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Using Painter with Photoshop

... Cher Threinen-Pendarvis

It's easy to move files back and forth between Painter X and Photoshop. And Painter's fantastic natural-media brushes can give Photoshop images warmth, a multitude of textures and fabulous special effects! In addition to the work showcased in this chapter, several of the other artists whose work appears in this book have used both Painter and Photoshop in the development of their images. If you're an avid Photoshop user and would like to see more examples of how others have combined the use of the two programs, check out the work of these artists for inspiration: Jeff Burke, John Dismukes, Donal Jolley and Pamela Wells.

Photoshop to Painter

Mask maximums
      A Painter file can contain up to 32 masks in the Channels palette, plus one layer mask for each layer. Photoshop 7 maximum is 24 channels in an RGB file, but three of the channels are taken up by the Red, Green and Blue color channels (leaving room for 21 masks). If you attempt to open a file with 32 masks in Photoshop 7, you will be greeted by a polite dialog box asking if you would like to discard the extra channels (numbers higher than 21 will be discarded). In Photoshop CS and higher the maximum number is 50 channels, in addition to the RGB channels.
Here are some pointers for importing Photoshop files into Painter X:

bullet Although Painter X will open CMYK files, keeping files in RGB color mode when porting files from Photoshop to Painter will make the best color translation, because RGB is Painter's native color model.

bullet Painter can open Photoshop format files saved in RGB, CMYK and Grayscale modes.

bullet Photoshop can save a layered TIFF file, but Painter does not support layered TIFF files. Painter will flatten a layered TIFF image on opening.

bullet A Photoshop document made up of transparent layers only -- that is, without a Background layer -- will open in Painter as layers over a white-filled background in the Canvas layer.

bullet Painter can recognize most of Photoshop's blending modes when compositing the layers (some exceptions are Color Dodge, Color Burn, Vivid Light, Linear Light, Pin Light and Exclusion). Painter converts blending modes that it doesn't recognize to the Default Compositing method.

bullet Layer sets created in Photoshop will be recognized by Painter.

bullet Photoshop layer masks translate consistently into layer masks in Painter. They will be listed in the Layers palette, as they are in Photoshop. To view a layer mask in black and white, in the Layers palette, select the layer, click the layer mask thumbnail and in the Channels palette, open its eye icon.

bullet A live layer style will disappear from the layer when the file is opened in Painter. You can try this work-around in Photoshop: Convert a "styled" layer to a series of rasterized layers (Layer, Layer Style, Create Layers) before attempting to open it in Painter. But this may not work either, since the conversion often involves a clipping path group, and clipping groups don't translate to Painter.

bullet Photoshop Alpha Channel masks are recognized by Painter X. The channels will appear in Painter's Channels palette.

bullet Photoshop type layers will be rasterized by Painter; and shape layers, layer clipping paths and clipping groups will not translate.

Painter to Photoshop

Dynamic layers
      When a Painter file that includes a Dynamic Layer such as Liquid Metal is opened in Photoshop, the layer is preserved but the dynamic capabilities are lost. To retain the dynamic properties for further editing in Painter, save a copy of your file with live dynamic layers in RIFF format.
Here are some pointers for importing Painter X files into Photoshop:

bullet To preserve image layers when moving an image from Painter X into Photoshop, save your file in Photoshop format. Photoshop will open the file and translate the layers with their names and the layer hierarchy intact. (Photoshop rasterizes any dynamic layers such as Text, Liquid Metal and Water Color, as well as Shape layers.)

bullet If a Painter file contains layers that extend beyond Painter's live image area, and that document is opened in Photoshop, the areas outside of the live area are retained.

bullet Many of the Photoshop Blending modes are available in Painter where they are called Composite Methods. Some modes/ methods have different names in the two programs: Photoshop converts Magic Combine to Lighten mode, Gel to Darken mode, Colorize to Color mode and Shadow Map to Multiply. When Photoshop encounters a Painter-native Composite Method it can't convert (such as Pseudocolor or Reverse-out), it converts that layer to Normal.

bullet To preserve the alpha channels (masks) in Painter's Channels palette and use them in Photoshop as channels, save a Painter file in Photoshop format. When you open the file in Photoshop, the named masks will automatically appear in the Channels palette.

A path to Photoshop

You can store path information with a selection in Painter for import to Photoshop, and it will appear in the Photoshop Paths palette.

When you make a selection with Painter's Lasso or Rectangular or Oval Selection tool, or set text and convert it to shapes and then to a selection in Painter (by choosing Convert Text to Shapes from the triangle popout menu on the Layers palette and then choosing Shapes, Convert to Selection), path information is automatically stored in the file.

Then if you save the Painter file in Photoshop format, these kinds of outlines will appear in Photoshop's Paths palette. If you save a selection as a mask in the Painter's Channels palette you can build path information back into the file: Choose Select, Load Selection to create a selection based on the mask; then convert this maskbased selection to outline information using Select, Transform Selection. (Painter's Transform Selection command adds vector information to the selection border.)

The Painter X Wow! Book

Cher Threinen-Pendarvis Cher Threinen-Pendarvis An award-winning artist, author and educator based in San Diego, California, Cher Threinen-Pendarvis has always worked with traditional art-making tools. Also a pioneer in digital art, Cher has created illustrations using the Macintosh computer since 1987. She has been widely recognized for her mastery of Painter, Photoshop and the Wacom pressure-sensitive tablet, using these electronic tools since they were first released.

bullet The Painter X Wow! Book is the book that all fine artists must have to get the very most out of Painter! It's not just about using Painter -- it's about inspiring examples and techniques for creating fine art, photography, graphic design, multimedia, and film that will raise your work to a new level.

In this new edition, bestselling author and renowned artist Cher Threinen-Pendarvis takes her readers step-by-step through this revolutionary program, revealing the best practices of numerous digital artists. With her clear, instructive approach, Cher quickly gets beginners up to speed and provides more advanced users with additional insight on the latest creative and productive techniques.

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If you use a Graphics Tablet

Then you must have The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book! This is the ultimate for artists, illustrators, photographers, and designers of all levels who want to tap the creative power of using a tablet with Photoshop and Painter and develop their own unique style of painting with these applications. If you don't have a tablet, you should try one! If you get into tablet painting, then you'll definitely want to pick up a copy

bullet See our complete review of The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book
bullet See our previous interview with Cher: The painter behind Painter WOW
bullet See another exclusive DTG interview with Cher: Working with Graphics Tablets


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