Digital Painting Fundamentals with Corel Painter 12: Draw What You See - Part 1
Painter X (pronounced “ten”) introduced changeable opacity for tracing paper. In Painter 12 (pronounced “twelve”), the tracing paper controls are found in Navigator Settings and also in the new Clone Source panel. Percentage indicates hiding power, so the higher the value, the more opaque the tracing paper and the less you can see the original image. This is a handy feature for accommodating different stages in your drawing or different kinds of source images.
Dude! Where’s My Clone Source?
Painter 12 introduces a powerful new way to organize your source images for tracing and cloning. Use the Clone Source panel to designate any open image as the one you want, or click the Open Source Image icon to browse for any other image on your computer. Be sure to save your work in Painter’s RIFF format to preserve the Clone Source info, even after you close the file. Without an image as the clone source, all versions of Painter default to the current pattern.
The outline drawing looks flat, of course. Open the apple photo again, if you need to, and notice the areas of light and shadow. You’ll do another drawing that emphasizes these light and dark variations, so you can create the illusion of depth. A traditional way to render light and dark involves working on medium gray or tinted paper. Paper color does a lot of the work, and all you have to do is add the lightest and darkest parts.
With the Dropper tool, sample a medium red or pink color near the bright highlights on the photo. Use File > Quick Clone for a fresh canvas. Choose Set Paper Color from the Canvas menu. Nothing happened yet, but when you Select > All (Cmd/Ctrl +A) followed by Delete/Backspace, your new rosy color will fill the blank canvas.
Here’s What Happened
Painter defines Paper Color as whatever an eraser reveals. When you select a new current color, and then choose Set Paper Color followed by the select-and-delete maneuver, you have in effect erased the entire canvas, revealing the new color.