Lineart is more often than not a good idea (you see that I resorted to it at a later stage too!). But I find that starting with colour first helps me set the mood for a piece better. It's like having a blurred vision of the whole thing, then refine your way towards a detailed finish, rather than a blank canvas waiting to be filled (which I personally find very intimidating!)
That was incredibly helpful. Its going to the fave list for future reference.
Saving it under a different file name is smart, I never thought of that. Whenever I needed to flatten whole layers, I would duplicate the flattened layer in case the other goes bad. Saving under a different file name preserves individual layers though so your way is definitely safer.
I admire how you blocked in with colors from the beginning. I find that hard to do right now, so I first paint in BW, then color it in later. My ultimate goal is to paint from the color swatches like you. Because the current way I do things tend to make the subject look like a vintage colorized BW photo XD.
Saving under different filenames has saved my bum (well, my painting for that matter) almost without failure. I tend to obsess with my pictures and go a lot back and forth to get them feel right. That's one of the things I love about digital: it's so forgiving!
As for the brushes: it's always hard round brush (I hardly ever use the airbrush). You can see the brushes I used for Inatten here: [link] The textured ones are by *concept-on-mac.
- The first one is what I use to block in colours (consequently, in step 2 also). If I press my stylus more I get a fully opaque stroke; if not, it's just a fine glaze. - The second (full opacity, size dynamics -- and usually small diameter) is for small details where I want my picture to be extra sharp. - For a sharp look in larger areas but better colour and blending control, I combine the settings of the first and second brushes into the third. You can see this in the folds of the final step. - For blending (face, hair) I prefer a speckled one like the last one rather than the airbrush.
Thanks again, Eilidh. I'll try out using hard round, but I'll set the opcacity to pen pressure, and see how it goes. BTW, I ran into a helpful vid on youtube last night. He talked about people who go to painter for tools not available to PS (especially the blending one called 'just add water' - I don't have painter so I'm not sure if I wrote that right). Anyway, he shows how to mimic that tool in PS, using the dreaded smudge tool - but tweaked in the brush settings. Here's the link: [link]
It's probably too basic for your level but it got me excited haha!
Παρακαλώ I use RIFF format. Painter tends to corrupt layers from time to time - making a kind of scratch impossible to remove or paint over. The only cure I've found was to save it as TIFF or another different flattened format, reopen and then paint over. I'm not sure if it was only Painter 9 bug or has 9.5 got it, too (I use 9.5). Anyway I try to keep as low layers number as I can, to avoid slowing down with large files.