Thursday, February 28, 2013

It's time for a change!

After many years using Painter, I've decided to switch to Photoshop. I have to admit, so far I like it! I just need to find that "painterly feel" I had with Painter. A quick study as a test:




5 comments:

Norman Hundert said...

Very good Test! :-) But i had the same Problem. I really love Photoshop...but you can switch and turn it around the "drawing-feeling" you have in Painter isnt the same... Or switching between both programms is another way...

Matt Watts said...

I'm impressed! I learned digital painting in Photoshop and have tried to shift to Painter, but I severely miss some of the shortcuts Painter does not offer. I wanted to share a couple of my favorite digital painting things in regards to Photoshop: First, I use a brush similar to the scratchboard one Ryan Church uses(Star Wars Attack of the Clones artist): Use a standard hard-edged circle. Under brush settings, choose Brush Tip Shape, choose size 9 px, Hardness 100, Spacing 1%, under Shape Dynamics: Size Jitter 0 but Pen Pressure controlled, Min Diam 0, Angle 0, Round 0. Transfer: Opacity 0 % but with pen pressure. 0's the rest of the way down. This is a great brush for sketching with and doing marker-type stuff and for filling in lots of space very fast (much quicker than Painter). I've even used that brush to get acrylic/ oil painting looks. The other thing I've found useful is a work-around blender tool. The actual tool is the icon in the tool palette that looks like a bandaid called the Healing Brush tool. To use this tool, first start a new document that is 200 px by 200 px at 72 dpi. Paintbucket that document with any color you want, it doesn't matter. Then go up to Edit>Define Pattern. Name it. Now jump into one of your digital paintings and select the bandaid tool. For the settings at the top of the screen, choose the Mode as Normal and the Pattern radio button. Then open up the drop down pattern selector and choose the solid swatch pattern you had created. Use your tool on any rough parts of your painting to smooth them out. This works like the grainy water tool in Painter. Finally, I found this really cool online magazine http://www.2dartistmag.com/ The subscription is pretty cheap... something like $35/year (it tells you to pay in pounds, but you can pay US Dollars in Paypal). I've learned a TON about digital painting in Photoshop from this, especially about using brushes and changing settings to make them look really nice and well-textured. As far as I've seen, these guys ONLY use Photoshop and their stuff looks great! Have fun Sebastian. Thanks for all you post.

Matthew S. Armstrong said...

ha ha!!! another triumph!!!

Seb... u r my hero

m

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