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Discovering the Power of DEEP PAINT 2.0
Remember, be patient and you will be richly rewarded.
Bonus: Additional learning resource link added at the end of this tutorial.
Using BrushesSelect a brush from the Cloners Ex list and then click on the Brushes and Paint Settings tab (second one on the right or F6). Now the fun begins - almost. Scroll down through the brush settings (leaving them alone for now) until you get to Paint Settings.
Note: This is a good time to tell you to click on the Paint Brush Icon at the top of the tool bar on the left.
Move the first slider all the way to the right to Original Paint color. You can leave Fuzziness alone or move it half way to the left from center position. Now, make sure only the Detail box is checked.
LETS START PAINTING!Again, click on the Clone Tab. On the right are all the adjustments you can use. At the bottom of the screen is a list of brush styles to select from. (Save these for later.) Begin stroking over the image varying pen pressure as necessary. [To vary brush size hold down the Control Key and drag the pen tool up or down on your tablet; drag left or right to vary strength. To rotate brush angle hold down the Shift Key and drag left or right. Drag up or down to vary brush length.] Now, isn't that cool?
As you paint you can use different layers for cloning various parts of the image. You can also vary the opacity of each layer. Be sure to name those layers. It's easy to paint on the wrong layer and hard to fix once you've messed-up.
Now you're having fun! To change to a different brush type, click the Paint tab (upper left) to go back to the Presets tab (F5) (on the right), select a new brush, then return to Brush tab (F6). Repeat the Brush and Paint settings (described above) each time you change brushes. Click on Clone Tab and continue working.
Note: You can save a custom brush Preset anytime. Just click on Save as at the top of the Presets menu. Give it a new name, save it, and it will appear on the list of available brushes. When you close the program it will ask if you want to save any of the brush setting you have not already saved.
As you work you can switch between Paint Settings to experiment with Define Edges, Canvas Texture, Selected Color and Finer Detail. Some box combination will not produce good results. If you have selected more than one box and this happens, try using just the box you need. I still need more experience with these options.
Saving and Printing FilesYou can save a file in jpg, tif, PSD or 40 other formats. Layers but not Lighting effects will transfer to Photoshop PSD. When you save a file in the Deep Paint proprietary format (*.dp2) the program creates a folder containing many files. The folder for one of my paintings contained 22 separate files. Be sure to save often. I have had the program lock-up a couple of times. To get the full benefit of texture and lighting effects, print directly from Deep Paint.
Close-up of a painted image:
ConclusionThis tutorial will get you started in Deep Paint. There is so much more to explore such as Lighting effects, canvas types, many, many other brush settings and all of the other Presets. Experiment to your heart's content and read the Help file. This can be a richly rewarding program.
I hope you found this tutorial useful.
BONUS - Additional Learning Resources
The learning resources listed HERE are for Deep Paint 3D but will also give you some very good insights into what Deep Paint 2 can do. The first four listings will be invaluable for understanding the capabilities of this program. The first is a detailed, 40 minute video tutorial on Deep Paint. A large (40MB) download but well worth the wait. If you have played around with Deep Paint much at all you can readily distinguish difference between the two programs. One of the major differences is the absence of the Clone and Paint tabs in the 3D version.
If you like Deep Paint, run, don't walk to these learning tools.
I run Deep Paint as a stand-alone program rather than try direct interface with PS. I kept getting "image is wrong color mode" messages when I tried to shuttle images back and forth.
I've read through the Help file and need to do so again now that I have some experience. The program difinitely has unlimited settings.
To retain the lighting and texture effects of a painting done in Deep Paint, when saving as a jpg, first save the file in Photoshop format (psd) then immediately save it as a jpg file. Presto, all lighting and texture effects are there. Try it and see if it works for you.
If you try saving as a jpg first you will get a message saying that lighting effects will not be preserved. You can delete the photoshop file since it will not have these effects, however, the psd file will have all the layers intact. This can be useful for creating some interesting effects in Photoshop.
I recommend a pen and tablet when using this program. I have a Wacom tablet. My tablet mouse will not work with the program. When I use the mouse button it causes the image to rotate. I think I need a driver update. However, I downloaded an update just two months ago. I'm sticking with the pen.
Deep Paint 2.0 is a free program and is available at:
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