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Tutorial - Painter basics by Serio555 Tutorial - Painter basics by Serio555
A few people have asked me about corel painter in the past, so here's a quick intro to it.

As I mention in the tut, this is not about CG-ing with corel painter. Rather, it is meant to be an intro for those who don't know where to get started with Painter, or those who are unfamiliar with traditional media. I don't think you can really do a tut on Painter per se, because it would simply be a general drawing and colouring tutorial. Painter is a traditional art simulator - as such, the brushes are meant to behave similarly to their real-life counterpart. So fas far as the actual colouring technique goes, it's about your own brushwork and drawing skill. As such, when it comes to painter, I think it's best to approach it like you would traditional method. Forget layer modes, CG, selections, vectors, gradients, etc and think of it a a blank piece of paper on which you can use any media you want.

Painter offers a wealth of brushes, but not as much options or depth as Photoshop on image editing. Which is why I use both, with Painter for drawing and shading and photoshop for things such as texturing, bg, and finishing.

Note that I only have the ancient version of Painter (8), but I believe the main brushes should remain the same. There are some nifty little things in painter X that I wish I have, but since I don't have the latest version I'll have to make do with what I have.
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StarboardWatch Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've had painter (12) for MONTHS and there's so much I haven't learned about it yet. This is so helpful.
powerchord0 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
How can you use the smeary palette knife? Any tips? :D Great tutorial :D
Serio555 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
The smeary palette knife is used a bit like the smudge tool in photoshop, for example to get the wispy edges on fur or fire. The resaturation value controls the paint loading on the brush, so at high resaturation it works more as a brush while at low resaturation it works more like the smudge tool
powerchord0 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh! Thanks! It's a really nice brush for fur :) Not so much for hair because it didn't help me out for it. But thanks a lot i love it! <3
SiennaBlue Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
kuina46 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
this is very helpful!! thank you!!
AdamantAngel Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
This is extremely helpful--good job, and thank you so, so much. :)
whimsicalsun Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
Thank you for this!
Nyffetyff Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Student General Artist
I love you. I transfered from Paint Tool SAI, so Corel was confusing and difficult untill I read this :heart:
hikethekilt Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
Thank you so much for this; it's helped immensely. I understood the way the media worked, for example, but didn't know you could rotate the display! The sheer number of different tools is staggering, so your examples of what you used them for was also helpful. 8)
chou-roninx Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this! I have painter but it's so intimadating!
xStelmariax Featured By Owner May 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for the tuto =) But I still don't get what the "preserve transparency" is good for.. Could you help me out, please?
Serio555 Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
Basically when you turn on "preserve transparency" you can only paint on areas that are already painted - that is, you cannot paint on blank pixel.

It's easier just to try it out. make a new layer, scribble something on, turn on preserve transparency, and try to scribble something over it
xStelmariax Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay, thanks!
FellTheWolf Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Do you know how I can get two windows of the same file to open? So I can have one zoomed out, while the other I have zoomed in?

I can do it in photoshop, but I'm not sure if it works here. Great tutorial by the way.
Serio555 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
If you meant the navigation window in PS, I don't think there's an equivalent tool in Painter. There's the info window, but it's completely useless. ^^;
LuzifersTear Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
Wow your tutorial is really great!
Thanks for that, I'm a corel painter newbie and your tutorial is really helpful for someone like me ^-^
Would you like to join the #TutorialsClub?
Serio555 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
No probs :)

So how do I do that? do I just go to the club and join?
LuzifersTear Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Yep ^^
On top you can find the button "Join Group"
Just click it and wait for your acceptance ^^
BleacheD-InK Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Fantastic! Thanks you =) I've really wanted to get into Painter for a long time, it's been installed forever but I've never picked it up, this will be a huge help ^^

Thanks again!
daydrifter Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
Thanks for this, my computer died a while back and I was without Painter for half a year! This tut helped me refresh some things I'd forgotten as well as pick up some great new tips!
Ecija Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009
Very good! Thank you for this tutorial, very useful. Thanks for introducing the TINTING BRUSHES to me... those were exactly what i needed
HyperactivePop Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
This is a really useful tutorial. :3

Thanks for making this!
junearc Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
This is a great start to 'relearn' painter. Step aside Photoshop! Painter has gotten my attention. Thanks!
RainbowxPurr Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
This is awesome.. Just what I needed to go from Photoshop to Painter. Thanks a million ^_^
estelaa Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome tutorial, so helpfull^^
Pandamore-spirit Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
Thank you so much ^_^ I've been using photoshop but this thing confused the hell out of me.
TheSharkGirl Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Hobbyist
Finnaly! I've just messed up all my outlines, and I was kind of tired of making them so wierd, but then I found you tutorial! 8D Now I know what kind of brushes I should use. ^^
mystiquedragoness Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
I am an old Photoshop user as well and Corel seems a bit foreign to me although I like what it can do - this helps so much, I can't thank-you enough for sharing! :love: :glomp:
kanefan Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
This is great, much better than all the other "painter" tutorials. It clearly explains just why painter is different than PS, and the good things about working with it.
Natsu19 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Useful tutorial! Thanks for taking the time to make it ^^

A Question though, do you know how I could resize the brush (any brush) to less than 1? I like to draw at 0.5 but the brush dimeter refuses to go below 1 ^^;
Serio555 Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
Well, some brushes you can not resize to less than 1 (although others, such as pencils, should be able to).

My tip is to actually enlarge your image - that is, instead of halving your brush size, double your image size if possible.
Natsu19 Featured By Owner May 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Great idea! I didn't think of that! Thanks for the tip :aww:
Skatora Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love you forever because of this!
FeatheredDragon13 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
;_;........I love you...
hentaiakumu Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009
Holy shit.
I love you.

Thank you. xD
nado21 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009  Student General Artist
thx this is usefull ^^
RaquelSumeragi Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
Great tutorial!

Good job!
MachinesBleedToo Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
EEEEEEEE thank you so much! I just got Painter and it was so intimidating and scary. This helped a lot. <3
frozensky86 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
wow, thank you so much for taking the time to make this tutorial! this will come in very useful for me, im brand new to painter! xx
SqueakyToybox Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really useful :3

I just want to ask, how do i make Painter recognise my pressure sensitivity?
My tablet is working in the program but it's "flat".. there's no pressure sensitivity and idk why D:
Serio555 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009
Firstly you must make sure your tablet driver is installed properly and the setting is right, if it's wacom then it would have a tablet setting where you can set the pressure sensitivity to "hard" or "soft" - i recommend setting it towards soft.

Then in Painter go to the Brush tracking I mention in the first screenshot.

Hope that helps.
SqueakyToybox Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! ;w;
I found out my driver thingy wasn't installed properly ^^;

I fixed it up. Yay!
atlantiluna Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
So useful!! I'm saving it for when I get painter and a tablet :)
mech2159 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
excellent i rarely see painter tuts
Stephanie-Chivas Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009  Student General Artist
Great tutorial, I think I have painter somewhere but never used it.
Blackvegetable Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
Another interesting tutorial!
Mimic60102 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
this is going to help heaps, after using Photoshop for so many years i found Corel a little confusing.
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