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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 this chapter of movies, we're gonna take a look at how to apply different effects to photographs or images in Corel Painter IX. Corel Painter IX offers a number of different effects. We're gonna focus here in this movie training on some of the natural media effects. And we're gonna start by looking at the sketch effect. Now in this movie training, we've shown you how you can clone an image and use tracing paper to create a sketch from a photograph. And that's great if you have the time to be able to do that and also you're comfortable with that amount of freehand drawing.
Sometimes though, especially in production work, you are gonna need a sketch of a photograph but you're not gonna have the time to sit down and really execute one. And that's when you can use the sketch effect to your advantage. You can see here that I have a file opened. It's called apples.rif. And we are going to basically convert this photograph into a pencil sketch. So we're gonna go up to the effects menu, and we're gonna choose Surface Control, Sketch. And this opens up the sketch dialog box. Now if I just ...
You can see that when I put my cursor over the little preview area, I get that hand. And that basically allows me to pan around and see how my image is looking. Basically, what you can see here is that it's just picking up the edges of the objects in this image and applying a really light thin black pencil sketch line around them. Now in this particular case, the effect has done a good job of getting the actual apples. But we are missing those background areas. So to bring those in, I'm gonna increase the sensitivity.
And as I do that, you can see that now we're getting some of those shapes and some of those textures in the background. Now as I did that, you probably noticed that I started to get a lot of noise on the inside of these apples which isn't the most desirable. That's okay. We can grab the smoothing slider, and as we increase that, you can see, it's gonna decrease the amount of noise on the inside of those apples. Now the next slider is the grain slider. And this is one that I find the most useful. The grain slider basically allows the pencil lines to interact with the current paper texture.
If we increase the grain slider, you can see that that really didn't have a whole lot of effect. And that's because the currently selected paper, over here in the paper selector, is Fine Hard Grain. If we go to something that has a little bit more texture, let's just go to something a little bit nontraditional here like small dots. Now you can see that's really interacting with the paper texture. And if I increase the grain, you can see that more of that grain is gonna come through. And as I decrease it, less of the grain comes through. So what we can do here is just go through and choose which particular paper texture we think is going to give us the best look.
Now I actually like that Woven Paper. No. Actually, sorry, it was the Simulated Wood Grain. I actually like that simulated wood grain. So I think I'm gonna leave that. And I'm just gonna increase the sensitivity a little bit more. I wanna bring in a little bit more of these areas ... ... and increase the smoothing to smooth out the inside of those apples. I'm just gonna add a little bit more paper grain. There we go. Now before I click OK, I wanna point out that sometimes you're gonna spend a lot of time getting these settings set to exactly the way that you want.
And what you can do is you can save these settings as a preset. You can see that we have this little preset popup menu. Right now it's empty because I don't have any presets. If I click the Save button, that gives me a Save As dialog box and I can type a name. And I'm just gonna call this, grainy apple. And I'm gonna click OK. And now you can see that it's right here in my preset popup menu. Now I'm gonna actually apply this effect so I'm gonna click OK.
It's basically going to just convert my photograph to a really nice simple line drawing. And as I said, if you're not comfortable with freehand drawing or if you're on a deadline and just really need to get a pencil sketch done really quickly, this is an excellent way to do that. Now I did this on the canvass layer. You can see over here my layers palette that I've applied this effect just to my canvass. Now if I wanted to add color, let's just go here and grab some red, I've got my artist oils chosen, and start painting here.
You're seeing that I'm basically going over top. What I might wanna do is be able to paint underneath this effect. And in that case, I would wanna apply this effect a little bit differently. You may press Cmd Z or Ctrl Z to just undo these brushstrokes. And I'm actually gonna undo back far enough to get back to my effect. If I wanna have this effect on a layer, if I wanna be able to paint in such a way that I can see the sketch on top and the brushstrokes underneath, what I wanna do is apply the effect to the photograph on a layer.
So let's take a look at how we would set that up. First thing I'm gonna do is select the contents of my canvass. I'm gonna choose Select All and then I'm gonna choose Edit, Copy, Edit, Paste. And if you take a look at the layers palette here, you can see that now we have a copy on our layer. I'm going to just click on my canvass and choose Select All and then press the Delete or Backspace key to clear that off. Now we have our layer here. So I'm gonna choose my layer, and this time I'm gonna go right back into effects just like I did before.
Now you'll notice that it sketches at the top and that's because it was the last effect I used. So I can just choose that instead of going to Surface Control. And remember, we saved our presets so we have our grainy apple preset. So I'm gonna leave that there. And I'm gonna click OK. And now we have our sketch on a layer. So let's see what happens if we paint on the canvass. I'm just gonna click my canvass to select it. I've got a red and I'm gonna go to my brush tool. And we can't see it.
Well why is that? That's because our blending mode is set to default. If I choose my layer and change this to multiply, that basically makes my layer completely transparent so that I can see the brushstrokes underneath. I'm just gonna clear my canvass off. Cmd A and then press Delete or Backspace and ... ... target it and just begin painting a little bit here. Now you can see that because I've changed my layer blending mode to multiply, I can see those brush strokes underneath.
So if you wanna set the sketch effect up that you can see some of the brushstrokes underneath, what you wanna do is apply the effect on a layer and then change your blending mode to multiply as you can see I've done right here. So that's a really useful way that you can convert photographs into sketches. As I said, if you're not comfortable with freehand drawing, or if you're on a really tight deadline, using the skect effect can really save you some time converting a photograph into a pencil sketch drawing.
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