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Tammy L. Newcomb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/23/2006
 

Corel Painter 11


Can anyone here give me some tips on navigating the tools within this program. This would be the first time that I have ever had to ask for help on how to work a program... I see this program has a lot of potenial and I would love to be able to use it but I am at a complete loss. I can work CS3 fine and Corel Paint Shop Pro fine but this painter 11 has me stumped...Grrrr I feel defeated.


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3/31/2009 10:11:49 AM

 
Carlton Ward
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/13/2005
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  Hi Tammy,
Last year when I decided to get Painter X and the Intous3, I signed up for Jim Zuckermans "Making Masterpieces w/Corel Painter" 4 week class. I went from knowing absolutely nothing to buzzing around using many of the tools very quickly. It has been the fastest learning curve I have experienced. It is tough getting started and there are some key things to get up & running but it is a fun program - you are going to love it. I am about to start converting a bunch of my Europe photos into paintings as many of them will look great transformed. Which brings up another point about Jims class.
Not all photos render themselves for paintings and Jim does a great job of showing how & why some photos will wotk and others dont and how some brushes & paints are better suited for specific photos.
Have fun Tammy,
Carlton


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3/31/2009 10:48:49 AM

 
Tammy L. Newcomb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/23/2006
  I will just keep messing around and some things I can already do but the program is NOT user friendly like CS3 and Corel or it may be that I just took to those programs well. I am a pretty determined human so I will figure some of it out. I don't have time for any classes here on BP right now since I am in college and taking those classes at the present.

Thanks Carlton..... Was that recent 2nd place win dressed up in Corel Painter?


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3/31/2009 1:51:11 PM

 
Carlton Ward
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I need to be home on my IMAC with the program but in the top right with the color wheel there is a box that if you un check it, it will allow the brush strokes to grab the color of the photo and apply the brush & paint type selected and apply over it. Otherwise, the color wheel will cover the image with the selected color.
I have a photo of christmas lights shaped as a swan that I was able to grab each little light and smear it around to make a funky little painting of. Lemme see if I can find it :)
There are also free tutorials that came with my Painter X program and a few online as well.

My recent 2nd place photo was a slight Topaz filter adjustment and a slight crop. I have entertained the thought of taking it into Corel Painter and seeing what it will look like and will start converting some of my Europe photos into paintings later this week.

The thing I find myself doing with painter is that I may work on an image for 1-2 hours and then throw it in the trash because I just dont like it, and then start over with a different brush or paint selection. The oils & pastels are very cool along with Impasto with deep brush strokes, is pretty awesome.
I have yet to develop a great touch with water colors but will keep trying :)
You just have to realize if a specific paint/brush is working on a particular image or not & stop & try another combo. It can be very taxing on time for experimentation (which is another reason for taking Jim class) but be patient and dilligent. Less details and broader strokes work well for many photos.
I spent hours with a fine brush going over a waterfall image and when I was done, it was so fine the painted image didn't look that much different than the photo. If I had used a bigger brush and blurred out some of the details, I would have saved time & the image would have looked more like a painting.
Lemme find a couple of pics to post :) Good luck in school, Carlton


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3/31/2009 3:07:20 PM

 
Carlton Ward
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/13/2005
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  Tulip Field w/Mt. Hood
Tulip Field w/Mt. Hood
Corel Painter X
© Carlton Ward
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Canon EOS 40D Digi...
 
 
I need to be home on my IMAC with the program but in the top right with the color wheel there is a box that if you un check it, it will allow the brush strokes to grab the color of the photo and apply the brush & paint type selected and apply over it. Otherwise, the color wheel will cover the image with the selected color.
I have a photo of christmas lights shaped as a swan that I was able to grab each little light and smear it around to make a funky little painting of. Lemme see if I can find it :)
There are also free tutorials that came with my Painter X program and a few online as well.

My recent 2nd place photo was a slight Topaz filter adjustment and a slight crop. I have entertained the thought of taking it into Corel Painter and seeing what it will look like and will start converting some of my Europe photos into paintings later this week.

The thing I find myself doing with painter is that I may work on an image for 1-2 hours and then throw it in the trash because I just dont like it, and then start over with a different brush or paint selection. The oils & pastels are very cool along with Impasto with deep brush strokes, is pretty awesome.
I have yet to develop a great touch with water colors but will keep trying :)
You just have to realize if a specific paint/brush is working on a particular image or not & stop & try another combo. It can be very taxing on time for experimentation (which is another reason for taking Jim class) but be patient and dilligent. Less details and broader strokes work well for many photos.
I spent hours with a fine brush going over a waterfall image and when I was done, it was so fine the painted image didn't look that much different than the photo. If I had used a bigger brush and blurred out some of the details, I would have saved time & the image would have looked more like a painting.
Lemme find a couple of pics to post :) Good luck in school, Carlton


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3/31/2009 3:10:30 PM

 
Carlton Ward
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  Lightened & signed
Lightened & signed
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Canon EOS 20D Digi...
 
 
Christmas lights Swan photo...


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3/31/2009 3:13:35 PM

 
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