Monday, August 17, 2015

Free - My Corel Painter 2016 Brush Library

I am always updating and refining my personal Painter brush library. Today I would like to share my current brush library with you. Inside you will find many brushes that are brand new, or have been modified to use new technologies within Painter 2016. This brush library features tools I find particularly useful for comic-book art creation, as well as general sci-fi/fantasy illustration style work. I hope these brushes will be as useful to you as they are to me, and will provide some insight into ways you can get more from the Painter 2016 brush engine.

If you find these useful, or want to show off what you have done with them, feel free to post a comment on my Google+  page.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Corel Painter 2016 Released

Corel has released Painter 2016 today. This update includes alot of new features regarding the brush engine. From my POV the biggest new brush engine feature is Dynamic Speckles:

Dynamic Speckles can be applied to Bristle (and RealBristle) Dab Types as well as the Particle Dab Types. Once applied, the Dynamic Speckles will allow a substantial amount of size and opacity variability to what was previously a static single-pixel line per particle/bristle. This opens up a huge range of new possibilities for these brush technologies, and greatly expands on the types of marks Painter can produce. In addition, Dynamic Speckles also make it possible to use Bristle and Particle Dab Types with Methods and Subcategories that were previously not compatible -- for instance: Drip, Plugin and Real Watercolor Methods all offer some very exciting possibilities.

Aside from Dynamic Speckles, the General brush control panel of the brush engine also has been expanded to include support for Liquid Ink and Watercolor Particle Dab Types. This again allows for never before seen brushes that greatly expand the types of marks Painter can make. I made ten of the new brushes included within the streamlined Painter 2016 brush library -- here is a video showing the three Liquid Ink brushes, including one featuring a hybrid Particle Dab/Liquid Ink mark:



Another notable new brush engine feature is Enhanced Layer Blending -- which resolves some longstanding issues with many blending brushes. Watch this video I made to explain what this feature does:



Aside from the Brush Engine improvements, my favorite new feature is Presentation Mode. This allows you to paint with absolutely nothing on your screen but the artwork. If you are the type of person who can memorize keyboard shortcuts for your tools (along with context click menus), you can complete a large amount of your work without needing to see any Painter UI at all.

If you care to check them out, here are all the brushes I made which are included in Painter's 2016 brush library:

Digital Watercolor> Speckle Coarse Dry Brush

Dynamic Speckles> Particle Firestarter Glow (use on a dark background or a blank layer)

Liquid Ink> Airbrush 2
Liquid Ink> Particle Crackle Airbrush
Liquid Ink> Spattery Airbrush

Particles> Flow Fur Sprayer
Particles> Gravity Bristle 2 (use with Paper Direction Toggle enabled)
Particles> Spring Flame Glow 2 (use on a dark background or a blank layer)

Sumi-e> Dry Ink Sumi-e 2 (try this with different shades of grey)

Real Watercolor> Particle Fur Sprayer

However, as a result of Painter 2016 being released, my Painter 2015 Video Manual YouTube tutorial series is now obsolete. Because of this, at the end of the month I will be removing public access to those videos -- my existing paid YouTube subscribers will continue to have access, in order to fulfill the YouTube subscription terms.

In the meantime, I have begun creating completely new video tutorials for Painter 2016 with VTC, and will announce when those are released with a new blog post.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year - Class Updates, More Free Painter 2015 Particle Brushes

I made 3 new variations on the theme of a flame painting brush -- these will be much easier to use than the flame particle brush that comes with Painter 2015 (but, as a result, somewhat less versatile).

Change the Count setting to alter the complexity of flame structure.

Download the Flame brush category



The next Brush is one I have been working on for quite a while -- the video will explain the usage of the brush and its companion.


Download the Long Straight Hair brush - Download the Long Hair Highlighter brush



The last brush I released a few weeks ago, but wanted to include in this post to tidy everything up.

Creating unexpected shapes is one of the things the Particle brush technology in Painter 2015 is very good for. The process is a bit like looking at the clouds in the sky, trying see what objects they resemble – everybody sees something different. In the same way, brushes like these are designed to move in way that create “happy accidents”. Then it is up to the artist to recognize the value of the “happy accident” and refine it into a useful finished product.

This brush is particularly designed for roughing in organic shapes – and is particularly useful for characters and machinery.


Download the ConceptArt Organic Rough-in brush



Update on my classes and schedule:

The Painter 2015 Video Manual series has been completed and always available freely on YouTube. I have added the project outline, with links to each video, for people who want to revisit specific topics later.

Now that my Corel Painter 2015 Brush Engine Essentials & Extended classes at DAA have ended, I have posted all of the class videos on YouTube for anybody who had missed DAA the classes. The cost of a 1-year subscription through YouTube is $89.99 -- you can find out more details in the video below.