A Fun Color Set and a Few New Variants for Corel Painter 12.2


Hello Everyone,

A week or two ago, Marie left a comment about the Traditional Colors of Japan.  She posted two links; The Traditional Colors of Japan from Wikipedia and from Ki Do Raku Japan – Traditional Colors of Japan.  They are both terrific but the first one gave RGB equivalents for the colors.  That meant that I could create the color in Painter and add it to a color set.  Why would I want to, I hear you saying.  Good question.

I’m fond of the art of Japan and China, well all of Asia.  The color is a major part of the attraction for me.  So, when I saw a site that had all the colors listed, I had to make a color set for myself.  I cannot tell you that the set is accurate.  Color management on the Web is non-existent, which doesn’t matter in this case, as long as the RGB numbers are correct.  I have no way of knowing if they are.

The Traditional colors of Japan have an interesting history.  Apparently they date back to 603…that’s quite a history.  That is all I know.  I haven’t taken the time to research the colors.

Once I made the set, I tried a simple watercolor with colors only from the set.  I can’t say the painting was a rousing success, but I can say that I do love the color set.  While painting, I used several new brushes that have not been published.  Last time that disappointed many folks because they wanted to follow along.  So this time I provided a brush category that has all the brushes used.  Look for all the downloads at the end of the post.

Here is the image that I created.  After finishing, I did use the default equalize and then faded it by 50%.  I didn’t show that in the video.  The flowers are forsythia.

Forsythia Flowers, Corel Painter 12.2, Watercolor

Forsythia Flowers, Corel Painter 12.2, Watercolor

And for your viewing pleasure…or not…here is the video of painting process.  Sorry it is so long; I hadn’t planned on it being over 25 or 30 minutes…oh well.  I hope you enjoy it.

You can get the color set, the brushes used for the Forsythia Painting and the Airbrush Wet’s Paper category from the following link:  Tools for Forsythia Painting.

I hope I remembered all the brushes and stuff.  If I left something out, please let me know.

Enjoy,

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Corel Painter 12 and a Wacom Art Pen, It Doesn’t Get Any Better!


Hello Everybody,

UPDATE:  Sorry, but I forgot to take video 5 off private.  I have set it correctly now and it is available for viewing.  I can’t help it; I’m a dunce. LOL.

I follow Painter Factory, a forum for Painter users provided by Corel Painter.  It is a great forum; you can ask questions or answer them; you can even suggest enhancements and new functions for future versions of Corel Painter.

I notice a thread that someone who is new to Painter asked if an art pen would be proper for a newbie.  All the answers were terrific.  But, it gave me the idea to follow my post about setting up the Intuos 5 with posts about the Wacom Art Pen and how you can tame it in Painter 12.  It is a fabulous tool, and I would highly recommend it to traditional artists.

I have created 6 videos, each around 5 minutes long.  This first video shows the enhanced brush ghost as the best cursor to use with Art Pen, and I explain the advantages of barrel rotation.

In this video, part 2, I take a look at a variant that doesn’t have any rotation function and try to change it to a variant that does have rotation ability, however, I found that Expression Rotation in the Angle Brush Control Panel doesn’t always work…why?

In this video, part 3, I find what dab types will work with rotation and which ones will not.

In this video, part 4, I discover the RealBristle brush control panel; I will explore it next.

In the fifth video we explore the RealBristle brush control panel. It has lots of sliders all geared to help you make the perfect variant based on traditional values.

In the last video, I review what I have learned.  I also talk about sample multiple colors and how the realbristle brushes can use sample multiple colors…very cool.

Well, there you have it.  My take on the Wacom Art Pen.  I love mine and when not demonstrating, I use it exclusively.  I hope you will give it a try.

Have a great week,

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Wacom Intuos 5 Touch and Corel Painter, A Perfect Match! How I Setup My Wacom Intuos 5 Touch


Hello Everyone,

I love Corel Painter and I love my Wacom Intuos 5 Touch.  I have been rather busy of late, and since we have had several new Wacom Tablet Drivers, I messed up and lost my preferences.  I hadn’t set them up completely anyway, and I had always planned to do a series of videos about how my settings, so now seemed the perfect opportunity to do a series of videos showing the how and why of my settings.  I tried to keep each video under 5 minutes, but failed miserably.  I don’t think I had one over 8 minutes though.

Please note, I am using a Wacom Intuos 5 Touch.  If you are using an Intuos 4 or an Intuos 5 without Touch, I think the videos will still hold interest.

The first video is a quick introduction to Wacom Tablet Properties.

The second video talks about programing the Grip and Art Pens.

The third and fourth videos concern touch.

The fifth video is about Express Keys.  Since we can only program functions that have shortcut commands, I needed to create shortcut commands for several functions.  This video explains making shortcut keys.

The sixth video is also about Express Keys.  I demonstrate how to make the Express Keys work only in Painter.

Video 7 is all about the Touch Ring

Video 8 explains the Radial Menu.

And the last video…number 9…wraps it up with saving the preferences.

OK, that’s it for this post.  I do need to apologize for never finishing the painting using Painter Lite.  I got sidetracked and simply lost interest in the painting.  Then, everyday, I put pressure on myself to finish it.  It was awful.  I may or may not finish the painting.  Right now I want to do some other stuff in Painter.

For those of you who enjoy hearing about Kevin from time to time, I have to report I haven’t seen him in a while.  I don’t know where he is; I assume he is still living in my computer.  I recently moved a whole bunch of stuff to an external hard drive; I hope he didn’t get lost in the move.  Anyway, as soon as I can find him, I’ll give you a report on what he has been up to.

Take care my friends, and I hope you enjoy this post,

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Make a Signature, Corel Painter 12.2, an Answer to a Question from Paul


Hello Everybody,

A question came from Paul via the Digital Art Gallery.  He uses Elements to make a signature and recently saw someone make a signature brush in Photoshop.  He wanted to know if you can make a signature in Painter 12.2.

Absolutely Paul, you can make a signature in Painter 12.2.  Check out this video:

Well, wouldn’t you know it.  I forgot to talk a bit about the Text Tool.  I will save covering the Text Tool in-depth for another time.

Okay, that is how I would make a signature in Painter 12.2

Enjoy,

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Pressure is the Key, Corel Painter 12.2, A Question from Maribel


UPDATE:  DAA and Painter Talk are up and running again..  Yeah  Skip

 

Hello Everyone,

Before I do anything else, I would like to announce that the Digital Art Academy and Painter Talk are now back up and running.  I want to say a big thank you to Karen Bonaker, the owner and creative force behind DAA and Painter Talk.  And, I must thank Ken Foster, Karen’s IT guy, who worked tirelessly to get us back up and running.

The following video is in response to a question by Maribel about digital watercolor.  She was not getting the same results I was getting; her colors were too dark.  Thanks for the question Maribel; I hope this video helps.

Enjoy,

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An Answer for Deb; Corel Painter Brushes and Installation


Hello Everyone,

I guess I am back.  I had planned to be back in a couple of days, but I got a note from Deb, which I felt needed answering via a video.  So here we are posting a little early.  You can read the exchange between Deb and me here.  Go to the bottom of the page; you will find her questions there.

Basically, Deb installed a couple of categories, but when she did, she couldn’t find her Painter 12 brushes anymore.  She did a shift start and that allowed her to see Painter brushes again, but not my brushes.

This is one of the most common questions I get.  Actually, I get the most questions about brushes in general.  I have decided that I am going to do a series of videos about Painter Brushes in general.  Not just installation, but everything I can think of that I might know about brushes.  I hope you enjoy them.

So, Deb, let’s start this thing off with answering your question via this video.

Enjoy,

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Tips about Arrange Palettes, Hide Panels, and Hide Application Ui in Corel Painter 12


Hey Friends,

I really hadn’t planed to post today.  But I thought we needed to take a break from kitties and start working.   I started playing with the new thick brushes, and I decided to record it.  After recording, I thought, this is silly…I’m not telling anyone about anything.  It is just me blathering away trying to create single stroke petals and leaves for a flower.

I guess I got inspired.  I thought about doing a video on Window > Arrange Palettes > Save Layouts.  I did the recording.  Then I did another one.  This one is about Hide Panels and Hide Application UI.  I like to do both when I am painting by myself…not demonstrating or making a recording.

Just for fun, I decided to let you view the silly recording of me playing with the brushes.  Don’t spend a lot of time with it unless you want a boring few minutes.   The other two videos I think you may like.

The next one is about making multiple layouts for your Workspace.  It is very handy to have several.

And the final video is about Hiding Panels and Painter’s UI.  This is very useful because you can get a lot of extra space for painting and your workspace is not cluttered at all.

OK…time to go.  Hope you enjoy the videos,

Have fun,

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Impasto Painting in Corel Painter 12.2


Happy New Year!!!  I hope you all have the best New Year ever.

I enjoy making decorative paintings, and this impasto painting of roses is a good example.  To do the painting I had to make a few brushes.  I want to make a brush that works like a palette knife, and I think I am pretty close.  Here is the painting that I recently finished.

Impasto painting in Corel Painter 12.2

Impasto painting in Corel Painter 12.2

I like a lot about this painting, but I still need to tweak the brushes a bit more.  But, before we talk about the brushes, I want to demo something that folks have requested.  Notice the canvas texture in the painting; that is what I want to discuss first.  I have shown this technique before in the Tips and Tricks Webinar, but I do not think many saw it.  So, I am going to explain it again in this post.  Incidentally, I learned this technique from David Gell at Jitter Brush, his website.  To create the texture, we need to make a pattern from a paper.  David supplies a wonderful brush that aids in the process…Pattern Pens Plus > WYSIWYG Paper Extractor.  Do go to his site and get the Pattern Pens Brushes.

To start the process, we have to make a pattern from a paper.  Not just any pattern, but a seamless pattern.  Then the pattern can fill a layer.  We will add a layer mask, fill it with black so the pattern will not show.  Then with an opaque brush filled with white paint, we will reveal some of the pattern.  It seems so simple, and it is.  Here are four videos that will take you through the process.

I am unsure why the videos are not showing, but click the link takes you to You Tube to view the video.  I apologize for any inconvenience this causes.  I’ve tried to figure this out for a couple of hours.  Rather than continue, I am going to post as is.  Hopefully, they will show up correctly later.  UPDATE:  I figure it out.  For some reason the link was posting correctly to the visual tab of the blog, but not so in the Text part.  So I deleted the garbage in the Text part and recopied the links and presto…the videos appeared.

That’s it for creating paper from a pattern.  I hope you enjoyed them and learned something useful.But there is more.  I have made some new brushes that helped me accomplish the Rose painting.  I thought it might be interesting to show you the raw brushes and how I used them.  I show a few brushes that are available for download, now.  I hope you enjoy these videos.

That’s all folks.  I hope to see you in the New Year if not sooner.  I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support this year.  The number of subscribers to the blog is amazing; you folks are the best.  I sincerely wish you the health, happiness, and lots of money in the New Year.  OK, if you do not get the money, I wish you happiness and good health.Skip

Corel Master Painter, Karen Bonaker, Has Posted Fabulous New Brushes


Hello Everyone,

My dear friend, Corel Master Painter Karen Bonaker, has made and posted for free a new set of must have brushes.  Karen is a top-notch brush maker and you are going to love these.

Here is an image that she posted on her blog showing the variants at work.

Corel Master Painter Karen Bonaker's, Painted in Corel Painter 12.2

Corel Master Painter Karen Bonaker’s, Painted in Corel Painter 12.2

Do yourself a favor and follow the link.  Then you will want to sign up to follow her blog.  The link will bring you to the first post in  a series of 25 posts.  Each one will describe one of the brushes in the set via a video.  I love the brush described on the second day.

Ho Ho Ho! 25 Days of Christmas Tree Brushes for Painter 12.

You are going to love these brushes.  Check them out and enjoy painting with them.

Karen, thanks bunches for offering these wonderful brushes!

Enjoy everybody,

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Brush Installation Tips and Don’t Forget, Holiday Open Studio Starts Tomorrow, Still Time To Register


Hello Everybody,

I have a couple of announcements before we get to the fun stuff, brush installation tips.

Today is my Birthday. :)  And look what I have been doing…working on this silly blog…LOL…actually it has been fun.

Holiday Open Studio starts at DAA tomorrow.  Registration is still open and will remain open through Saturday week, so you have plenty of time to register, but don’t wait.  Register now and start the class with the rest of us tomorrow.  You can start anytime tomorrow because the lessons are all downloadable.  There will be two live sessions; one during the first week and one during the third week.  Of course more are possible.  I like live meetings.

If you do register, one of the first things you will see is a warm-up forum.  Early registrants have been posting warm-up images using Buttery Oils, Karen’s Impressionist Sky, and a couple of other things that escape me at the moment.  I just got permission from my good friend, Kathy Pilgrim, to post her lovely Fall Excursion painting.  Isn’t it beautiful.

Kathy Pilgrim’s Fall Excursion, Painter 12.2 > Buttery Oils

To find out more and register go to Holiday Open Studio.  I hope to see y’all in class.

OK, lets talk about Corel Painter 12.1 and later brush installation.  I know, I have talked about it many times, but trust me, this is something new.  I am often asked how to install downloaded brush zip files and not in one of the new file types that Corel Painter uses to automatically install a library, category or variant.  The files in question, look like this; Name.brushlibrary, Name.brushcategory, and Name.brushvariant.  Name is the name of the library, category or variant.  But the file you have to install is Name.zip, which will not work using the new automatic installation.  What do you do?

Surprise, the two types of files are actually the same except for the extension.  That means that they are interchangeable.  Yep, that opens a whole new ballgame.  Check out the video for more information.

Well that’s it.  I hope you enjoyed the video.  Please join us in Holiday Open Studio.

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