Using Corel® Painter IX with Adobe® Photoshop®
By Gordon J. Roberts
Using Corel® Painter IX, you'll find that it's easy to design artwork by moving between Adobe® Photoshop® and Corel Painter. Corel Painter IX lets you open and work with Adobe Photoshop filesfor example, to add brush strokes, tints, or paper textures. Corel Painter IX even supports the use of Adobe Photoshop plug-ins! After you have finished using Corel Painter IX to perfect your design, you can save to the Adobe Photoshop file format.
Opening Adobe Photoshop files in Corel Painter IX
You can open Adobe Photoshop files in Corel Painter IX as you would a native Corel Painter file. Simply choose File menu > Open, and in the Open (Mac OS®) or Select Image (Windows®) dialog box, use the controls to locate the Adobe Photoshop file you want to open. On the Mac OS, you can even drag files from Adobe Photoshop directly into Corel Painter IX.
When you use Corel Painter IX to open files saved to the Adobe Photoshop (PSD) file format, the layer masks, alpha channels, and layer sets (layer groups) are maintained.
You'll find that layers in Adobe Photoshop behave similarly in Corel Painter IX. New layers are added above the selected layer, layers with different merge modes are collapsible, and multiple layers can be hidden or displayed by simply clicking and dragging.
When RGB files that were created in Adobe Photoshop are opened in Corel Painter IX, anything in the alpha channels (#4 and above) will appear as a channel in Corel Painter.
Using Adobe Photoshop plug-ins in Corel Painter IX
Corel Painter IX supports Adobe Photoshop plug-ins. To use them, do one of three things:
- Install the plug-ins to the Corel Painter > Plug-ins folder.
- In the Corel Painter > Plug-ins folder, store an alias (Mac OS) or shortcut (Windows) to each desired plug-in from the Photoshop Plug-ins folder.
- In the Corel Painter > Plug-ins folder, store an alias (Mac OS) or shortcut (Windows) to the entire Photoshop Plug-ins folder.
Corel Painter automatically loads the plug-ins the next time you start the application.
Saving to the Adobe Photoshop format in Corel Painter IX
When you save a Corel Painter document to Adobe Photoshop format, note the following:
Corel Painter IX can save files to the Adobe Photoshop (PSD) file format. For optimum compatibility, shapes are converted to bitmaps and assigned to appropriate layers; also, masks are placed in channels.
- All layers convert to standard Photoshop transparent layers.
- Photoshop does not preserve groups; each layer in a group becomes its own Photoshop layer.
- Layer composite methods in Corel Painter convert to blend modes in Photoshop.
- All channels are placed into channels #4 and above. Stored channels remain in the file when you save in Corel Painter or Photoshop format. No matter how many times you work on a file, the channels are available whenever you need them.
- You have RGB and CMYK options, as you do when saving in TIF format.
As you can see, Corel Painter IX makes it easy to move back and forth between Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop until you are completely satisfied with your artwork!