Figure 9.37 Shapes drawn using quick strokes just to the side of the face

5. Duplicate and flip the layer horizontally.

6. Position both layers behind the Face layer (Figure 9.38).

7. Copy, paste, and move individual strokes and groups of strokes to get a denser look (Figure 9.39).

8. When you are satisfied with the appearance of the multiple strokes, collapse the entire group of individual feather-like layers together.

Figure 9.39 Strokes are copied, cut, and moved to achieve a denser appearance.

Adding Beads

The final touch will be to add some of the smaller shiny circles created with the Liquid Metal to each tip of the feather-like shapes.

1. Choose one or several different circles, and place a copy on each tip or each stroke (Figure 9.40).

Figure 9.40 A small bead has been added to the tip of each feather-like stroke.

We will now use one of the smaller beads to create a pattern that can be used to paint several lines of beads across the turban.

2. Use one of the small beads and create a new image that is exactly large enough to encompass the single bead.

3. Copy and paste that bead into the new image. It should be on its own layer, with the surrounding areas transparent.

4. Load a selection based on that transparency.

5. Capture a pattern from the selected layer.

6. The Pattern options palette opens. Leave all the settings at their default, and name the new pattern Beads. Click OK.

7. The new pattern should be active, with its preview visible.

8. Create a new layer above the Face layer.

9. Choose the Pattern Pen Masked brush variant from the Pattern Pens category and draw several lines of beads across the turban.

10. Load a selection from the newly painted layer.

11. Create a new layer above the beads, and change its Composite Method to Multiply.

12. With the selection still active, paint some mid-value gray on the new layer. It should only paint inside the selection and darken the beads on the layer below.

13. Collapse all the layers except the background together.

The face and jewelry are now finished. A bit of work on the background, and the painting will also be complete (Figure 9.41).

Figure 9.41 All the jewelry is finished.

In the next section, we will use one of the more esoteric features to add some interest to the flat background.

In this section, we will use one of the more esoteric features found in Painter to add some interest to the background.

1. Create a new layer below the Face layer and above the background canvas.

2. Fill the layer with white.

3. From the Effects menu, choose Esoterica > Maze.

4. The Maze option box appears (Figure 9.42).

5. Enter 20 into the Thickness box.

6. Click OK. The layer is filled with a complicated maze (Figure 9.43).

Just in case you do not have the time to solve the maze on your own, here is the solution (Figure 9.44).

Figure 9.41 All the jewelry is finished.

Creating an Amazing Background

Figure 9.42 The Maze options box
Paint Fill Maze
Figure 9.43 The new layer is filled with a maze.
Figure 9.44 The solution to the maze

You can generate the solution to any maze you create simply by checking the Display Solution box in the Maze Options.

7. Create a new layer above the Maze layer.

8. Fill the layer with white, and apply a Lighting effect to cover the surface with a rainbow assortment of colors. The custom lighting effect used in this painting is created using the options displayed in the Lighting Options palette (Figure 9.45).

Figure 9.45 The Lighting Options palette showing how the lighting effect was created

You are encouraged to create your own effect, but the custom light library is also available for download at www.sybex.com/go/painter.

Note: The Custom Lighting effect preset is available for download www.sybex.com/go/ painter.

9. A rainbow of color is applied to the White layer.

10. Change the Composite Method of the Color layer to Colorize.

11. Choose the Maze layer, and select the black lines of the maze with the Magic Wand tool.

12. Backspace and clear the black lines from the maze. You can delete the original Maze layer at this time.

13. Load a selection from the transparency of the Maze layer.

14. Choose the Color layer, and backspace to clear the selected portions of that layer.

15. Lower the Opacity setting of the Color layer to 20%.

The image will now look something like Figure 9.46, with the colorized Maze layer above the background.

Figure 9.46 The image with the colorized Maze layer over the background

16. Drop the Maze layer onto the background.

17. Apply another Lighting effect to the canvas using the default lighting scheme Warm Globe.

The whole image will now look something like Figure 9.47 with the finished background.

Everything is finished in the painting except one final step.

Figure 9.47 The background for the image is finished.

Finishing Touches

Almost everything in the painting is finished at this point. We just need to make one small final adjustment to the face.

1. Duplicate the face and Jewelry layer.

2. Apply the Soften effect to the top Face layer.

3. Reduce the Opacity setting of the top layer to about 20%.

A subtle Soft Focus effect is applied to the image. The painting is finished (Figure 9.48).

Figure 9.48 The finished painting

Final Thoughts

This was a rather long chapter, but hopefully it has made painting shiny objects easier and given you plenty of information to inspire you to greater experimentation in your own work.


Note to the Reader: Throughout this index boldfaced page numbers indicate primary discussions of a topic. Italicized page numbers indicate illustrations.

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