Tuesday, September 29, 2009

All Things Painter Webinar Preview: Kaleidocolors

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Sometimes we'll sit down with Painter and be at a loss as to what to create. A technique that I've developed—Kaleidocolors—serves to get you warmed up with your tools' various techniques, as well as provide a creativity charging activity. As part of this Friday's Free All Things Painter 1-hour webinar, I'll introduce Kaleidocolors. Attendees will receive a free Kaleidocolors template file for use in Painter X and 11.

For this webinar, I'm going to do an instructional demonstration painting with John's Watercolors. I'll create an image from start-to-finish, explaining how I employ and adjust the brushes as I go. I'll describe how layers—and their adjustment—can enhance the art.

We'll have a 10-minute Q&A at the end.

Following the Q&A, an attendee's name will be drawn at random. The winner will receive a copy of my lynda.com Painter 11 Essentials DVD.

If you have John's Watercolors—or even if you don't!—you'll definitely want to attend this free All Things Painter webinar.

If you're interested in Painter, I guarantee you won't get bored!

I hope you'll join me!


  1. Hi John,

    I received a copy of the Webinar today but I cannot find instructions anywhere for how to use the Kaleidicolors. I have the template but I don't know how to use it. I have used the Kaleidoscope plug-in before with paintings I've done, but don't understand the concept behind the template. Can you explain or is there a video??

    Thanks, Rose

  2. Hi Rose:

    I'm finishing up editing the Kaleidocolor portion of the webinar. I kept it separate to keep the download file size smaller.

    I'll have it available in the next couple days.


  3. John, biiiigggg Hug! Thanks! You're the best, I love your teachings, they have helped me grow so much in the digital world!

    Best to you always,

  4. Hi John, I've attended your last 2 webinars on your w/c brushes, I am working on a mac using Painter 11. In your last webinar at the end you used the auto clone technique, I have been trying to do that for the past hour and cannot get the save file to contain an image evethough it appears on screen, it does work fine when I use other brushes like the capt bristle, but not when using the gel blender. I have followed the auto clone instructions in the painter help window about creating a clone and select all/delete to a blank canvas the cloning there, the image appears in the space but when I go to save it is not in the saved file, that is blank. Like i said it doesn't happen with other brushes and I saw you use the auto clone in the webinar, have you used it and then saved the file?
    Thanks for shedding any light on this

  5. Hi Carlos:

    I've seen this condition happen as you've described it; I think there is a screen refresh issue at times that may be related to the Gel blend mode. Here's how to correct it:

    Prior to autopainting, draw a single stroke on the blank image, then start autoclone. The act of applying some color (you may or may not actually see anything) initializes something that will then enables autopainting to work normally. Strange, but it works.


  6. Hi John:
    Thanks for your response, I tried it and still the file saves as a blank (PSD or RIFF), in fact when its on the screen if you try to clone the finished auto clone all that appears in the new image is the original stroke you made before beginning the auto-clone.
    Now, I continued further and found that it works fine and saves fine if using the wet blender brush, so it leads to this question: In your webinars you have focused on the gel brushes, which you explained very clearly, but how are they different from the wet brushes and when or why would you use one or the other? Thanks again.
    Carlos (alancarl@comcast.net)

  7. Hi Carlos:
    I created the 2 sets to provide a wide latitude in producing watercolor effects. The Water variants utilize the Digital Watercolor layer, so they have the advantage of being able to optionally display realtime diffusion effects. The Gel variants take advantage of the new Painter 11 Marker Method, which enables stroking an area without color buildup. Because they both use the Gel layer blend mode, they interact nicely.

    As I've used them, I've gravitated towards the Gel variants, but this is just a personal choice. Over time, I may discover some interesting visual looks with the Water variants, as well.

    I'll play around with cloning to see if I can come up with a workaround for your issue.


  8. John,
    I enjoyed your portrait webinar. I am anxious to review
    the video, since there are a few points that are not clear in my mind.
    I was sad to hear you were not doing any more till next year.
    Could you tell me, would your water color brush set be suitable for water color portraits and what specific brushes would you use.