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Artists' Oils in Corel Painter IX

Part 1: Inside the new color capabilities By Dave Nagel
One of the new creative features introduced in Corel Painter IX is the "Artists' Oils" category of brushes. While Painter has always been in large part focused on emulating the appearance traditional media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.), never before has the actual behavior of traditional media found such elegant expression as with these new Artists' Oils. But being new, these new tools might be a bit confusing at first. So let's take a look at how they can work for you.

To begin, Artists' Oils brushes are new in two distinct ways: their use of and interaction with color and their access to new brush dynamics. In this first installment in our new "Inside Corel Painter IX" tutorial series, we'll explore the new color capabilities of these Artists' Oils, followed by a look at the new dynamics in the next installment.

Before we get into the new color features, I should note that in order to explore these, you will need to start by selecting one of the Artists' Oils brushes. You can do this by choosing one of the existing brushes from the Brush Selector Bar or by switching to the Artists' Oils "Dab Type" in the Brush Controls General palette.

Once you've chosen an appropriate brush, you're ready to start experimenting.

New Mixer tools
Chief among the new color capabilities with the Artists' Oils brushes is the ability to select and paint with multiple colors at once. Painter--as well as a number of other graphics programs--has long had the capability to incorporate multiple colors into strokes. For example, you can use tablet pressure to graduate from the background color to the foreground color in any number of applications. But new in Painter IX is the ability to sample multiple colors to spread them out across the breadth of a stroke, rather than the length, as if you were dipping a brush onto a mixed palette.

Here, for example, is a bristly Oil brush graduating over the course of a stroke from the background color (yellow) to the foreground color (black).

But here's a new Artists' Oils brush in which those same yellow and black colors have been dipped simultaneously.

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