View Full Version : Using Painter for the "Painterly" look

06-16-2001, 07:31 PM
Painter Classic
Going for a "classic painter" look!
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What say ye, fellow digi-heads?


Everyone knows the moon's made of cheese...

06-17-2001, 06:44 PM
It looks painted to me! What I liked most about it was the 3D effect. The subject seems to break the 2D plane. I'm curious to see what type of background you plan to use to finish this.


06-18-2001, 05:42 AM
That looks very painterly!

I agree with Digistyle. It does break the 2d plane. I love the 'non digital' look.

Do you also oil paint? I have played with the digital oils, but was very intimidated by the lack of smoothness, I think. They just do not seem to work the way I expect. I can get along with the pencil tools and since I have been playing with watercolor, the watercolor tools seem to make better sense.

I am interested in hearing more about your experiences with this. What was the hardest part? What was the easiest?

06-18-2001, 12:29 PM
Thanks, Guys!

I find the "oil paints" in painter to be very exciting in the sense that you really don't know what kind of effect you're going to get until you're done! Just like real "oils" (which I used 20 years ago) it's like sculpting and drawing at the same time.

I was quite pleased with how this turned out. I used Big Luscious Oils brush primarily and, of course, lots of blending with the feather brush! :D

The thing I like is that this seems to be almost the opposite of the clarity and precision we get with our other digital art processes. This is much more intuitive and you really need to be comfortable with the fact that it may turn out to be nothing like you intended. "Just let the kid grow up on his own!"


06-18-2001, 12:35 PM
Is painter like photoshop or better. I am really enjoying combining my watercolors with my photos and working them up in photoshop ie: "Always a Bridesmaid" . But a big juicy brush really appeals to me.........

06-18-2001, 03:06 PM
Miss Mouse:

My copy of Painter classic came with my wacom tablet. It is a program that was made with the traditional painter look and feel to it. It cannot replace photoshop, but it does give that textured look and feel that you cannot get in photoshop without a lot of work. (or in my case, even a lot of work hasn't managed to help)

I am awful with the program, but as I tackle learning how to paint, it is making a lot more sense to me. Some say that an artist that is used to working with paint can adjust to the way it handles much easier. I am guilty of working in reverse. I started with digital and have just begun exploring other avenues. All that texture is intimidating. Of course, this comes from someone that started off her artistic interest by making text look 3d for people to put on their webpages.


I absolutely love the look of this. I have to say, I think this one is my favorite one yet. :D Do some more! Better yet, do another one and keep a diary! I would love to watch it evolve.

06-18-2001, 05:38 PM

Great analogy! Yes, painter is more geared towards, well, PAINTERS and Photoshop is more of a manipulation program.
Both do wonderful things, but they are quite different in capabilities and "feel".

I recommend using both for their respective strengths. I enjoy Painter classic because it's a little less forgiving (just like painting). Photoshop can be a lot more precise and the airbrush is just great, but it's sometimes a little too perfect!

This was a very enjoyable exercise and I plan on doing some more like it.