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Old 03-16-2011, 08:39 AM
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Painter Essentials Watercolor

I like digital watercolors and have been experimenting with several programs I have, Photoshop, Painter X, Painter Essentials, DAP, ArtStudioPro, TwistedBrush, ArtMasterPro, and a few others, but still can not exactly get what I'm looking for. So far I think Painter Essentials has given me the best watercolor results as far as what I am looking for. Sometimes I want to finished work to have a somewhat faded look, but still retail a little detail. The results I get most are the picture is faded too much or too blurry. Here is an example of one watercolor done in Essentials that is not too bad I thnk, but still seems to lack something as far as watercolors go. I used the Simple Watercolor preset in this. Thanks for looking.
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http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c2...Painting-1.jpg

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Old 03-16-2011, 09:51 AM
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Re: Painter Essentials Watercolor

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I like digital watercolors and have been experimenting with several programs I have, Photoshop, Painter X, Painter Essentials, DAP, ArtStudioPro, TwistedBrush, ArtMasterPro, and a few others, but still can not exactly get what I'm looking for. So far I think Painter Essentials has given me the best watercolor results as far as what I am looking for. Sometimes I want to finished work to have a somewhat faded look, but still retail a little detail. The results I get most are the picture is faded too much or too blurry. Here is an example of one watercolor done in Essentials that is not too bad I thnk, but still seems to lack something as far as watercolors go. I used the Simple Watercolor preset in this. Thanks for looking.
JD
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c2...Painting-1.jpg
That is quite good!

I like more detail in my art than most programs give also. I have most of the programs that you do, and I do a lot of post work to get the detail I like.

For me this image has just the right amount for the type of art it is.

Steve C.
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Old 03-16-2011, 10:37 AM
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Re: Painter Essentials Watercolor

This is the type work I like from an art program. The strokes show very well, it's detail is very good and the strokes follow the directions of the subject.

Possibly there would have to be a way to mark the direction you want the strokes to go, or it may have to be painted in sections. Like the side of the ship, the sails, and the bg. to get the strokes running right.

Anyone know what progranm will paint like this painting (or close)? I would like to know. I may even have the program and not know that it will do this.

Thanks.

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Old 03-16-2011, 12:15 PM
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Re: Painter Essentials Watercolor

have you tried Painter X or newer? Stroke and brush adjustments can be made so that it mimics real brushwork.
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Old 03-16-2011, 03:42 PM
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Re: Painter Essentials Watercolor

I agree Painter is pretty good for most styles of painting, but if you are willing to manually clone the photo stroke by stroke, I think many programs can deliver what you're looking for. TwistedBrush has a free version which is an older version which can deliver some pretty good oil clones if you are willing to do it by hand. I am impressed with the Chalk results using GMX-PhotoPainter. So I guess it really depends on just what you are looking to do, type of photo and style of painting as to which will be best for you. I'm really not an expert, but I have been playing around with digital art fro a few years.
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Old 03-17-2011, 10:06 AM
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Re: Painter Essentials Watercolor

Thanks Art & Bossman........I am not too good with brushwork, except for slight touchups on images. I was a beta tester for GMX and will have to try the chalk brush work and see how that goes.

Thanks for the help.

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