Your Questions About Digital Painting Brush

Joseph asks…

Corel Paint Shop Pro X2 Blending Brush Effect?

I recently switched from Microsoft “Digital Image 2006″ to Corel “Paint Shop Pro Photo X2”. It seems to do most everything MSDI 2006 can do and much more. That said, there is an often used tool in MSDI 2006 called the “Blending Brush” which seems to be lacking in PSPP X2. Basically the tool is similar to a clone brush however the painted images are softer (much less defined) and “blend” with the target area rather than completely replace it. It’s an excellent tool for painting out facial flaws and/or smoothing edges around objects that have been digitally removed from an image. If someone could explain how I would go about emulating this tool in PSPP X2 I’d really appreciate it.

Timo answers:

Sounds like you want to use clone stamp or healing tool, try those to fix blemishes, and check option for pressure and opacity,

George asks…

How to color something and avoid brush/stroke lines?

I want to color a children’s book without having those visible lines when brush strokes overlap. I need to create very even color on large area. If I use paint, I can see brush strokes; if I use markers it leads to disaster especially when coloring large areas (such as sky). How can I color without using heavy paint and make a sky look even, smooth and with no stroke lines? (and without using digital coloring)

Chalk doesn’t seem dense enough and it’s hard to apply around small objects
Watercolor is overlapping
Acrylic and Oil is too thick
Color pencils you can see brush strokes
Markers. ufff looks horrible on a large surface

Please help!

Timo answers:

Well, i’m sorry if you count this as digital coloring, but why don’t you color it with water colors, pencils, anything, then scan it in and blur the color around a bit? To do this neatly you can outline the whole picture with a black pen, then use the MAGIC WAND tool in adobe photoshop (It’s available in the free version, adobe elements too) to select the area before blurring with the blur tool. Good luck 🙂

EDIT: And also, pro markers are AMAZING! They dry perfectly smooth, but they cost quite a bit for a good set.

Laura asks…

Digital drawing program for Macbook?

I want to draw digitally on my laptop, but I can’t find a good program, like something equivalent to paint for windows. GIMP is just not working with my CPU and paintbrush is bad. Suggestions?

Please if avoidable, the spray can effect, where it goes pixel by pixel ever hen your whole brush is over the spot.

Timo answers:

I think the best is Painter from Corel.
Expand your creativity with Painter 11, the most inventive digital painting software on the market.

Get the trial first,
and decide whether you wanna buy it.

Mandy asks…

everyone says im a good artist…?

everyone i know tells me how good i draw or how good my paintings are..
people are always telling me of how good an artist i am gonna be when i grow up,
im only 14 and i know i am pretty handy with a paint brush,
there’s one problem though….


its not that i don’t want to get away from it, its just that i don’t feel good when i paint. and i don’t want to be doing that for the rest of my life.
people are supposed to feel good at the job they do.

so should i stop painting?
I don’t wanna let everyone down.


and i hate digital art

Timo answers:

Painting is grueling work. It can cause a lot of eye strain when you try to produce realistic art. I’ve strained my eyes plenty around your age and earlier, and now I wear glasses/contacts because of painting/drawing. The repetitive motions of holding the brush and painting strokes is not the most exciting part about painting either.

It’s just that the only great rewards of art (or doing art) is seeing your final work and seeing what you find pleasing in your work. While it’s nice that others like your art work, if you don’t particularly feel excited about it, then it won’t be a source of pleasure and joy for you. When I was younger, I won every art show/contest all the way up to junior year in high school (when I really stopped doing it publically). I put in effort with time and produced works, but winning was almost automatic. I felt good about being validated for my talents, but that alone did not carry me through to become some great artist in adulthood. That’s what everyone expected me to become, that is, except for my family. They didn’t support me doing art at all, so it was more like a chore without emotional support from home. Even though others tell you how good you are, it’s your choice what to do with your talent and your life.

Like you, I do not enjoy the process of painting. It’s nice work to see at the end, but I’d do it more frequently if I feel confident that I can sell my paintings at a high price. Otherwise, is it worth the difficult poses, high costs for supplies, and the lengthy time it takes? Organic solvents used in oil paintings are also quite harmful to your health—it is carcinogenic. I would never do oil for that reason. So there are some serious costs to doing art.

You can try graphic design, but that would require you to use digital programs. It’s tough to make ends meet with a raw painting, sketching, or drawing talent. I’ve seen self-employed ads for mural painting, but there is only a very small market for that.

Culinary arts, especially high end dessert art is the most exciting field, in my opinion. You have to be a real artist and be creative to withstand the competition out there. Have you seen the dessert competitions on the Food Network? In order to create masterpieces with chocolate or sugar candy, one has to know the limits of how much a sugar statue can support itself. One time a Japanese team of artists created a beautiful masterpiece with wings and the top third crashed while transporting it, leaving a still decent looking rest of the statue. The French team knew (from a long dessert culinary history of their country) the limits of sugar statue and did not push the design part too hard, creating an elegant piece that wasn’t too tall or big. It was so exciting to watch that. The French and the Japanese teams cried when they won first and second place respectively. Cuisine art is very exciting.

Architectural design is another very excellent option, if you are into buildings. I took an architectural drafting class in my engineering/architecture based high school. It was the best class that taught me careful measurements, use of the T ruler, and practical design. It was demanding and fun. Architecture is like that—half art and half discipline. There is a nice school in NYC called Cooper Union geared toward these disciplines. Check it out on the web….

Ken asks…

I need some help with GIMP for Digital Photography!?

If you turn on the Lock Alpha Channel button, what happens?
You will only be able to make changes in the transparent, or see-through, parts of a layer
You will be unable to make changes to transparent, or see-through, parts of a layer <—
You will be unable to make changes to any part of a layer
A colored background appears behind your image

2. After you select a section of an image and copy it, you can use the _________ to paint with that image as a brush.
Clipboard Brush
Paintbrush Tool <—
Bucket Fill Tool
Rectangle Select Tool

3. If you have a floating layer in your project, you will be unable to ___________________. Open images
Use the Toolbox
Create a new layer <—
Make changes to other layers

4. Filters are ______________.
Visual effects you can apply to your image <—
Floating selection layers
Ways to eliminate extra content from your image
A resizing tool

5. On the color wheel, where are complementary colors?
Next to each other
Near each other but not next to each other
In the center
Across from each other <—

I chose those answers, and I got 3 out of 5 right, but I can't figure out which ones I got wrong. Any help?

Timo answers:

Your answers to 1, 4, and 5 are correct.

The answer for 2 is “Clipboard Brush”.

The answer for 3 is “Make changes to other layers”.


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