How to capture paper textures / grain in Painter tutorial

Learn How to capture papers / paper texture / grains in Corel Painter 2012 2015 2017 2018 X3 etc.

Capturing paper textures in Painter

capturing paper grains in Painter tutorial
  1. Open image in Corel Painter or use current image (especially if it is a great source for a texture / paper / design) - it can be in gray or color etc

  2. Go to select menu and set ALL.

  3. Go to the papers panel (found via the paper panels in the window menu)

  4. Goto right side menu

  5. Capture paper.


Video tutorial on the subject by (youtube)


Painter can use an image as well as text and tiles etc for its source material - it is amazingly flexible.


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All the our PNG images for patterns and textures are seamless so the paper grain will also be seamless but if you use your own image, the result may not be seamless. The paper grain has now been captured and can be used as a paper file in Painter. You can now set the scaling and constrast and brightness as well as capture additional presets in the application


Early versions of Painter could not load PNG images so to capture the PNG image as a paper / grain file requires an initial step such as converting the PNG image into JPG etc. The reason I mention PNG images is that most of the pattern sets and brush sets on this site include the textures in PNG. You can find many free apps on the web that can convert PNG / JPGs etc such as Irfanview


You can use the PNG files on this site (after conversion) but you can also use images, pages of text, your own patterns and textures and many more. Any image can be used such as old public domain documents to images you own as well as images that you create from scratch.


You can apply the papers in many parts of Painter 2017 2016 2015 etc such as

1) Apply surface texture

2) Brush strokes

3) Color overlay

4) Glass distortion

5) Apply screen

6) Express texture etc


If you wish to permanently save the paper file then you have to save the captured paper grain to a paper library. Go to the paper libraries panel (found in the paper panels in window menu command) and Right side menu and then Export paper library. Select the correct paper library and export the captured designs. You can then re-use the Painter paper library at any time in the future (as long as the format is still valid).


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