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Recently I decided to purchase a student version of Corel Painter, it has now taken preference over Adobe PS. However i am having certain troubles with selecting the right brush or medium within Corel.
I am hoping to gain an insight into what works best for you and why. Is there a certain set of brushes you use?
Or a certain program you find outweighs the other? What brushes do you use for detail and blocking, for landscapes or portraits?
Any help or pointers will be significantly valued.
I used to work in Painter 6 ( and 5, 4, 3, before Corel bought it out), and mostly used the simplest brushes: Digital Airbrush, Spatter Airbrush, Square Chalk, Oil Pastel, Cover Brush (a spreading rake with a little transparency to it), Scratchboard Tool, Grainy Water. Plus a few textured brushes to simulate a sponge and some old clumpy brushes. It's not about the brushes, really; it's about what you do with them.
Painter used to be more comfortable for painting than Photoshop, but Corel had been shoehorning it into Photoshop lookalike UI since version 8. Sadly.
I don't like Painter at all. I've tried it and found it to be very unreliable, crashing all the time and having other hiccups. In a professional environment, that's a no-go.
My PS has crashed 10 times or less in the... 10? years I've been painting, and some of those instances were my own fault (using a 8000px smudge brush etc.).
There's a reason why PS is pretty much the industry standard. What painter is great at is emulating traditional media... but then again, why not work in traditional directly.
I'm a Painter user too and have tried PS also. X3 is fairly stable on the mac at least. Now that I think of it, it hasn't really chrashed probably in a month or so. That said Painter's UI is not as user-friendly and it's not as slick as photoshop. Zooming is slow etc. PS is also more stable.
I don't have a lot of experience on either however. Few months with Painter and less with PS.
However I think Painter really shines in painting Especially blending in Painter is so effortless. I don't think you can achieve that in Ps really, regardless what brush you use.
My staple in Painter are the following brushes:
- Blunt Chalk with different paper textures to create nice textured surfaces. I also use this to block in color. Pen pressure adjust the amount of grain meaning the amount of paper texture showing through.
- Soft Oil Pastel and Oil Pastel for general painting. They're great for blending too and you can achieve great variation with pressure with out the need to change value a lot.
- Smudge for blending with grain and moving the paint around. Its good for adjusting the shapes slightly and blending more roughly.
- Soft Blender Stump for more subtle blending. It blends and smoothes the colors but doesn't change the shapes as much.
- Captured Bristle (from acrylics category). This I use when I wan't to leave clear bush marks. It's simple and fast.
- With the Start! assignments I also started using the Real Clumpy Bristle and Real Tapered Bristle from the Oils. They make nice painterly strokes but are a bit slow on large sizes.
- For really small details I use Detail Oils Brush
These are the main ones. I occasionally use the Glow brush, different palette knives etc. The above list is however the main ones I use with the first five for 80% of the stuff I've done so far.
Hope this helps!
Here's a good tutorial / demo of blending in Painter that illustrates what I mean. Though done with a few versions older painter.
Last edited by TomasBj; April 18th, 2014 at 05:16 AM. Reason: Added the link
Ah yes, that is true. The mixer brush is relatively new in PS and kind of does that sort of "natural blending" (for a lack of a better word), but it's not nearly as efficient/ well thought out as Painter.
I have put a certain paint down on my canvas and i cant get rid of it or paint over it? Is there a way to get it off my canvas?
If your unfamiliar with digital painting basics you should checkout some tutorials. For example Corel has some Painter tutorials here: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOk56ZU2iNZEauw0f_u1YQg
I use Painter 12 and have to say i have been pleased with it. It hasn't crashed on me, but i use relatively small canvas sizes, though it does lag when you make certain brushes too large. It has a plethora of brushes to use, but the photo manipulation tools are basic and not as advanced as Photoshop.
A problem that I'm having now is the opacity of brush strokes controlling them with the number hotkeys. There is almost no difference in opacity unless you go to 10% or use rendered brushes. There is an option to use stroke attributes that make brushes respond more to opacity, but I fail to figure out to link it to hot key controls.
Painter was a cheaper but viable alternative, but with Adobe's Creative Cloud subscription, Photoshop is becoming a more feasible option.