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Hello, obviously, I've lacked immensely in updating my Journal, but that doesn't matter, I need help now.
I've just got Corel Painter 11, its an awesome program, BUT! Here's the but, I have no idea how it works, which brushes to use, and how to properly use them.
So, if any one can point me in the right direction, It would be much appreciated.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
I have Painter 8 I think... (it's not on this laptop) Painter is an awesome tool, but so complex! I have still never explored all the brushes and techniques and doubt I ever will... 11 must have even more choice I'd imagine. I think with Painter you need to just experiment with things and the you'll probably end up finding two or three brushes that work well for you. (Or maybe just the one.)

I started out just sticking to the digital airbrush, with detail blender for small areas and soft blender stump for large areas (some people hate using blender brushes but I like them, and the Painter blenders are nicer to use and seem to produce a nicer looking effect than Photoshop ones)

I also like the Chalk Pastel tools (don't really need to use blenders with those) the effects are almost like real pastel. Just use them as you would the real thing. The oil pastels are really nice too, I don't use them but I know a few digital artists who will only use the oilpastels - the effect is smooth but painterly.
When it comes to paint brushes, well the oils and acrylics didn't work for me at all, but I really like the gouache brushes. (Which is weird as in real life I have used oil and acrylic plenty of times, but never tried gouache!)

One tip I do have which has absolutely nothing to do with brushes :lol: - When you begin, always make a new layer before painting anything... don't put anything on the canvas layer! Newer versions may be okay, and it would probably be fine if you don't plan on erasing or moving anything, and just working on one layer. But I've always got things messed up by drawing on the canvas - it seems to do weird things to subsequent layers, and if I select and move or erase anything, it goes all strange on me. So yeah, try not to do that :D

I hope that helps... I probably completely deviated from your question lol
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RobertCopu Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
THanks a bunch Moody! That helps a lot, I've been doing a lot of reading, and it seems you have some of the same idea's as a lot of ppl. I'm definitely going to explore around and see what I can find.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
No prob, after I typed this up I had a better look in your gallery and realised you're actually a pretty accomplished digi artist already :blushes: so what I said about not drawing on the bottom layer, you probably already knew that haha. I could never get to grips with Photoshop, I don't know why. Painter definitely suits me better! Have fun with it!
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RobertCopu Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Well, yes, I confess, I did already know about not drawing on the Canvas layer :P
But, in general, your tips helped me a lot. Funny how you never got the hang of Photoshop, seems that I'm not exactly hand made for Painter either :P (I'm getting a hang of it, but the whole real media thing is different then the digi painting I'm used to, different techniques.)
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I like your avatar btw!
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RobertCopu Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
You should google tutorials, or there might be some tutorials on DA.
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RobertCopu Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I've searched everywhere, can't seem to find a proper one, I'll keep searching, obviously :P but, what was wondering is if anyone had any idea where an in depth tutorial was.
Thanks though, pip :)
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
The program itself may come with a tutorial series. Good luck :)
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RobertCopu Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I'll definitely look into it, even though I think its just the usual retarded Getting started stuff.
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