Painter 9, preferences, brush tracking. And that's going to open up the brush tracking dialog box.
Now if you're on a Windows computer, you're going to choose edit, preferences, brush tracking. You can see here in the brush tracking dialog box that I have this scratch pad area and I have these velocity scale, velocity power, pressure scale and pressure power commands. And basically as I draw a sketch in the sketch pad or just simply a stroke, you can see that those particular controls change. And what they're doing is they're picking up on how much pressure I'm applying and how I execute my strokes.
So depending on your individual style, or even the style between creating different types of images, setting up brush tracking will really help you with Corel Painter 9. Let's take a look at how it works. I'm going to do a really slow sketch and apply just a tiny, tiny, little bit of pressure here. And I'm going to click okay. And I'm just going to clear off my screen by pressing command a or control a, and then delete or backspace. And let's take a look at what happens.
Now you can see I have even more pressure and the reason for that is because I tend, as an artist, as when I'm sketching, to apply a lot of pressure, moreso than a lot of other artists. So when I set up my brush tracking I obviously don't want to use just a tiny bit of pressure, I want to really use the pressure that I'm going to be using when I'm drawing, the same amount of force. So let's go back to brush tracking. Again, if you're on Windows it's under the edit menu. And now I'm going to do a much harder stroke.
What you'll see is in comparison to the last example, where I went really, really light, and really, really slow, we saw very small dots and they were really close together. The size of the dots indicates pressure, so in this case I was applying very little pressure. And the spacing between the dots indicates how quickly or how slowly I'm drawing, so in this case I'm obviously doing a very slow sketch because the dots are close together. That doesn't really reflect my drawing style. I did that to show you how the brush was going to be set up.
I tend to draw with much harder, must faster brush strokes. So I'm going to set it up more like this and now let's take a look at the difference. I'm going to click okay, and let's clear off our screen by pressing command a or control a, and then delete or backspace. And now let's start drawing. Now you can see I'm really getting that variation and it's really being set up for my own individual style. I can finally get the results from that pencil that I really want, I can be nice and soft and sketchy and if I want to, I can apply a lot more pressure and ultimately get a much darker, thicker stroke out of my pencil.
So brush tracking really allows you to be able to set up the tablet so that Corel Painter understands your unique drawing and painting style. Now this isn't something that you should just set up once and be done with. This is something that you should really be setting up on a constant basis. For example, when you start out in the morning, chances are you're going to use a different amount of energy or a different amount of pressure to the tablet than you would later in the afternoon when you're tired. Likewise, if I'm doing something, you know, really gestural and, you know, really crazy, my brush tracking is going to want to be set up very different than if I'm doing something very detailed.
So think about the type of work you're doing. Think about how tired you are. And if you can see that the brushes aren't performing the way that you want, reset your brush tracking and get it set up. You'll also find that sometimes, you know, the pencil might respond a little bit different than the brushes and you might want to have a slightly different brush tracking set up. There's no harm in changing your brush tracking. It's a very simple activity, as you can see. You just go to the menu, choose preferences, brush tracking, and draw a few strokes. Once you're happy with how it's set up, you can click okay, I'm just going to click cancel in this case, and begin drawing.
And you can continue to set up your brush tracking until you get something that you're really happy with. Now you could also do this in conjuction with the Wacom tablet panel. As you saw in the last movie we looked at how to set the sensitivity of the pressure and working with brush tracking and the controls in the Wacom control panel will really allow you to maximize the true experience of working with a tablet in Corel Painter 9 and really give you the experience that you're working with a true natural media tool.
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