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Painter halp? [Apr. 5th, 2008|09:12 pm]


Hello folks! I figure this is the best (immediately available) place to ask; how does one go about learning painter? I have a tablet. I have Corel Painter IX. I'm totally lost. Are there any good online tutorials? Books? Yadda yadda.

Alternatively, if anyone likes another program better for digital painting type things (I already know photoshop; it's cool for comic-book style coloring, but sort of sucks for, well, painting) I'm all ears.

[User Picture]From: vantid
2008-04-06 02:41 am (UTC)



A lot of the tools are the same as Photoshop, such as: Alt for eyedropper tool, spacebar for dragging your picture around, and brackets [ ] for incremental brush resizing. I use a Mac so I forget which keys are for a PC, so use you help menu if you use a PC. Some Painter unique features:
You can draw the size of your brush. Alt+Command and drag your brush. You should see a real time resize as you drag.

Alt+Spacebar: Realtime rotation of the canvas, as if you are spinning your paper around.

B: brush tool, freehand

V: Brush tool, straight lines

Tab: toggles your menus.

Shift while drawing: Make horizontal, vertical, or 45 degree lines, depending on which irection your stroke is going

Command+B: Brush Creater. This is a very powerful tool for creating brushes. Experiment!

And lastly, read your help files. You will learn a lot.

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[User Picture]From: spiffystuff
2008-04-06 03:20 am (UTC)
Heyyy, very nice! Thanks so much!!!
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[User Picture]From: wolfebyte
2008-04-06 08:20 pm (UTC)
I can't help with Painter, but many folks have used photoshop for stuff that looks as if it was painted with some other medium. Take a look through Epilogue, you'll see lots of Digital/PS stuff that I'd guess was oils or at least Painter if the artist hadn't specified.
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[User Picture]From: spiffystuff
2008-04-06 09:11 pm (UTC)
It's possible, but I've never gotten good results and I'm fairly familiar with photoshop. But maybe I'm just trying to hard for a tool that behaves like actual oils, perhaps constantly clicking eyedropper and blend would do it...
that is to say, anything's possible with photoshop (or any program that gives you the full range of colors), however, it seems like it would be prohibitively tedious for me :P
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From: akeelasamno
2008-06-16 01:37 pm (UTC)
Open Canvas is a relatively good program. 30 days free but to buy it it's roughly 75 American.
It's ike any paint program really, but I find it gives much more realistic results if you use the water color, acrylic or oil paintbrushes. I'd say it's one of the more 'realistic' ones where you as the artist doesn't have to try as hard. Lots of fun presets and if you buy you can fiddle and save with them.

The download is mal and spyware free, so it's worth a shot :)
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