Getting Started with Auto-Painting

Getting Started with Auto-Painting

By: Karen Bonaker

Learn how to set up and auto-paint your photo from Painter Master Elite Karen Bonaker. In addition, she will demonstrates how to creatively add more layer elements into your artwork. You will learn about:

  • getting your photo ready by making adjustments to size, resolution and color
  • how to use the auto-painting panel to select preset painting styles
  • adding new layers and adjusting the opacity and composite method
  • how to use the Place command to add texture and additional elements like hand-drawn sketches
  • how to paint in final details by hand

Thanks for watching! We hope you found this tutorial helpful and we would love to hear your feedback in the Comments section below. And don’t forget to visit our social media pages and show us what you’ve learned by sharing your photos, videos and creative projects with us.

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Comments (4)

  • Ralph Liebstein Reply

    I used to work with the older version 3. I watched the canal tutorial above, but found it to far advanced. Is it possible for you to suggest tutorials that start with the basics and then progress as I become more familiar with the software.

    April 9, 2019 at 2:43 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Ralph,

      Of course! We have tutorials covering a range of skill and familiarity levels for Painter Essentials. A fair bit has changed between versions three and six, so we would suggest starting with the Getting Started with Painter Essentials 6 tutorial series, and moving on from there.

      Hope this helps,
      Discovery Center Team

      April 10, 2019 at 11:23 pm
  • Michael Farlow Reply

    There is a ‘step’ missing or, at least, not entirely clear in the video.

    The step is related to the ‘File>Place’ point of the video around the 10:30 mark.

    Though we are told that we are to use an image to make the ‘paper’ effect, the step where we actually choose the image is missed out and could lead to confusion.

    To be clear;

    *Select ‘File’ > ‘Place’ and a file selection dialogue will appear.
    *Select your pre-made image
    – In my case I opened PSP and created a blank image then flood filled in a light grey with a ‘Crumpled Paper’ texture.
    – I saved the image as a .jpeg then returned to Painter and selected the newly made crumpled paper image (‘File’ > ‘Place’ > select and open image).
    *Continue as shown in video.

    The ‘Place’ command is used via hese steps later in the video when adding further images but I thought to point it out here to help anyone confused by the lack of clarity.

    December 14, 2018 at 12:06 pm
  • Barrie Price Reply

    A good tutorial, very interesting.

    October 3, 2018 at 7:19 pm

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