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Coloring with Corel Painter's Oil Brush

By :-) Friederich Hass


The scanned picture is ready to be colored.

Corel Painter is a useful piece of software for coloring your images. You can color scanned images, or make your own from scratch. Compared to Photoshop, it doesn't have as many photo-manipulation options, but brush-wise, it's pretty good. A tablet would be a real asset for Painter as well, since I like the controls better in Painter than in Photoshop. It also reads the .PSD format that Photoshop uses, so it's very compatible. I'll be showing you how to color using the oil brush in Painter on one of my scanned images of Demi V. (Sorry about the scanning quality, I know there are fuzzy lines here and there, and it's a real mess. But it looked a lot better on paper.) I'm not too sure if Painter can be used on Windows, but it works on Mac OS 9 and up. I wrote this because there aren't very many Painter tutorials, and I just thought people might like to know about the oil brush.

Part I

First, have your picture ready. If you scanned your picture, make sure you have already separated the lines from the background on a different layer, and save it as a .PSD file. If you don't know how to do that, simply click on 'Load Selection' under the Channels tab in Photoshop. I'm not going to go into detail about that because this is a coloring tutorial, not a scanning tutorial. I don't know any ways you can do this in Painter, besides the magic wand, but I find load selection works a lot better. Open the picture in Painter.

If you'd rather not scan your picture, and draw it from scratch, you can do this in Painter. Create a new layer and choose a brush. For outlines, I like using the Pencil (Cover Pencil), Pen (Smooth Round Pen 1.5) or Airbrush (Digital Airbrush) tools. A setting of 1-2 for brush size is usually adequate. Unlike Photoshop, there is no Eraser tool in the Toolbox palette. You will find the Eraser under Brushes.

Part II

Create a new layer between the outline and the canvas layer. We will now color the picture in different layers under the outline. Now click on the Brush tool and under the Brush Selector Bar, choose Oils. Choose the Smeary Round one. First, pick a base color that you will use to color one part of your picture. Block out that part completely. You can go over the lines if you are going to color over that part on another layer later. Oil Brush
Base color for skin. In the example, I've blocked in the base color for the skin, but the color also extends to the hair. I will create a new layer above the skin layer and color over top of the hair. Now pick another darker color and shade in that part. If you don't want to accidentally color over other parts, just click on 'Preserve Transparency' in the layers window.
The beauty of the oil brush is that you can smear the colors by simply shading over the part very lightly. Shading lightly smears the colors.
If you shade over a part firmly, the colors will not smear. In this way, you can control how you want the shading to look. In the example, I've shaded the neck using firm pressure. Shading firmly does not smear. Compare the two.
Shading with two different sized brushes. Now I've modified the shade and smeared it by shading over that part with light pressure. You can also control the shading by changing the size of the brush with the '[' and ']' keys. In this example, you can see the difference in the size of the brush.
The original base color I used was a bit too light, so I used an intermediate flesh color before moving onto the shadow color. Intermediate flesh color... And shadow color.
Blending the skin... There, done. You can continue shading with the white color for the highlights, but in my example, I'm going to blend the colors between the demon and the angel part first.
Note: That might not have been the best example of blending with the oil brush, but I did this part later, and the blending is more apparent. The trick, again, is to use light pressure to make the oils smudge. I used a larger brush size to blend the colors on the ribbon of the robe. Better example of blending. It
Completely shaded. Now, I've added the shading to the demon side and some highlights.
Also note that I went back and added some more color to the angel side, since I thought the original one was too light and yellow.
Color the other parts of the picture that are not touching the other parts you've colored on the same layer. Now, create a new layer above the old one and color in the other parts like you did with the first layer. This time, don't go over the lines at parts that touch the coloring on the old layer. In the example, I've colored the skin on the old layer, and the hair, eyes, horns, wings and earring on the new layer. Notice that the new layer completely covers the old layer where I've colored it, so you can't see that part of it in the old layer. The new layer.
If there are still uncolored parts, create new layers and repeat.

This is the finished picture.

The finished picture. It will be in my gallery some time.

FARP Article Guestbook

8 Jul 200745 Secluded Wolf
Finally! I've found a tutorial related to Corel! I never used to understand how the layers worked but its much more clearer now. I'm new to digital painting ... and I'll be sure to experiment with the oil features too.
Thanks, you made my day lol!
5 Dec 2007:-) Carl H. Woolley
I have yet to experiment with the oils in painter, but acrylics yeah, i like the airbrush tool the most. Thanks to the people who posted about the gel option, i hate havint to port from one program to another so now i can do it in painter 1. Quite a nice tutorial.
11 Apr 2008:-) Anne elizbeth onimos
well i used this technique and well....it worked great i will try and post it for youz!15 yeah so laterz!!!!!!!! ^^
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20 Aug 2008:-) Stephen D. Forfitt
A great run-through, thanks, this was easy to read, enjoyed this. tut-;
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12 Nov 200845 Inti
Thank you very much for saying the brushes you used. That helped me a lot because I’m new to Painter and I don’t know a good brush for shading.
14 Jul 2009:-) Sy Maniac Sun
thanks for the great halpz.
21 Mar 2010:-) Cooper Gaskins
Good tutorial, I wish there were more for the program. It’s the only one I have and I really like it...
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