Interactive Gradients featuring Aaron Rutten Hello there and thanks for joining me! I’m Corel Painter Master Aaron Rutten, and in this video I’ll be demonstrating the new interactive gradient tool in Corel Painter 2017.
Let’s go ahead and select the new interactive gradient tool from the toolbar here and let’s give it a quick test to see how it works. Let’s just tap and drag down a line, and what you’ll see here is a dashed line connecting two squares.
These squares are called “Nodes” and each node has a color. So right now it’s going from white to blue. Now what makes this tool interactive, is that I can take these nodes and I can move them around and on-the-fly it’s going to reshape the gradient.
I can also change the colors of the nodes. If I want it to be an orange to white gradient or I can click on the white and I can have it be orange to black. So you see here, I have this drawing of a car on a layer and if I had the visibility of the canvas, you can see through to the background.
Which means that in between the block lines here, it’s fully transparent. So that will make it really easy for me to create layers beneath the car and then paint on them without having to worry about painting over the line.
So we’re going to use this new interactive gradient tool to quickly shade our car here. I’ve gone ahead and created some layers and filled them with flat colors and now I’m going to select the interactive gradient tool.
Make sure preserve transparency is turned on and we can drag a gradient from the bottom of the car up to the roof and you can feel free to adjust the colors of those nodes just by clicking on them and then choosing the color that you want.
Now if you the car to look more metallic, you want to put the nodes closer to each other. That makes it looks nice and shiny. You can also add nodes in between by clicking the right in the middle on that line that will add an intermediate node.
You can add a little bit of a shine like that. I think I like the way that looks. I want to go on up here to the top and click on commit gradient and I’m going to go to the mirror layer and let’s draw that same gradient.
When I click on the check to commit to it, let’s go up to the properties bar and let’s show the gradient’s panel and you’ll have some more options for your gradient. There are gradient presets you can choose from, if you want some quick gradient presets here.
There’s also the presets that we’re using which is main to additional color or if you want transparency you can go main color to transparent. There’s also lots of different gradient types you can choose.
If you want a radial gradient or a linear gradient and so on, and I think that looks pretty good for the car. So I’m going to add in a quick background. And there you go, that’s a quick and easy way to create three-dimensional shading using the new interactive gradient tool in Corel Painter 2017.