Mixing Colors With Watercolor Variant in Corel Painter 2015


Hello Everyone,

I love mixing colors…traditionally or digitally.  There is something so wonderful about looking at colors as they develop.  I have to admit, I haven’t been completely happy with Corel Painter’s mixer pad.  It does a good job, I’m not saying that, but I have difficulty with it.  I’ve seen others mix lots of colors beautifully with it.  And, there are some who never use it at all.  While making my latest set of watercolor brushes, I noticed that some mixed colors better than the mixer pad.  I started testing and actually went back to the default Watercolor category in Painter 2015 and started using Watery Glazing Flat variant to mix colors directly in the document.  I bet other transparent glazing type variants would work as well, but I haven’t tried them.

The transparent character of watercolor variants allows the paint to mix optically, which is why it is so beautiful in my opinion.  It is possible to mix very vibrant colors, too, but I was going for more subtle combinations of soft colors.  This image is a mix of Phthalo Blue Green, Cadmium Yellow Deep, and Permanent Alizarin Crimson.  This one is the most vibrant of the ones that I did today.

Watercolor mix using Phthalo Blue Green, Cadmium Yellow Deep, and Permanent Alizarin Crimson

Watercolor mix using Phthalo Blue Green, Cadmium Yellow Deep, and Permanent Alizarin Crimson

The next two examples are definitely more subtle and softer.  I love the grayed feel of the colors.  The top three rows are French Ultramarine, Aureolin, and Permanent Carmine.  The last three rows are Phthalo Blue Green, Quinacridone Gold, and Permanent Alizarin Crimson.  I am so attracted to these types of colors.  I know this is a personal thing, but they do seem luscious to me.

Watercolor mixes.  First three rows are French Ultramarine, Aureolin, and Permanent Carmin.  The last three rows are Phthalo Blue Green, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, and Quinacridone Gold.

Watercolor mixes. First three rows are French Ultramarine, Aureolin, and Permanent Carmin. The last three rows are Phthalo Blue Green, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, and Quinacridone Gold.

OK…want to know how to do this type of color mixing.  It really is easy. In the first video, I start using Corel Painter’s mixer pad.  It is fine and I get good color, but when I switch to mixing the same colors with a watercolor variant, I get many more choices…and I think better choices.  But, judge for yourself.

In the second video, I mix three colors in one area using the watercolor variant.  Then I sample the colors created.  It is pretty cool.  To alter any color, I can simply add more color to an area.  That is hard to explain.  Watch the video.

In part 3, I again use three colors painted inside of a selection.  But this time, I drop the layer to the canvas layer and add a new white layer with a composite method of overlay.  Doing this, brightens the mixed layer.  Now I let Painter do the work and create a new color set from a selection.  Deciding how many colors is always problematic.  But, I really think 16 is the highest number needed and 8 might be just as good.  What do you think?

As usual, I go off on a tangent in video 4, but I think it is an interesting tangent.  I am still mixing colors using a watercolor variant, but instead of using the traditional concept that the primary colors are Red, Blue, and Yellow, I use the correct version of Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow.  What?  I knew you would say that. I know it is crazy.  I toyed with this concept for several years and it is hard to wrap my head around it.  Basically, old Issac Newton thought the primary colors were Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow, but he couldn’t prove it.  I think in the late 1800s or early 1900s, scientist began to tell us that the real primary colors were Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow.  What makes them primary is that they cannot be mixed and a mixture of them produces black, which is the same thing I have thought about Red, Blue, and Yellow.  I am almost used to the idea that Pluto isn’t a planet and now this.  Of course, I thought this was about light, but not pigments.

Hold on, not so fast…did you know that there are paint companies now producing tubes of Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow as primary colors.  Not all of course…this change will take some time and a steep learning curve…especially for older dudes like me.  But, I have to admit, I find the concept strangely appealing and very interesting.  And there is something to it.  Take a look at the video and watch me mix blue and red.  Something, I didn’t think could be done.  Now, I haven’t tried this traditionally, but I’m thinking why not.  So, what do you think about Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow as the real primaries?

The next video probably is overkill.  I continue to mix Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow, plus the secondary colors of Red, Blue, and Green.  I was curious more than anything else.  I wondered what colors would emerge.  Really, once you get past the Cyan, Magenta, Yellow start, it seems pretty much like the traditional mixing methods.  Actually when all is said and done, color mixing is pretty much intuitive or innate.  But I do find the explorations fun.

I hope you enjoyed the techniques and will give them a try.

Enjoy,

Skip

New Class Starts Friday at Digital Art Academy


Hello Friends,

Winifred Whitfield has added another class to her popular Inspired Master Artist Series.  The class opens Friday and uses the work of Vincent Van Gogh for inspiration.  I talked with her briefly about the class and she discussed Van Gogh’s color choices.  I found the conversation very interesting.

I am sure you will find the class interesting, too.  Winifred describes the class in this video:

Check out some of the work that she will be demonstrating in tutorials:

Sunflowers, Winifred Whitfield, Corel Painter 2015

Sunflowers, Winifred Whitfield, Corel Painter 2015

 

Portrait, Winifred Whitfield, Corel Painter 2015

Portrait, Winifred Whitfield, Corel Painter 2015

 

I know you will love this class.  Don’t delay, register for Van Gogh Inspired today.  It starts this Friday, March 13th.

Enjoy,

Skip

 

Wacom Posted New Tablet Drivers for the Mac


Hello Everyone,

I posted about the updated drivers for a PC 3 days ago.  Today, Wacom released new tablet drivers for the Mac.  You can find them here.  Wacom Tablet Drivers for the Mac

I did update my Windows Drivers on March 3rd, and I have had moderate success.  I did have some problems and had to restart the tablet services several times.  But, all has been good the last couple of days.  If I continue to have problems, I’ll let you know.

Enjoy,

Skip

Wacom Tablet Driver Update for Windows


Hello Everyone,

I missed that a new Wacom Driver was posted March 2, 2015, but Corel Master Painter Elite Karen Bonaker didn’t.  She dropped me a note.  I’m not sure why, but my Wacom Desktop Center doesn’t indicate that there is a new driver.  Odd.

Anyway, I am going to install the new driver; if I have trouble, I’ll let you know.

Enjoy,

Skip

More Watercolor in Corel Painter 2015


Hey Friends,

One more post for today.  I actually posted this image in FB, which is the opposite of what I normally do.  I wasn’t going to post it on the blog, but then I realized a whole bunch of folks wouldn’t see the image.  At first I wasn’t so happy with the image, but over the last day I realized that I do like it.

I am making new brushes, which I am excited about…although, today I pretty much scrapped them all and have redone them.  I’m really happy about some of the techniques that are developing.  It all started with the black ink washes I posted in December.  But now I am working in full color and I like the wash effects and I love the granulation.  I will probably need to tone down the granulation a bit, but I always go overboard when I start something.  :)

OK…so here is the image.  I hope you enjoy it.

Hibiscus, Watercolor done in Corel Painter 2015

Hibiscus, Watercolor done in Corel Painter 2015

More later,

Skip

Known Problem with Corel Painter 2015 and Microsoft NET Framework 4.2.5


Hello Friends,

Sometime last month I believe; I am not exactly sure.  Microsoft had an update of its NET Framework software.  This came automatically with a Windows update.  If you are like me, you have your system set to automatically download and install Windows Updates.  Normally, that isn’t a problem.  However, this time, there was some sort of conflict with Corel Painter 2015, Corel Painter X3, Wacom tablets, and Microsoft’s NET Framework.  If you installed the update and you tried to open Painter, it simply would not open or you got an error messages telling you that you needed to reinstall Painter, which wouldn’t work either.

The guys at Corel developed a solution and published it in the Corel Painter Knowledge Base in an article called Painter Users with .Net 4.5.2 Installed.  Since I was at my sister’s when all this happened, I didn’t pay any attention.  By the time I realized something was amiss, it had been weeks, so I thought all of you would know what to do by now.  However, I have had several folks ask me about it in the last two days.  So, I thought I better post this information even though it is late.

If you have problems after the instructions, please feel free to drop me a note and I’ll see if I can help.

Good luck to all who may experience this issue,

Skip

 

Happy Belated New Year…a quick summary of what’s been going on.


Hello Friends,

I haven’t posted in a while; life keeps getting in the way of fun.  My sweet sister had a stroke a year ago last September and needed some help.  It is just the two of us left in our family; neither of us have kids and we have outlived everyone else.  Joy wants to stay independent and live alone in our family home, which we have been in since the 60’s I think.  So, I have been in Mississippi for over a month helping her making the house suitable for a handicapped person.  I think we have done what we can.  Now it is up to Joy to keep working hard with physical therapy and continuing to improve.  I also had a bit of surgery…a total knee replacement…fantastic BTW.  My new knee is amazing and I love it…I’m able to get around like a kid again.  OK, enough of the personal stuff.

Once again WordPress developed an annual report for my blog.  It is pretty cool; I always enjoy reading it.  I am most interested in where the visitors to the blog live…or I guess where they were when they visited the blog.  This year there were folks visiting from 181 countries.  Since WordPress has kept records, there have been visitors from 186 countries.  There are only 196 in the world.  It would be so cool to have visitors from every one of them.  Anyway, if you interested, do check out the stats below.  Enjoy, Skip

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 240,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 10 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.