Start by opening your main background image in Corel Painter After loading, the Santa image will now appear as a clone source in my Clone Source panel. Just click on the Open Reference Image… icon to load the image. Returning to my Clone Source panel, I am also going to load my background image by clicking on the Open Source Image… icon once more, so that I will be able to use both my background and Santa images as clone sources.
Here we can see the Clone Source panel with both images loaded. It now time to start cloning our Santa on to our background image.
To do this, first select the Santa image in the Clone Source panel and then, choosing a cloning brush from the Brush Selector. I have the option of cloning with one of the many artistic brushes such as Bristle Oil, Chalk-, and Fine Gouache Cloners for example. But in this case, I will be doing straight image-in-image cloning using the Soft Cloner, which as the name suggests, paints the original image back in with a soft, translucent, feathered edge.
In the Brush Selector, drop down to the Cloners category, and in the panel on the right, choose the Soft Cloner. Adjust the size of the brush in the Property Bar. Now just start painting in your Santa. Don't worry if you go over the edge and include some of the background because we will shortly be correcting this. Once Santa has been more or less been painted in, I can now go back and tidy this up.
In my Clone Source panel, I now select my original background layer as the clone source, and choosing the Straight Cloner which paints the original image back in with a hard, non-feathered edge , I can paint a sharp contour around Santa, bringing back the original background image.
The final result should be something like this: We are now going to use the fantastic Auto-Painting feature in Corel Painter to turn our image into a painting.
An underpainting is a version of the photo in which you adjust the photo's colors, tones, and sharpness. The purpose of the underpainting is to prepare it for auto-painting. For example, you can darken colors to simulate the colors used in an 18th-century painting, or you can soften colors to simulate the colors found in watercolor paintings.
But for now, I will leave the settings at None, as I want to keep the image colors as they are. After adjusting these elements, you must clone the underpainting to preserve it and to prepare for auto-painting. To do this, click on the Auto Clone icon at the bottom of the panel see image above. You will notice that I have also increased the Smart Blur level in this panel, as this will already give my image a more 'graphical' appearance, even before I start auto-painting.
Now that we have chosen our Color Scheme, it's time to choose the brush that we want to paint with. Rather than just randomly painting with a brush, Smart Stroke Painting automatically applies paint strokes that follow forms in the photo, while the Smart Settings changes the size, length, and pressure of brushstrokes in areas of greater detail.
This option can be used with Smart Stroke painting to preserve detail from the source photo. Once these have been set, from the Brush Selector, choose the Artists category and then from here, an Impressionist brush. With the Impressionist brush chosen, make sure that you are painting with the image colors and not the colors from the Color panel, by clicking on the Clone Color icon, which will 'grey-out' the current color.
Watching an image turn in to a painting is really magical. Here is the initial result after auto-painting. If any areas haven't been covered during the process, you can either paint over these by hand, or perhaps change the brush size in the Property bar and just run the auto-painting again. Although the image has now been painted, we are not yet finished. Due to the nature of the Impressionist brush, I have lost quite a bit of detail around Santa's face and beard, and the decorations on the Christmas tree have lost their definition.
So the next step is to restore some of the original image detail back to our painting. Click on the Restore tab, and using either the Soft Edge- or Hard Edge Cloner brushes, bring back some of the image detail to the painting. Here, I have gone over the baubles, around Santa's contour, and also brought back details of his face. Here is the result after going around the edge with this particular Blender.
I'm now ready to save my image. If I want to keep it in an editable format that I can always re-edit in Corel Painter, I save my work in the native. RIFF format, which will also keep any layer structure I might be using.
As a side note; Adobe Photoshop. PSD files brought into Corel Painter will also keep their layers. In addition to saving as a. RIFF file, I am also going to save my image as a. I could add text now in Corel Painter using the Text tool, but because I want to compare different fonts to use in my project and perhaps add some artistic effects or additional pages to my card, from here on I will be working in CorelDRAW.
Import the image: Don't uncheck the Maintain Aspect Ratio box when resizing, as this could result in a distorted image. Instead leave the image a little larger that the page size, and using the Crop tool from the Toolbox, crop to size. I now want to add some text to my card, so clicking on the Quick Customize icon in the Dockers panel, I am going to open up the Font Playground docker. Select the text in one of the text panels, and replace with the greeting that you are going to use on your card - in my case "Seasons Greetings".
Selecting each text panel in turn, replace the current font with a font of your choice from the Fonts drop-down list. To add more text samples, click on the Add another sample link. Once you have a selection of possible fonts, just click on them and drag them in turn to your design. In this case I have given the text a while color by selecting and clicking on the white color swatch in the Default Color Palette.
I happen to know that two of the OpenType fonts Gabriola and Alize , offer alternative stylistic sets. To see which style sets are included, just highlight the text one line at a time , and click on the black arrow that appears below the text if alternative stylistic sets are available.
Here, the stylistic alternatives available for the Gabriola font. However, in this case, I think I am just going to stick with a simple Brush script font. To give the font more depth, I am using the Drop Shadow tool from the Toolbox, to add a Small Glow, which I then color red using the commands in the Property bar. The last thing I would like to do is to give my text more personality by having it follow a curved path.
To do this, I select the Freehand tool F5 , from the Toolbox and draw a simple curved line I used a right-click on the white color swatch to make the line more visible. Moving close to my curved line, the text will now automatically flow along my curve. I can now delete the path. I'm now free to place my text where ever I like in my design. And here we have our final, 'painted' greetings card design.
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