Friday, August 28, 2009

Painter Watercolor Webinar Today at 11:30 PDT



The All Things Painter Watercolor Webinar is today at 11:30 PDT. You can still sign up! Attendees will receive John's Watercolors, which will be debuted at this webinar. After the webinar, the brushes will be $35. Save $5 and sign up for the webinar for $30!

Below is an example of John's Watercolors in action. Click on the image to view a QuickTime movie of the image being created.


You can sign up for the All Things Painter webinar by clicking the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. If you don't have a PayPal account, an option to pay via credit card is offered as well.

Viva la Painter!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Painter Watercolor Webinar Basics



I have received a few emails asking about how the webinar process works, so here goes...

A webinar utilizes browser technology that enables you to view a remote screen (in this case, mine) on your display, as well as hear the presentation on your computer's speakers.

When you sign up for the webinar, you will receive an invitation generated by the webinar host (GoToWebinar), and a meeting ID number. At the correct time on Friday, you'll click on the URL provided in the invitation and then type in the meeting ID in the field provided on the web page.

There is a small application that GoToWebinar will ask to install on your computer. This application enables the webinar to efficiently stream to your location and does not contain any "malware" or invasive code.

When you join the webinar, you will see an simple instruction screen. You may be greeted by Karen Bonaker, who is managing the webinar. She may ask if you can hear her and check to see if you can see a screen she is displaying.

Some attendees will have USB headsets with a microphone, which enables them to ask questions at the appropriate times. But you don't need this; you can ask questions via a textbox which is a part of the webinar interface.

You will want to join the webinar 15 minutes or so before the actual start time. This will allow you to confirm that you see the remote screen and can hear the live voice.

Once you are up and running, you'll wonder how you ever lived without online education!

If you are new to webinars, I hope give it a try and attend All Things Painter on Friday!

You can sign up for the All Things Painter webinar by clicking the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. If you don't have a PayPal account, an option to pay via credit card is offered as well.

Viva la Painter!

-john

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The Dream Shall Never Die

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Painter Watercolor Webinar Brushes to Go On Sale


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It's only 3 days until the Painter Watercolor Webinar and the debut of John's Watercolors.

These brushes, an edited video of the webinar, and a PDF of use instructions will go on sale after this Friday's webinar for $35. Of course, you can still sign up before Friday's event and receive this package for only $30.


If you are a Painter user, you'll want to attend this All Things Painter webinar. Besides getting John's Watercolors, you'll learn a lot about Painter's Brush Controls and how to achieve an authentic watercolor look in Painter. All this from the man responsible for Painter's original Digital Watercolor and Watercolor brushes.

You can sign up for the All Things Painter webinar by clicking the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. If you don't have a PayPal account, an option to pay via credit card is offered as well.

Viva la Painter!

-john

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I'll post when the brushes package is ready for sale.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Painter Watercolor Webinar Brushes Preview



I'm in the process of finalizing the brushes for this week's All Things Painter Watercolor Webinar. The final name for this brush set is John's Watercolors.

As I mentioned before, I didn't approach the design of these brushes from the point of view of a watercolorist (I'm not one). Rather, I examined the look of watercolor and designed brushes that simulate the look without the medium's often unforgiving nature.

Below is an example of John's Watercolors in action. Click on the image to view a QuickTime movie of the image being created.


The brushes in the John's Watercolors library are composed of both Painter X and Painter 11 brushes. I'm specifically taking advantage of a Painter 11 feature to accomplish the ease-of-use factor I've mentioned. Does this mean that John's Watercolors will not be useful to the non-Painter 11 user? Definitely not! The pre-Painter 11 brushes have some tricks of their own.

The really interesting thing is that all the brushes work together seamlessly. Even if you are currently not a Painter 11 user, you owe it to yourself to see these brushes. During the webinar, I will explain how these brushes work and are user-adjusted to suit your needs.

The webinar is $30. You can sign up for the All Things Painter webinar by clicking the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. If you don't have a PayPal account, an option to pay via credit card is offered as well.

Viva la Painter!

-john

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Painter Watercolor Webinar: One Week From Today



A quick clarification: I have been erroneously confusing myself—and everyone else!—regarding the start time of next week's All Things Painter Watercolor Webinar.

Here are the correct times:

11:30AM PDT
12:30PM MDT
1:30PM CDT
2:30PM EDT
7:30PM • UK
8:30PM • Rome


I am continuing to tweak John's Brushes 2, which will be provided to attendees of the workshop. I will demonstrate these brushes during the session as a means of explaining various Painter Brush Control features. Here is a practical example of the brushes in use:


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My goal is to create a set of Painter watercolor brushes that are both faithful to the traditional medium, as well as easy to use. I'm not a watercolorist by background, but I think you'll agree from the example that I'm getting a pretty realistic depiction of watercolor with these brushes.

The webinar is $30. You can sign up for the All Things Painter webinar by clicking the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. If you don't have a PayPal account, an option to pay via credit card is offered as well.

Viva la Painter!

-john

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Painter Webinar Introduces Breakthrough Brushes



I've been working on John's Brushes 2, which attendees of the All Things Painter Webinar will receive. Below is a quick sample to provide a sense of the high fidelity with these brushes emulate the appearance of their traditional counterpart:


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This webinar will detail how to work with these brushes, as well as adjust them to suit your needs. I believe these brushes represent a breakthrough in emulating the appearance of digital watercolors that has not been previously possible in Painter. The brushes specifically take advantage of a Painter 11 feature which makes this faithful emulation possible. Even if you don't currently own Painter 11, a focus of this webinar will include general natural-media emulation techniques.

Attendees will receive a download link for both John's Brushes 2 and a recording of the webinar.

The webinar is $30. You can sign up for the All Things Painter webinar by clicking the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. If you don't have a PayPal account, an option to pay via credit card is offered as well.

Viva la Painter!

-john

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

August 28th Painter Webinar: Faking Spontaneity


Achieving watercolor's spontaneity in a digital medium can require some well-crafted fakery.


In this All Things Painter Webinar, I'll show how to balance true artistic spontaneity with elements of the visual vocabulary of traditional watercolor. The techniques I'll demonstrate to enhance digital watercolors with post-rendering effects can be extended to other digital mediums, as well.


The webinar is $30. You can sign up for the All Things Painter webinar by clicking the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. If you don't have a PayPal account, an option to pay via credit card is offered as well.

Viva la Painter!

-john

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Monday, August 17, 2009

August 28th Painter Webinar Topic: Watercolor Techniques


For this All Things Painter Webinar, I'll be focusing on achieving the look of Watercolor with Painter's brushes. Digital Watercolor is one of those mediums that requires a bit of cheating to get an authentic look. I'll be describing how to use Painter's Digital Watercolor brushes, as well as adding further enhancements to achieve the visual appearance of traditional watercolor.



Even if digital watercolor isn't your medium, much of this webinar's content will apply to enhancing the natural media appearance of digitally crafted art. Attendees will receive John's Brushes 2, which include the brushes I'll be using during the webinar.

You can sign up for the All Things Painter webinar by clicking the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. If you don't have a PayPal account, an option to pay via credit card is offered as well.

Viva la Painter!

-john

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Monday, August 10, 2009

All Things Painter Webinar = Free Brushes!


I've received several requests regarding Painter brush adjustment and customization. As a result, I am creating a new edition of brushes titled John's Brushes 2.

The original John's Brushes are available on the Resources page of my website, www.pixlart.com.

I'll be using these brushes to demonstrate various adjustment tweaks to get the most out of your brushes. Attendees will exclusively receive John's Brushes 2 as part of the webinar. I am still assembling these brushes and will provide an update describing them in detail when they are finalized.

You can sign up for the All Things Painter webinar by clicking the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. If you don't have a PayPal account, an option to pay via credit card is offered as well.

Viva la Painter!

-john

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

All Things Painter Webinar Topics Update


I've gotten a few requests for the All Things Painter webinar on 8/28. As a result, I'll be providing updates to give you an idea of what topics are likely to be covered.

Utilizing Image Luminance on a layer
Don't let this rather technical-sounding subject title scare you off. Did you know some of the Layer palette's Compositing Methods (blend modes) can be used to create non-destructive texture layers, or be used to create equally non-destructive Dodging and Burning tonal adjustment tools? It is a very simple pixel trick, and knowing how to utilize it offers a new arrow to add to your Painter quiver.

I'll provide an easy-to-understand visual explanation of the use of gray-scale information in layers. In the meantime, you can take a look at my blog post on Blend Modes Demystified.

I'll be providing additional posts as new topics are added. The All Things Painter webinar costs $30 and will be on August 28, at 11:30AM-12:30PM Mountain Daylight Time.

You can sign up by clicking the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. If you don't have a PayPal account, a credit card can be used.

-john

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

All Things Painter Webinar with John Derry



I've been graciously asked by Karen Bonaker of the Digital Art Academy if I'd like to do a Painter webinar. We've arranged a date, August 28, from 11:30 to 12:30 MDT. I'm letting attendees determine the topic areas of this session. As an attendee, you can submit topic suggestions as a part of the registration process. I'll take the most popular suggestions and design the webinar around it. I'll additionally share a few of Painter's less-known tricks.

Pricing for All Things Painter is $30. You can sign up by clicking the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. If you don't have a PayPal account, a credit card can be used.

I hope to see you on August 28!

-john

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