Painting with Painter 8

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A tutorial that will explain how to get started painting characters and clothing using Painter 8 and doing final touch-ups in Photoshop 7. Please note that I have not explained every single process for this tutorial or it would be too long. Every artist has their own techniques and this is just mine, I hope it helps.


DrmzRmyne on 4:57PM Tue, 29 July 2003

Part 1 - Getting Started



First you will need a basic understanding of Painter for I will not be going into great detail about the controls. I have used Painter 8 for this tutorial and if you own a earlier version controls will differ. This tutorial is hopefully a place to get you started and on your way. Every artist has their own technique and this is just mine. So that being said, why don't we just get started! :)

Open up Painter and create a new document to the size of your liking. I then create a new layer and name it "sketch" to draw the figure and clothing. I do this so I can be a good girl and stay in the lines. :) The "Sketch" layer will always stay on top of the other layers so it will always remain visible. I then create a new layer that will represent the background. Since my background will not be white I chose a color that I thought would compliment the rest of the scene. I then choose the colors that I'll be using to paint the skin tones and cloth. I add them to my digital palette (bottom right) so it will be easier to change colors quickly. Prepping before you start, for me, is extremely important as it makes my painting experience a little more enjoyable, that is just a personal preference. :) I then choose the "Pen tool - Flat color" to get started painting. (hope you're still with me).

Tutorial Comments


Kasnar2020  4:06AM Thu, 15 September 2005

Nice tutorial. A different style of approach in coloring =P , keep up the good work!!

wdiniz  7:14AM Thu, 16 December 2004

Thanks for sharing your technique and experience with us. Your tut is very well written and easy to follow.

Theta  2:36PM Sat, 20 November 2004

Great tutorial! The cloth looks so incredibly great that would not have thought this could have been turned out with Painter ... you really showed in a very impressive way the true potential of the programme, and yout tutorial is easy to read and also easy to understand. Very good!

julieZavala  10:06AM Wed, 11 February 2004

Thanks for the tutorial! I haven't been using the layers to their best advantage but after seeing your work I will certainly use them more! :O)

Bonzodog  4:15PM Wed, 07 January 2004

Absolutely knocked out. I'm totally inexperienced in computer graphics and still trying to find a way in, so your tutorial has been an great opener. The staring eyes bug me a little; could you have watered the down a trifle, or did you want them that way?

drkmo  12:38AM Thu, 11 December 2003

Thanks DrmzRmyne for this excellent tutorial, I'm experimenting with painter8 following your tips, and guess what: it works! THANKS!!

Gary15  10:50PM Thu, 30 October 2003

I just found this site and have been working with Painter since version 4. I upgraded to Painter 8 recently from 6.1 and am so happy the interface is much more like Photoshop. Using the right tools in painter is half the battle and I'm glad you mentioned you use the pen and just water for blending! A wonderful tutorial. :-))

JFT2002  11:00PM Thu, 23 October 2003

Congratulations! This tutorial is very interesting. If you compare with traditional paint like oil paint, Itīs a different way to paint. Excellent job. Do you use a Wacom Or Mouse for details? I will wait your next work.

JoeMK  9:10AM Thu, 25 September 2003

Best Painter tutorial out there! Great Work, big help thanks

gallimel  12:32AM Thu, 25 September 2003

I have to thank you with all my forces. Now I will have more go at Painter that I so far underused due to my unability with it. Thank you. This tutorial is awesome.

demondude  7:43AM Tue, 23 September 2003

I'm just starting out with Painter, and your tutorial is the most helpful one I've found anywhere so far! Can't wait till the full tutorial is available in Marketplace! One question I don't see addressed anywhere: are you zooming in a lot to paint the details? How do you deal with such a small "canvas" (the computer screen)? Traditional media artists want to know! Thank you!!

madame  10:05AM Mon, 22 September 2003

Thank you so much for this tutorial, it inspired me to try harder to draw with Painter. I'm not as talented as you but I love to paint with the computer :)

royc8  1:15PM Wed, 17 September 2003

Thanks,excellent tutorial Mel, you make it look so easy ; )

digiladee  6:28AM Wed, 17 September 2003

This tutorial for painter is one of the best I have found... there aren't many out there. Maybe if I beg you would do one for tracing images properly. I would love to know you tecnik!

DrmzRmyne  4:46PM Wed, 03 September 2003

Hi Rogmog! Thanks for the comment! As for getting the same type results in Photoshop, yes it is possible, the tools are different, but technique I'm sure the same. I'm an avid photoshoper, however painter seems to work much better for me when painting. Thanks again and any further questions, please feel free to e-mail me. :)

Rogmog  4:03PM Wed, 03 September 2003

wow that is so well done! I'm also inspired to try your method of shading...it seems to be the added detail I've been looking for! Is it possible to get similar results using just photoshop?

DrmzRmyne  8:03AM Tue, 19 August 2003

Awww, thanks! That's the biggest reward...knowing that I've inspired someone and that this tutorial has helped in some way! Thank you Vampi for your wonderful words! ~Mel

Vampi  4:02AM Tue, 19 August 2003

This tutorial is bloody fantastic...it's inspired me to get back to working with 'paints' on the computer and work harder for the detail I seemed to miss before...thank you so much!