Join Gaeton Laprade for an in-depth discussion in this video Applying color with the Paint Roller, part of Learning ArtRage.
- So we have Roller Forest open from our examples in the example 4 folder, and you'll see I have a finished version of this loaded as a reference image down here. We're going to try to include this tree here in this painting while I show you the different effects for the roller. So I'm just going to open the Layer panel by clicking the Layer pod, and I'm going to add a new layer by clicking the Add New Layer button, and then I'm going to make sure I have the paint roller selected here in the Tool panel. Then I'm going to open the Settings panel by clicking the Settings pod.
Right there you can see you have Pressure, Thinners, Loading, and Auto Clean as your options. Right away, I'm going to mention that Auto Clean just turns on and off whether that brush picks up paint or not. If I make sure that it's off, you'll see that I have a little cup of water here where I can clean my brush, and were I to put any color on the screen here, and then merge it with some other color, it'll pick that color up the next time I make my stroke. If I clear that with the water bucket there, you'll see that it went back to that green color.
So that's what the Auto Clean does. I'm just going to clear my layer by right-clicking on the layer and selecting Clear Layer. The paint roller is kind of unique when it comes to pressure. The more pressure you put onto it, the more it actually digs into the canvas, and pulls away paint. So it's a lot like what you'd expect an actual paint roller in real life to do, where it soaks up the paint because it's a sponge. It's not really a brush. It's a sponge. The higher it goes, the more texture grain you'll see coming through.
So you can see how it's breaking up right there. I'm just going to show you that by hiding my bottom layer real quick. See how you can see the texture grain right there? Now if I decrease that, and make that pressure pretty low, you can see that that line is really thick now. So there's no variation throughout the stroke itself. I'm just going to undo those and show you how you can actually use these real quick. Before I do that though, I'm just going to show you this: Thinners. Thinners is basically just adding transparency to that paint and it goes in conjunction with the pressure.
It's just kind of going to affect how much grain you get picked up when you make your marks. That's all controlled by the stylus as well, so if you have an nTablet and you're actually pressing really hard, you'll get a different variation of pressure in there. You can go from that thick line to your dug-in marks down here where it's picking up the grain. And the Loading here, just means how much loading your have on your brush. So the lower the loading, the less distance that stroke will go, so you saw how that ran out immediately? Now I'll be showing you how to use that.
Just real quick, on this layer what I'm going to do, is just hold ALT. Pick that color of that tree in that reference down there, and I'm going to select the white first. What I'm going to do is make sure my Loading's up. Just starting from the top of my page, I'm just going to drag down very lightly though, so I want a thick coating of that white, What I might do, is add another layer. Select my brown coat there, so I'm getting that brown color. I might increase that pressure a little bit.
Go over that tree one more time. You can see how I just added a texture over that, so that kind of gives it a bark look. And if I lower that pressure one more time, go over that just on the side here. You can see I got that thick stroke again, but if I go back over it with a higher pressure, you can see how I'm kind of digging into it, lifting that color away. You can get some different variations of shading that way. What I might do, is just switch to my eraser real quick.
Now I used a shortcut, but you can always go down here and select the eraser tool straight off the Tool panel. Erase back that color to where it matches the white that I had put underneath. You can see how the paint roller is kind of useful for getting those textures in, and because of the size of that tool, you can make it very large, and you can actually cover the entire canvas pretty easily with that. So it's good for adding extra texture to the entire scene at a time. So with that cleared out, I'm just going to add one more layer.
And I'm going to hold ALT one more time, and I'm just going to actually click on my screen here and just pick up some of this lighter green. I'm going to increase that pressure a little bit. I'm just going to go over the front here. I'm going to decrease the size of my brush, and I'm doing that by holding SHIFT, left-clicking and dragging on my screen, but you can also change the size of your brush right here by just clicking and dragging within this area. I'm just going to undo what I had painted there real quick and now I'm going to press down hard and just kind of add some shrubbery here for us to look at, that's going to cover up the bottom of that tree and make it look a little more natural.
What I might do is pick up some of that darker color and kind of dig back in there and make that shrubbery look a little better. Once again I'm going to select that eraser, and just kind of eat way at the bottom here, and blend that out. And there you have it. One more tree added into our forest. As you can see, the paint roller is pretty good for adding in texturing or adding texture to a very large area, or even painting with,
Join Gaeton as he shows how to set up the workspace, create your first painting, and start working with ArtRage's expressive tools, which respond just like traditional oils, pastels, watercolors, and pencils. Then learn to maximize the full potential of the program with the image editing, tracing, and cloning features. Gaeton even shares a method for recording your process, so you can share your own "joy of painting" with others.
- Setting up ArtRage to fit your painting style
- Creating a new painting
- Choosing colors
- Painting with oil, watercolors, and the airbrush
- Sketching and drawing with dry media
- Daubing and pouring paint
- Masking areas of a painting
- Writing with the Text tool
- Recording and playing drawings with ArtRage scripts