- Color is a major component of Painter. After all, you need it to paint. The Color panel is Painter's primary color-selecting tool. Sporting an in-tood of interface, the Color panel makes it easy to dial in a desired color. Let's take a look at this colorful tool. You'll find the Color panel over on the right side here and it's displayed by default in the default work space. Before we even get started, I do want to show you one thing. If you're in the brush tool, if you hold down the opt or alt key, that brings up the dropper tool.
This lets us quickly select colors from an image. You'll find that you'll be using this very often in order to sample a color from your image. The shortcut makes it very convenient to be in your brush tool and yet have access to a color on your canvas. Let's just take a look at how this works. It's basically two components. You have what's called the hue ring and the value saturation triangle.
The hue ring works basically by just moving it around on this circular interface. You can also just click any area in the interface you want. Let's say you want a shade of blue, well, basically you just go down into here and you can go anywhere from cyan into blue, so somewhere in here would be a color that I might want. If I want to then refine it, we use the saturation and value triangle. The corner on the farthest right is this particular hue on the hue ring at its full saturation.
As I go up to the upper left, I'm tinting it with white until I get all the way up to that upper left corner where I have full white. Conversely when I go from the far right corner down to the lower left corner, I'm shading that color, I'm adding black to it. Then what you've got there along this left side is a gray scale from white to black. In the triangle itself, are all the various permutations of the saturation and value of the hue that is currently located on the hue ring.
The idea behind this, is it's a completely visual way to get to color. Now, as you can see as I'm adjusting this it's also adjusting the red, green and blue sliders. Red, green and blue are the components that make up digital color, but they're not very user-friendly. It's not very easy to look at RGB sliders and necessarily figure out how am I going to get, you know, aqua on here? You know, you've got red, green and blue. Where is aqua? The other way you can set these sliders up is if you go to the Color panel's options menu here, you can display this as HSV.
Now, it's basically a mirror of the way the hue and saturation and value triangle were. You'll see as I adjust the hue slider, it moves this component or if we do it the opposite way, you can see how where I am on the hue ring is being altered in the hue slider itself. Same goes for the saturation and value sliders. As I up the saturation of this color, you can see how the saturation slider goes up and as I lower the value of it, you'll see how the value slider goes up.
A lot of times I will use this. If I'm working on a color and I want to just slightly alter one component of... like, I want to increase the value of it a bit, I can use just the value slider and isolate that control with this slider. Same with something like saturation, if I want to up the saturation, the only thing I'm changing in this case by using the slider is the saturation. It can get a little difficult to isolate just one of those components when you're visually doing it within the saturation and value triangle itself.
The other thing about the interface here is that, you can change the scale of it. You can make it smaller or larger. In a cramped environment like this where I don't have the highest resolution screen, I tend to reduce it to its minimum size. However, you're giving up some precision when you do that because there are now less pixels in this image of the slider at the moment to be able to represent all of them. As you enlarge the slider, you are literally increasing its resolution because there are now more pixels making up this image of the triangle and as result, there are more spots in the interface for it to be able to register all of the colors within this triangle.
A larger version of this circle and triangle combination gives you more precision. When you reduce the scale, you're giving up a little bit of that precision. The upshot here is that the color palette is a very useful tool and since you're likely going to be painting, hopefully, most of the time with color, you're going to need a way to get at those colors and that's exactly what the Color panel is designed to give you.
Learn the basics of painting on a computer, and see how to set up your system (your Painter preferences, tablet and pen, and palettes) so it works best for you. John shows you how to mix and manage color; wield Painter's expressive brushes with maximum control; work with layers, selections, cloning; and integrate with that other digital-painting powerhouse, Adobe Photoshop. John also covers 2015 features such as the new Particle brushes, Jitter Smoothing, updated brush tracking, and improved custom palette tools. Dive in now and get your creative juices flowing.
- Understanding the Painter 2015 interface
- Working with a pen tablet
- Creating templates and custom palettes
- Working with layers and channels
- Calibrating brushes for maximum stroke quality
- Painting with Jitter brushes
- Painting with Digital Watercolor brushes
- Painting with particles
- Selecting with the Lasso and Magic Wand tools
- Preserving transparency in layers
- Cloning artwork
- Using Photoshop and Painter together