Even More Instant Gratification: Digital Painting
Corel Painter has some delicious brushes, and they feel so nice when applying paint with a pen and stylus. It’s just a real pleasure to explore all of the possibilities, which I think are endless. Everything is a variable, including pen pressure, paint flow, brush texture, and brush size. One can move easily from oils to pastels to watercolor and every mark making tool imaginable. Should you want to choose a substrate, there are all kinds of virtual papers and canvas textures.
These two little pieces were done mostly with a variety of F-X brushes, my favorite of which is “Gradient Flat Brush.” I like to use it to smear existing color around the picture. The F-X brushes are a lot of fun because they simulate all kinds of crazy marks and fun textures.
I’m still learning what’s new and different with this program compared to PhotoShop and PhotoShop Elements. I have been informed that there are packages of additional brushes available for PhotoShop. PhotoShop Elements already has a dizzying array of brushes, but Corel Painter even has that one beat.
In addition, Corel Painter has a unique feature which allows you to “clone” a photograph while at the same time adding your own painterly strokes, resulting in a painting of the original photograph.
Perfect quick art break at the end of a busy day!