copyright 1994 - 2007, Jinny Brown
As you'll see by the publishing date at the bottom of this page, this tutorial was originally written in August 2002, not too long after Painter 7 was released and we were coming to grips with the new Watercolor brush technology, much more complex than the old Water Color brushes from Painter 6 and earlier versions. This to explain how the tutorial begins with reference to "The hunt for a perfect pooled edges Water Color technique...".
1. First, I opened an existing image.
NOTE: The image I used was probably created from an earlier one and various Effects applied to give a more mixed and blended look (it's been a while so it's hard to remember). Then I applied the Layers palette menu commands Lift Canvas to Watercolor Layer and Wet Entire Watercolor Layer using a Watercolor brush variant I can't recall at the moment (but it was one that obviously applied a gentle effect) and, as I recall, the Painter 7 Paper named Laid Pastel Paper.
Sorry to be so vague, but it shouldn't matter too much since you can work this tutorial with any image that has soft random areas of color, any Watercolor variant, and any Paper that's not too contrasty and harsh, or try it with other kinds of paintings to see what happens.
2. Used File > Clone.
3. Lifted the Clone Canvas to a Watercolor Layer.
4. Duplicated the Watercolor Layer and closed the lower Watercolor Layer's Eye icon, then locked that Watercolor Layer. (This is a "just in case" Watercolor Layer.)
5. Highlighted the top Watercolor Layer and painted along the bottom edge of one of the areas of color using the "JinsPooledBottomEdge01" brush in its default state.
6. In the Brush Controls' Water section (Painter 7), the Brush Creator > Stroke Designer tab's Water section (Painter 8) or the Brush Controls' Water palette (Painter IX and Painter X), I rotated the Wind Direction to 89º and painted along the top edges of two or three areas of color. (Try as I might, I couldn't get the darned Wind Direction arrow to stop at 90º!)
NOTE: Since the brush stroke left some unwanted edges (on the top of the stroke when I painted a bottom edge and on the bottom of the stroke when I painted a top edge), to remedy that problem and make the pooled edge brush strokes blend into the rest of the painting, here's what I did:
7. Dropped the top Watercolor Layer to the Canvas.
8. Switched to the Cloners' Soft Cloner variant, lowered the brush Size and Opacity, zoomed in and painted to "blend" the edges still taking color information from the original image as the Clone Source.
NOTE: There were still some areas that needed blending because my Watercolor strokes didn't precisely line up with the edges in the original painting. Had I been more careful, this might not have been so obvious. Oh well, that could easily be touched up using the Liquid's Just Add Water variant (Painter 7) or the Blenders' Just Add Water variant (Painter 8, Painter IX, and Painter X), or another blending brush variant. Somehow the Just Add Water variant didn't appeal to me so instead:
9. I chose the Cloners' Soft Cloner variant again and this time, in the Brush Controls palette's Cloning section (Painter 7), the Brush Creator > Stroke Designer tab's Cloning section (Painter 8), or the Brush Controls' Cloning palette (Painter IX and Painter X), I chose Offset(1) from the Clone Type: drop down list so I could do Point-to-point clone painting using the working image as the Clone Source. Then I used Alt/Option+click to pick nearby colors and paint to further blend out the most obvious lines, adjusting brush Size and Opacity as needed.
10. As a final touch (have to stop somewhere!), I chose the Liquid's Grainy Water (Painter 7) variant, or the Blenders' Grainy Water variant (Painter 8, Painter IX, and Painter X), lowered the brush Size and Opacity and did a little more blending.
Stage 3 - Final
This technique can certainly be expanded upon, but it's a start. I hope you enjoy it and share your results. Just upload your image to a server somewhere then e-mail me the URL. Please do not send the image to me as an e-mail attachment as the e-mail will be deleted. I don't open attachments of any kind, just to be extra safe. I'd love to see what else can be done using this Watercolor variant and technique, and whatever else you add to the technique. Try to take notes so you'll be able to remember what you did and share your discoveries with other Corel Painter users.
have a great time!
Jinny Brown, August 23, 2002
last modified July 13, 2007
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