I promised to do video tutorials about Alpha Channels several weeks ago. I finally bit the bullet and produced 7 videos. Before you start to watch, if you haven’t already watched the videos on selections, please do so. An alpha channel is simply a storage device for selections, so you need to be familiar with selections to see the power of Alpha Channels. I didn’t cover every thing about alpha channels; it would be impossible in 7 videos. My class on Selections, Channels, and Layer Mask for Painter 11 has around 30 videos. There is enough information to get you started with channels and how to use them with a watercolor painting.
At some point in the videos, I begin painting an iris. I used one of my photographs as a reference and I cloned the image. I received so many requests for more on cloning and channels. There is a lot in this post; have fun. The final image looks like this, but believe me when I tell you it didn’t look like this until the end. I had a lot of fun painting it…well, it got a little tense at the end. I show you everything and it was taking so long I felt I needed to speed up. I thought I could do some stuff off camera and I did a little, but I forgot to turn off the recording.
In the first video, I give you an introduction to alpha channels, which from now on I will refer to as channels. A channel is a storage device for selections, so I explain how that works.
Video two demonstrates how to use the channel panel and its various functions. This is where the power of channels begins to shine.
The third video I start getting the reference ready for cloning. I took my original photo and changed it in different ways and then set each variation in the clone source panel.
In the fourth video I actually begin painting. About time, right? I usually start with a sketch and the background. In this case, I used the reference as a guide for the sketch. It is a simple way to plot a map for your painting; even folks who can’t draw can do this.
And now for the fifth video.
“Good grief. How many of these things did you say you did? Nobody is going to watch them.” Kevin suddenly appeared and startled me with his jibe.
“Where have you been? I haven’t seen you for weeks.”
“Oh Skip! I love the new computer. It is so roomy and I have lots of places I can go and hang out with my buds. You may see me infrequently from now on.”
“Buds? What buds? Are they viruses like you? Are they good viruses like you supposedly? Have you infected my computer with your friends,” I wailed. My voice sounded a bit too high-pitched.
“Never you mind about my friends. They are my friends and they are here to stay! See you later.” And with that he was gone. Oh my gosh, what now.
Okay, the fifth video I start painting the flower.
I have no idea what I did in the sixth video. I know I thought I was close to the end, but no…there is another video after this one.
In the seventh and final video, I finish the piece. Aren’t you glad? The image takes on a completely different look. I like the finished product.
Well dear friends, that’s all for this post. I hope you can find something useful. As always, comments are welcome and if you have questions, I will try to answer them
PS: I just realized that I haven’t posted the brushes that I used. It is very late and past my bedtime. I promise to post them tomorrow. See ya then!
Here they are: Painter 12.1 watercolor Iris Demo brushes
Wow, this is so much easier than what we had to do before. Everybody…upgrade to Painter 12.1 today!!!