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Advanced Painter™ Techniques

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If you are interested in developing techniques for using Corel’s Painter, Advanced Painter Techniques is full of the author’s compelling digital paintings with instructions on how you too can create similar effects. You will gain an understanding of the method, reasons, techniques and thought processes behind each detailed image and how they can be adapted to suit your own artistic process. If you have been searching for a resource that contains advanced painter techniques and shows you the tools and the theories that drive their use, this book is your ultimate resource.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Dear Reader,
  3. Acknowledgments
  4. About The Author
  5. Introduction
    1. Who Should Read This Book
    2. What You Will Learn
    3. What You Need
    4. What Is Covered in This Book
    5. The Book's Website
    6. How to Contact the Author
  6. 1. Painting an Oil Portrait
    1. 1.1. Creating a 3D Look with 2D Tools
    2. 1.2. Considering the Result First
      1. 1.2.1. Setting Up Your Canvas
      2. 1.2.2. Adding Light
    3. 1.3. Painting the Portrait
      1. 1.3.1. Drawing the Sketch and Toning the Canvas
        1. 1.3.1.1. Toning the Canvas
        2. 1.3.1.2. Blocking in the Base Colors
      2. 1.3.2. Enhancing the Oil Painting Texture
      3. 1.3.3. Refining the Portrait
    4. 1.4. Finishing Touches
    5. 1.5. Final Thoughts
  7. 2. Painting Clouds, Water, and Stone
    1. 2.1. Learning the Fundamentals of Painting a Landscape
    2. 2.2. Painting the Clouds
      1. 2.2.1. Defining the Horizon
      2. 2.2.2. Creating Fluffy Clouds
      3. 2.2.3. Refining the Details
        1. 2.2.3.1. Softening the Clouds
    3. 2.3. Painting the Water
      1. 2.3.1. Adding Perspective
        1. 2.3.1.1. Dimming the Cloud Reflections
    4. 2.4. Painting the Rocky Cliffs
      1. 2.4.1.
        1. 2.4.1.1. Adding Texture to the Rocks
        2. 2.4.1.2. Creating Pits and Holes
      2. 2.4.2. Adding More Textural Effects
    5. 2.5. Completing the Water
    6. 2.6. Finishing Touches
    7. 2.7. Final Thoughts
  8. 3. Painting a Rocky Surface Then Making It Look Wet
    1. 3.1. Creating a Rocky Texture
      1. 3.1.1.
        1. 3.1.1.1. Adding Color Using Gradients
      2. 3.1.2. Combining the Images into One Texture
    2. 3.2. Painting a Wet Surface
      1. 3.2.1. Duplicating for Future Use
      2. 3.2.2. Creating Shadows
        1. 3.2.2.1. Adding Shine
      3. 3.2.3. Darkening and Softening
      4. 3.2.4. Adding Reflected Light
      5. 3.2.5. Adding Highlights
    3. 3.3. Painting a Gooey Surface
      1. 3.3.1. Creating Cracks in the Rocks
      2. 3.3.2. Giving the Cracks Dimension
      3. 3.3.3. Getting Gooey
      4. 3.3.4. Adding Dimension
      5. 3.3.5. Removing the Bevel
      6. 3.3.6. Adding More Shadows, Highlights, and Texture
    4. 3.4. Final Thoughts
  9. 4. Painting a Fantasy Forest with the Image Hose
    1. 4.1. Using the Image Hose
    2. 4.2. Setting Up the Image
    3. 4.3. Painting Trees in the Forest
      1. 4.3.1. Painting a Few Trees to Produce a Forest
      2. 4.3.2. Creating a Nozzle File of the Trees
        1. 4.3.2.1. A Second Row of Trees
        2. 4.3.2.2. A Third Row of Trees
        3. 4.3.2.3. A Fourth Row of Trees
        4. 4.3.2.4. Foreground Trees
    4. 4.4. Adding Leaves to the Trees
      1. 4.4.1. Creating a Leaf Brush
      2. 4.4.2. Creating a Leaf Nozzle
        1. 4.4.2.1. Adding Foliage to the Trees
        2. 4.4.2.2. Painting Undergrowth and Shrubs on the Hills
    5. 4.5. Finishing Touches
      1. 4.5.1. Enhancing the Scene with Shadows
      2. 4.5.2. Adding Light
      3. 4.5.3. Adding Dust Motes
      4. 4.5.4. Adding a Little More Light and Dust
      5. 4.5.5. Adding Fauna in the Flora
      6. 4.5.6. Putting a Soft Focus on Reality
    6. 4.6. Final Thoughts
  10. 5. Painting the Sleepwalker
    1. 5.1. Painting a Night Scene
      1. 5.1.1. Setting Up the Image
        1. 5.1.1.1. Tinting the Sketch to a Different Color
        2. 5.1.1.2. Setting the Value and Color of the Background
        3. 5.1.1.3. Creating Quick Selections for the Wall and Background
    2. 5.2. Painting the Sleepwalker
      1. 5.2.1. Putting Up Wallpaper
      2. 5.2.2. Darkening the Image
      3. 5.2.3. Painting the Sleepwalking Character
      4. 5.2.4. Cloning the Image
      5. 5.2.5. Adding Floorboards for Balance
      6. 5.2.6. Smoothing Out the Rough Spots
    3. 5.3. Painting the Eye Candy in the Image
      1. 5.3.1. Adding Wispy Smoke
      2. 5.3.2. Cooling Down the Night
      3. 5.3.3. Enhancing the Mood with Moonlight
    4. 5.4. Finishing Touches
    5. 5.5. Final Thoughts
  11. 6. Painting a Sea Serpent
    1. 6.1. Using a Paper Texture for the Image
      1. 6.1.1. Creating the Paper Texture
      2. 6.1.2. Wet and Dry Digital Watercolor Layers
    2. 6.2. Painting the Sea Monster
      1. 6.2.1. Moving from Dark to Light
      2. 6.2.2. Painting in the Details
      3. 6.2.3. Making the Scales Seamless
      4. 6.2.4. Practicing Scales
      5. 6.2.5. Adding Scales to the Sea Serpent
    3. 6.3. Adding the Fog Bank
    4. 6.4. Adding the Sea Serpent's Reflection in the Water
    5. 6.5. Finishing Touches
    6. 6.6. Final Thoughts
  12. 7. Red Riding Hood
    1. 7.1. Importing the Sketch and Setting Up the Image
    2. 7.2. Using Custom Brushes to Paint the Forest Background
      1. 7.2.1. Creating a Leaf Brush
        1. 7.2.1.1. Tweaking the Custom Leaf Brush
        2. 7.2.1.2. Restoring the Original Brush
        3. 7.2.1.3. Painting the Leafy Background
      2. 7.2.2. Separating the Character and Background
      3. 7.2.3. Painting the Separated Background
      4. 7.2.4. Painting Vines
    3. 7.3. Making a Grass Paper Texture
    4. 7.4. Building a Grass Nozzle File
    5. 7.5. Painting Red Riding Hood
      1. 7.5.1. Adding Weave to the Basket
    6. 7.6. Finishing Touches
      1. 7.6.1. Anchoring with Gravel and Shadow
      2. 7.6.2. Adding Texture to Red's Cape
      3. 7.6.3. A Little Lighting
    7. 7.7. Final Thoughts
  13. 8. From Concept to Complete
    1. 8.1. Defining Concept Work
    2. 8.2. Setting Up the Image
    3. 8.3. Setting the Mood and Tone
      1. 8.3.1. Playing with Color Schemes
      2. 8.3.2. Choosing the Light Source
    4. 8.4. Painting the Monster
      1. 8.4.1. Making More Monster
      2. 8.4.2. Developing a Wet and Gooey Look
        1. 8.4.2.1. Adding a Little Shine
        2. 8.4.2.2. Working with Color Layers
        3. 8.4.2.3. Giving the Monster Texture
    5. 8.5. Finishing the Monster
      1. 8.5.1. Refining the Monster Details
      2. 8.5.2. Softening the Edges
      3. 8.5.3. Adjusting the Foreground
    6. 8.6. Painting the Foreground
    7. 8.7. Finishing Touches
    8. 8.8. Final Thoughts
  14. 9. Painting Shiny Baubles
    1. 9.1. Using a Different Approach
    2. 9.2. Painting the Face
    3. 9.3. Adding a Decorative Pattern to the Fabric
    4. 9.4. Painting the Earrings
    5. 9.5. Painting the Neck Rings
      1. 9.5.1. Creating the Neck Rings
      2. 9.5.2. Turning the Neck Rings Silver
    6. 9.6. Using Liquid Metal to Paint Jewelry
      1. 9.6.1. Accessing the Liquid Metal Plug-In Layer
      2. 9.6.2. Painting Jewelry Using the Liquid Plug-In Layer
      3. 9.6.3. Creating Another Piece of Jewelry Using Liquid Metal
    7. 9.7. Using a Custom Brush to Paint Decorative Shapes
      1. 9.7.1. Creating the Custom Brush of Feathers
      2. 9.7.2. Adding Beads
    8. 9.8. Creating an Amazing Background
    9. 9.9. Finishing Touches
    10. 9.10. Final Thoughts