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Old 05-30-2009, 04:56 AM   #46
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Well, to be fair, hobbyists and photographers who need to fake the painted look are paying customers too, and if they outnumber the professionals working in the entertainment industry, it makes business sense to please them.

My wife is in the food industry, and based on her experience, you often make a lot more money if you cater to the lower-end customers by making cheap yet tasty food, as opposed to making gourmet food that is expensive and harder to make. Cheap food sells volumes more and a much larger portion of the population can afford it, translating into a lot more foot traffic and cash flow. I'm not saying Painter is like cheap food--I'm just saying that the lower-end customer often are the real money-makers for companies. They aren't nearly as demanding, and the feature sets needed to please them are far easier to design and produce.
 
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Well, to be fair, hobbyists and photographers who need to fake the painted look are paying customers too, and if they outnumber the professionals working in the entertainment industry, it makes business sense to please them.


This is true, sorry if I came off as if to say the opposite.

I just think, that professionals testimonies and images is what makes people buy a product, I mean, if every professional was working in MSPaint I'm sure not only other professionals, but hobbyists as well would run to MSPaint to emulate the success others have had in it. Just think it's a slap in the face to loyal professional users to abandon the professional market in-exchange for a perhaps far less loyal hobbyist community, who are just trying to fake what professionals are creating.

*sigh* I really need to find another word for professional, haha.

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My wife is in the food industry, and based on her experience, you often make a lot more money if you cater to the lower-end customers by making cheap yet tasty food, as opposed to making gourmet food that is expensive and harder to make. Cheap food sells volumes more and a much larger portion of the population can afford it, translating into a lot more foot traffic and cash flow. I'm not saying Painter is like cheap food--I'm just saying that the lower-end customer often are the real money-makers for companies. They aren't nearly as demanding, and the feature sets needed to please them are far easier to design and produce.


This is also true, catering to the middle-man is the way to go financially, but if it wasn't for the best food critics, and the high-paying customers that visit the high-end restaurant, the restaurant wouldn't have as good a name as what it would otherwise.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, sure, hobbyists may make up a strong majority of Corel's consumer base, but they aren't the ones who are giving Painter the name it has, and they aren't the ones showcasing the amazing imagery that can *originally* come out of Painter, it's the professionals who are in magazines, who are in books, who are on CGCommunities writing tutorials, and the ones that are in interviews that people read and say 'wow, painter hey'.

This is subjective, not trying to write off hobbyists as complete creative baboons.
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Old 05-30-2009, 06:59 PM   #48
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I agree with everything you said, and have voiced the same thoughts before in this forum. Testimonials from the high profile professional clients is one of the main strategies of any company, and once a company takes that approach, it must keep the pros satisfied, or eventually the good press will turn into bad press. That in of itself isn't dangerous if there are no competing products, but as soon as there are competitors and they are going out of their way to satisfy the high profile customers, and those customers are making their switch known publicly, it could all go downhill from there.

You know, I hate to sound negative about Painter because it did/does bring me a lot of joy when it works the way I want it to, and it did play a part in my growth as a digital artist. I mean, I'm the forum leader of Painter forum for a reason, and Corel has appreciated the fact that I produced artworks they are a fan of with Painter and have interviewed me for their official magazine and showcased my work in the splash pages of Painter X. I want to see Painter become what we hope it could one day become, and I try to be fair when I voice my opinions here.

It was painful for me to realize there are glaring problems in Painter that has become a showstopper for me when working on demanding and critical projects, and I've voiced those concerns to Corel and also here to other Painter users. The only thing left for me to do is wait and see.
 
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Ok since Hecartha is posting video links, I got my friend's vid because we got the same problem and are in agreement after I mentioned artrage.




Is anyone else getting this behavior with the Palette knives in Painter 11? It seems they got worse, not better :/

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Painter treating the white of a canvas as a colour is evident with almost every tool in Painter, oils, knives, and its really irritating, its often impossible to get the colour you've picked onto your canvas layer without it picking up a lot of white and polluting the original colour.

I have similar issues, but what is also annoying is when using 'preserve transperancy' if you were to brush with light pressure around the perimeter of your pixels it picks up either white or black, despite there being no trace of that colour, this is also true when painting at the edge of the canvas when brushes often pick up a black or white colour when dragging outside to the inside of the canvas. Just general inefficiencies in the brush behaviour I guess.. there are workarounds but it is awkward.

ArtRage's paint functionalities are unmatched, with it's ability to spread and smudge depending on paint thickness and quantity, its amazing, even moreso when you see the price tag.
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The problem with Artrage 2.5 is that it's very backwards in compatability with other programs, you can't simply load your layered file with masks and clipping masks and start using the oil brush, before you get to that you have to import (and later export) the PSD, the shortcuts are completely bananas, there's no live resize brush shortcut, I couldn't find a shortcut to restore the page rotation, the list goes on, there's a reason it costs 25 EUR. I would rate AR2.5 as a brush technology showcase rather than a pro orientated graphics program, I do hope they fix this issues for AR3 and make the program what Painter's wishes to be.
 
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Well, I do understand the problem and limitations with Art Rage, but I'm showing that something broke between Painter X and Painter 11 and not only that, a 25 dollar program is doing something I never thought was possible because Painter was so heavily marketed as the natural media emulator.

I didn't think it was possible because I just believed Painter crew did it's best and this type of engine wasn't possible. When you see a cheap program doing it, either for free or in it's 25 dollar incarnation, I suppose as a consumer you feel a bit betrayed by Painter's advertising.

That doesn't mean I hate Painter, there is still a bit I use it for, though it has become less and less admittedly because I'm finding other programs that either do it right - ie ArtRage's oil engine, Sai Paint's blending engine, or do it with more stability. Sai Paint is fast, doesn't crash...etc...

But back to the palette knives. I am glad I got that video because it does demonstrate that something went wrong. While Painter X did have a bit of the "white" coming in, both settings in Painter X and 11 are the same. Why is one making horrendously ugly white streaky chunks that actually end up erasing the paint. When I move it around it no longer made sense. I could have lived with the Painter X kind of palette knife though I think ArtRage made a lot of sense, but the Painter 11 one is totally useless now.
 
Old 06-02-2009, 01:48 PM   #53
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I was wondering if you could do a video on one of the most annoying problems with Painter, which is the dreaded transparent pixel treated as white pixels during blending on another layer without checking the "pick up underlying colors" box?
This problem is already covered with the video "Blending Engine - PaintTool SAI and Painter".
Are you thinking about something more precise?

I am planing anyway to post another video showing the benefit of a good transparent blending engine using color adjustment, scale/move opposed to the actual limited system because I totally agree with you about your example.
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Is anyone else getting this behavior with the Palette knives in Painter 11? It seems they got worse, not better :/
It looks like your friend forgot to configure the brush tracking in Painter 11 because the brush seems to be unable to use the pressure. The palette knife works the same way in my Painter IX.5. I didn't noticed a difference.

Now here a video about Artist's Oils

If you want a palette knife close from the one in ArtRage, use those inside Artist's Oils category.
This kind of Palette knife are Artist's Oils brush with amount of paint set to o%. Use a flat brush profile with bristling set to O%, it should be better.

Your friend is wrong about the grain also. Hope this video could help

I think an expression control is needed for the 'amount' setting anyway.
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Painter treating the white of a canvas as a colour is evident with almost every tool in Painter, oils, knives, and its really irritating, its often impossible to get the colour you've picked onto your canvas layer without it picking up a lot of white and polluting the original colour.
I hope they will not fix that using a non-standard system like in ArtRage because if you painted directly on canvas and you need to send your image to Photoshop(or anything else) and send back to ArtRage, you can say goodbye to the recognition of your unpainted pixels. All of them will be considered as white paint...

A standard system is just a simple layer and fortunately, ArtRage works as good on layer than on canvas...hum, in fact considering Artist's Oils only, Painter works exactly like ArtRage with the exception you can also check the box "Pick Up Underlying Color"...huh, what is the need of a canvas layer?
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ArtRage's paint functionalities are unmatched, with it's ability to spread and smudge depending on paint thickness and quantity, its amazing, even moreso when you see the price tag.
They have done a good job with thick paint. About the rest, I am really reserved.
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Wow Hecartha, a lot of things in that demo I didn't know.. still tryna figure out how you got those seemless blends in your colours, cool stuff!

Shame there isn't a specific palette knife that blends according to the thickness of the paint at hand, the closest to that is the Impasto Palette Knife that seems to add depth with more pressure instead of smearing it.

Is there a reason paint doesn't blend as well on layers compared to the blending capable on the canvas layer, it seems that when painting on a layer once you've used the paint on the brush, that's it, you can't smear or blend the paint any further. Also blending seems to be only avaliable at it's fullest when on the canvas layer.
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If you want a palette knife close from the one in ArtRage, use those inside Artist's Oils category.
This kind of Palette knife are Artist's Oils brush with amount of paint set to o%. Use a flat brush profile with bristling set to O%, it should be better.

Your friend is wrong about the grain also. Hope this video could help


Hi Hecartha, I actually knew about creating a blending/knife in the Artist's oils category, but I'm saying the palette knives that come in standard are rather..well broken they're worse than the previous versions I've had. I also tried them in 6, 7, 8, and X. I also did the brush tracking thing and I believe you outlined the problem or someone else did. Changing the brush tracking settings for the palette knives are actually messing up the tracking for the other brushes. It may work better, but now the other brushes are acting up, and it becomes a painn and tedious task to have to redo the tracking since it doesn't keep tracking for each specific brush.

That is no diss to the demo, you've outlined why I actually like the artist's oils and now that the stray dabs seem to be kept under control, I'll be using them more....but to a person learning the program, you have do "make" a palette knife (at least one that works like an actual traditional counterpart...as much as you can in Painter), which is counter-intuitive to having the palette knife category in the first place.

It also goes into streamlining the program - why offer brushes that become out of date if you create an engine that does it better? I see palette knives on the drop down menu, that's exactly what I think they'll do. If this has been replaced, why even keep the category or keep them around?

Corel should just create a category of "Legacy Brushes" that don't come in installed automatically but offered as a side. I would also say don't even drop or slip them into other categories either. For example, finding the Real or Hard media brushes in older legacy categories.

Rather than having to go to the workspace manager, it could also be "Greyed out" and then you click a checkbox on the side to activate- then the arrow on the brush manager can have a "Collapse inactive brushes".

You guys already talked about the system of smearing paint in Art Rage too, which is why I wish they'd make a "real media" palette knife, grey the rest of the old ones out as legacy.

I hope I'm making sense.

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Mickael - Yeah, I meant an example of a real life situation such as feathering hair against the background but needing to keep the hair a clean and separate layer. I find that real life situation examples are always a lot more easier for people to relate to because they drive the point home much better.
 
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Is there a reason paint doesn't blend as well on layers compared to the blending capable on the canvas layer, it seems that when painting on a layer once you've used the paint on the brush, that's it, you can't smear or blend the paint any further. Also blending seems to be only avaliable at it's fullest when on the canvas layer.
Thanks, I did not notice the difference before. The wetness and the viscosity seems to work differently if you are painting on layer or on canvas.
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Hi Hecartha, I actually knew about creating a blending/knife in the Artist's oils category, but I'm saying the palette knives that come in standard are rather..well broken they're worse than the previous versions I've had. I also tried them in 6, 7, 8, and X. I also did the brush tracking thing and I believe you outlined the problem or someone else did. Changing the brush tracking settings for the palette knives are actually messing up the tracking for the other brushes. It may work better, but now the other brushes are acting up, and it becomes a painn and tedious task to have to redo the tracking since it doesn't keep tracking for each specific brush.
After all the issue with Painter 11, I imagined you had reset Painter 11 to its factory settings for the 44 times and you had forgotten to set again the brush tracking lol...or maybe it was because your new intuos 4
Now, as I said at CA, I didn't see anything different (like in the video) between the palette knife in painter IX.5 and the one in Painter 11. That's weird there is only this dab type which seems to be different.
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That is no diss to the demo, you've outlined why I actually like the artist's oils and now that the stray dabs seem to be kept under control, I'll be using them more....but to a person learning the program, you have do "make" a palette knife (at least one that works like an actual traditional counterpart...as much as you can in Painter), which is counter-intuitive to having the palette knife category in the first place.
I understand that. If Painter was a building, it will be born as a cabin and the architect added brick on the wood to build new floors, more and more luxurious; sometimes a door giving access to nothing, sometimes architect just forgot any windows or any door.
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It also goes into streamlining the program - why offer brushes that become out of date if you create an engine that does it better? I see palette knives on the drop down menu, that's exactly what I think they'll do. If this has been replaced, why even keep the category or keep them around?

Corel should just create a category of "Legacy Brushes" that don't come in installed automatically but offered as a side. I would also say don't even drop or slip them into other categories either. For example, finding the Real or Hard media brushes in older legacy categories.

Rather than having to go to the workspace manager, it could also be "Greyed out" and then you click a checkbox on the side to activate- then the arrow on the brush manager can have a "Collapse inactive brushes".

You guys already talked about the system of smearing paint in Art Rage too, which is why I wish they'd make a "real media" palette knife, grey the rest of the old ones out as legacy.

I hope I'm making sense.
When i see this PDF (Painter_11_Family_Product_Matrix.pdf), I can read Painter 11 has 873 brushes and Painter X has just 833 brushes....no comparison, Painter 11 is much better!!!

Now I am with you about removing useless stuff. Painter team most of time seems to add more and more, they rarely enhance. I still don't understand why they kept the flat and camel hair dab type, since they added the blend camel hair and blend flat dab type. It just add more complexity.
The brush engine is a total mess; I tried one time to think about a schematic view but it is so full of dependencies everywhere that it couldn't be a simple schematic view that someone could understand quickly.

I didn't like actually how the brushes are arranged with oils, acrylic, gouache which does not mean anything considering the brush engine. I know they are in those kind of categories because of people who are coming from natural media but that's definitely hurting my mind lol

I think like you about a live management of the brushes instead of using the workspace manager.
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Mickael - Yeah, I meant an example of a real life situation such as feathering hair against the background but needing to keep the hair a clean and separate layer. I find that real life situation examples are always a lot more easier for people to relate to because they drive the point home much better.
I planned to use a real example with hair (resizing the head, color change of the background) but also fire and atmospheric effect done using trasnparent details over painted hazy sky.
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Hecartha, thank you for the detailed instructions, I have Photoshop, Corel Paint XI and Corel Paintshop Pro and other than the opacity problems paint is still my favorite to do detailed painting with, and that info helped alot!
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