From a Photograph to a Painting using Painter IX.5

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If you read my review on Corel Painter IX.5 Update, you will remember about the new additions to Painter IX of a series of palettes for Underpainting an image, Auto-Painting the image, and Restoring details to the image. This tutorial will lead you through the steps on how to do it. These three palettes work together to turn a photograph into a painting.

I actually started with an image that was not a pure photograph. It was a combination of a number of photographs blended together but not changed with any special effect filters. The left image (below) shows the original image and the right image the finished painting. How the finished painting will look will depend on choices made by the artist. While Painter will do a lot of the work, the artist still retains control.

Step 1 - Place on the screen the three palettes: Underpainting, Auto-Painting, and Restoration.They are under Windows on the top toolbar.

Step 2 - In the Underpaing Palette there are a number of choices. I chose Lighten, Rectangular Vignette at 25% for the edge effects, and 65% for blur.

Step 3 - Click on Apply and, then, Quick Clone. Now you have two images: the clone source and its clone.

Step 4 - Now comes the painting part. It is here where one can do as much or as little as one likes. The choice of brushes depend on palettes and/or toolbars: the Auto-Painting Palette and the Brush Selector Bar. The latter, of course, is not new.

As with all the brushes in Painter, the Stroke can also be modified. There are 19 different strokes. As you can see, these can be modified in the Auto-Painting Palettes and the brush used to create the Stroke can be modified using the various brush controls found in Painter IX and IX.5.

If you look above at the Auto-Painting Palette, you will see at the lower right an arrow tip and a square. The arrow tip will start the process of painting, and the square will stop it. In addition, the process can be undone. When you work, you can use combinations of Strokes created by different brushes or variants of the same brush.

Step 5 - Choose a brush or use whatever brush happens to be the default brush; choose a Stroke type; and click on the arrow. You will see the strokes filling up the canvas. In the Auto-Paint screen shot, I used two different cloner brushes. When you are satisfied, hit the square.

Step 6 - The final step is to bring up some of the details of your original. However, remember that you blurred it before you created the clone, so that the details will not be as sharp as the original.

When you restore some of the details, you are using the original image that was modified as to Style, Edge Effect, and Blur. So the details will come from that image that you have modified in the beginning of this process. Go back to the beginning of the tutorial to see both the first and the final image.

For more information on Corel's products, especially Painter, go to http://apps.corel.com/painterix/home/index.html .

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    Member Opinions:
    By: deemarie on 9/25/06
    Thanks for the tutorial Paula. Even though it was for Painter IX, I can see where I could use some of the techinques within Photoshop.

    I especially like the idea that the artist is in control, and that the final image is not "totally" software generated.

    Looking forward to the next tutorial in this series.

    Dee-Marie

    By: Turtle on 9/25/06
    I love this, first time I could understand anything in Painter. Plus this was so much fun to do. Thank you.


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