Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Corel Painter 2018 Released Today

Corel has released Painter 2018 today. From my perspective the most important highlights of this release are the Legacy Bug fixes relating to the Selection tools and Paint Bucket tool -- these were things I have been personally requesting for close to a decade. These changes make all of the tools involved more productive and professional, which considering the core functionality of the tools, is quite a big deal for anybody who needs to regularly make selections. I particularly love finally having:
  • The ability to interrupt the polygonal lasso drawing process with the spacebar Grabber shortcut, to pan the document, without losing where you were in the selection making process.

  • The ability to fill with the Paint Bucket Tolerance inside of an active selection.

  • Proper anti-aliasing of Oval selections.

After that, my next favorite features are:
  • The improvements made to the core Drip and Liquid brush technologies to finally allow them to work on layers and blend with transparency -- as a result, these brush technologies are now among my favorites in Painter.

  • The new Selections Brushes features of the brush engine -- quite a bit of power here for creating selections in the style of Photoshop's Quick Mask tool... though IMO these selection brushes present an even better workflow.

  • Thick Paint -- this is a new Oil/Acrylic paint brush technology (supported by a new specialty layer system), similar to Liquid Ink in the ideas that it has surface tension and Impasto-type controls which are tied into a unique layer.

For those who are interested, I was involved in the creation of a number of brushes that ship with Painter 2018:

Painter 2018 Brushes library:

Thick PaintGrainy Loaded Palette Knife
Thick Paint> Grainy Real Bristle Oils Flat
Thick Paint> Grainy Real Bristle Oils Round

Selection Brushes> Comic Flatting

Sargent> Real Bristle Soft

Texture Cover> Stencil Emboss 2.5D

Texture Source Blending> Stencil Soft Emboss 2.5D

Natural Media Brushes library:

HARD MEDIA - Conte> All

INK - Markers> All

INK - Pens> All

REFINING - Blenders> Everything but the Just Add Water variant

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Rebelle 2 Released Today - with free brushes!

I have been keeping an eye on the development of Rebelle since I purchased the first "pre-release" version. At the time, it was a software with a very promising future for simulation of watercolors in particular but in need of some basic features to make it a truly viable 2D painting package. In my opinion, as of today, Rebelle has finally arrived as a full-fledged painting application. I am proud to have been a Beta tester for Rebelle 2 -- as a result of using the software for a while now I know exactly how big of a step forward version 2 is.

I have two announcements regarding Rebelle 2:

1) I have starting recording a 8-hour Rebelle 2 tutorial series for VTC. I will announce on this blog when the Rebelle 2 tutorial series is released.

2) I have created a free set of custom brushes for Rebelle 2 which you can download here.

To install the brushes:

1) Unzip the download
2) Open Rebelle and choose Help>Show Library Folder
3) Copy the unzipped contents into the Brushes folder
4) Restart Rebelle

All of my brushes will have the letter "J" before the name.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Updates for February 2017 - and Free Brushes.

Sometimes I don't say much but, as always, I am busy behind the scenes. Today I am making a few announcements that I have made on social media recently, but now in a consolidated blog post, with a few brand new freebie brushes thrown in at the end.

1) I am now a member of Mensa. This is something I have known I qualify for since I was 11 years old, but I never acted on. In October they were running a half-off deal on the testing fee, and my wife was excited for me to take the test, so I finally did it.

2) I am now a Maxwell Render Certified Xpert. I will be doing some free tutorials at various points in the rest of the year to highlight things about Maxwell I think are important to know. I also did a new render of my Glaug model in Maxwell Render recently.

Officer's Battle Pod Glaug
"Officer's Battle Pod Glaug" from the TV series Macross - Rendered in Maxwell Render 4 with lighting via HDR Light Studio 5.4

3) My VTC Corel Painter 2017 tutorial series was released almost 2 months ago. This is a 8-hour series that really focuses heavily on the workflow changes manifested by the new integration of the brush engine controls into the Property Bar.

4) My social media presence has increased in that I have a Twitter account now. I see each of my social media accounts as a different venue for an aspect of my life. I see my LinkedIn profile as being purely professional/work related. I see my Google+ account as a way to get out word to interested people on professional news, related software issues and high-minded intellectual topics. I see Twitter as the place where I post stuff that is interesting to me in the moment, but may be potentially controversial. Twitter gets updated most often, but may not be for a person who just wants industry related news and views from me.

As promised, here are some new freebie brushes for Corel Painter 2017. These brushes are the result of somebody asking about the possibility of using erasers in Painter to reveal the paper grain. I used the new Dab Stencil functionality to mimic the look of a proper Grainy Subcategory. Since the Dab Stencil is set to use the current paper as the source you can change the paper texture on the fly to get different results at any time. I hope you find them useful.