"3D" Brush Strokes
Written for Painter 5 and 6
by Jinny Brown e-mail
copyright 1994 - 2001, Jinny Brown
was originally written, using PAINTER 5, in response to an e-mail
list discussion on ways to create an Impasto
effect brush stroke,
using the Impasto plug-in from the P. Float section of the Objects
palette. It's recently been updated to include translations for Painter
6 and expanded to be a full tutorial useable by a Painter beginner.
Read through the entire tutorial before beginning. There are some handy
keystroke shortcuts at the end that you might want to use, or at least
begin to learn. Have a good time doing this tutorial. Clone painting opens
up lots of new possibilities and this is just a small intro to what's in
store for you later on.
The following two images are the before and after versions of a simple sky and cloud painting done in PAINTER 5. The first, Original Sky, is the Clone Source. The second, Clone of Original Sky, is the Clone on which sample brush strokes were painted. To create the illusion of thick paint, the Apply Surface Texture Effect was also used. Although the thick Impasto look can be achieved by other methods, especially in Painter 6 with its wide array of Impasto and Pattern Pen brushes, in this tutorial we'll use only a couple of methods.
the Original Sky image to your hard drive, then open it (the Clone
Source) in Painter. If you prefer, use any image that's fairly
simple in its coloring so you can easily see variety in your brush strokes.
2. In the File menu, choose Clone. A copy of the Clone Source image is created and Painter automatically names it, for instance, "Clone of Original Sky".
3. In the File menu, choose Clone Source and check the Clone Source file name.
4. With the Clone active, in the Select menu, choose All (or Ctrl/Command-A).
5. In the Edit menu, choose Clear (or Ctrl/Command-X) to delete the image and leave the Canvas blank.
6. In the upper right corner of the Clone's image window, click the small grey and white icon just above the blue and white grid icon to turn on Tracing Paper and reveal a faint image of the Clone Source (the original image).
Ctrl/Command-T = Toggles Tracing Paper Off/On
7. There are a couple of ways to set up for clone painting:
Softness: 11.1, Inverted: box unchecked, Amount: 100%, Shine: 19%, Other settings: default
TIPS: If you don't have the specified brushes, experiment using other Brush categories and Brush settings. Brush Method Subcategories that have the word Grainy in their names pick up Paper texture as the brush is stroked over the Canvas. To control the amount of Paper texture picked up with each brush stroke, in the Controls:Brushes palette, move the Grain slider to the left to increase the amount of Paper texture, and to the right to decrease it.
Ctrl/Command-H = Toggles all palettes Open/Closed
The following keystrokes toggle
individual palettes Open/Closed:
For a more convenient workspace, you can arrange your palettes just the way you like and, in the Windows menu, choose Arrange Palettes, Save Layout, give your palette layout a descriptive name and whenever things get messy, just go to the same menu item, find your palette layout listed at the bottom of the flyout menu, click its name and everything pops back into place. It's also convenient to save palette layouts for more than one kind of work, and give each an appropriate name.
In Painter 5, there are a few ways to open, expand, and contract the palette sections. One is by clicking the section icons (Art Materials - Color, Paper, Grad, Pattern, and Weave icons. Objects - P. Float, Floater, Mask, Script, and Net icons.) Another is to, expand and contract these palettes by clicking the small up or down pointing triangle in the center of each of the "push bars" (found in the Paper, Grad, Pattern, and Weave sections, as well as in the Brush Palette, just below the first row of icons appropriate to each section). A third way to expand or contract these palettes is to click the Maximize icon in the upper right corner of the palette. Sometimes clicking this icon will expand the palette to reveal parts of it that were not seen by just clicking the icons and/or push bars. Use all three methods to access all parts of the palettes and their sections. Click the name of the palette section to open its dropdown menu.
In Painter 6, dropdown menus are generally opened by clicking the small down pointing triangle in the upper right corner of each palette section (or at the right end of the closed palette's name bar). The palettes are opened and closed by clicking the small right pointing triangle in the upper left corner of each palette section (or at the left end of the closed palette's name bar). Click and drag the most used palette sections to the top of the stack and then click and drag the lower right corner of the palette upward to hide sections not in use. They'll open again whenever one of the palette sections is expanded but if you save your palette layout with the palettes minimized this way, the arrangement can easily be recalled whenever that's needed.
Jinny Brown, January 27, 2001
copyright 1994-2001, Jinny Brown
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