Interface Tour


Corel Painter X3


Lesson Info

Interface Tour

Welcome back everybody so uh just before the break I was doing a little demo showing how I use paino with all custom palettes and lots of brushes and everything and it was just sharing a little bit of my photo workflow I just made a start tomorrow is a focus where we're going to take that to the next step and go through the whole of that so don't worry if you were trying to follow along with the things I was doing we're going to review all of that tomorrow but what I want to do now is just take a deep breath everybody uh feels good and we're going to just start with some really basic stuff so let's make the assumption that there is some of you out there who maybe I've never ever seen painter and in fact if there are because I'm always curious please if you're a wonderful online audience hi please let us know if you've never used paint and I would be interested to hear if there are some people for whom this is actually the first time they've ever seen it I'm going to make the assumption...

there are some so let's just go to basic so first of all, what equipment do you need? You need a mac or windows pc by the way what come just came out with a thing they called the companion just a few weeks ago which is it's a pc and a welcome like santy tablet all in one. So talk about portable painting so that's that's something that to check out but this is just straight from the corral webpage on dh it just gives you a sense of the basic minimum requirements. But, like with all these things, you know, painter is as deep of complexes photo shop with all these things the mohr ram, the more memory, the more speed, the better you know, whatever you go for, its never enough so in terms of what you wish for later so that always the same. And then I said I would talk a little bit more specifically about tablet so you you want a ce faster, powerful, a computer you can get it is nice. We talked about that excellent question you asked about the monitors. It does make a difference to have a nice large monitor to work from. It is a pleasure when you start painting and you can see or, you know, zoom in and see the brush strokes and just getting the stepback sense of the outward from a large monitor is good, so if you can have a larger monitor great. If you have a laptop and when you're using it in your studio or home office, you can just attach it to a larger monitor great and that's what I do with my laptop when I'm back in the studio if I'm using the laptop, I have it attached to a larger monitor we're talking a monitors of course we mentioned the sinti, so when it comes to the walk home range of tablets, you do need a welcome tablet to really do what I'm going to show you here and the welcome just renovated the whole range of tablets just, you know again a few weeks ago very recently, and they basically divided the tablet range into pro on dh non pro on dso for what we want to do is painters as photographers working with painter, you definitely want a pro tablet, and that basically means you're going to be looking at the into its pro range and so this is the medium size of the interest pro range, the minimum size I recommend and they have ah large one as well for those who want a bit more space. So you're either going to look at that uh oh, you know, you may want to consider a sinti, which is the same as this, but it has a screen in it as well as you can see, and it has a lot more express keys so you can actually program a lot more of your work flow into the so those are the two things you want no, there I do want to just say something with regard to the physical arrangement that you use I have seen people when they first get a welcome tablet they put it beside them as if it's a mouse pad doesn't haven't quite so much anymore but use happen a lot on dh eso they're like this painting so I always think of a circle so when you place your tablet wherever you're going toe look just think of a circle and it really is just a question of comfort you don't want to have the muscle was having to you know, work you know no keeping your arm like that so keep comfortable tablet monitor your eyes circle good comfortable chair um and do remember to cannot fairly regularly I mean, one of the things as we all know is like boy, oh boy, you can lose track of time that's why I'm so glad for kate keeping me on time here a creative life when I get in that creative zone and like, well, I don't have an hour's gone by two hours you lose track of time but it is really important just to get stretch regularly on dh it's important obviously if your health number one but number two is actually important for the art because it really does make a difference and again going back to john singer sargent that step him back regularly taking a break really, really help so it helps you sort of get a fresh look atyou up let's talk a bit about styluses um so first of all, if you're new welcome sabit you've never used to work on time before my suggestion is what tends to happen is people lift the stylus up and they tend to treat it like a pencil and hold it like this that happens a lot when people first use a tablet what I find give me the most control is I tend to hold it right near the end of you know the nib not halfway along and then the way that I get the most control from my pressure sensitivity is I always just use the side of my palm resting on the surface of the tablet on what that does it creates a pivot and you can see here that pivot on so now I'm exaggerating here pivot pivot tap tap is a doubleclick tap is a click click and drag quicken drag but what happens is this this allows you to relax your hand and use a sort of whole arm movement as you work on paint and then you've got really fine pressure control by this resting of your hand compared to holding your hand off the tablet surface so that's my recommendation let's talk a little bit about the stylists itself, so what comes with these tablets is something called a grip pen and I'm holding one here has to function button which you can customize t be anything you like on dh sometimes you may find it depending on how you paint especially if you tend to turn on twist the barrel of your grip pen you accidentally click on the front back button and if it's the default is double click so it can be a bit annoying so one of the things that I do is going and I said sometimes I just set them both to be disabled. Now a lot of people on a pc would find it really useful to have one of these be right click so this's a very you know really up to you and your workload but be aware off that another thing that tends to happen when people are new to the workroom tablet is lissa show everyone down there at least once let's see a cz anyone either online or in the in person audience ever picked up a grip pen and used it backwards and wondered why they're raising eternally toe happen it tends to happen okay, so you just want to watch out of which side you're going to use that with now there is an optional pen that does not come with the standard wacom tablet and it's called the sixty upenn or the market pen it's got actually a couple of different names depending which part of the world you're in but the main characteristic about it is that it's a little bit wider, which you know, some people prefer that some people don't like that so much on it. But the most important thing is it has rotational sensitivity which the other one doesn't, so the grip pen it sends signals to the computer program of the pressure on the bare the bearing on the tilt and you'll see those terms in the program where you can actually set different parameters of the brush behavior very according to the bearing the tilt and the pressure but what it doesn't what the great pen doesn't have this does have is some brushes noel brushes have an incredible effect with rotation we're goingto look at that a bit later today I'm going to go through some different brushes and there's one or two which are really cool with this pen and I'll show them we'll do that later but anyway just bear in mind that's an optional extra that some of you may want to consider all of these in case you just just want a list one of the links on my creative life pages to what I call what in my studio and it's just got also the bits of equipment that I have and I use and so if you forget what the model is a corner and think it all there so having a addressed the computer, the monitor, the tablet oh, I love a question. Well, thank you, bobbi. So, jeremy, in regards to the grip in all the different new jobs that come with that excellent question, way like a want and no one will know I'm serious. I'm serious. So it was a really, really good question. So there are different nips and, you know, there is a default plane nip in the grip, pam, when your receive it and this little convenient holder there we go happens to also be a container. So you unscrewed. So what you'll see is you've got a number of different stylist nips, which which could be replaced, the one in here and there is actually also normally a silver device here that allows you to extract the name mine's fallen away somewhere and is in my studio. But there we go. It's normally is sitting in there, but some of these nips give more resistance. And so if you find that it's too smooth and you want a bit more resistance that's one of the options I have just tended I've just used this particular nib for years and years and years, and I just like it on dh you should you should try it out yourself and just see what you think the one that I really like is this one on dh? It has a little spring in it and it's called the stroke that's what they call it on dh you put it with the spring closest to the body off the the pen on die just like the feel of it it gives you a little give but just but not too much and it just feels good so if anybody out there is using a walk home tablet on dh hasn't tried it you know put it in try it you might find that you prefer one of the other nips try them all you know see what they're like and the other pen also has a range of lips that was a great question thank you so let's dive in a painter and see what we have here so what I've done here is I've simply gone to the default everything in pain so this roughly is what you will see when you first opened painter for the first time when you install it on before you do anything else I want to just open a canvas and then I'm going to talk a little bit about what we're seeing in front of us and introduce you to the basics so the first thing we're going to do it just open a new campus and we're just going to do it the same as with all these programs and you'll see tons of parallels here between photo shop on painter and other programs so I know a lot of this is just going to be so basic but there we go we're going to go file knew and I'll just quickly review that you can if you want a name and image at this point I tend not joy just name it when I do a save as but that's fine there are campus presets and you can add to your own you can have your own presets if you want meaning oh I do a lot of train four by sixteen you know, one fifty I'll make that a present you could do that if you want you can view the dimensions and with in inches of pixels and the resolution is set there um so uh I'm going to go two inches now for this segment of the class I'm just going to be introducing the basics I'm not going to create an artwork just so that you know however having said that I'll just share something with you I always say I'm not going to play now and I'm sure I won't be a total miss but I tend to always make sure that I have a size of paper so I'm going to dio tem y eight high just a size of paper that if I felt like it maybe I could print out a little letter sized bit of paper so in other words I even things that I'm going to throw away I just I'm always prepared in case I'm surprised something and you say I'm not surprised, but maybe it's opportunity maybe is over optimism, but anyway, that's what I do so there we go. I have now created a little piece of paper on its just appearing in pain. Now, right now, I'm not gonna do anything with photos, so I just want to be really clear I'm just going to be going through the interface of forget photos were going to keep it really simple, in which case I'm only going toe wanna have one piece of canvas that's what I call this white sheet of paper here, one campus in front of me, out of time, I don't want to have a ll the destruction of the stuff in the background. So the first thing I do, if I'm just going to open a canvass and paint on it and do nothing else and not involved photos, I just want to practice, I just want to loosen up is I'm going to what's called go to screen full screen mode and there's a couple of ways to do that. So in the window menu, if you go down to screen motor trouble, you'll see there that you could do a command and on a mac or control on a pc that's one option and then the other option is actually somewhat hidden because I'm on a low resolution screen so you can all see the writing big and actually at the very, very bottom off the toolbox is a full screen mode button as well does exactly the same thing so here we go window screen mo toggle and bum so what it does is it just creates a clean service and if I press the tab key and you'll see again under window it says hide vacation you I so what does you I stand for and I want to shout it out user interface so the difference between hide application you why which by the way, the short cut is the tab key so that's what I'm that's what I programmed in to my tablets is a tab key and the other one you saw that just so you don't get confused what did they mean by panels is like ah that's what they mean by panels just that bit of the interface um so uh let's just show panels here there we go. So now I want to move it around so it's more central basic navigation. So uh what are we going to do to simply click and drag and move it around? We're going to press which key space space but same as in I mean so many of these things are the same so just remember space bar move things around on dh we're ready to understand what we're seeing here by the way we can already make a mark so that's interesting but let's understand what you know what's going on with this interface and all these things that we're looking at on dh so I'm just going to do a sort of circle of action so you can sort of imagine that my circle is going in a clockwise direction on dso here circle of action we're going to look on the left and we see a very familiar thing looks like so many different apse so yet we have the tool box over there on by the way incidentally, there is a preference here on dh let's have a look where you can actually in the preferences interface you can create what's go a double column view of it toolbox layout instead of a single column so for people who are working on low res monitors or teaching or presenting and you do want to access that little button at the bottom that's how to do it um so and actually I've seen you know I'm always experimenting them with my workspace with my layouts and whatever I show you in this workshop you could be absolutely guaranteed you know, if you come too worked up about something, I'm probably going to show you something slightly different because I'm always changing my mind but I have grown to really like the double column version of the toolbox and that's actually, mostly how I have it set up not always, but I quite like it, but most of the time for painting, we're just going to stick with the brush tool on if you ever accidentally find you're in another tool. Um, what's the keyboard shortcut to get back to brush. So here, I mean, I'm in the grab a hand tool, and if I ever want to go back, b b okay, very good, very good on dh, by the way, I'll share another little thing with you here, one of the most common things that happens, like, you know, it's it's, sort of like it's sort of like, incremental, um, I'm trying to think of the right, would it? Incremental barriers to flow that I think leads people to give up on paint when it's such an amazing program, one of the incremental barriers to flow is when people do a undo, and I'm not talking about my philosophy of undue I'm talking about, they just do command z, or that, uh, and then on a macro controls yours that's a lot of people accidentally just press set or the on what happens is that that's by default, the shortcut for the scissors, which is why so many people get frustrated because they see these scissors where did they come from? You did a command z but it wasn't come on you just you mistimed it and it became z so remember now we note being back to brush so now and what I'm going to try and do throughout this workshop is give you a little tips that will help you when you come across things that otherwise get frustrating because I think that you know once you get over all these frustrations this is such an amazing program like you can't know but fall in love with it but the frustrations khun khun get to you before them so um and if I just click with the space centre is it and move it to the left good we're not gonna worry too much about what else is in the toolbox we can come back to that we needed now the core of a painter is the brushes and I started off this workshop holding the palate and the brush on emphasizing this is about painting you know painter has sophisticated effect very sophisticated effects it has filters and you can bring in your plug ins you know that using photoshopped so we're going to talk about it has amazing amazing effects but when it comes down to the core of what is pain are really good for what's it really special for why should I make the effort to spend all this time learning yet another program and especially one with so much in it this is, you know, it's all about the brushes and so when you said the key part of this circle here is going to be up here in the top left corner and that is the brush selected on dh just as I touched on in my demo earlier little demo, we basically have two columns and we also have a dynamic preview, so as I go up and hold my cursor over every variant, look at the look at the preview at the bottom of that column and you'll see it's reflecting whatever brush do you see that I'm using and showing the size and everything? So is that the really good? Because one of the challenges has always been hundreds of names of brushes, I have no idea which brushes which what is going to look like, you know my gonna spend hours and hours and hours going through every one of the hundred some people do on you know, over the years I do and I forget what I did at the beginning when I've gone through them always like, you know, it's tough trying to remember what brushes are gonna work for you and then to remember how to get back to them that's what we're going to be looking at some answers to that what brushes er what a good question I love your questions is there a history thing that saves for each brushes so there's a yes and a no answer to that you know but I think it's a brilliant idea so the answer is there is a recent brushes dynamic panel that you see that on as you pick different brushes so let's go to the six piece ofthe pencil on dh I've gotta show you this because it's just amazing, amazing natural media tool that you purposely make it like a gray on I want you if you could get a zoom in on the tablet but this will be good because you'll see it in the background on I want you to see that when I press with a perpendicular angle, I get a thin line and then as I go down in the tilt, I get this beautiful of course, because it's like, you know that thing going on here I have not totally in control of where it is, but you get this beautiful soft affect and actually I'll just take a moment here to share something with you because that that is really the core of what mark zimmer was is talking about when he said that he wanted to emulate the way that his sketches looked um so what I'm gonna do is take a blank sheet of paper here and uh let's see if I have ah pencil perfect right here have a couple of so what I'm gonna do with this pencil is the same thing so take it up here and then work on the side of it and you see basically the parallel if you saw that there and then I just till the pencil we've got an exact parallel going on with digital world as with the non digital world and it's interesting here I've got my non digital digital and then my stylist is ending up there and it's like the brushes how many times I have another question here how many times have people picked up their walk home stylus and tried writing were there on a piece of paper by the way any responses from the audience or any comments you want a share of this point just there's a lot of excitement everything's getting clarified e good I hope it's not too simple I mean it's like I'm very aware that we've got experts here so I'm talking such a simple level is like I don't want to bore anybody now that I had a lot of people who for whom this is their first experience of oh yeah yes ugo nava says those tips are huge so oh okay well you know that's good so let's just keep going them because this I just want you all to have a good experience and good experience with painter that's my goal I over the years I met so many people trade shows and things you come up I say, oh jeff painter and they say they often sheepishly who? Well yeah I mean, I have it on a shell for it's in my computer but I gave up, you know, so many people that michael is to really make sure I help you so you are flying with this program that's what I want happen and that means we got to goto get over all the frustrations wherever they may be on the things that get in the way of success and of flowing. So um, by the way interesting let's see if anybody is observing the screen carefully, what just happened? Did anybody? I don't know if this was on camera, not screen. Did anybody notice something just happened when I touched the tablet, there was a color shift and what else happened on a new brush? And I didn't go to the brush palette. So has anyone got an explanation what happened? Just that that was the last pressure on the other painting, right? But it wass so what? What just happened? Because this is actually important to know because it might happen to you and confused you, so what just happened? You just switch correct sizes which rushed the last unused excellent so terrence got it so what happens is on this is one of the many things that you start to get to know is you get you know, get into the program is I was using this pen then I was you well I use this pen for the painting in the before the break on blah blah blah I used it to demo put it down there and then I use this pen what happens is each pen there's a memory associated with the color and the brush it last used so when I picked up this pen suddenly it's painting with the impression is brushed on dh I'll make a prediction that if I put that pen down of course now I'm making a prediction that's like I don't wantto know look for but there it is back to the to be pencil so I changed pen if that ever happens if you have multiple pens then and they all look the same that's more likely to happen some of you with really sharp eyesight you might have noticed that I have my little labels and even though the pens of different shapes because one's grip pen and one is a sixty are pendant is a bit fatter of the bottom of the market pen isil put colored things on the top of my pens so it's like really obvious which is which um just like that uh excellent question so um I have to say, I mean, I can only speak personally and I think that everybody should try things out the I love and I'm going to show you some of the effects that are unique to using the rotational sensitivity. I personally think if you're going to invest in the tools for the job, get give yourself the maximum range of possibility even if you choose not to use it so I would recommend the group the rotational market pen sixty but what I find, I don't use it as much, and I think part of it is I actually prefer the thinner grip I my fingers are more comfortable on the narrow grip and this is just a bit wide, so I so if I'm just picking up one for comfort, I tend to pick up the pen, but sometimes I know I wanted effect on dh you know, uh here I am using the grip ten and I might as well, um I might as well use the search field you saw me use it earlier in my demo and I had moved the search for your over to the I have a ll my brush stuff in the top left in my palate arrangements the default is that it's over on the top, right? I think because that also reflects like website logic, a lot of you I lodge is that where do you find the search field? It's always in the top story top right? So let's just search for brush that I happen to know is sensitive to rotation and uh let's have a look here she l do a lot of brushes there that, uh look at that that maybe my search is too broad so I'm going to go for real fan because that is definitely going to give me a result. It's a real fan so by the way, there was an illustration of how did not use and use the search field in paint up. So if you search for things that two broad, you're gonna get too many results rial fan short in oils is a brush that has beautiful, beautiful rotational capability. I'm goingto clear all this off here on dh so if I want to just clear my canvas what's the quick way to do that what? Whether the short cuts to do that just quick commando commando roll and delete so on a mac command a delete on a pc control a delete on course. This is where I actually need two hands so select all get the march and ants and then delete or backspace and then I'm going to make my brush bigger and there is a size and a capacity slide a system up here with although I have to admit visually when I look at these two symbols, it's not obvious to me, which is which I mean, I know, I know, which is which because I used the program I know, which is why, but visually, it doesn't scream out that that is the size and that's rapacity, so but I'm going to increase the size of this brush so I can just show you the beautiful rotational capability, and actually, if we could get a zoom shot of this hand, I'm going to do the same thing I did with the pencil. This is like a fan brush, so what I'm doing is I'm rotating and I'll move my hand around I'm rotating the pen and it's picking up that rotation. I've gone off this campus. Yeah, someone should have told me that, ok, I need eyes in the back of my head, so on dh, just to compare, I'm going to pick up the other grip pens you can see that it really doesn't have the same impact now it's going to change to the er to the impressionist, but look here. I actually have the history of the brushes I just used on algae that brings me back to finishing off entering mara's question, which was, is there a history per painting is that was that your question? And the answer is no no right now I would love that to be I think a lot of people would love that to be but not right now so there is a history that continually cycles you fill that up and it's just the last you know, so many brushes used still very useful if you are using a five brushes is you'll go to brushes and you keep cycling through them they'll always be there and there is actually a separate recent brushes version of that that can float around on dh here it is it's ah it's a panel that this floats wherever you want to put it on that is the most recent brushes there's a couple of things in answer to your question because it is very valuable to know when you do a painting which brush coming that nice effect in the hair you know you're doing pet portrait's bobby you know oh wow which was that brush I used on, you know the poodle that looks so good for the curly hair so it is really useful to know the brushes and that is why when we come to do further painting workflow, we're goingto use the pv n saving system and the notes project version number notes the notes you always want to put down what brush you just used on dh abuela problems old you have a serious of versions you have a history of the process you went through to make your painting including every affect you did every brush you used it's so powerful and you literally haven't written as notes in the file names so we do you know you they're all lined up chronologically you look atyour names in your computer and you actually have a story written down in your notes you could just read it on that was where I used that brush so you know, that is a workaround so let's just pick the real fan short using now the grip pen and I'm going to attempt to do something similar make a different color aunt, I'm going to just prove that I'm not cheating here let's move this so notice I'm really rotating it I mean it's really rotating but I'm not getting any rotational view of that beautiful ribbon so if you want a ribbon brush stroke, then you know you need the rotational saving their every time um every time you close the image or and and if you go and open it well, the brushes that use re open or does it deletes when you close the program say that again, so for instance, you're working on a piece and you're done and our you're finished it with that at that point at a later date when you go to open it up reopen it well those that brush history thing excellent question I think that it will in fact let's just let's just do it I think it will in fact open up so uh we'll go backto painter and I think you'll find it's got the same history yep there it is so pretty much when you close down a painter it leaves things it's sort of like leavitt's literally your studio in the computer you know if you think of photo shops primarily at least originally it was primarily the dog room in the computer um we now have ah the uh art student your computer so when you leave it messy it's messy when you come back to it so but we have a question from today oh yeah I have sometimes found that I don't really keep track of how many times I uh just hibernate my computer or tilt actually restart or shut down but when it shut down and then restarted sometimes the brushes are not there so it it just closed the program then you'll get the brushes back but sometimes yeah that they were going to happen I'm it's technology so I always have that always cross my fingers it'll work and you know it doesn't work I've been using this stuff for twenty years and I'm still like well I really hope it works I just wanted to show while you're in the welcome window there's wonderful works by artists from all over the world justin booze actually inspired a blogger post that I put on paint a factory paint a factory dot com it's one of the links on the list must go for everybody it's run by karol and it's just fabulous it's a forum for people using paint all over the world on dh there's a few blocks I've gotta block there some of the people making paint I have blog's they're I mean they're wonderful wonderful chris tremblay and others and they boy if anybody's right really really techie and wants to get into the mechanics go to the sum of their blog's but justin booze he does great things with patterns and patent pens and he really inspired me to create a whole series of patent actually some of which are incorporated into the default install of painter but it was thanks to seen him work and so he's a great artist so you can click through these and then you can go to their websites there's a live link for each picture is that gorgeous and if once you've opened painter, if you ever want to get back for some inspiration, all you do is you go to the help menu welcome on your back again, so um again just click click, click so you've got your little little slideshow built him okay, let's, get a piece of paper back on delta ll notice that it's remembered what we had last ten by one hundred fifty on, by the way, if I wanted to, you know, keep this. I just call this. I'm just gonna call it letter, or I could call it ten by eight, one hundred fifty and so now that's being added to the list and, you know, you could just add anyone's that you came tto have there we go and, oh, pay for the I think, what you're asking, julian, tell me if I'm right or wrong. Is there always a paper texture applied on top of a campus when you open it? And actually the answer's no it's, a a blank white canvas whiter than white, can be on it's a smooth as it can be so this because it's digital it really can't be smooth, so there's nothing there until you apply a text on, we're goingto look at that talk about that.

Class Description

Ready to explore the software program that’s changing the way photo art is created? Join creativeLIVE instructor Jeremy Sutton for an exploration of Corel Painter X3, a sophisticated tool for transforming photographs into fine art paintings. Drawing on his experience as a professional Painter artist, Jeremy will guide you step-by-step through the CorelPainter X3 interface and share his approach to painting from photo reference. Along the way, you’ll learn practical tips and shortcuts for using this powerful creative tool to its full potential in an efficient and empowering way. You’ll learn tips for choosing which of your images are best suited for photo painting and why. Jeremy will cover prepping images for painting, organizational systems that free you up to be creative, abstracting from the source, and resolving and refining your paintings. You’ll work with Painter’s brushes, paper textures, the new clone source and reference image panels, and more. By the end of this course, you’ll be able to enjoy painting with Corel Painter X3 and transforming your photographs into painterly artworks. All artwork samples shown are copyright 2013 Jeremy Sutton.



Excellent class, really loved watching and learning from Jeremy, only down side is the bonus material of a membership to Jeremy's Paint Box site and Creative Live ignoring my emails about my disappointment, so when you order this class, do not get your hope to high for the bonus material, other than that, Jeremy is a great teacher and his style of teaching is brilliant, lovely and pleasant to watch, highly recommended!