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Chewing on Brushes

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Having had a chance to play with Painter 2015 for a week, I think I can talk a little more about how it’s working out for me.

It would seem having to redo the settings on my brushes isn’t enough anymore. I’ve found that a couple of the subtools I’ve relied on over the years are no longer adequate for the things I need to do.

First, the Cover Pencil, which has been my go-to for any kind of line work, is being retired (as a line work subtool anyway). Even if I boost the size, I’m just not getting the solid-but-just-soft-enough line quality without having to go back over the same line several times over, not without getting these little knots and blips along the way that I have to go shave off later. It’s like a piece of yarn that gets the best sex pills for men and tufts because of friction. This is something that’s been happening since 12, although there it was slightly less of a problem, but the 2015 update more or less forced the issue.

I found, entirely by experimentation, that the Acrylic Opaque Detail Brush 3 works much, MUCH better for laying down lines (in addition to its existing role as laying down flat medium colors in small spaces). At normal pressure, I’m getting the line quality I need at just the right opacity, and if I can’t nail it the first time, I only have to make at most two additional passes, and I don’t have to resort to short strokes as I did with the Cover Pencil. And while I previously thought I was okay with having to press harder to get the opacity I wanted… I like this method much better!

I’ll keep the Cover Pencil around for the super-fine details (like individual beard hairs or tiny highlights on small objects), but it looks like the Acrylic Detail Brush will get top billing at the line art phase from hereon.

Next, the Acrylic Drybrush sets. This is where it gets a little complicated. The drybrush subtools have been my staples for nearly all of my blending because that’s how I worked with real paints and it transferred well to digital. I liked the drybrush also because it left a sort of “indicator” that while this was digital, a human hand controlled the stylus. Something about the drybrush’s mark feels “imperfect” in an endearing way.

Unfortunately, the 2015 update altered the drybrush set in a way that reduces their appeal to me in that regard. They’re still very useful for blending, but I’m just not seeing much of the bristly-brushiness anymore. I’ll need to dig through the Acyrlics subtool list (or perhaps other painterly brushes) to find something similar. I liked that effect!

Overall, I’ve noticed I’ve had to use the next brush size up, sometimes even two sizes up, to get a sufficient stroke size. This is, again, the end result of enhanced pressure level control.

In other news, I guess tonight I’ll find out whether or not my Diamond Time post gets read on Night Attack. It’s basically a plug for my portfolio (and commissions!). Since I recently did that painting, I’d like to think I’m a shoo-in, but I don’t want to jump to conclusions.

Painter 2015 is the New Hotness

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

yes I know it’s just a commercial and not so much a tech demo, I needed post dressing! Also that music is CATCHY. :P

The new version of Corel Painter is out and, people, it is GLORIOUS. To name a couple things: Particle Brushes (awesome if you like adding magical sparkles and the FX subtools were JUST NOT ENOUGH) and Enhanced Brush Controls (awesome if you’re a hardcore control freak and want to fine-tune the ever-loving crap out of your brushes… or if you’re a Photoshop user, because NUMBERS). There are many others, but those are the big two for me. The latter is sort of a double-edged sword at first because if you’re like me and have a custom toolbox of hotkeyed brushes from a previous version, you’re going to have to spend a little time out of the gate “fixing” them by playing with the settings to get them back to the way you’re used to. Also, expect to press down a LOT harder on that stylus because of increased tablet sensitivity. Other than that, Painter 2015 is just MADE. OF. AWESOME.

(Seriously. I used to push 12 as the best version– I never used X3– but I wholeheartedly endorse 2015, even if you have to do a lot of fine-tuning out of the box. It’s worth it.)

BUT WAIT. There is MORE?!

Okay, remember how for the longest time I bitched about how aside from Sketchbook Pro, there aren’t any drawing apps for Android (specifically, the ones that have Wacom digitizers) that could hold a candle to Painter? That Corel needed to step the hell up and make Painter for Android? GUESS WHAT THEY JUST DID.

Yes. That’s right. Painter Mobile for Android. It is officially a Thing.

Mind you, it’s not a full-blown replica of the “big” Painter experience, but in terms of being able to start a piece in Something Painter-Like and being able to literally Send To Painter (after configuring a service in Painter itself to allow transferring) for the meat-and-potatoes detail work, this app certainly delivers. The app is free and competent for low/medium-resolution starter work, but really, just plunk down the $5 to unlock everything– increased resolution, a lot more brushes and PSD export support. While Send To Painter is awesomepants in and of itself, I would still like to see Dropbox support (both saving to AND loading from) and a “frequently used brushes” toolbar in future updates.

You’re already heroes, Corel. Just keep going in this direction and you’ll be freaking titans.