Clone Source Image, Pin Point Accuracy, Corel Painter X3

Hello Everyone,

A student asked an interesting question in my class, Discover What’s New In Corel Painter X3.  Registration for this session closed Friday evening, but the class will be offered again in a few weeks.

We know that with Corel Painter X3, we have enhanced clone features including a Clone Source Image.  We can manipulate the image in multiple ways and then save it as a new clone source, or update the current clone source, or simply discard it.  I thought you could do almost anything to the Source Image; you can.  Just check out this video.

Tony from Australia asked if we could bring in a clone source that is smaller than the original source and place it in the source image perfectly aligned.  I tried it and at first I thought it couldn’t be done, but as I played, I realized that it could be easily done.  Check out the video.

I cloned the following image in Corel Painter X3.

Ginger Lily, cloned and painted in Corel Painter X3

Ginger Lily, cloned and painted in Corel Painter X3

Hope this video was interesting and it gives you some ideas for cloning in Corel Painter X3.



8 responses to “Clone Source Image, Pin Point Accuracy, Corel Painter X3

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    • OMGosh…I first looked at your comment and thought, Painter X3 of course…where did you get the idea of Painter 12. I started reading the post and I mention X3 all the way through. And…then…bam…I see the very last sentence I use Painter 12 instead of X3. Duh! I have corrected it.

      Thanks Terry!

    • I’m so glad you are getting X3. I love my Wacom tablet, too. I keep thinking that I should give the cintiq a whirl, though. I’m so used to the tablet, I wonder if I could use the cintiq. 🙂

  2. It would probably be more simple to just set up a composite image with the desired layout before you start the cloning process. I do that sometimes just to use for reference as it helps in imagining the final piece. There are fewer steps that way, especially if there are more than 2 images you want to be cloning from. The process of re-sizing and positioning is also more intuitive… at least for me.

    If separating image elements from their backgrounds is a common need, it might be worth looking into special tools to make that easier such as Perfect Mask by OnOne. Complicated backgrounds can be tricky to remove. Luckily, painting is more forgiving in that respect than photography. Just ideas, there’s no one “Right” way to create art in my opinion, though I know some would argue.

    P.S. – You seem like a pretty affable fellow Skip.

    • Hey Eric,

      Absolutely, that is a quicker and more intuitive way to work. My students really slammed me for doing any calculations, even though it was only addition, subtraction and division. Of course I’m failing all of them…dastardly students. They even made me bring in a butterfly because the box was too obtuse. Of course I was just using that image as an example…it was finished as is…gawd…I hope folks realized that I was just showing a “what if.”

      I had planned to do another post showing how to do it without making all the calculations. But time got away from me. I hope sometime in the next week to do it. I will not set the image up completely with all the elements that need to be added because the technique was a “what if” you decided to bring something in that you hadn’t thought of in the beginning. I probably didn’t make that clear. But, making the image complete prior to cloning is the way to go as you suggest.

      If you would like for me to show a really complex technique…let me do some offset cloning in 4 point tiling…LOL. It is a fun process, but it doesn’t fit with what I like to do. I tend to go for the overly complex when simple will do. I’m sure it is a defect of character or bad Karma or both.

      This is just a personal preference, but I try to figure out how to do everything in Painter without resorting to other software. I also think it is fun…and I find a lot of folks run to other software when it isn’t as efficient as Painter. If I was trying to make my living with Painter, then you bet, I would add any software that would make my work flow more efficient. Alas, I’m just an ole retired dude living in rural Georgia. 🙂

      You are singing to the choir…you bet…there isn’t one way to create…my opinion, too.

      Thanks for commenting and bringing fresh ideas to everyone.

      Hope to see you around more,


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