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setting brush tracking in corel painter IX


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Getting Started with Corel Painter IX

with John Derry and Tanya Staples

Video: setting brush tracking in corel painter IX

- 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.
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  1. 8m 8s
    1. what's new?
      8m 8s
  2. 57m 9s
    1. using the welcome screen
      4m 6s
    2. exploring the interface
      12m 19s
    3. customizing the interface
      7m 50s
    4. creating custom palettes
      12m 27s
    5. creating custom keyboard shortcuts
      10m 4s
    6. creating and opening images
      4m 27s
    7. saving images
      5m 56s
  3. 32m 7s
    1. understanding tablet terminology
      5m 11s
    2. setting up a wacom tablet
      21m 6s
    3. setting brush tracking in corel painter IX
      5m 50s
  4. 37m 7s
    1. choosing colors from the color palette
      6m 46s
    2. mixing colors interactively
      11m 24s
    3. working with color sets
      8m 5s
    4. choosing paper textures
      10m 52s
  5. 5m 10s
    1. rotating and flipping images
      5m 10s
  6. 44m 25s
    1. understanding layers
      9m 9s
    2. creating, duplicating, and deleting layers
      4m 5s
    3. moving, arranging, and locking layers
      7m 47s
    4. naming layers
      7m 7s
    5. grouping, collapsing, and dropping layers
      8m 22s
    6. preserving transparency
      4m 29s
    7. painting with pick up underlying color
      3m 26s
  7. 1h 39m
    1. cloning basics
      13m 6s
    2. auto cloning paintings from photographs
      14m 51s
    3. cloning paintings from photographs
      28m 30s
    4. painting on photographs
      42m 59s
  8. 1h 23m
    1. sketching basics
      12m 54s
    2. sketching with pencils
      25m 20s
    3. sketching with chalks
      20m 16s
    4. sketching with the scratchboard tool
      24m 51s
  9. 2h 10m
    1. understanding artists' oils
      17m 50s
    2. painting with artists' oils
      25m 44s
    3. painting with digital water color
      29m 3s
    4. painting with water color
      16m 19s
    5. painting with liquid ink
      15m 46s
    6. painting with airbrushes
      25m 29s
  10. 19m 22s
    1. customizing brushes
      8m 49s
    2. saving custom brushes
      10m 33s
  11. 41m 59s
    1. using the sketch effect
      7m 5s
    2. applying surface texture
      11m 38s
    3. using the woodcut effect
      15m 41s
    4. using KPT effects
      7m 35s
  12. 33m 10s
    1. using make mosaic
      22m 37s
    2. using make tessellation
      10m 33s
  13. 37m 31s
    1. understanding bitmap and vector information
      6m 0s
    2. drawing with the shape tools
      5m 20s
    3. drawing with the pen tools
      5m 29s
    4. working with type
      7m 59s
    5. working with adobe illustrator files
      5m 52s
    6. painting with snap to path
      6m 51s
  14. 4m 56s
    1. opening adobe photoshop files in corel painter IX
      2m 5s
    2. saving adobe photoshop files in corel painter IX
      2m 51s

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10h 40m Beginner Nov 30, 2004

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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.

Subject:
Design
Software:
Painter
Authors:
John Derry Tanya Staples

setting brush tracking in corel painter IX

- 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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