Webinar Tutorial Notes: Corel Painter Brushes

I attended a Webinar with digital portrait artist Heather Michelle, who was giving a run down of the brushes in Corel Painter. I took a bunch of notes and figured they might also be of help to others than myself, so here they are:

General Brush Settings:


Resaturation = Amount of paint loaded onto the brush. If you turn it to 0% the brush functions as a blending tool.

Bleed = If sat to 100% when blending it is completely smooth. If sat to 0% it gives a more chunky blend that drags color across the page.

Feature = Space between bristles. If sat to a high percentage, it is really good for hair. If you turn feature very low, it may cause your PC to lag.

Jitter: Scatters the brush daps.


Specific brushes:

  • Square chalk rush: Pick up on paper texture (Good for blending edges)
  • Grain: When sat to 100% paper texture does not show.
  • Round brushes typically make everything very smooth. (Use these for skin)
  • Flat brushes give a more texture look, like that of a palette knife. (Use these for clothes)
  • Smeary flat oil brush has the look of John Singer Sergent‘s work.
  • Smeary round oil brush is good for skin.
  • Artist’s Impressionist brush: Very good for leaves

To get your final print size, calculate your pixels:

Say you want to print 24×30 inches – then add two 0s to your pixel size = 2400 x 3000 pixels (Size you should work at)

Brush Calibration:

Brush Calibration makes the brush respond better to your hand – Access it here:
Top bar – Windows – Brush Control Panel – Brush Calibration.

Painter and Performance:

Painter can be very taxing on your computer. It requires a really fast processor and about 8 gig of RAM. The processor power is more important than your amount of RAM.

I hope this was helpful to some of you out there, you can see Heather Michelle’s work on the link posted below.

Links:
Heather Michelle’s Website

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Kiri Østergaard Leonard
kiri@kirileonard.com

Award winning Illustrator, Artist and Creator Kiri Østergaard Leonard happily shares her experiences making a living as an artist and pursuing a creative life. She grew up in a tiny village in Denmark, left her country behind to pursue art in the bustle of New York City and now resides in the delightful weirdness of Austin, Texas surrounded by sunshine and felines.

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