Written and Copyright Cherie
This is my own creation, any similarities to other
tutorials is purely coincidental and unintentional.

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Go to your PSP folders and in "All Lessons", "Baby Bees" make a new folder name: Art Media Lesson

 

In this lesson we are briefly going to look at all the art media tools.

The first one we will go over is the oil brush Okay lets check out what Jasc help has to say about that brush:

Oils present a dense medium that blends color by mixing thick medium rather than through an overlay function. The Oil Brush can potentially be loaded with multiple colors across the head. Mixing with oil already on the canvas results in smearing and blending. Shininess is important, as well as the existence of texture from the mass of medium on the canvas interacting with the bristles of the brush , as well as the texture of the canvas.

There are a number of options for managing the reloading of the Oil Brush tool head between strokes:

  • Reload with solid color

  • Reload from an area on the Mixer palette's Mixer page

  • Reloaded with its current contents (dirtied by interaction with the canvas, with optional amounts of mixing in solid-color or color from the Mixer page)

  • Not loaded at all, but instead relying on the user to dip into the palettes or canvas manually after each stroke.

These options helps to mimic real world paint tools while also allowing the digital user to take a more convenient approach to applying new paint strokes.

Oil Brush will have a wet appearance when applied.

So now let's get started.

1. Open up a new image 500 x 500 transparent. Go to file/new.

2. Click on your oil brush

3. Now in your materials pallet pick a foreground and a background color. We will use these through the entire lesson. If you need reference on how to pick colors then refer back to the materials pallet lesson for reference.

4. Check out your preset tool bar mine looks like this:

Notice 2 of the settings:

Auto clean When marked, this check box simulates cleaning the brush and dipping it in fresh paint at the start of a new stroke.

When unchecked, the brush head is not cleaned at the start of the stroke.  Instead, the "dirty" head has a small amount of the current color added to whatever dirty head state exists from the previous stroke.

Note:

The Auto Clean check box and the Clean button are only available with the Oil Brush and Palette Knife tools.

5. Now click no the auto clean and on your blank canvas make a stroke.

6. Notice that in your layers pallet it will say "Art Media Layer" anytime you use the tools from above they will come up in the art media layer PSP is telling you that your working on a art media layer. See below:

7. When you release your mouse after the stroke the brush head is automatically cleaned.

8. Now on your materials pallet flip your foreground with your background. If you need reference refer back to the materials pallet lesson for reference.

9. With a new color in your foreground make a stroke next to your first stroke like so:

10. Now on your same canvas flip your foreground and background again, and this time uncheck the auto clean and before making a new stroke click on the faucet:

11. Now make another stroke like so:

12. Now flip your foreground and background but DO NOT CLICK ON THE FAUCET.

13. Make another stroke and notice the color like so:

Notice that the color is different that's because it picked up the other color that you used. Just like a real paint brush that you would be using to paint or mix colors. In PSP it acts the same way.

1st ASSIGNMENT: TAKE A SCREEN SHOT OF YOUR 4 STROKES, CROP IT DOWN AND SAVE IT AS A JPEG AND SEND IN FOR CREDIT.

1. Open up a new transparent image same as above

2. Pick to different colors as your foreground and your background:

3. On this one you can right click and your background color will show but get use to flipping your foreground and your background and flip the colors. Now make a new color next to the first one like so:

I crossed mine so that you can see that the colors do not run together like they do with the oil brush.

2nd ASSIGNMENT: TAKE A SCREEN SHOT OF YOUR TWO NEW CHALK STROKES, CROP IT DOWN AND SAVE AS A JPEG. SEND IN FOR CREDIT.

3rd ASSIGNMENT: MAKE A NEW IMAGE AND MAKE A STROKE USING ALL THE TOOLS. EACH STROKE SHOULD BE A DIFFERENT COLOR AND YOU SHOULD HAVE SIX IN ALL. TAKE A SCREEN SHOT OF IT, CROP IT DOWN AND SAVE AS A JPEG AND TURN IN FOR CREDIT.

NOW LET'S LOOK AT THE 3 LAST TOOLS

Were going to just talk about these tools because when you use them you will understand them a little better.

1. Pallet Knife: The Palette Knife interacts with the mass of medium on the canvas. Generally it would only interact with strokes placed by the Oil Brush given that it is the only tool that apply large amounts of its medium. As the mass of the medium reduces in a spot, there is less to smear and using the Palette Knife has less effect. This means that Crayon, which applies very little medium, will only be slightly affected by the Palette Knife.

2. Smear Tool: the Smear tool is to smear existing pigment, including pigment that has no volume on the canvas, such as pencil. This simulates using a cloth or finger to softening out chalk or pencil strokes on a real-life canvas.

3. Eraser: The Art Eraser tool lets you erase art media from the image. Specifically, it erases mass where there is some, and color where there is not mass. While this tool is not strictly realistic, it does provide important flexibility to the Art Media tool set, allowing you to erase mistakes progressively rather than requiring an entire stroke to be undone.  

Okay now make a new image like above.

1. Make three different color strokes on it from any of the other art media tools. I used the oil brush.

2. Use each one of the tools we talked about above and use them over the three strokes that we just made so you can see each on of the effects. This is my final after I used all 3.

FINAL ASSIGNMENT: USING THE LAST 3 OPTIONS OF THE ART MEDIA TOOLS PAINT 3 STROKES AND USE THE EFFECTS ON THOSE STROKES. TAKE A SCREEN SHOT OF IT AND CROP IT DOWN, SAVE IT AS A JPEG AND SEND IT IN FOR CREDIT.

RECAP OF ASSIGNMENT:

1st: ASSIGNMENT: TAKE A SCREEN SHOT OF YOUR 4 STROKES, CROP IT DOWN AND SAVE IT AS A JPEG AND SEND IN FOR CREDIT.

2nd: ASSIGNMENT: TAKE A SCREEN SHOT OF YOUR TWO NEW CHALK STROKES, CROP IT DOWN AND SAVE AS A JPEG. SEND IN FOR CREDIT.

3rd: ASSIGNMENT: MAKE A NEW IMAGE AND MAKE A STROKE USING ALL THE TOOLS. EACH STROKE SHOULD BE A DIFFERENT COLOR AND YOU SHOULD HAVE SIX IN ALL. TAKE A SCREEN SHOT OF IT, CROP IT DOWN AND SAVE AS A JPEG AND TURN IN FOR CREDIT.

4th: FINAL ASSIGNMENT: USING THE LAST 3 OPTIONS OF THE ART MEDIA TOOLS PAINT 3 STROKES AND USE THE EFFECTS ON THOSE STROKES. TAKE A SCREEN SHOT OF IT AND CROP IT DOWN, SAVE IT AS A JPEG AND SEND IT IN FOR CREDIT.

 

Send in your lesson like so: Baby Bee Art Media (name) for credit. Send them to: