Digital Painting – How To Paint Mountains With Corel Painter

Digital Painting – How To Paint Mountains With Corel Painter


hi there. thanks for joining me in this video, I’ll show you my technique
for painting mountains using Corel Painter once you get these principles down,
you can apply them to painting any kind of mountain you like, in any
environment that you like so let’s just go ahead and get started
here this is what we’re going to try to
accomplish, more or less your copy might not look exactly like
mine and what I’m about to paint might not look exactly like this. each one is going to be unique
and that’s the good thing about it we don’t really want to make an exact duplicate this, but we want it to
be pretty similar and we want to follow the same techniques I’m going to make a new canvas here by
going to File>New and I’m going to choose the same dimensions
as what i have here, which is 14 inches by 7 inches at 72 DPI you want to set your DPI first if it’s set to something different
than 72 and then go ahead and change your width
and height. if you need changes it from inches to
pixels or vice-versa, you can get to that here your paper color and paper texture don’t
really matter right now and if you want to title it, you can. if you don’t want to, don’t worry about it. I’m going to call it “MTN” just for example and then we’ll click OK now I’ve got a new canvas here. now, I’m working on a pretty big screen. It’s pretty much the kind of TV that you
would sit in front of and watch television. it’s not really a computer monitor, so I have a lot of space to work with
here if you’re having trouble seeing your whole canvas here and your palettes are
in the way you can, at any time, hit TAB on
your keyboard and your palettes will temporarily go away. if you hit TAB again, they will come back… so I might do that periodically. also, one thing to know if you hold down the SPACE key
at anytime your cursor will turn into a hand and you can use it to click and hold. or use your stylus
pen to tap down and drag your page to navigate around so let’s go ahead and get started. the
first thing will do is we’re going to make a new layer by clicking the NEW LAYER
button, down in the Layers Palette and we’re going to name that layer by
double clicking on the name and we’re going to call it “sky” now I’m going to use a lot of layers in my
technique because if I screw something up it’s pretty easy to go back and fix it.
and I screw up things a lot so let’s fill that sky with a sky color so we’re going to take the Paint Bucket Tool here and we’re gonna pick a sky color. when I pick color, I like to pick from the Hue Ring first and I think my sky is going to be
somewhere right here and then try to find the exact color want. And I think that I want it a little more towards indigo. something like that. And then we tap to fill I don’t think I like that, so I’m going
to change it a little bit still needs to be more indigo you can pick whichever kind of blue you want. it
doesn’t really matter and then the next thing I’m going to do is, I’m going to take a custom digital airbrush here you want to want to make sure that your settings
are opacity: 25% resaturation: 100%. bleed:
0%. jitter: 0% and make sure that you’re drawing freehand
strokes size doesn’t matter because we’re going to readjust that I’m gonna hit TAB to make my pallets go away
temporarily by using the keyboard shortcut of CONTROL + ALT and then dragging with my mouse to resize my brush on the fly I’m going to make it pretty big here and then I’m going to take a darker blue color and I’m going to paint in some light-pressure strokes to kind of taper the color as it blends down and then I’m going to darken the color more and add more at the top so we have this gradient of color that goes down. that’s what
we’re going for and then I’m going to hold down the ALT key to get my
color sampler and I’m going to tap here to sample this color then I’m going to lighten it and I’m going to put in some lighter area here towards the bottom and this will kind of be right around where
the horizon might be. then I’m gonna go to yellow here
and I’m going to make it almost white and then I’m going to put in a little of that which will kind of make it pop a little more. and I think that’s all we need for our sky at
this point so let’s make another layer now by clicking on the New Layer button
in the Layers Palette. then we’ll double click on the name and we’re gonna call it “MTN” for “mountain” there’s no reason to put in really
long complicated names because we might not even be saving these layers, we might end up merging them let’s use the loaded palette knife you can find it in the palette knife category. you’ll want to make sure that your settings are
the same as mine. size doesn’t matter for now, but let’s
make sure the opacity is 100%, resaturation: 100%, bleed: 100% and the Feature: 0.8 and then another thing to note I have color variability selected. if you
can’t find this pallet, you have to go to Window Menu> and then Brush Control Panels>and then Color Variability so if you check this, it should appear
somewhere. and I’ve just moved it over here now, color variability will change the color of your brush in different ways. it kind of lets you add multiple colors at once I’ll just show you how it works I’m going to crank this up to 43% and I’m going to do a test stroke here. I’m going to pick yellow now with this brush, it makes kind of rainbow
things which isn’t that useful, but for other brushes like the scratchboard tool it changes the color of your
strokes we’re gonna make this a little more
useful because we’re not going to make any kind of rainbow art here today. let’s take the loaded palette knife
and take a darker blue and
let’s put this first setting back to 15% and we should get something like this.
it’s just going to look like a dark color and it’s not going to look like it’s really doing
anything, but trust me… later, when we blend, it’ll make it really cool using a pretty good sized brush here with our palette knife let’s start our mountain. now this is going to be
our horizon, right about here so we want to start a little bit above that and makes some triangular or kind of pyramid, hump
shapes and don’t go all the way down. go about to where the white begins and let’s make maybe three humps here The more humps you make, the more you’re going to have to detail So just keep it kind of minimal for now. Once you get this down you can make any kind of mountain shape you want now I’m making my brush incrementally
smaller and using that same shortcut by holding down Control+ALT And dragging Or tapping down and dragging with my pen to get a smaller brush so I can make in these finer shapes on the edges of my mountains and once you get something that you like we can start shading it I think that’s good for now the next thing were going to do is take another brush, which is the Just Add Water Brush. That’s in the blenders And make sure that your settings are: 100% Opacity, 0% Resaturation 51% Bleed no Jitter and we’ll get a medium size brush here and we’re going to tap and pull down like this with really hard pressure and then lighten your pressure So if I do it with another brush as an example This is an example stroke with a different brush I’m doing something kind of like that I’m tapering off Use heavy to light pressure Back to this Just Add Water brush so we’re smudging this out… we want it to get lighter as we smudge it out and makes the bottom of the mountain look
kind of foggy something like this. And if you want to use a bigger brush, you can You want to avoid smudging that edge too much you can see here that we get this variance in green, blue and purple. That’s happening because we used the color variability earlier with our palette knife and even that you can’t really see it, it just looks like black… when you blend it out you will get this variance of color it’s just going to make your painting look more interesting So the next thing we’ll do is add some snow to add texture so there’s a setting here called
preserve transparency. This will stencil off anything that’s on the layer and another video go into more detail
about what that does. I’m not going to waste a lot of time explaining here but let’s turn it on and you’ll see what it does next we’re gonna take the Square Chalk brush under the chalk brushes and the chalk brush works in tandem with
the papers to get really cool texture effects first thing we want to do is select a
paper texture by opening the papers palette. If you can’t find that any palette I have that you don’t
have can be found in the window menu they’re all in here paper panels. papers click here to select to a paper. let’s take simulated wood grain and you want to crank the paper contrast
setting up all the way up as well as the paper scale paper brightness as you can leave at 51% so when we make a stroke now I’m going to show you an example stroke you can see here it picks up that
texture. if you press lighter you get more texture and if you press heavy you get no texture so we want the lighter so to accomplish that you need to make sure your tablet is
functioning properly and that it’s calibrated properly. So we need to go to the brush
calibration menu and you can calibrate each brush
individually by clicking this little button here now we want to do is we want to make sure
that no matter how hard we push down with our style s
span that we’re gonna get minimal pressure so push down really hard. as hard as you can. Make a really thick stroke and go to OK now we know that it’s really really hard to even get it to show
up at all so that will get maximum texture and that’s what we want make sure your settings are the same as
mine: 66% for opacity 12% for green, resaturation 100%, bleed 0%, jitter 0% let’s put our color variability up to nine and let’s pick a blue color here and an almost white, very light blue and what we want to do is, we want to
have a stroke that starts out heavy and gets lighter that’s kind of exaggerated but I’m going to
make these strokes quick because the faster you do it the better it’s gonna look and we also want to follow the angles on
these mountains to get it to look right, so for example if you were to divide this peak and every peak in half so that’s your peak you want what’s on one side to go in one
direction. And what’s on the other side to go the opposite direction and you want to keep it that way because if you don’t, your mountain is going to look flat It took me a long time to get this technique down for my mountains to actually look right To show you I’m going to take the square chalk brush and I’ve got this light blue color here And I’m just going to do some angled strokes. See how I’m angling down? and eventually kind of ending up at
horizontal from vertical do the same thing with this peak here and this peak here so we have part of our highlight side. Our highlights are going to come from over here on the right and so were going to put some shadows on the left side. Now let’s sample (by holding down the ALT key) this blue color in our sky and
let’s shift it to the left so were going to make it desaturated a little bit a little more gray That will be our shadow color. Now we want our shadow to go in the opposite direction of our highlights I’m pulling with my pen in the opposite direction of my
highlights don’t cover up all this dark area either. We
want there to be some gaps. These are the cracks in the rocks and everything let’s take almost white so not quite white, but still pretty close to it and let’s use a little bit of white here, sparingly and then now let’s change the paper scale and
the paper contrast to about the midpoint here Let’s take it down about halfway each this is going to make the texture
smaller with our chalk we’ll make our brush a little bit smaller too I’m using these quick heavy to light pressure strokes so that the texture kind of tapers off So that’s our snow there on our mountain And I don’t think we need any more for our shadow Now one thing we can kind of do to add some extra little cracks and things here is, if we go to our scratchboard tool And you may have to kind of play around with these settings in the “General” Menu I changed a few things to get it
to work like this but it should suffice the way it’s working
for now. all we need to do is make a few little lines here and there Make sure your opacity is at 100%, your
resaturation is 100% and your bleed is 0% First, let’s sample this dark color and then we’ll put some little lines kind of going in the direction of our angles these will be little cracks and chasms and gaps then go the opposite direction on you
shadow side if this pen doesn’t work properly, just
use something like the Detail Oils or a Pencil or something. anything that will
make pretty thick, opaque lines. and then now we want to blend that out to make it look
like it’s a more painterly kind of rock texture so we’ll take the Coarse Oily Blender and the Coarse Oily Blender works
similarly to the Chalk brush, where it works in tandem with the paper texture so you want to make sure you still have
this paper texture selected and then we want the Opacity to be set to 4%, the Bleed to 100% Jitter to 0% and hopefully it should be functioning properly here so to ensure that it is, let’s do a practice stroke and… if you see this texture happening here then it’s working if not, and it’s doing something like this where it’s just smudging more and not really doing anything you may have to kind of refine these
settings, they may differ on your computer. so you might want to
raise them higher to get more texture so you want something like this to happen. so we’re blending and pulling down, following the
same angles and we’re doing just the highlights and then we’ll do the shadows in the
opposite direction doesn’t matter really if you pull up or down just as long as you follow the angles now let’s scale our Paper Texture and Paper
Scale down a little bit so we can do some more blending following the angles now it’s starting to look like a mountain. it starting to look like something that you painted with oil paint perhaps. I think that will suffice there for blending we can put little more texture over it by
using a Custom Sponge you may need to change the settings for this in “General Settings” uh… just make it’s set to what you see here the sponge I started with was the Loaded Wet Sponge and I just called it “Custom Sponge”
this is a custom variant. I think just about any sponge will work I’m going to make it about the size here and I’m going to a new Layer and i’m going to turn off Preserve
Transparency this is kind of a cool trick here to do
some texturing and tinting so I will call this… “tex” for “texture” now if I go back to my mountain layer and I Right-Click on the layer itself and do “Select Layer Content” it’s going to put a selection around
everything that’s on that layer and then I’ll do a “Ctrl+Shift+H” to hide that selection. Everything
will still be selected, but those dashed lines will go away so it’s essentially going to work like
Preserve Transparency did, to where it’s going to only allow me to paint on a certain part of this new Layer so I’m going to go to that new layer and I;m going to change it’s Blend Mode or “Composite Method” to “Multiply” and then I’m going to take a blue color here. something maybe
more blue-grey like that and then I’m going to tap a couple of times and you can see that texture is being confined to the selection. that selection is based on the contents
of the layer below it and then I’m going to reduce the Opacity down a little bit to where this makes the texture more
subtle now let’s combine some of these layers together. let’s take the texture layer and hold down “Shift” and select the mountain
Layer and do “Ctrl+E” and “Ctrl+E” is going to merge them
(fuse them) into a single layer and let’s rename that “mtn” — “mountains” so we don’t get confused now let’s turn Preserve Transparency
back ON and let’s do a “Ctrl+D” “Ctrl+D” or you can go to the Select Menu and then do a Deselect or “Select None” to make sure
that we deselect that selection that we had. otherwise
everything’s going to go really wacky on you. so make sure you do a “Ctrl+D” right here. Preserve Transparency is ON, so let’s sample a color by holding down “Alt” this white color here, towards the bottom. let’s go back to the airbrush and make sure the settings are still
the same make a pretty big airbrush and let’s lighten the bottom of this
mountain so it kind of blends into the background a
little better and then let’s go ahead and merge the sky and the
mountain layer together… so hold down “Shift” to select both and then do “Ctrl+E” to merge those layers… now labeling doesn’t
really matter at this point because I don’t think we’re going to really add too many more layers turn OFF Preserve Transparency turn OFF Preserve Transparency and then we’re going to take a Blender
called Diffuse Blur make sure your settings are the same here and with really light pressure, (it may take a couple
tries to get this right) blend with the angles, from the bottom up so… the shadows are going one way and highlights are going the other. towards the top, don’t blend it as much.
I’m using really light pressure something like that and then a little more firm pressure towards the
bottom using circular winding strokes to blend out the bottom and there you go, you have one mountain. now, to make it look a little more realistic and more like our example let’s add a couple more peaks in front. I’ll do these
a little faster. I won’t be so slow about this.. so I will make a new Layer and call it “mtn2” just for the heck of it then I’m going to take the same Palette Knife and sample this really dark color here.
the darkest one I can get and I will make it a little darker for the mountains we’ll put in front of it I’ll make sure I still have this Color Variability ON and then I’ll just put in some really quick mountains. you can see that if you’re not teaching people how to do it, you can
actually do it pretty quick. I encourage you to just keeping mountains like this make several different drawings
and try some different colors. I’ve been painting mountains for a
few years now. And it wasn’t until pretty recently that I actually found a
technique that works and that is easy to do. and then… the Just Add Water brush. I’m pulling out this color here I see some spots I want to fix on the
top of my mountain so I’ll just use my eraser to shave that off.
that’s better… Preserve Transparency ON, Square Chalk brush you can sample these colors from the background, that saves you a little time next, pick our highlight sides. a little spot there will make it look kind of cool then change the texture a little bit and then sample our sky color make it a little more gray to dull it down and then do our shadow color going in the opposite direction and then let’s take an “almost white” to put in some snow here… now, the foreground ones can be a
little darker and then we’ll take any kind of line-making brush. I use the Scratchboard Tool and put in some craggly, jagged lines here to give it some character following the angles that’s good. and then… let’s do some blending with the Coarse Oily Blender when the textures really large, it
doesn’t really seem to do much, but as you make it smaller, it has a
little more influence. you can kind of destroy these lines here…
or at least blend them a little bit something like that let’s add some texture. turn OFF Preserve Transparency, Right-Click
on the layer and “Select Layer Content” hide the Layer Selection by doing “Ctrl+Shift+H” add a new layer call it “tex” just so you know what
you’re working with changed the Blend Mode (Composite Method) to “Multiply.” pick a blue-gray color. sponge tool. tap to add some texture. turn down the Opacity to get it looking more subtle and then let’s select both these layers together by holding “Shift” and then do “Ctrl+E” to merge the layers. and then we’ll take the airbrush and we’ll sample (by holding Alt) this white color here at the bottom oops. so this is what happens if you forget
to do a Deselect it’s still selected, so it’s going to look wacky even I forget to do this, and I paint a lot so go back a couple (Ctrl Z to undo) do a “Ctrl+D” because you can see the selection is still there if I show it “Ctrl+D” deselects the selection… now it will work as
it’s supposed to here. then you can lighten the mountain without it getting all psychedelic on you there then we’ll take our Diffuse Blur blender Diffuse Blur blender? it’s still not working… sometimes the brushes get stuck… okay use pretty heavy pressure and blend the
bottom to where it blends into nothing I’m using light pressure and following the angles
to blend the peaks now if we want in the background mountain to look a little further away, we’ll go back to it and we’ll turn Preserve Transparency ON. we’ll take the airbrush sample this background color here, kind of near the bottom and with light pressure,
tint it now it goes way into the distance… now if
you want to make the foreground mountains look a little more distant so the same thing to them so there you have it and now let’s just flatten everything
down to one layer and before you do that if you want to save a copy just
for example sake, you can but in this example, I’m just going to flatten it let’s do “Layer Menu>Drop All” and then we’ll be able to blend everything together and let’s take our Coarse Oily Blender and we’ll just blend along the bottom using winding
circular strokes to kind of makes something that looks
like some rolling clouds or mist and then we’ll blend over that with a Diffuse Blur brush now you can see that all these brushes are brushes
that I use repeatedly and they are really the only brushes I use for just
about any painting. It’s a really versatile set you don’t know really need all the brushes
that Painter comes with. — you only really need a few depending on what you do. so it’s good to save Custom Brush
Palettes and I’ll show you how to do that in another video this should work pretty well for showing
how to paint mountains. try it with some different colored mountains and
different colored skies your shadow color is often your
sky color and there should always be some kind of
tint within your snow color of the sky if
it’s going to be snow… if it’s stone, then it doesn’t matter too much if you enjoyed this video, please subscribe to my channel to see more digital art tutorials thanks for watching

38 thoughts on “Digital Painting – How To Paint Mountains With Corel Painter

  1. interesting technique..i never really understood the preserve transparency before..makes sense now..

  2. I have looked at a ton of digital painting videos on YT, and this is one of the best instructional videos I have seen. It's in real time, but you are short and to the point and manage to show us technique with little hand-holding. Calm voice and not a bunch of backtracking, you obviously know where everything is and how it functions.
    I can't find anything negative about it, great video.

  3. The Video is good, but the mumbling is terrible. Please do it again in a clear understandable british english. Thanks

  4. Im a subscriber!

  5. Hey man, how do you paint a mountain made of methane ice on a rogue planet?

  6. I have an International organization for singing techniques and Aaron does all my graphic art. He is a brilliant genius… seriously. Go check out his abstracts… and purchase a print, support this guy, he is very deserving and works hard… this is a very generous gift of his time and talents to share with you… Great work Aaron, Im proud to know you.

  7. … put the mountains inside of a binary sun system broheim! Make it alien…

  8. Really useful, thanks. A useful technique and a good introduction on how to use Painter.

  9. Thank you, your tutorials are perfect.

  10. Out of curiosity, do you always work in 72dpi? If so, why?

  11. No. I only use 72DPI for these videos. Otherwise, I use 150DPI for anything I plan to print.

  12. You Rock, great information, great direction and quite easy to follow. Thank you so very much…I'm definitely picking up stuff I didn't understand. Ditto to Fzoulcmbyl1 comments…what a name

  13. Excellent tutorial very helpful. Keep up the good work!

  14. Thanks! Will do.

  15. Thanks for the tutorial! I'm a complete newbie to Corel – and you can imagine that the amount of brushes and options available are really overwhelming. You made this tutorial easy to follow and very clear. I learned a lot.

    And you speak clearly enough that most of the captions were decently accurate.

  16. what tablet are you using?

  17. thanks for the tutorial! 🙂 great work

  18. hey…is it possible to use those techniques to create buildings ruins and other scenes?

  19. hope you will reply…i am stuck thank you so much for the help and tutorials

  20. Yes, you can. I plan to release a video on architecture soon.

  21. Thankyou so much for the time and effort you put into this tutorial. Followed it step by step and I feel like I've created a masterpiece! haha

  22. That's great to hear. Feel free to post some of your work on my facebook page.

  23. picture was good until you washed it out…..

  24. I was demonstrating how to show distance. Washing out the color makes the mountain look more distant.

  25. Thank you

  26. Thank you tons for this tutorial 😀 Texture and landscapes is the next challenging frontier for me..so this was very awesome information! ^^

  27. I would like to know how can you create a fog/mist effect

  28. Excelent Thanks

  29. Smudging the bottoms of the mountains didn't work for me, the dark color would drag out but quickly turn stark white. Any suggestions?

  30. You are a digital version of Bob Ross. I used to paint like this in oils and never thought I would ever see it done digitally. Your work is amazing I love it.
    All of your technique is how I learned with Bob Ross. His was based on a wet on wet technique I could never figure out how to duplicate it in Painter until now…
    Thank You So Much
    Martin

  31. You could at least say that this is based on Bob Ross's wet on wet technique.  You haven't mentioned him anywhere but it's his technique exactly.

  32. great info!  Keep up the terrific work!

  33. Really great tutorial!

  34. This was extremely helpful… now I can properly draw mountains

  35. This is like bob ross drawin mountains but digital lul

  36. Where'd you get that knife brush? can't find it anywhere

  37. Brilliant …

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