Corel Painter vs Photoshop: Digital Painting Comparison (part 1)
You can draw digital painting in both Corel Painter and Photoshop, depending on how you want to work, how much time you are willing to spend on additional study of the capabilities of a particular program. Personally, I could not refuse either Corel Painter or Photoshop!
As a professional digital artist, I use Corel Painter for drawing and graphics, as well as Adobe Photoshop for retouching photos, correcting images and creating compositions.
In my opinion, the process of creating graphics in Adobe Photoshop is more visualization, while with Corel Painter you will get more experience in natural painting:
Artists using the Photoshop settings for digital painting apply layers, opacity adjustments, masks, image settings, blending modes, effects, and brushes.
Designers using Painter only occasionally apply layers, but for the most part they do natural painting, work with blending and specialized brushes.
Often, designers need to combine several images to come up with the perfect composition. In my opinion, the technology of cutting and pasting in Photoshop is faster and easier than in Painter. But the function available in Painter for loading multiple clones of resources from one canvas (using tools such as paper texture, maps, and hundreds of brushes) gives designers more options:
The first image is a typical digital oil painting that an artist can create using Photoshop. It was arranged in minutes – using layers, masks and corrections. At the moment, she is ready to draw on it. This is a great starting point when an artist needs to preserve most of the details of the original image. This preliminary composition is suitable for classic photography in a realistic style, which is often created by portrait studios.
The second image was pre-arranged in Painter as two versions: a background and a background with an object.
The background file was automatically cloned (duplicated and scrubbed to a white canvas) and the original background was set as Clone Source. An additional file containing the object was opened as a second variant of Clone Source. The composition was laid out on a blank canvas using two variants of crayons and Soft Cloner for the main document to create a classic pastel style of painting.
In this example, we created both the composition and the basic background at once. The reason we use the two source images is that it allows you to “wipe” the background or work with it separately from the main object.
After creating the main composition, the next step is to work with the background. It can be created either manually, as in the Painter example above, or using automatic effects. When creating the background, many designers prefer automated methods of digital oil painting on canvas.
Specific projects of Corel Painter vs Photoshop: River Scene
Consider the capabilities of Corel Painter and Photoshop, using as a basis the image of the river, which was previously adjusted in Photoshop:
Firstly, Photoshop has several automatic filter effects. You can also select Smart Blur to get rid of pixels and make the image look like a drawn picture. Filters are often used by designers and artists; they give a photograph a hand-drawn look. Further, the artist can make some personal touches, additional details or accent colors.
In my opinion, there are several filters that look “real”, but many of them give digital clarity to the image. It all depends on the style in which you want to work with digital painting:
Painter has an Auto Painting palette, from which, in the Smart Settings section, you can select the Smart Stroke Painting option. When this option is selected, the Brush Category panel automatically opens with brush preset options that can be set to work in this mode.
Smart Auto Painting not only globally applies brush. This mode also determines the transitions of shapes and colors, trying to outline objects – starting with large brushes, gradually reducing the size of the brush, and ending with the smallest:
Thus, for background areas, Photoshop’s automatic settings for digital painting are effective. Automatic Painter mode is also effective for this. It offers a wide range of different options, and the result looks more like a natural drawing.