Thursday, January 24, 2008

No numbers for Illustration Friday...

I made a mistake about Illustration Friday. I thought that your entry always had the same number, but it looks like the new ones go on top and get higher numbers when more have been added after them. So there is no need to put your number in your entry, I'm going to have to just look for them.

Sorry about that.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

How To Display the Master Copy...

Please display your version first and label it:

My Master Copy

Then display the original:

Original by Monet

Thanks and again, good luck!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Due on Tuesday Jan 29th

Have your Master Copy uploaded to your blog before class at 6:00pm.
Also, upload your Illustration Friday piece to the Illustration Friday site by Thursday night. After you have linked it, edit your entry and put what number you are at the end.

Finally, be thinking of a demo that you can do for the class. Something that you have figured out in the program that looks nice or something helpful.

Good luck, I look forward to seeing your work.

Painter Tutorials

Here is a bunch of links to some video Painter tutorials:

Painter Tutorials on Wikivid

And here are some links to some written tutorials:

Corel Painter 8 Tutorials

Internet Helps

Here are a few Painter helps that I have found on the internet.

1. Painter "Keys"...

M = Magnifier
G = Grabber
E = Rotate Page
"." = Perspective (that's a period)
C = Crop
L = Lasso
W = Magic Wand
P = Pen
Q = Quick Curve
I = Rectangular Shape
J = Oval Shape
B = Brush (Freehand)
V = Brush (Straight Lines - not represented by a separate icon in the Tools palette.)
K = Paint Bucket
D = Dropper
R = Rectangular Selection
O = Oval Selection
F = Layer Adjuster
S = Selection Adjuster
H = Shape Selection
T = Text
Z = Scissors
A = Add Point
X = Remove Point
Y = Convert Point

I got this list from this ConceptArt forum.

2. "Merging" layers is called "collapsing" layers in Painter.
First select the layers you want merged by holding the "shift" key and selecting them with the mouse. Second, press "Command+G" to put them in a group. Third, press "Command+Shift+X" to collapse them.

3. Undo is the same as Photoshop "Command+Z", but redo is "Command+Y".

4. When you create a layer sometimes you can't paint on the new layer. Here is what I found out about that:

Painter X (and I assume Painter 9) has a bug that makes it appear the Preserve Transparency box is disabled when it actually is enabled (even though there's no check in the box).


Click in the Preserve Transparency box until a checkmark appears. Then click once more to uncheck it and you should now be able to draw and paint on transparent areas of the Layer.

You'll need to do this again in each new Painter session.

I got that here.

There are many more questions answered in this forum: at
You can sign up for the forum and ask questions yourself as well.

I just wanted to thank the people that I quoted for the helps they have provided.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Illustration Friday Topic

The topic this week is "Plain". Let's see if you can make something exciting for that topic.

On Tuesday please bring your Master Copy in progress and your Illustration Friday "Plain" piece in progress. We will be spending time in class working on both of them.

If you are struggling with Painter and would rather use Photoshop, you are welcome to do so. Please just explain your process to me when we are in class on Tuesday. (You can open your Photoshop files in Painter and they still have the separate layers so it's pretty easy to back and forth between the two.)

Good luck!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Corel Painter X: Student Edition

For everyone that is thinking about buying Painter, here is a link to the student edition with the $99 price tag.

Corel Painter X: Student Edition

Please, for Tuesday bring your in-progress master copy and at least the sketch for your Illustration Friday piece.


Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Apple in class assignment...

Apple Sample
This is my apple from the first in class assignment.