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BY CHER THREINEN-PENDARVIS

For Hibiscus, a digital water color painted in Painter 7, I used water color wet-into-wet techniques and then added a few crisp edges. Wet-into-wet is a traditional technique that can be simulated using Painter 7’s new water color technology. Wet-into-wet involves keeping the paper wet as new color is applied, so new colors blend with existing moist paint. To complete the study, crisp edges and linear details were added to bring a few areas into focus.

1 Setting up.
For the best performance, Macintosh users may need to increase the RAM that is allotted to Painter when working with Water Color. Before you begin to sketch and paint, it’s important to set up the Brush Tracking because you can customize how Painter interprets the input of your stylus, including parameters such as pressure and how quickly you make a brush stroke. Choose Edit> Preferences> Brush Tracking and make a representative brush stroke in the window.

Setting up Brush Tracking

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2 Opening a new file.
Begin by creating a new file with a white background (File> New). In the New Picture dialog box, click the Image button. For a rectangular format, set the Width and Height at 1100 x 850 pixels. Click OK. (The brush sizes that you’ll use will depend on the pixel size of the document.)

Starting a new file

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PAINTING: CHER THREINEN-PENDARVIS

Wet-into-Wet Water Color With Crisp Edges

from the Papers section of the Art Materials palette. 3d Choosing a neutral gray in the Colors section of the Art Materials palette 3b Selecting Cold Press Water Color paper in the Papers section of the Art Materials palette The pencil sketch drawn in Painter 3c Choosing the Cover Pencil in the Brushes palette 2 . Because it uses the Cover method. Choose a natural-looking grain (such as Cold Press Water Color).3a 3 Making a pencil sketch. Choose a neutral gray color in the Color section of the Art Materials palette and select the Cover Pencil variant of Pencils to draw your line sketch. the Cover Pencil allows drawing both dark lines over light. and light lines over dark.

The diffusion built into the brush helps colors to subtly blend as you paint. Laying in light washes using the Diffuse Camel brush 3 . the Diffuse Camel will allow you to smoothly lay in soft-edged washes. Keep an eye on the animated water drop.4a 4 Painting the first washes. Don’t feel like you have to cover every inch of the flower with color. Choosing a light pink for the first washes 4c 4b The active Water Color layer shown in the Layers section of the Objects palette. Paint with strokes that follow the direction of the forms.” it’s safe to make a new brush stroke. Leaving strategic areas of white will add beauty to your painting. Plan to work from light-to-dark as you add color washes to your painting. When you use a light pressure on your stylus. (Selecting a Water Color brush and making a brush stroke on your image will automatically create a new Water Color Layer in the image.) Block in large areas with the Diffuse Camel brush. When it stops “dripping. Choose a light color in the Colors section of the Art Materials palette and choose the Diffuse Camel variant of Water Color.

Painter’s new water color technology uses a lot of computing power. Remember to preserve the subtle white areas. Keep your light source in mind and let your strokes follow the direction of the forms. It takes time for the digital pigment to diffuse. Keep in mind that Painter 7’s water color is based on traditional water color. Using medium-value colors. I also dabbed on subtle brush strokes of golden yellow to warm up the interior of the hibiscus flower. then add darker tones to create form. or change its Opacity as needed using the sliders on the Controls:Brush palette. In this example. and settle on the canvas. begin to develop your midtones. Paint lighter colors first. Resize the brush. With traditional water color.5a Reducing the Opacity of the Diffuse Camel brush 5 Building up midtones. I added deeper colors of pink and gray-green. 5b Building up the midtones and adding some warmer colors 4 . an artist plans on drying time and this time is often used to analyze and improve the composition of the painting. This is not unlike traditional water color.

(You can not use a regular eraser on a water color layer.) In the example below. Choosing the Eraser. and switch to the Eraser variant of the Erasers and brush over the area that you want to remove. choose the Eraser. and brush over the area that you’d like to lighten.6a 6 Editing water color or the sketch. Dry variant of Water Color and choose white in the Colors section. I used the Eraser Dry variant to lighten color on the flower’s stamen. choosing Select> All and pressing the Delete key. Dry variant of Water Color 6b 6c Selecting white in the Colors section. If you’d like to edit your pencil sketch. to erase water color to “white” Using the Eraser Dry variant of Water Color to lighten the stamen area of the flower 5 . Also it’s not possible to use a Water Color eraser on the canvas. Click on the name of the layer you wish to erase in the Layers section. To softly erase color on a Water Color layer. target the Canvas in the Layers section. or on an image layer. the pencil sketch is hidden (by turning off the eye icon to the left of the Canvas name in the Layers section). I deleted the sketch by targeting the Canvas. Later.

For 7b The runny washes painted along the tips of the petals. choose New Water Color Layer from the pop-up menu on the Layers section of the Objects palette. To add a new water color layer. It’s often a good idea to paint detail work on a separate layer. 6 . are shown in this detail of the image. Using the Runny Wash Camel and Runny Wash Bristle. using the slider in the Controls:Brush palette. choose one of the Runny Wash variants and dab new color on to areas with existing color.7a 7 Painting wet-into-wet texture. accessed by clicking the right arrow on the Layers section bar. I softly dabbed varied pink color along the tips of the petals. If the Fine Camel seems too saturated for your taste. and then added deeper color to the interior of the flower. Add crisp edges to areas that need definition using a tiny Fine Camel brush (4–5 pixels). These Runny variants allowed the new color to mix with existing color and run down the image. and in the interior of the flower. Choosing the Runny Wash Bristle variant in the Brushes palette 8 Adding details. lower the Opacity to about 20%. If you’d like to add nice texture by emulating a traditional water color run effect.

8a more subtle edge effects. Cher holds a BA with Highest Honors and Distinction in Art specializing in painting and printmaking. Her digital fine art and design has been exhibited as large format hand-worked prints worldwide and published in many publications including The Photoshop WOW! Book. Cher Threinen-Pendarvis is a designer. Publish. Digital Fine Art Magazine. Look for The Painter 7 Wow! Book.com 7 . varying the pressure on the stylus. 1249 Eighth Street. Phone your order to 800-283-9444 or 510-524-2178. The Official Photoshop Handbook. Make expressive strokes. To deepen color and break up some edges.com The Painter Wow! Book companion web site: http://www. Mail your order to Peachpit Press. Photoshop 6 Magic. She is principal of the consulting firm Cher Threinen Design. which is completely revised featuring classic Painter techniques and the coolest new features in Painter 7! Cher Threinen-Pendarvis’s web site: http://www. Step-by-Step publications and Computer Artist magazine. fine artist.pendarvis-studios. Cher has worked with both traditional and electronic tools for nearly thirty years. I used the Fine Camel variant to add a few linear details and to paint dots of color on the flower’s stamen. EFX Art and Design. using a small size (about 6-8 pixels). CA.peachpit. To complete the study. or fax it to 510-524-2221.peachpit. runny washes are added in a few areas. author and educator based in San Diego.com/wow/painter To order the Painter 7 Wow! Book. or order online and save on postage and Save a Tree! World Wide Web at: http://www. the fourth edition of this highly praised volume of techniques and inspiration. Dots of gray and golden yellow are also painted on the stamen. Contact Magazine. final linear details are painted along the edges and in the interior of the flower. is an enthusiastic teacher and is author of The Painter 6 WOW! Book. MacWeek. To break up edges. Design Graphics. MacUser. experiment with the Soft Camel and the Diffuse Camel variants. 8b The Layers section of the Objects palette: Adding a new water color layer to the image for final detail work In this example. Berkeley. CA 94710. I painted more runny washes using the Runny Wash Camel variant.

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