View Full Version : Testament to the powers of Painter

10 October 2004, 04:10 PM
I'm getting back in the swing of things, I thought avoiding the internet galleries, forums and chats for awhile would mean I would paint more, it didn't. I just missed the galleries, forums, and chats :(

Anyway I thought I would share a cheerful little anecdote, and it's completely about Painter so it does belong in this forum.

I was in Epilogue chat the other day. I'm making a new painting, using Painter, but of course I showed my sketch to someone who doesn't use painter, he uses a mouse and mostly does 3D stuff, so Painter would probably be lost on him untill he gets a tablet anyway. Okay that was beside the point.

Here's the point. He thought it was graphite, real graphite, that I scanned into the computer, because of the smudges and stuff. You know, how real media can have just as many artifacts as digital, we just call them smudges and smears.

I explained to him that it's Painter, and that the program does a really good job of simulating different mediums, like that your brush strokes show up with paint, and so on. Well now he's getting really interrested, and suggested someone should add to the app so that when you rub your hand across the tablet you get graphire or paint smeared onto it, thus improving upon the feeling of working with real media, silly yep I like the boy, he's a hoot!

That is all.

10 October 2004, 04:25 PM
Smudging on the tablet with your finger sounds like a lot of fun, but the tactile sensation just isn't the same. HOWEVER, if Wacom can develop a new tablet with paper like surface where you can use your finger as well as the stylus pen, it could be a really interesting new product. You can use the flesh part of your finger, and you can use the fingernail to do sharp/thin strokes, or to scrape the paint..etc.

10 October 2004, 05:37 PM
arghhhh, i'm left handed! i've spent a lifetime suffering at the hands of smudging! last thing i want is to bring that into the digital domain! lol

but seriously it owuld be quite cool to not have ot use the pen and be able to use fingers, normal tools etc. maybe if tablet pc's become more robust this will be possible (i seem to recall also back in the amiga days that there was a line of tablets that used pressure rather than a specific pen, the issue was rather that there could only be a single pointer, and only that much data could be streamed through the port, so they were given up on as a bad idea because at teh time calculating the center of the touched area resulted in jittery motion on everything apart from the sharpest instruments).

10 October 2004, 06:47 AM
Think about the time when you can use real world brush, palette knife etc, on a tablet and it can produc a realistic stroke like it should on canvas or paper. That would be really digital painting.

10 October 2004, 01:19 PM

I took a 300 grit Sand Paper to my wacom tablet's plastic surface and it feels much more like a paper. Also you can just lay paper over the top of the plastic as well and the pen will work through it just as easily.

10 October 2004, 03:46 PM
I was trying to get away from the paper feel and get a smoother surface. Plus, I was scratching up the plastic insert pretty quickly -- seemed like tiny pieces of grit were getting embedded in the nylon tip and then scratching the plastic.

Anyway, I started using Mylar drafting film over the tablet. It seems to hold up better than the plastic, and the slick side is just what I needed for a surface.

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