So late this summer, my boyfriend RD bought me Corel Painter X3 for a birthday present (yay student discount, making things affordable for me, a student!) and I was super excited to try it out again (I think I dabbled with a free trial once when I was 15 or something) because after working with Sai for about a year, it became a lot harder for me to paint in Photoshop. So I was looking forward to having a photoshop-level painting program designed for painting.
But even after I got used to the interface and became comfortable with it — I was still having a lot of trouble making the brushes work like I assumed they would work. They didn’t blend like I thought they would, they didn’t have the opacity and color load sensitivity I thought they would. I was getting frustrated — there are so many brushes, maybe I just didn’t find the right one? Was I just too used to photoshop that I couldn’t ease myself into Painter?
But then, the other day, I watched a video for Painter sponsored by Wacom and found out about Brush Tracking for individual brushes. IT’S A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE. IT DOES WHAT I WANT AND NEED IT TO DO. Just aaah I’m so excited about having found this that I want everyone to know about it. Maybe I was just a big old dingbat for not knowing about it… but I don’t know. Maybe there’s someone out there struggling like I was.
So if you don’t already know Painter can do that — go to Window > Brush Control Panels > Brush Calibration (on Painter X3 it’s third from last) and try it out.