Corel Painter 12.1 Real Watercolor…Or…How I Use Desert Oasis Brushes


Hello Everyone,

I thought I would make a couple of videos or even just one and post it.  Then the next day do another, but, no, I did four videos. 

I started by making videos about the new brushes in the Desert Oasis collection, but it was so boring.  Don’t get me wrong, there is useful information in each one and I hope you will look at them.  I was so bored, I kept going to sleep…well yawning. 

I took a nap and that helped.  With my new-found energy, I started a negative painting of an iris.  I tried to use only the brushes that I talked about in the 3 brush videos…and I almost accomplished that goal.  There is a problem with the video.  For some reason, all of Painter’s panels did not show when I went to edit the recording.  I’ve had that happen before and I usually just delete and start over, but I didn’t think I could repaint the image…so I added comments to the video to help you understand the process.  I am going to post the  image first, then the video for the painting.  Following those will be the three recordings about 10 of Desert Oasis brushes.  I hope you enjoy them all.

Negative Watercolor Painting…Corel Painter 12.1

Next is the video of the painting.

And the last three videos are about specific brushes.  The names of the Videos will tell you which brushes.

OK…that’s it for this post.  Please remember, comments and questions are always welcome.

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Alpha Channels and Watercolor with Corel Painter 12.1


Hello Friends,

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. 

Watercolor Iris

Watercolor Iris done using Alpha Channels and Corel Painter 12.1

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

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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!!!

The Power of Selections in Corel Painter 12 And a Precursor to My Next Cloning Video


Hello Everyone,

I am still planning another video on cloning that will be a bit more complex than the cloning techniques with the Cardinal in an earlier post.  I will use selections, channels, and layer masks in the technique.  I thought it is best to cover those topics before we get to the cloning to make sure we are all on the same page.  I am not covering selections  in the cloning process; I will do that in the cloning video.  I designed these video tutorials to give you an understanding of selections in general.

The first video is about basic selections, which most of you will already know.  You can skip it if you like, unless of course, you are new to Painter, then I would suggest you watch it.

The next video covers a topic that is new for a lot of you.  Auto Select is a very powerful selection tool and allows you to select things like Paper Texture or Image Luminance.  It is a very cool feature; I am sure you will want to check it out.

Third video may also be new for you.  It is about Color Select, which allows you to select a range of colors.  Again, this is very cool stuff.

I wasn’t sure I wanted to add the last video using Auto Select with Off Set Sampling, but decided to include it.  Using Off Set Sampling is the only way I know to use certain parts of Auto Select.  Combining the two features is amazing.  It seems complex at first, but once you get used to setting it up, the features are very useful.

OK…that’s it for this post.  As always, please feel free to post a comment and I will try to answer any questions you may have.  Don’t forget, if you want notification via email when I make a post, be sure to become a subscriber.

Enjoy,

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Corel Painter 12 Demo, Real Watercolor Category Brushes


Hello Everyone,

It is amazing how easy it is to emulate traditional watercolor in Painter 12.  I decided to do another painting demo for a couple of reasons.  The first is I love painting with this new brush engine, and I am having a blast making new brushes.  The second is to let everyone know that I am teaching a class at the Digital Art Academy called The Basics of Watercolor in Painter 12, which begins Oct 22; registration is now open.  My custom watercolor brushes that I keep promising will be ready by then, hopefully sooner.  You do not have to join the class to get them; I will post them here for everyone.

With the basic class in mind, I did this very simple watercolor.

Bud Vawe

Simple watercolor done in Corel Painter 12

During the first part of the session as we would do if we were taking a traditional watercolor class, we will focus on brush use and how to develop washes and other typical watercolor marks.

The last painting demo I did was 7 videos long, which is way too long.  This time, I am providing only one video that is about 27 minutes long.  You can view all or skip over the dull parts. 🙂

But before I forget, I want to mention that I am also going to teach a class at DAA  called The Basics of Brush Making in Painter 12.  In this class I am going to demystify brush making and make it fun.

Hope you enjoy the video; please let me know what you think.

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Painting Demo with Corel Painter 12 Real Watercolor


Hello Everyone,

I think I have mentioned that I am working on some new brushes for Painter 12 using the Real Watercolor brush engine.  I really love the brushes created with this new engine. The watercolor and digital watercolor categories mixed with the real watercolor category can create a watercolor look and feel.  At this point in the brush making process, I paint with the new brushes; I take them for a spin and kick their tires.  I will do a number of paintings each with a different technique or approach. It is a fun exercise, but not all the paintings are successful.

I created 7 videos that will show you the step by step process of painting with the new Real Watercolors in Painter 12.  This is the first time I have done a project like this; I don’t know if it will bore you to death or be fun to watch.  Just remember, you can always fast forward.  The finished painting looks like this:

Orange Flower

Painted in Corel Painter 12 using Real Watercolor type brushes

I guess we better get started.  Each video is 10 to 15 minutes long, with most being close to 10 minutes.

Whew, that is a bunch of videos.  I hope you enjoy them.  Painter 12 Rocks!!!

Don’t forget to visit Studio|Chris and pick up the MXSMaker.

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Karen Bonaker’s Surface Texture Technique using Channels and Painter 12


I think this technique is brilliant.  Karen’s blog is a must see.  Beatiful paintings and wonderful digital techniques can be found there.

Karen says,

“Introduction

This effect can be used on any finished painting or your work in progress.

Step 1

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Select a paper texture. For this example I used the Sandy Pastel Paper.”

For the rest of the story click on the link below.  It is an easy and effective technique.

Karen Bonaker’s Art

Enjoy,

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Offset Sampling – Two videos from my Painter 12 Class.


Hello Everyone,

The first session of my class, Painter 12, A New Beginning, just ended and registration for the second session is now open at the Digital Art Academy. Click on Registration Page to register.  The second session begins August 27, 2011 and ends September 23, 2011.  I hope to see a you there.

As a teaser, I am adding two more videos from the class.  The subject is Offset Sampling, which has been added to the Clone Source Panel.  It offers some unique ways to clone, and also can mimic the way you cloned in Painter 11.  I created most of this image during the videos, but added later.

Table and Lamp
Created in Painter 12 using Offset Sampling
 
 “It’s not nice to tease,” Kevin comments.
 
“Viruses are not nice, either.  Remember, I found out what you really are!”
 
“A very good virus; not a bad virus.  I’m like Glenda from the Wizard of Oz.  She is a good witch; not a bad witch.  I told you that already,” he corrected.
 
“Whatever, I’m busy.  Go away and don’t bother me.”
 
Sorry for the interruption.  In the following two videos, you will see how to clone with offset sampling.  The above image wasn’t completed during the videos.  I didn’t do much more, but later I will explain the few things that I did to arrive at the final piece.  These videos come from week four of the class, so you may think I am going over stuff pretty quickly, but remember we have already covered a great deal up to this point and I can up the pace for the students.   I hope you enjoy the videos.  BTW, I had a little static in a couple of places.  I’m not sure where it is coming from; I probably bumped the microphone or something similar.
 
 
 
After finishing the videos, I decided to do a little more to the image, which consisted of duplicating the top layer 3 times and playing with the composite method of each layer.  The other layers that were made, also had composite method changes and I tweaked the opacity slider a bit more.  And that was it.  I do enjoy working with offset sampling; I think it is a power but underused tool for Painter.
 
Well, that’s it for this post.  If you have questions of comments, please do make them.
 
Enjoy,
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