Setting up the Pallet


Corel Painter X3


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Setting up the Pallet

Back from the break so just before the break, we sort of looked at just the bases, capturing an image on dh some things you can do to prepare the image for painting in photo shop and now we're in painter painter extra and why? Using the new cloning system and painter x ray, we've we took that image. We created a clone source based on the same image on dh. We have now made that clone source visible on our screens that we have two images visible on a painter desktop. Andi, what we're about to do is start to arrange things for painting. I did want to address one question that came up in the break. A neck solent question about if someone's a beginner, is it better to start with a simpler image? And you know what? That's a good point. I picked an image, which is fairly complex. I mean, it's got like, five, you know, people to paint and lots of things going on. So it is that she quite a in some respects quite a complex composition on dh in that regard, maybe a little bit more advanced for pa...

inting. So actually, I think that the question eyes is an excellent one. Maybe you do want to start with something may be simpler, but one thing I would say about choice of imagery is I have some really good abstract qualities and blocks of you know like a jigsaw blocks of shapes so not so simple that it's just like you know, one object in a plain background and in fact when it comes to backgrounds I would definitely suggest working with scenes where you do have richness of content and not like just plain background of course you could use a plain background you campaign into it and it's fine it's just you've got a little bit more grit toe work with aunt it's like anything in art as in dance the resistance is the key to connection on dh so having something with a bit more grit in it is always more interesting on dh so I hope that that um on says the question julie you asked a question that does not make sense so here we are back in painter and so at this point I've got the clones source image appeared here so that is the original you know it's the photo but it's a clone sore so we have to get our minds around something here this source image and I want you to see that at the top of this image window it actually has the words source image and this is this is new there it is this is new in paint extra so the and it's very important understand this where you have this image and there's going to be one window like this even though you could have multiple clothing stores images and you can swap them around in that window there's only one window that will say on the top source image on so that will reflect whatever is a current source image selected in your clone source panel at that moment and as you saw yesterday you could actually go back and forth and that's one of the beauties and power of what you're doing here but this sauce image that you see there it not only means this is your source image it means that this is this particular image he has particular properties which a different to a normal image opening painter as we will see so just bear that in mind that this is uh this is a not your regular image because it's a sort of magical image as we will see let me just go back to normal size here and I'm going to press the tacky aunt I'm going to move the source image as a reference and put it over here and well I do is I try to create a sort of hermetically sealed zone a visual simplicity what I mean by that is I don't just put this here put the other one somewhere on the right I actually nudge this right up into the top left corner then I grab the bottom right corner of the frame and I don't worry about, you know, the cropping on andy, I just move that to about here, so I'm sort of dividing my screen it's actually less than a third there on the left and it's probably a bit more than a quarter. So it's, but you can see it's it's sort of dividing the screen into a smaller area on the left, in a bigger area on the right, as you'll see the small big. Now, as soon as you click back on your painting image and that's what I'm going to call the image on the right. Um, if you made any, you know, almost if you made any contact with that source image change to it in any way at all, you will get this dialogue books. So this dialog box we have to understand, absolutely in order to work with the new clone system in painter x three um, and so I'm just gonna give you a quick overview of those three options and explain what's going on. So the way that this new clone system is working in paint extra is that you have when you show your source image, you have your source image here, and I put it on the left of the screen, you're able to make changes to it on decide whether you want to keep those changes whether you want to update the file or whether you want to ignore the changes and that's basically what this dialogue is giving you the choice so when you go back to your painting image if you've made any changes to the source image you have to take an action you have to choose one of three options you can't ignore this window you have to do something so what's important is always to understand which of the three but radio buttons on there you want to select so in this case I haven't yet purposely done anything to that source image not yet um I you know wanted just a zit waas so I'm going to choose well you tell me which of those three options do you think I'm going to choose right now I haven't purposely made any changes so therefore which of the three options am I gonna choose discard yet so would it be possible we have a question from so maya teo explain the difference between source and reference image get started yeah excellent excellent question so I'm going to explain that in a moment okay great so now what I'm doing is on the left we have the source on the right I'm overlapping overlapping so I get rid of that white line and then I'm pulling the bottom right corner you guess it not teo here not to hear now all of this may seem incredibly pedantic like why does he care so much about whether it's there or there does it really matter on again? All I'm doing is sharing with you what I really do in my studio every day and I've bean doing, you know, many years producing artworks so I'm just showing you what really works for me and nothing that I'm going to show you is just for the point of being, you know, pedantic all thinking up something like, well, let's make it tidy the reason is I so sensitive and I look for patents and eyes seek out information all the time so if you have visual stimuli on your screen as you're trying to paint like this words icons, bits of this bit of that bit of another app sitting around the head it's all well and good you know you can still paint of course of course, but it's that same thing about, you know, the if it's not essential it's harmful it everything affects everything the reason, by the way, and I referred to quantum mechanics, but I didn't really explain what I meant by that and I know there's probably a few physicists out there watching, but for those who aren't very simple so in quantum mechanics it's one of the principal is known as wave mechanics that every element of the universe affects every other element of the universe and that every part you know, particle or energy in the universe sends out a wave because everything so when you make a change to one thing, it affects everything is the concept I've overly simplified obviously, but the same applies here and that's why I pull that corner down there now we have a nice platform on which to arrange our canvases on dh so what I'm gonna do, I'm gonna go back to the source image on dh I'm going to zoom to fit and doesn't remember it's the same short car is in photo shop what's the shortcut zoom to fit control zero on a pc command zero on a mac correct, so um command zero and then I might even zoom out with a command minus but that's two smaller control minus I'm using in fact that's a good one to do a close up if you can get that camera on my finger here, I just want you to see that this is an example where I'm using the touch ring on the interest pro medium on dh you can get like really nice continuous control of the scale of your image I just find that really handy I'm on a sin teak I mentioned that the you've got touch strips behind right and left and you could do the same thing by running your finger up and down the touch strip you can also accidentally do that quite easily so you've just gotta watch out for that so now I've got it about the right size in terms of uh the uh with position but I want it higher so I'm going to hold down the space bar which by the way I have as a shortcut in my experts keats and that's really honey julie you have a question we don't have to use clone quick clone anymore we just go right to the, um there's a question about quick clone and I'm going tio explain that um I sort of would like to do that separately later I don't want to interrupt the flow for what I'm showing with painting from photos in an oily way like this they wouldn't let me explain that later I'm gonna make sure I do, but I'm gonna address that later so now we go back to the painting image so note the terminology source image on the left painting image on the right and I'm going to use the space bar and I just do the same thing get it around here I might pull it down a bit because I know that we've got an interface element at the top there and I don't want to I want to see everything so very important part of one doing here is getting it so that I can see initially the boundary of my source image and of my painting image and there's a reason for that um so because how many people I think again, I think this is probably something we can all relate to um on in fact question for the online audience out there hi everybody just curious if anybody's ever in any paint program of any kind on, you know any computer or ipad or anything has anyone ever painted digitally and then at the end of a long painting, paint, paint, paint, paint, paint, paint, paint, they look at their image and they find o because I didn't even realize there's a huge bit of canvas down the bottom of it doesn't matter, it doesn't matter, but is that ever happened to anybody? It's very easy with a digital camera physical canvas because it's physically there is like, oh, yeah, there's that but I can't is there on the right, you know, it's like it's right in front of my eyes, I can't miss it, but boy, oh boy, you can easily miss it in the digital world, so that is why I'm being so particular here and taking so much of your time and I realize your time is valuable, precious so thank you for your time, but that's, why I'm taking so much of it t just dig in to this level of detail and again I can't emphasize enough all of this misson plus all of this preparation all of this setup I mean gosh it's like ridiculous all of this will empower you creatively and I'm only doing this because I want to flow with my pain so everything I'm doing is for a very good reason um so we have a source image on the left we have painting image on the right and we had an excellent question about reference image on again as with all things here we're dealing with a metaphor world we're dealing with an analogous world this is not real you know in in the census is not physical pain this is this is not physical paper texture this is not physical canvas this is digital so we're dealing with terminology and the terminology and painter has changed and it's changed in a few places over the years. So the question wass could jeremy explain the difference? A cz I understand the question between the source image and a reference image was that correct? Was that what the question was question was can you yet the different sources yes so previous to paint ecks tree I would have answered this question with well, that was the same I mean you've got a clone source image which gives you color in any cloning operation a brush that has cloned color set to it a fill which is using clone source a an effect which is using original, luminous original clone source so that's what the clone source does in pain? A on dh yes, it's it's there's a visual reference for painting from a cz well on you can see it in different ways like tracing paper, so I would have answered the question in that way for pain a twelve and earlier. Now I have to answer that question differently, and I'm going to clarify that the reason that I'm going to answer that question differently is a good reason it's a thumbs up reason is actually a reason to get painted extreme. The reason is and thank you again, karol and the team is that they've introduced something called a reference image on because of my, uh, screen resolution it's sort of tucked away oh, there it is, it's really tucked away and in order to see this, I'm going to drag it out of the palate. Now all your computers you'll be out to see it hanging down there on the left and it'll look great. I just don't have much real estate on my desktop in this low resolution, but that's good, you can read everything clearly and that's why it's good that we're doing this so we have a reference image on it is a panel called reference image so I can no longer talk about my clone source image the source image no longer should I say yeah the source images of reference image in terms of how we're going to use it as artists yeah it is a reference image of course we're referring from it and it is a reference image on the left in terms of being clear in painter we now gotta watch our language because there is a panel called reference image and if I start calling the source image reference image and then I say and now go to your reference image which image you're talking about jeremy uh I don't know my head is spinning so in painter x tree it's very simple the clone source panel gave us the ability to define one or more source images and you see the source image on the left you see the painting an image in the middle painter extreme now gives us this wonderful little window and I'm just going to highlight it in the middle here for a moment on dh you always start off with that little um folder um button on the bottom left it's so funny now when I see what these icons and I'm thinking that the more and more digital we get the less and less like a floppy disk icon a folder icon it's like boy there's people going up don't use you know never used floppy disk and talk about the icons have been a little debate online about the gray scale on the brushes and is that a new thing from twelve when you see the gray scale on the brushes where you talk on the little icons down here on the bottom where you've got a fresh not I down down to that I'm trying to see what it says down to the brush textures and things there were it's all gray scale instead of these these one because that's what they like color when you touch him? Yes so what happens? And we did this yesterday when we saved custom icons, which I encourage you to do a quick test. How did we convert the defore icons when we dragged off with shift key? How did we convert them to our own custom icons? We did it something this is I need so many little things to remember we did something we clicked with what it's the same as how we see the variant list on the campus it's on a p c it's a right click on on a mac it's a control click and when you do that you are able to set on capture custom icons they're only colored when you hover over them with the cursor so that that's why they're great is that answering that question good, so we're going to click on that icon in the reference image on dh I'm just going toe pick a reference image we're going to um at you what I might do is because I want a smaller image I might go to my desktop on go to my extras on dh, go to inspirational images and pick one of these smaller be easier even though you can zoom in and out. This is good. I wanted to say something about choosing reference I mean, this is just gonna be an image for picking color from andi for inspiration now hey is just a little caveat the I do have a reference image in mind I would love to put them on. It is the reference image that immediately came to my mind when I saw that photograph on dh because of copyright issues it's a modern artist he's no longer alive but he died you know, in recent times on his name is john weeks andi I will put a link up on my link site too, and some of you may be familiar with his work. He did this beautiful painting of two jazz musicians. I just love it. And as soon as I saw this painting this photograph of that that's the one that inspires me for copyright reasons for creative live I'm not permitted to show modern artists, so I can't use that as a visual reference, but for those of you at home who are working with imagery, I just encourage you to really draw upon the inspiration out there and there's so many worked off old and new eso therefore, I'm not going to choose that image on. I'm going to choose an older image, but maybe something that has the field or the colors that I'm interested in on. Dh I'm thinking that, um, maybe a hundred arise, a very interesting artist. So just a little autistic aside very quickly that I would say that of artists in history who have influenced me as an artist. Definitely impressionists. I love money and his play with color. But the other group of artists on dh, you know johnson, a sergeant destroyer, but another group of artists who've influenced me greatly other what are known as the phone moves. The wild beast on the leader of them is matisse. They want a formal group. They were informal group, but andre dora worked on all of them work with very bright, non natural color on dh so let's, grab this one on. Maybe I'll just inspire me for color on put that down here, andi, you might remember that we can do something similar with the mixer pad as well. So, first of all, you might also know that once you have an image here, these icons that were great out are no longer grayed out so you can zoom in you can move the image around you khun pick color from within it which is the default thankyou so all you have to do is you can pain pain pain and then click pain pain thing click and you're picking colors on dh likewise with the mixer you can go in and um pick color apply it also have it as a reference image I'm going to change the reference image there I'm calling out reference image I'm going to change the mix a pad and we saw me you saw me do this yesterday open mics a pad on dh will go to desktop on do the same thing and pick something different on I'm trying to think of something that will relate something that will relate teo the theme a tte least give me cem cem color that I might really like um actually um I think this might be really good for that on dh this is suzanne on dh I just love the way he worked with planes I don't know if you can see that here it's small but there it is I just love the way that he worked with color planes throughout his paintings and even though it's a painting of peasant sitting on a chair it's also a sculpt it sort of almost like a sculpted surface of the entire environment pulse is and was a huge influence on so many of the famous artists that we've heard ofthe picasso you know, van gogh, there was johnson a sergeant, they so many people who were greatly admiring an influence by suzanne and in terms of relating it to this, I just think that it will just be nice to see some of that brush work, so that's it we'll have that mix of visible somewhere, I'm gonna drag it out because otherwise I won't have much room. You'll have more room on your computer screens, I'm sure, so I encourage you to make your inner to start giving yourself color stimulation on ideas as a cz part of your palate layout and remember, we've always got the tab key, so you don't have to watch it all the time. You can bring it back and hide it. We're not stuck with these pallets, they're we're not stuck with the you I mentioned in my introduction today that the color set libraries have got a lot of color sets in my ver in my workspace and I've added these colors is now a game because of space, I'm just going to drag this out for a moment. If I had a huge screen, I would have these laid out and I would actually, you know, maybe you have a lot of them visible, I'm not going to do that for this. Demo because I just don't have the real estate but I just want to show you what's in on dh this is the power of the color sets we mentioned that how it can help you so I've just opened up a lot of different color sets that I sort of quite like the range of colors some of them are color sets that saved from famous paintings just to see what the type of color ranges in case you want to use that to interesting mon elisa and rembrandts palit rather similar also a reflection by the way of the what was available to them on dh a little side story here can never help a little side story but relevant the colors we have at our fingertips you really are a reflection of what's on offer just as the technology is ondas artists were going to use whatever's there relating to that question though is it bad using computer to pain or you know is it really pain on you know is it realized enough we just use what's that andi so one of the interesting revolutions which because I see what's happened in the last twenty years as a revolution and I think we're incredibly it's incredibly exciting for us is artists to be here in this day and age when all these things have come together for to allow us to do what we can and paint it on dh so going back to the beginning of the nineteenth century, there was so many interesting things happening technologically and you see this in the color sets because up until the nineteenth century from egg temporal toe oil pain to use of natural pigments, there was a limited range of pigments, a limited range of colors on dh, then suddenly in the industrial age no, I want to give a whole history lesson but it's really interesting the industrial age hit on dh one of the consequences of that was was production of fabric on dh there was a big fabric industry in belgium, tapestry is printed fabric colored fabrics, and at the same time there was the shrinking of the world and japanese fabrics coming in and designs, which influenced a lot of artists with a mango is a huge fan of japanese prints. Um, so suddenly they were looking at creating new colors in the fabric industry in the chemical industry on dh out of that came the colors that the impressionists used that didn't exist before. So when we scroll down, these color sets on, we look at monet's garden on we look att you no other color sets drawn from different paintings. Suzanne, there are colors in there, you know, leonardo da vinci and rembrandt didn't have available the's a chemical, some of them chemical colors that expanded their range on dh revolutionised art because those colors became available and one of the interesting things about the history of the wacom tablet. And you can read about this when you read mr yamada's right up, which I have on my website, is that in the late nineteen eighties when they develop this technology, which, interestingly enough came out of the newspaper industry, there was an engine some engineers in a japanese newspaper in the early eighties who wanted to do a calligraphy on their computers and developed this capacitance system for translating movement into the screen. And then, in the late eighties, they were looking for ways to apply this on dh one one of the ways they look was working with fabric and industry, so actually they worked closely with fabric industry in japan and as well as what then became photoshopped and painter, and many, many other stories and many other tools. So anyway, that's enough of that lots of lots and lots and lots and lots of color set and actually I know well, you know, this is an interest cause, and I don't want to overwhelm anybody. But if you go to color set libraries in the pop up menu on with all these palates I mentioned right that if you see a tab, we call that a panel generally in painter and if you and what those tabbed windows contained in we call a palette in painter and then you usually see this tiny little icon sitting up there in the top right there it is that looks like a bullet points and lines and whenever you see that you know you've got a menu that's relevant to that particular palate panel rather that's connected with this and so when you open it, the choices are always connected with this and in color set libraries you see a list of libraries that happened to be there or potentially there and you can turn them on and off invisibility because I didn't want to completely overwhelmed there's actually a lot of libraries in here which don't have a check mark which you could turn on if you wanted but I mean you'd have ah library you'd have a color set library palette that went on uh on to the floor and right over there you may not want to do that but just said for those who are really, really keen on colors it's himself just to let you know that that's a possibility for that right back there good who let's uh just get, um this name so I just wanted to make sure I've got myself organized on dh make sure that I'm on the right place, so this is number four and I'm going to make this number five and we'll just call it brown so I just gave myself a little note about what I did to it's just filled with color um and this is very important so once you save the painting image in painter getting ready for painting, you pretty much want to be on the native former painter the whole time from then on until the end when you will need to re save it in another file format, I usually use tiff, but you could use photoshopped in orders that then take it out of painter if you wantto print out of pain or share in opening in any other program it needs to be out of riff but while you're in pain that you want to save is a river and this is this has always been important in painter in the sense that the riff file former is the only file format that preserves the edit ability of every special aspect of painter and by that I mean special layers like music tess elation liquidating watercolor digital water column um, et cetera, et cetera you have text it's preserves, edit ability of your text if you etcetera so the riff file format has always bean very good former safe to save things in in painter now we're doing photo painting and painting x tree this just went to another level because it's not just that you're going to save all these editable layers in pastor as well um but on top of that the rift file in painter has now expanded his role dramatically the rift filing painter when you're working with clones sources saves and embodies every clone source in the file format and I'm I know that maybe sounds a bit abstract what's he talking about you know it's like this is what it's about the file that you're saving as a rift the painting image that contains all the clone sources they're not separate images you have to go and find every time you open up the painting image to paint on you don't have to go and look what was I had like five source images open how boy what a lot of work I've now got reopened my painting and now I've got to go find all these no no no no you open up the painting it's a riffle it contains all the clone images it's really really powerful so that's all to say save is a riff quick question to test if anybody was listening yesterday anybody remember or maybe you already know what does riff stand for so we'll see does anyone here know maybe give the online of chance tto type does it just not if you know you know okay well online is if it is sending in their responses we didn't want to share something with you we dio you actually have two artists who are watching right now liberating you oh you're kidding which is fantastic and nervous you want really if you want you want to do that little that's right because they're actually pushing through your accent that's how came they ought to hear what you have to say it so they've seen that they can understand me or do they want me to a nun better it giving you a call out saying thank you for making it easier but also you know them or look motion you can do the better more lip ok I will do my best now I'm very self conscious about it but please say hi to them I guess I could say thank you very much thank you very much way haven't online answer also okay how do you feel about a gift for the new person? Rodal says restaurant file for men rest image file format that's right on dh let me just have a look here so I'm saving this as a rift that's right and it is number five let me just get my head back in here organized and it's a riff perfect un compressed compressor I mean my eyes will be on compressed adobe be nineteen ninety eight you might well it's gonna look the same in photo shop paint yes, a pen file extension where that's appropriate this of course is going to be different for those of you on pc in terms of file formats the only thing I would say with working on pc because I work, you know, on both pc and mac for teaching purposes and training what I find on the pc that you have to be really on your toes with file name is it's a little more difficult than on a mac. Is that when you start changing the file format on a pc, for instance, now I'm saving the riff. It tends to as a default, not show you. The other files are in other file formats. Where's ana mac, you see everything so it's he's. Oh, yeah. I'm on number five. Now. You just have to keep on your toes a bit more on a pc. Um but that the principle is the same. So? So we have a mixer pad. We have a reference image there sitting next to each other on dh. I hope there's not too confusing. Um, the I do like to see my inspirational images. Andi, I think I should just make it really clear because of one obvious question here is, well, what's the difference between the reference image panel and the mix. A pad panel on dh the well, let's. Just see, I will, I will descend on you, you know, if you're online really quick, just typing what's. The difference between the reference image panel on the mix, a pad panel, they there is a difference. They look so similar, but there is a different anyone here want to guess, uh, explain what the difference is. Um, terrence, um, well, does the mixer panel just give you more options? Because the the reference image only lets you pick, um, a single color, and you can zoom in and move around, but the mixer pat lets you actually, um, pick multiple colors, and you can also add it. The image that's, your that's direct looking as you've just said it beautifully and I presume, thank you.

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!