I’m new to Painter. Could I have some tips about us­ing Painter’s Pa­per tex­tures, please?

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Nick replies

Painter’s Pa­per con­trols have pro­vided a great way to in­tro­duce tex­ture into an im­age for some time now. It’s al­ways worth tak­ing the time to point out some of their po­ten­tial for those not fa­mil­iar with them yet.

Ac­cess to their con­trols is through one of two tabs, usu­ally found to­gether on a sin­gle pal­ette (click Win­dows> Pa­per Pan­els). You’re of­fered Pa­pers and Pa­per Li­brary. The lat­ter is self­ex­plana­tory: it’s where you’ll find your choice of pa­pers. You can add to or re­move Pa­pers us­ing con­trols along the bot­tom of the pal­ette, or from a drop-down menu ac­cessed from an icon that’s top right. It’s also pos­si­ble to use Painter’s own Pa­per maker to con­struct frac­tal­based ad­di­tions.

For me, the main at­trac­tion is in the con­trols of­fered in the Pa­pers sec­tion, though. Once a pa­per is se­lected, you can ro­tate and scale it, or ad­just con­trast and bright­ness, or even in­vert the tex­ture and/or light­ing. Fur­ther­more, you can use a rec­tan­gu­lar se­lec­tion to sam­ple from any flat­tened im­age to make a pa­per, us­ing the Cap­ture Pa­per op­tion to be found in that drop-down menu, top right. While not all im­ages work well for this (cross-fade for tiling is avail­able), you’ll cer­tainly be able to build up a cus­tom li­brary pretty quickly and eas­ily. Brush grain then be­comes more ex­cit­ing a con­trol to play with.

Tex­tures in this im­age com­prise sev­eral lay­ers, built up us­ing the Real Fat Chalk tool, and paint­ing with a com­bi­na­tion of in-built and cus­tom Pa­pers.

Once you find a Pa­per, or com­bi­na­tion of Pa­pers that you like, you can ac­cen­tu­ate the tex­ture by in­vert­ing it for the dark and light por­tions of an el­e­ment.

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