Digital ACRYLIC POURING with Corel Painter



hello there and thanks for joining me I'm Carl painter master Aaron Rutten and in this video I'm going to show you how to create an acrylic pour technique using Corel Painter feel free to follow along with this lesson you can get my custom brushes and workspace at Aaron Rutten com I'll put a link down in the description of this video so let's go ahead and get started here inside of Corel Painter I'm going to go to file new and I'm going to create a canvas that is 2,000 by 2,000 pixels I'm gonna zoom out so I can fit my canvas on screen here then I'm going to click on define pattern and then just to show you as an example what defined pattern can do it's going to loop your brushstrokes so that they mirror or create a seamless pattern so if I draw on the left side it appears over on the right side if I go all the way to the edge of the canvas and so on I'll go ahead and just clear that out I'm gonna select the cylinder pen this brush can paint using the gradient that you have selected so if I paint a test stroke currently I have this rainbow colored gradient selected but if I change that to something else like this orange flame then I'm going to get the orange flame colors if I change it to this field of grass I'll get these green grass colors let me go ahead and change it back to bars of color and paint a test stroke and you can see I get a nice multicolored stroke we can also choose a mean two additional color or a main color to transparent to get a simple two color gradient we'll select our main color and then we'll toggle to our additional color normally this is found in the regular color picker but I like the pinched temporal color wheel and that does not have a shortcut so I've created my own to toggle between the two colors and as you can see I can paint with my main and additional color if I switch that to black and white then I get something that looks like a cylinder and I can create little blobs as well so that gives you this really nice multicolored thick paint effect I'm gonna go ahead and change my gradient to oxidation and I'll just use this as a template to create my own custom gradient when we go ahead and locate the gradients panel and in the gradients panel I'm going to choose to edit the gradient now if I click on each of these little swatches here I can choose a stop or a node in the gradient and I can change the colors simply by just choosing a color here in the color picker I can also add and remove nodes as well so I'll go ahead and just choose the colors that I want to paint with here and put them in my gradient I'll go ahead and do a test you can see that now I can paint with all of those colors in that gradient I make my brush smaller then I'll get something that's a bit more compressed if I make my brush larger than the gradient spread out more if you want to edit your gradient you can always do that I think I might add in some white here I might also compress the gradient together in a couple places something like that will work I'll do a test stroke and I think I like that better let's go ahead and zoom out a bit so my canvas appears smaller this may help speed up Corel Painter a bit when you're painting with larger brushes and I'm gonna go ahead and just paint and just fill my canvas but I want to have kind of a flow I want that paint to be swirling maybe dripping or spiraling basically I want to cover up all of the white with this base color here or these base colors that I'll be painting with and I can create other little patterns in here you'll notice that as I'm painting because we're using defined pattern it's a mirroring on all sides and that will create a seamless pattern once you have something you like you can zoom back in and just make sure you get all of those white spots so you don't have any of your white canvas showing through you could even make your brush smaller and go through with smaller details and put those in now you may want to save this gradient by going to the sub dialog menu of gradients and choosing save gradient I'm gonna call this ocean swirl that way if I want to use it later I can want to change my gradient to mean to additional color and I'm gonna go ahead and select white toggle my color and I'm gonna sample one of these blue gray colors from within my painting I'm gonna switch the order of the main an additional color that way the white is dominant I'll go ahead and just paint in some little gloopy white paint here we'll go ahead and sample some other bluish colors and put those in maybe I'll want a blue streak here that's a bit different than the other blue greens that are going on in the painting now I'm going to select the coarse smear blender jitter brush and I'm gonna change my paper to organismal textures bumpy elephant skin if I blend very lightly with this I can kind of smear the paint around and blend it together a little bit and even as I'm blending it's going to mirror on the sides of the canvas so I want to go through and just kind of mix this up help this look a little bit more natural and organic what we're doing here is we're creating kind of a foundation of colors that we can pull and smudge around next I'm gonna select the distort Oh brush and we can start smudging the paint I want to use short kind of light taps just to pull the paint around and smudge it a bit I want to pull it and make it broader around the edges of the canvas and keep the center kind of condensed together more I can also select the turbulence brush and I can kind of mix things up that way and get the paint to swirl together I'm going to go back to distort oh and I'm gonna start kind of pulling things in a direction maybe we want the paint to all start swirling together or going in one single direction or in multiple directions this is where you can kind of push and pull the paint around and start to create a flow now there isn't really a right or wrong here I'm just kind of doing whatever it looks good to me and that's the fun thing about abstract art it's a non objective so I'm just kind of trying stuff and if I like it I keep it if I don't like it that I might cover it up or do an undo and a lot of this is just about back-and-forth experimentation basically what I'm doing is I'm looking for areas that are kind of flat or boring and then blending or smudging those areas a bit to give them some character I'm going to go ahead and go to save as and I'm gonna save this as my first iteration then I'm going to go to select all to create a selection around the canvas and I will choose capture pattern I'll call that pattern seafoam and it will appear down in the bottom of my patterns palette now I can choose select a none to deselect that selection I'll select the rendering brush which paints with the pattern and now you can see I can paint using that swirling pattern that I captured so I'm putting the pattern within the pattern this is creating a lot of extra detail now the way this brush works is if I use light pressure I'm going to get a smaller mark if I use heavier pressure I'm going to get a larger mark but the scale of the pattern within the mark is going to be larger or smaller to match the size of the brush now you could paint on this canvas and go ahead and continue that way or you can optionally create a new blank canvas and you can start fresh using this pattern as your base colors I'm going to go ahead and do that I'm gonna use that rendering brush with a big brush I'm just gonna paint in a nice swirling pattern here and I'll just vary my brush size so that I fill this in but there's a nice balance of big and small details in the pattern I want the bigger details to be near the edges that way it looks like the paint is kind of flowing outward from the center something like that works and I can always scale this pattern up or down but when you do that if you scale it down then that means that the pattern is going to be lower resolution when you paint with it if you scale it up it'll be higher resolution probably best just to go ahead and leave this one around 100% because that works pretty well but that's just something to keep in mind when you're painting now I'm going to switch to distort oh and I'm gonna just go ahead and pull some of the paint around just like I did before along the edges to make it look like it's flowing toward the edge and I can create flow within the painting itself I can kind of compress things in the center and push and pull them around but this is starting to look very organic and very natural like paint flowing on a canvas now I'm going to select the finger blender and I can use this just to kind of softly mix some paint together this helps it look a little more natural so it's not so perfect and sharp everywhere it just kind of softens things up a little bit I'm using this sparingly and I'm trying not to overdo it because it can really destroy detail so I'm just looking for big areas of color that are already just kind of next to each other and might fade together anyways I'm just kind of blending them together a bit I'm going to go to my color set libraries I'm going to choose a neutral grey which is just 50% gray I'm going to locate in my thick paint category a brush that's called thick nebula and we can use this to put down some thick paint now if I double next to that thick paint layer I can increase the depth of the paint I will need to change that overlay layer back to normal and then back to overlay again to be able to make that change update but what you can see is that allows you to thicken up the paint a little bit so it doesn't look so perfect and flat at any time I can edit that paint thickness and if I want to make it thicker I can but again I need to switch it to default and then to overlay for the composite method to update that change I can play with the opacity slider to make it more or less noticeable this really helps it look a lot more organic I'll create a new layer and I'm going to call this surface texture and I'll just name the layer underneath thick paint texture so we know what it is when we go to the surface texture layer I'm going to set that to overlay and fill that with that 50% gray and then I'm going to select the bumpy elephant skin a paper texture and I'm going to choose apply surface texture I'll go ahead and invert that texture I may want to go ahead and increase the scale so I'm going to cancel out of that menu make the scale the paper bigger and then go to effects surface control apply surface texture will increase the amount a bit and this is going to create some little bumps or bubbles in the paint I can create a mask on that surface texture layer select a block and then the airbrush and I can kind of begin to mask away some of that so it doesn't cover the entire canvas mask is going to conceal and white will reveal so if I want to bring some of the bumps back I can use white again I can play with the opacity of that layer if I want it to be more subtle I think that looks pretty good I may go back and forth between those two texture layers just to get it perfect I'm gonna go ahead and choose save as and I'll save an iteration of my work I'm going to delete that layer one I didn't actually need that layer then I'm going to go to effects adjust color I might saturate this a bit more to make the paint a bit more bright I think that looks better then I'm going to go back to distort oh and if I just paint on that canvas layer that has the paint on it that's underneath the texture I can push the paint around if this were acrylic medium being poured onto a canvas the paint might change direction as it goes around the corner of the canvas so I kind of simulated that by smudging the paint to the left and to the right and up and down near the edges I'm going to play with those texture layers again just to try to find a better balance I think that looks better I'll go back to the canvas layer and I can continue distorting this and swirling it together and I won't have to worry about messing up the texture layer that's above it I'm going to create a new layer I'm gonna call this swirls I'll set the composite method to overlay I'm gonna go to my pattern libraries and I'm gonna choose acrylic pour grayscale I'll select the rendering brush and I can paint with this to add some swirls you can see if I change it back to default what that looks like overlay is just helping it blend in and I'll just paint here and there in a few places just to make the paint look a little more liquidy I can reduce the opacity of that layer and do it before and after to see the effect that it's having I think I want that to be pretty subtle you can also flip the canvas vertically or horizontally sometimes it looks a little bit better and looks more fresh that way you might like it better flipped go back to the canvas and again I'll distort it a bit more with distort Oh creating more of a spiral pattern here and compressing it more in the center and you'll just start to see areas that need tweaking and you can tweak those areas but just make sure to save as you go along because sometimes you can mess things up you can reduce the opacity of the swirls layer just a bit more I'm not gonna zoom out on my canvas and just kind of see how it looks from far away and then back up close again this helps me evaluate how my painting is coming along I'm gonna go back to the canvas layer now I'll go to tonal control adjust colors and I might play with shifting the hue a little bit just to see how it looks sometimes you might find that if you shift the hue to a different hue it actually looks better I think that looks kind of cool but I don't really like the vibe I kind of like the blue greens better so I'm going to go back to that but it's nice to know that if you're kind of not happy with the colors you can shift them to something else now I'm going to go to effects esoterica High Pass and I'm going to increase the amount a bit and what this is going to do is this is going to sharpen the edges I'm going to select all and then I'm going to copy then I'm going to do some undos too before I apply that effect I'm going to paste that layer and I'll name that layer High Pass so basically I just have a duplicate of my artwork that's set to High Pass if I change the composite method to overlay and play with the layer opacity basically what that's doing is that's increasing some of the contrast if we do a before-and-after you can see that I'm gonna go ahead and just drop that high pass layer down to the canvas and I can blend and swirl some more if I want to I might even try a thin distort oh that's just like distort oh but a bit thinner but I'm just kind of hunting around for different areas here where I want to mix up the paint and just add more character again I'm just looking for areas that are kind of boring and just adding more visual interest to them if I do something I don't like I'm gonna undo it if I do something I like then obviously I'll keep it you some other brushes that might be useful are the pinch brush which compresses pixels together or the Bulge brush which inflates pixels like a balloon you might also like the springy blender which can kind of pull little streaks of paint around another brush is the blue brush and you can use that to kind of blow air onto the canvas and spread the water or the liquid paint around we looked at coarse smear blender jitter but you can use that to kind of tap to break up some of the paint and get it to flow into some of those bumpy elephant skin textures if you have that paper grain selected but again be careful with this because this can really destroy a lot of that nice detail in the swirling paint and I think overall I'm pretty happy with how this turned out so I'm going to go ahead and save my final copy and then I'm going to go to save as again and I'm going to save this as a PNG so I can post it on the web so there you go now you know how to create a digital acrylic pour effect using Corel Painter if you enjoyed this video click the like button and if you're new to my channel I'd love to have you subscribe I have a lot more Corel Painter tutorials like this thanks for watching and I'll see you next time you

12 Replies to “Digital ACRYLIC POURING with Corel Painter”

  1. Great tutorial Aaron I was trying to figure out how to mimic the acrylic pour several months ago , so glad I came across your video, thanks so much!

  2. Aaron! this is amazing and makes me want to save hard to buy Corel painter now rather than "make do" with what I have. Thank you so much for sharing!

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