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Painter IX: Oil Paint Cloner Tutorial

Last update:  12-31-1969

Submitted by Axleuk

This tutorial will help you acheive an Oil Painted look from a photograph using Corel Painter IX ( other version should also work) and adobe Photoshop (all versions). When finished please feel free to post your creations of othr images done using this technique. Have Fun !

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Painter IX: Oil Painting Cloner


In this tutorial you will hopefully end up with a good base in order to be confident enough to produce your own, realistic Oil Painted images using Corel Painter IX and Photoshop.

It is also advisable to use a Graphics Tablet as it give you a little more flexability on the fly as opposed to a mouse, however, with a little practice, good results can be achieved.

Select a suitable image:

Before we start it is important that you select an appropriate image that will port nicely into an Oil Painted medium. This can be a nice portrait, and family pet or any other suitable image. Most images can be used, but the more detail in them, the lesser the effect, however there are exceptions to this rule, so please experiment.

Step 1

Oil Paint Cloning using Corel Painter IX

I have chosen the image below ( Fig.1)courtesy of (Stock Exchange) for this project. Please feel free to copy it if you intend on following along  advisable, its FUN!)

Full image can be found here http://www.pbase.com/axleuk/image/38793065


The first thing you need to do is load your image in to Painter, this can be done by clicking FILE / OPEN / browse to folder / select image and click OK

Step 2

Settings: (Fig.2)

Make sure you have the correct setting enabled. I always select the image we have loaded as the cloning source.


Step 3


Map out in your mind what areas you will be painting first, this help to keep the flow of your work methodical and get your into a routine.

I always start with the background first and work my way forward, however in some cases you may want to deviate slightly, you will have to use you own judgement, but by working the background forst, allows you to place paint on top of that without creating a defined ‘edge’.


Step 4

Brush Selection:(Fig.4)

Decide what brushes you will be using before hand, it might be a good idea to open the image before you start and experiment


Step 5:


Next choose your medium type. There are a huge selection of mediums available to you in Corel Paint , for this example we will be using the Cloner, this tool is designed to take the underlying image and distort it in a way to mimic a particular brush style, however it is not as straight forward as that, you still have to think about your brush strokes.


Step 6

Brush Selection:(Fig.6)

Select the ‘ Wet Oils Clone brush ‘ this gives you a very good finished result.


Step 7


In order that you get the kind of brush stroke you want, it is important to set the brush dynamics accordingly. This includes the Size,Opacity, Resat, Bleed and Feature.

The size of the brush you wil be using, this will change throughout the course of your painting.


Resat:(Resaturation):The amount of the current colour the brush picks up, the lower the setting, the more paint from the previous stroke stays on the brush so when you apply the brush to the canvas and stroke across, the initial colour you had on the brush will blend across the canvas more, the higher the setting, then very little (if any) carries across the canvas. The best way to see this in action it to paint 1 thick black line of paint and 1 thick white line of paint under it and play with the RESAT settings but paint across the two lines in one stroke, you will understand the principle better.

Bleed:This is how much the paint bleeds when brushing a stroke, so a higher setting will cause the paint the be a bit more watery therefore causing it to bleed more than it would with a lower setting, so depending on your medium, adjust to best suit your need.

Feature:(Brush Hairs) The amount of brush hairs that are present, the lesser the number, the denser the brush, the higher the number then the brush starts to behave like a cheap artists brush and is wispy in application. If you imagine you have a brush with 100 bristles, the lowest setting will use all the bristles and the highest will have just 1 bristle.

Step 8


First off start with the background and stroke the image in the directions as follows making sure not to overpaint the face too much ( if you do, you can always correct by painting it back, however, in extreme circumstances you can always UNDO your mistake, EDIT/ UNDO BRUSH STROKE


Step 9

Brush Selection:(Fig.9)

Select the Camel Impasto Brush, this will help give the hair a slight textured look.


Step 10


Try to start off by stroking the underlying hair first and then stroking any hair that sweeps across after, this will give you a realistic look. Also try to keep your stroke nice and even and try to avoid small staggered strokes, it will make for a better finished result.


Step 11


Next the face. Try to keep to the contours of the face and try to blend the different shades together nicely, this is best achieve by applying soft, light pressure. It is always best to go over the face first and then go back and blend the different tones together. See above image for a rough brush stroke map, The brush size should change a little (using the left and right square brackets) depending on which part of the face you are painting .




Next the swearter. You can enlarge the brush size for this as you should not be worried too much about the detail, you can also apply a heavier stroke in order to give a more brushed look. I tend to rush this part as it tends to give me a more ‘raw’ painted look and I believe it does show in the final result.




Next the hands. For the fingers try and get the brush size the same as a fingers width and in one go, stroke the fingers. This gives a nicer, softer brushed look.


Step 14

End of Stage 1:(Fig.14)

If all has gone well, you should end up with something similar or even better than this example.

The next stage is post image enhancement. You may be happy with your result and in most cases you may want to stop there, but in my search for a more realitic look, I think a little more work is required.


Step 15


Photoshop Enhancement:

Next, open your image in Photoshop and adjust the levels, Hue and Saturation and basically give it a nicer tone. You can also add a Hipass overlay ,for a bit more contrast (copy image onto a new layer and select Hipass from the 'other' filter menu, adjust settings so you have a nice sharpen outline, click ok, then selecy overlay from the layer blend mode menu). A lot of Oil Paintings have nice rich colours, but you can experiment with the settings to get your desired result.



Congratulations !

You have now finished your masterpiece.

I hope you have learned a little something from my first tutorial or at least, come away with a few ideas.

Remember, this is only ‘MY’ technique, but you can modify it to suit your own unique style.

If you found this tutorial helpful, please leave a comment.

Happy Painting !