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Deep Paint 2.0 - A Quick Start with A Free High End Painting Program
Posted by: Photomaster on 12-31-1969.

"Deep Paint 2.0 is a versatile, high-end painting program. The creators pulled it off the market and decided to give it away for free. This tutorial will get you off to a quick start. If you get stuck, repeat the tutorial until you are familiar with all the program tabs. Then you can go wild with your creativity."

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.


Getting Started

When you open an image, make sure the Paint tab (upper left hand corner of your screen) is selected. Use the Zoom tool, on tool bar on the left edge of your screen, to fill your screen or click on "Extents" in the upper right corner. Next click on the Clone tab, upper left, to get ready to paint. This creates three layers: source layer, clone layer and outline layer. To actually see the layers, first click on the Paint tab (upper left corner). Next, click on the layers tab on the right or hit F7. Create additional layers, as needed, while painting. (use the layer button lower right - just like PS)




Next, increase or decrease the opacity of the Source and Outline layers so you can see your brush strokes and the details of the image. Default opacity is 100% for Source layer and 0% for Outline layer. Then, Be Sure to Select the Clone layer or a new layer that you have created. If you do not, the brushes won't work. Now, click on the Presets tab (first tab on the right or F5) and make sure the Cloners Ex Preset is selected. Stay with that preset for now. All the others are for independent, freehand work. Play with those later on a blank canvas to see all the wonderful effects. Still with me?



Using Brushes

Select 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.

Paint Settings
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 Files

You 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:


Conclusion

This 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.


NOTES:
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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