Reference Image and Canvas Setup

Reference Image and Canvas Setup

By Melissa Gallo

In this tutorial you will learn how to choose an optimal reference image and how to set up your canvas for painting. When choosing a reference image, it’s important to first decide where your focal point will be, and then determine if you have good composition. You can use the Rule of Thirds grid in Painter to see if your focal point and horizon fall into the right areas. Once you have selected the right reference image, you will need to set up your new canvas in the right proportions, then select your canvas color and texture. If you want to make adjustments to your paper texture, you can use the Paper Panels window to adjust settings for rotation, scale, contrast and brightness. You can also further refine your paper texture by using the Surface Controls window to change the appearance.

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