Painter 11 for Photographers: Creating painterly images step by step [NOOK Book]

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Whether you are new to Painter or a seasoned pro wanting to take your digital art to the next level, this inspirational book and DVD package will show you how to get the most out of Corel's powerful painting software.

Starting with the basics and moving on to cover brushes, textures, cloning, toning and other effects, Martin Addison will help you master the tools and features needed to transform your photographs into stunning works of art. Over 2 hours of video tutorials and ...

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Overview

Whether you are new to Painter or a seasoned pro wanting to take your digital art to the next level, this inspirational book and DVD package will show you how to get the most out of Corel's powerful painting software.

Starting with the basics and moving on to cover brushes, textures, cloning, toning and other effects, Martin Addison will help you master the tools and features needed to transform your photographs into stunning works of art. Over 2 hours of video tutorials and clear, step-by-step examples take you through the techniques in a no-nonsense manner, with all images provided on the accompanying DVD so you can learn by doing.

Packed with beautiful images to illustrate what can be achieved with the right skills and know-how, Painter 11 For Photographers will inspire you to get creative with your personal or commercial photographs.

All of the addition DVD content is available to both print and electronic readers on the accompanying website. Please visit www.focalpress.com/cw/addison-9780240521237/.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for previous editions:

"This book is a wealth of ideas, information and inspiration."—Jim Zuckerman, world-renowned photographer and instructor of Making Masterpieces with Corel Painter at BetterPhoto.com

"It's rare that a computer book can hold your attention...He makes techniques easy to replicate and invites readers to a whole new world of imaginatve style." — Helen Yancy, photographer and artist, past Professional Photographers of America (PPA) president

"An easy read with lots of imagery and explanation. A great addition to those who are new to Painter IX, or those who just wish to brush up on their digital painting skills." — John Virata, DigitalProducer.com

"The clear structure and concise writing style takes the reader through brushes, papers and textures. Combined with an intelligent layout and a Windows/Mac compatible CD, Painter IX for Photographers is exemplary for its clarity and structure." — British Journal of Photography

"Addison then is the most obvious starting point for a photographer wishing to get started with Painter. The book begins with cloning before moving to brushes and brush creation. This dispatches the first 166 pages and so is very comprehensive. After a couple of chapters on montaging and the use of colour there are a number of worked examples for landscape, children and portraits, including seven pages on using Painter for wedding images - all good moneymaking advice!"— Professional Imagemaker Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136100215
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/13/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • File size: 18 MB
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Painter 11 for Photographers

Creating painterly images step by step


By Martin Addison

Elsevier

Copyright © 2009 Martin Addison
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-08-092707-7



<h2>CHAPTER 1</h2>

<b>Getting started in Painter 11</b></p>

The first part of this chapter is intended for complete beginners to Painter and contains simple exercises to guide the user in identifying the key areas of the workspace. If you have previously used Painter you may wish to skim this section or just pick up on the newer features.</p>

The second part of the chapter contains information to enable you to customize the program to your own requirements and covers the use of graphic tablets and setting preferences to make the work process smoother and quicker.</p>

Both sections can be used as a quick reference guide to the key elements as you work through the step by step examples in later chapters.</p>

Information on printing and color management can be found in Chapter 12.</p>

Many readers will have already used and be very familiar with Adobe Photoshop, and for them I have included a section highlighting the differences between the two programs: sometimes the naming of techniques differs and of course the location of particular commands. There are also tables of file compatibility, tools and keyboard shortcuts.</p>

<b>The Painter 11 workspace</p>

Default view</p>

Figure 1.2</b> shows the default view of Painter 11 with the File bar at the top of the screen and the Properties bar just beneath, leading to the Brush Selector on the right. The tools are on the left and a selection of palettes on the right beneath the Brush Selector.</p>

<b>Toolbox</b></p>

The Toolbox is where all the tools are stored (no surprise there then) and <b>Figure 1.3</b> shows the Painter 11 Toolbox with all the hidden tools revealed and shown alongside.</p>

To access the hidden tools, click and hold the visible tool and the other options will appear to the side – just click the one required. Some of the important tools which are being used in this book are detailed in this chapter, but most are very obvious by their icons.</p>

Keyboard shortcuts are set up for many of the regularly used tools and others can be customized in the Preferences menu. A full explanation of all the tools can be found in the Painter program under Help>Help Topics.</p>

<b>Opening a picture in Painter</b></p>

Painter is able to use several different types of pictures. If you are bringing in pictures from a digital camera, the most common file types are JPEG or TIFF format. If you are importing a picture that has been saved in Adobe Photoshop the file type is likely to be PSD. Painter will happily use all these file types and several others. Painter does have its own file type called RIFF, however when importing photographs it is not necessary to use this in the majority of cases. It is generally desirable not to use very large image files as they will slow the program down and some of the complex brushes in particular can be very slow.</p>

If the image is to be printed then a resolution between 150 dpi and 300 dpi is preferable, which means a file size of between 10 and 20mb is suitable to print up to A4 and A3. For web use a much smaller file size can be used: in most cases around 1mb. More information on file sizes and printing can be found in Chapter 12.</p>

Open 'Boots' from Chapter 1 folder on the DVD, or use your own photograph to try these procedures.</p>

<b>Brush Selector</b></p>

The Brush Selector is where the type of brush is chosen. Brushes are at the heart of everything in Painter and are dealt with in a lot more depth in Chapters 3 and 4.</p>

On the right of the Properties bar is the Brush Selector. Click the brush icon on the left and the drop down menu will reveal the extensive range of brush categories that are available. Click and drag down the bottom right corner of the menu to see the full list of brush categories. Select the Oils category.</p>

Click on the right-hand icon to reveal another drop down menu that shows the list of variants for the Oils brush category. Once again you will need to drag down the list to reveal all the variants. This is a very large category and will give some idea of the huge number of brushes available. Click on the Bristle Oils 30 brush as illustrated in <b>Figure 1.4.</p>

Picking a color from the Colors palette</b></p>

To choose a color go to the Colors palette, which should be visible on the right of the screen. If this is not the case go to Window>Color Palettes>Colors and it will appear.</p>

<b>Figure 1.5</b> shows the Colors palette. Click in the outer collored circle to choose the hue or color. The inner section defines the brightness of the color – the pure color is on the right, the darker colors bottom left and lighter at the top – click within the triangle to cchoose the tone. The orange square (lower square on the left in <b>Figure 1.5</b>) is the Main color and confirms which color has been chosen. The Colors palette is explained in more detail in Chapter 7. Draw some linnnnes on the picture to get a feel for the brush. If you are using a graphic tablet you will see that the brush responds differently depending on the angle used – this is common to many of the brushes. I recommend that you use a graphic tablet as it is essential for getting the most out of the program. At the end of this chapter there are some tips on setting up your graphics tablet for Painter.</p>

Now try a brush from the Chalk brush category; click on Square Chalk 35 which is very different to the Oil brush. Try some of the other brush categories yourself but for the moment avoid the Watercolor and Liquid Ink categories as they need a special layer to work on. Get rid of the brush marks by using Ctrl/Cmd+Z.</p>

<b>Properties bar</p>

Figure 1.6</b> shows the Properties Bar. This is a context sensitive bar and changes to whatever tool is currently active. In the example shown it is relevant to the brush and this is where the brush size is usually changed. Alongside this is the Opacity setting that adjusts the density of color being put onto the paper. The other settings will be dealt with in more detail in Chapter 4.</p>

<b>Correcting mistakes</b></p>

Your image will now be covered with paint strokes (<b>Figure 1.7</b>) so this is a good point to show how to correct mistakes and, if necessary, return a picture back to its original state.</p>

The very valuable Undo command is found in the Edit menu and as we have been using a brush the line will read Undo Brush Stroke. Click on this and the last brush stroke will be undone; click on it again and the previous brush stroke will also be undone. As you can see, the command works backward and continues to remove the last action taken until you reach the maximum numbers of Undo, which is 32 steps. This number can be changed in the Preferences menu which is covered later in this chapter. Rather than go to the menu every time you want to use Undo, it is much quicker to use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl/Cmd+Z. If you are a Photoshop user you will need to be aware that the Undo command in Painter works differently and is not a toggle action.</p>

To redo an action, go to Edit>ReDo or use the shortcut Ctrl/Cmd+Y.</p>

If you want to get back to the original, go to File>Revert. Confirm you want to do this by clicking Revert in the pop up dialog box and the picture will return to its original state. This will work provided the original picture is still in the same place from which it was loaded, either on your computer or on the DVD.</p>

<b>Moving around the picture</b></p>

One of the great advantages with all graphic programs is the ability to enlarge the picture to work at a more detailed level. The quickest way of doing this is to use the keyboard shortcuts, but I will mention the Toolbox method as well.</p>

Click on the Magnifier in the Toolbox and click in the picture; this will enlarge the picture by 25% each time you click. To reduce the magnification, hold down the Alt/Opt key and click in the picture again. When the Magnifier tool is active there are three buttons on the Properties bar that give preset views, as shown in <b>Figure 1.8</b>.</p>

Actual Pixels shows the image at 100% enlargement, which is very useful for checking detail.</p>

Fit on Screen will show the whole picture on the screen as large as possible without being hidden by anything else.</p>

Center Image will return the image to the center when it has been magnified.</p>

Another way to change the magnification is to use the slider at the base of the document window (<b>Figure 1.9</b>). The percentage number shown on the right of the bar is the current magnification of the picture. Type in an amount and press Enter to go to a specific magnification. Increase the magnification significantly then click on the binoculars icon shown in <b>Figure 1.9</b> to the left of the slider; this will show you which part of the image is being magnified.</p>

The screen is shown in <b>Figure 1.10</b> with the full picture in the small rectangle bottom left and a red rectangle showing the part of the picture that is being shown on screen. Click and drag inside the rectangle to move the area being magnified.</p>

Click the Grabber (Hand icon) in the Toolbox and the cursor will change to a hand; click and drag in the window to move the image. Double-click on the Grabber icon in the Toolbox and the picture will change from a magnified view to the full picture being visible on screen.</p>

<b>Rotating the canvas</b></p>

The Grabber is one of several tools that have alternative options in the Toolbox. Click and hold the Grabber and select the second icon with a circular arrow. This is the Rotate Page tool and allows the picture to be rotated to make it easier to paint with certain brushes. Click and drag in the document window to see the image rotate. To return to the original position click once in the image or double-click on the Rotate Page icon in the Toolbox. Don't confuse this with the Rotate Canvas command in the Canvas menu; Rotate Page simply turns the picture around in the same way a traditional artist might move a canvas around to get a better angle. <b>Figure 1.11</b> shows the rotated image.</p>

<b>Normal view</b></p>

The Normal view is shown in <b>Figure 1.12</b> with the picture contained within its document window. The Full Screen option frees the image from the confines of the document box and fills the entire screen including behind the palettes and Toolbox. This is a good way to work as it allows more freedom to move the image around on screen and removes much of the clutter.</p>

<b>Full Screen view</p>

Figure 1.13</b> shows the Full Screen view. To use this mode either go to the Window menu or click on Screen Mode Toggle, or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl/Cmd+M.</p>

This is a toggle action so pressing the keys again will revert to the Normal view.</p>

<b>Keyboard shortcuts for the screen</b></p>

Ctrl/Cmd++ will magnify the image.</p>

Ctrl/Cmd+- will reduce the magnification.</p>

Ctrl/Cmd+Alt/Opt+0 will show the picture at 100% (actual pixels).</p>

Ctrl/Cmd+0 will make the image fit on the screen.</p>

Pressing the Spacebar while painting will activate the Grabber to enable the image to be moved. When the Spacebar is released the current tool will be active once again.</p>

<b>Using and organizing palettes</b></p>

There are over 30 palettes in Painter 11 and even though they will collapse and stack very neatly they do take up room on the screen that could be used for the image. Many of them are not usually needed when working with photographs so fortunately they are easy to organize and unwanted ones can be removed.</p>

To remove a palette from the screen, click on the cross in a square on the palette header. To show palettes not visible on the screen, go to the Window menu and click on the name of the palette you want. Some of the palettes such as Brush Controls are arranged in groups for convenience.</p>

To expand or collapse a palette click either on the triangle on the left, or on the name of the palette itself. To move and link palettes together click on the blank area to the right of the palette name and drag the palette over another palette and they will dock together.</p>

<b>Figure 1.14</b> shows the palettes that I keep on the screen and use regularly; they are usually kept collapsed as shown and opened when required.
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Excerpted from Painter 11 for Photographers by Martin Addison. Copyright © 2009 Martin Addison. Excerpted by permission of Elsevier.
Allrights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents

Introduction; Getting started in Painter; First steps in cloning; Choosing brushes; Customizing brushes; Exploring paper textures; Applying surface texture; Layers and montage; Watercolour, oil and pastel; Mosaics and other clones; Hand coloring and toning; Children and young people; Portraits; Special effects; Printing and presentation; Paper libraries; Index.
DVD contents
Tutorials: Getting started 1; Getting started 2; First steps in cloning; Bristle brush cloner; Watercolor landscape; Custom palettes; Child's portrait in pastels.
Images: 60+ high resolution images to follow the step-by-step technique lessons in the book.

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