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Cloning Techniques in Painter IX

Working with photos to create painterly effects with depth By Dave Nagel
One of the workflow enhancements in Corel Painter IX is the new "Quick Clone" feature, which allows you to set up a document ready for cloning from a source image in one simple step. But cloning in Painter doesn't just mean reproducing portions of an existing image. It can also be used to create new images with painterly effects from Photographic source images.

Now, of course, there are as many ways to create painterly effects from photos as there are to create original paintings. But I thought I'd start a new tutorials exploring a few of the methods that might be useful for client work, such as producing a "nostalgic" image for a wedding or anniversary. We'll start with a process for creating a textured, impasto-style image from a photograph.

The specifics of this technique will vary from project to project, but we'll take a look at the basics that will help get you started.

Basic setup
1. Go to Painter's preferences settings, specifically the "General" category. In the section labeled "Quick Clone," adjust your settings as follows.

2. Choose a brush from the Impasto category. I'm starting with the "Smeary Bristle" brush, but it will be modified heavily.

3. Choose File > Quick Clone. This will open up a new window and set up the basic parameters for your cloning project automatically.

4. This includes setting up your selected brush as a cloning brush. However, I want to modify this impasto brush in several ways. Below you'll see the settings that have been adjusted. All of these settings can be accessed by showing your Brush Controls palettes (Window > Brush Controls > [Category]).

5. It also turns on the "Tracing Paper" feature, which we don't need right now. So, if you can see an overlay of the original image in your clone window, turn off Tracing Paper by choosing Canvas > Tracing Paper to uncheck that option.

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Related Keywords:corel painter ix, rotoscoping, cloning, paint effect, oil paint, acrylic, impasto

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