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    the chalk tool is invaluable when used with your OWN paper textures. It is THE tool that allows for natural marks to happen (if you use natural images for your paper textures..i.e. black and white photos of concrete, treebark, you name it)

    natural surfaces can be used to better suggest paint surface as well as object surface within the image.

    the chalk tool breaks up the overly digital looking airbrush tool or other digitized looking tools.

    the watercolor brush in painter six is an excellent tool to use in conjunction with the other brushes as it allows you to shift the colors of marks and even shift the values.


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    My tip:

    Use the feature, well, and resaturation settings. They are your friend. I don't use any of the blending tools in painter, as they don't even come close to the natural feel of tweaking one fo the brushes with bristles. If you just turn the resatruation down to zero, and bleed up to about 50% or more, you get the perfect blending tool. Tweak the feature according to how big your brush size is, and how spread out you want your bristles.

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    This is more like it! Great tips so far guys. I'm already feeling more comfortable. Now all we need is for Android to lay some knowledge bombs on us.

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    Something I found useful with Painter.

    Attach the "Flip Horizontal" canvas function to an F-key, like F1.

    Periodically, press F1 to mirror the image. You get a suprise when you see the picture in reverse as alot of errors regarding proportion and perspective might appear. Work with the reverse image for a while before flipping back to the original alignment. Bear in mind that the lighting is coming from a different direction when you reverse the image though...

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    But that flip function only does the base layer. It won't work if you have more than one layer.

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    A brief tip.

    When Painting and you want a light source reference, create a layer and fill it with gray, then use the "apply lighting" effect to estabolish a light source for you to be consistant with. You'll have to tweak the spread and brightness bars to get what you want. This is a great way to learn. Not a solution. Keep the layer under whatever you're trying to create highlights on so you can learn to create the effect yourself. It mostly serves the purpose of providing a visable representation of the light reflecting off your subject.

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    One way you can create a light source is to set the lights the way you want. Test it on a duplicate layer of your image (press the "F" key, then the "Alt" key) The new layer will be directly under the selected layer. Once you have the lighting you want, save the lights in the default library or better yet create a new library with your project name so you don't clog the default libray and slow Painter down.

    After applying the lights, select the layer in the masks list and erase portions of the mask to better control how the light
    affects the underlying image. When you're satisfied, group and collapse the layers.

    Another method is to use the Lasso tool to select portions of your image; feather the edges if you don't want a sharp edge
    then apply the lights to it.

    You can flip any individual layer, or pick certain ones, or select them all to be flipped. This will also work when you assign the shortcut to one of the function keys.

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    Originally posted by ceenda
    Something I found useful with Painter.

    Attach the "Flip Horizontal" canvas function to an F-key, like F1.

    Periodically, press F1 to mirror the image. You get a suprise when you see the picture in reverse as alot of errors regarding proportion and perspective might appear. Work with the reverse image for a while before flipping back to the original alignment. Bear in mind that the lighting is coming from a different direction when you reverse the image though...
    This is a good tip, thanks for sharing

    In order to view the entire image in flipped state when working with layers, select 'clone' from the file menu. This drops all the layers allowing you to flip the complete image whilst leaving the original 'layered' image intact.

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    Good tip on the clone bit. I don't understand why they can't just make it like photoshop and flip all the layers though.

    Things like that turns a lot of potential Painter users off, making them run back to photoshop screaming. The designers at Procreate need to pull their heads out of their asses and fix simple things like that.

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    well put Lunatique

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    Instead of complaining here...which is like preaching to the choir, why not tell Procreate themselves and perhaps it will be addressed in the next rev.

    http://www.critical-depth.com/cgi-b...p?TOPIC_ID=1234

    BTW, I agree it's a pain to do simple things like flipping the image.

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    Talking General Forum Request

    The tips and technique tricks thread is an excellent one, BUT...

    It, like other threads is one of those that could become TERRIBLY long as time goes on, so,

    I would make the request to limit replies for some threads like this one to say, 50 or so. Then start another thread, such as Tips and Tricks 2, and so on.

    This would make reading them SO much easier for visitors, and SO much easier for future reference without having to start at the beginning to get to tip number 483 each and every time....

    I would also request a basic Corel/Procreate bitch/moan/groan/cry and suggestion thread. We almost all know they won't really change anything, but it will give the rest of us a place to go and dump out our frustrations as we suffer through excess keystrokes, lame workarounds, and sorry right-click menu offerings.

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