How to use the paper selector, gradient selector, pattern selector, weave selector, look selector, nozzle selector in corel painter in the right way.

[Remember that all the images below can be clicked on, in order to see them in full scale!]

Hello everyone. Its time to learn more about this amazing piece of software, that corel painter really is. This time we will take a look at some very interesting tools in the toolbox. If you are previously are familiar with photoshop, (And lets face it, most people think photoshop is the best program for digital painting. But we who have come to learn Corel Painter knows better. Personally I think Photoshop is the best program for photo editing, but NOT for painting ;)
you might wonder what those four squares beneath the "set foreground selector" are?
Well those are great effects that will might make any art more special. Ok, lets take a look at them shall we. I will try to explain this as easy as possible. This is NOT difficult at all I should add, this is definitely more for beginners, than experienced painter users.

Now lets start out with how to apply these special papers and effects. The first as can be seen in the picture above is the paper selector. Probably one of the most used of them all, especially for artistic people like us. This feature works in the way that you can basically change paper that you are painting on. If you want to draw or paint on a rugged and rough type of paper now you can! Its really easy to apply too. There are two ways of using this tool. The first way can also be seen in the picture above. Here I have chosen a colored pencil to draw with. When I then click on the paper selector and choose one of the papers, my pencil lines will be affected by this. The default white paper dont change, but when you draw the pencil will react to the surface of the paper, as there was a different type of paper there!
This work this way only on some of the brushes in the brush category, like for example the colored pencil.

The other way of using the paper selector is by changing the entire paper that you are drawing on. This can be done with first clicking on the paper selector symbol like before, and then click on the “effects -> apply surface texture” as the picture above indicates. Then more of the brushes in the brush category will be affected by the paper you have chosen.

Next up we have some effects that are treated the same way, in the sense of how you apply them. Im talking ofcourse of the pattern selector, gradient selector, and the weave selector. Depending of which one of these you want to use, you start out by clicking on either of them, choose a type, and then go up to the effects tab clicking on fill (or the shortcut CTRL + /).

Then you click on what you want to fill the entire white paper with, and then you have created something nice looking, by just clicking on a button or two.

Finally we have the last two options in this section of the toolbox, and that is the look selector and the nozzle selector. Both are easy to use too. With the look selector you can just click on it, and choose an effect. Then you will have a very special type of brush effect, that you can begin drawing with right away.

In order to use the nozzle selector you will have to select it, and then go into the brush category and select image hose. What this tool does, is simply to make your brush an image spraying pencil, that you send out all kinds of images nicely organized into your paper. You will be amazed how well this works, and I bet you will be downloading lots of extra of these pictures to have in the image hose later. If you are more of a old school artists however, this tool wont be useful at all. There you have it folks. Thats the tutorial on the different papers and effects, if there are any questions, please be kind and leave me some comments.


Mahesh Bhat said...

Hi there. Could not find a contact form, hence I am commenting here.

You have got a nice blog here, that is quite resourceful. Even though, I do not use Corel Painter (I use GIMP), it have given me nice tips here and there. I right away featured your blog at a forum I started recently.

Do you have a gallery or something, where you post your artworks? If you have one, I would be glad to point that out to my members. And of course, you are welcome to come over there and snoop around. :P


Moonshadow said...

Hi, blogman! I have just begun using Corel Essentials. It came with my Wacom Intuos tablet. Check out my candle that I drew the other day...
After drawing it I couldn't figure out how to fill the black around it. I didn't know how to flatten my layers and then select the area around it rather than behind it. I ended up taking it onto PhotoShop to do the black background. Like I said, I'm still learning.