Join Tanya Staples for an in-depth discussion in this video creating a collage, part of Getting Started with Corel Painter 8.
- There are lots of different paint programs on the market that let you do forms of compositing where you're bringing different images together into a collage. One thing that's very distinctive about Painter that doesn't exist in other programs, is the way that Painter allows you to work with cloning. I can think of other painting tools that have a clone tool, but nothing that lets you clone an entire canvas and work with cloning brushes. And that's where Painter really shines in this area.
I have a number of different images on the screen open at the moment, and first I wanted to show you a finished collage. I started with a photograph of roses that I have open. And I then made several different clones working with some of the cloner brushes. I have one image that was created by setting my background color to yellow, and then cloning in the roses using a brush.
I have another image of the roses where I used the oil brush cloners. On this image I used the soft cloner and then I also used the distress effect on top of it. And on this image I used the splattery cloner brush. The way that I created this collage, however, I also worked with cloning.
And I'd like to show you how. So I'm going to go ahead and close the collage, and I have a blank image that is the same size as the rest of my rose images available so that I can start working with it. In the cloners, I like to work with the soft cloner for this process. So I'm going to go find the soft variant, and all of that the soft cloner variant does is it brings through a cloned images using a very soft-edged brush.
So what I can do is go to file, and instead of saying clone, choose clone source. And because I have multiple images open and one of the keys is that they're all exactly the same size. And I ensured that they were the same size by working off of the same original photograph when I began. So I can say that the clone source for this blank image is the color wash. And then with the soft cloner, as I start to paint, I'm going to get a bigger brush size here, I'm bringing that image into this blank image.
I can then change my mind and change the clone source. Go maybe over to the oil color rose image. You can see how I can start to build a collage very easily with this technique and it's just really fun and forgiving. Everything is lined up because everything started with the same original image.
So I've worked very quickly here and I can change my mind if I don't like having the sketch on this side, and instead I'd rather have it different, maybe the oil color brush is over here, I just changed my mind with the clone source once again, and decide to bring that in on this side. It's a very, very simple technique and I love the simplicity and ease of it. It's a lot different than having to bring in lots of different layers and mask everything, and decide what your composition is going to be, it's just a really different workflow that's possible in Painter and not in other tools.