Futzing around with Corel Painter 12 for the first time. This glowing lamp post in the woods (a la Narnia) I did with the soft pencil tool that was set for use when I opened the software:
I know I can do a lot more with the software, but today I am merely getting acquainted with the interface. I love the realistic feel. Very gratifying for an artist who had always assumed she would only be happy working with traditional media. I look forward to playing around with the different surface textures and patterns.
Today I inadvertantly learned an important difference between Photoshop and Painter: When you're saving a Painter file in a different format, in my case a riff to a jpeg, you have to generate a different base name for the file or the save won't take. In Photoshop, it's enough that your file name has a different extension. You can have a sketch.psd and a sketch.jpg generated on the same PC by the same copy of Photoshop. Painter says, "Get you sh*t organized or I ain't playin'!"