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Pavement-Style Chalk Cloning Tip

A technique for doing textured-surface cloned sketches with Painter.

Overview: this technique shows you how to do a cloned sketch onto a page which has a texture applied to it. You could use this to do a textured chalk image onto a rough surface such as concrete for that 'pavement-style image', or it could be adapted for fabric, wood, or other textures.

The source image I used for this sample illustration was a photo Geoff took back in 1990 of the Sydney Opera House. I wanted to demonstrate how this technique could emulate the famous places often portrayed on concrete footpaths/sidewalks by street artists.


Step-by-Step Instructions:
1. Open your original, 'source' image.
2. Float the image: (Select Menu->All, Select->Float). Deselect the Floater.
3. Put a border around the image. Choose: Canvas Menu ->Canvas Size, and add pixels to all sides (I used 50 pixels on all sides, but it's up to you).
4. Choose a paper texture. In the image above, I used 'Pavement' from the Painter 5 default paper palette.
5. Fill the page with a coloured background using the paper texture, choose Effects Menu ->Surface Control->Color Overlay. In the dialog box, choose: Using: Paper; Opacity at say, 20%; and Model: Dye Concentration. Alter the colour of the overlay in the colour picker. I used black for the image above. You may have to play with the scale settings on the paper texture to get the look you want (I used 300%). Click in the % box to the right of the paper scale slider to enter exact figures. Getting the scale settings exactly the same between the source and the clone is critical later on. Write the paper scale, colour and opacity settings you've used down somewhere since they will reset if/when you restart Painter, and you'll need them in later stages.
6. Drop the floater onto the page. If you don't drop it, you won't see the floater when you clone the page.
7. Clone the page. Select File Menu->Clone.
8. In the cloned image, select all and delete.
9. Fill the clone page with the textured colour overlay in exactly the same fashion and settings as in point 5 above.
10. Turn on Tracing Paper: Either select Canvas menu->Tracing Paper, or click on the "Tracing Paper" icon in the top right corner of the page (above the gridded icon). This icon will toggle the tracing paper on and off as you need it. Once selected, you will see a pale version of your source image overlaid onto your clone page.
11. Make sure that the paper texture and scale are the same as you've used in the earlier steps.
12. Choose a brush. You can choose either a standard chalk brush type and then click on the "Clone Color" button at the bottom of the color picker, or choose a cloner brush type from the brush menu. I used the Chalk Cloner Brush. In the Controls Dialog Box, you can drag the grain slider way up to strengthen the surface texture effect.
13. Paint away! In my image, I have sketched with a small-sized chalk, but you can fill and colour with larger, softer chalks (or any other brush!) as you wish. Toggle the tracing paper on and off as you go to check your progress
14. Apply Surface Texture. When the image is finished, including any text or signatures you need to add, apply surface texture to the image using exactly the same paper texture and scale as above: Effects Menu->Surface Control->Apply Surface Texture. In the Apply Surface Texture dialog box, select Using: Paper, and set the Softness slider at 0.0, the Amount fairly low (say 50%), Picture 100%; Shine and Reflection at 0%. Apply, and Voila! Chalk images on a textured surface!

I hope this gives you some ideas. This technique is a bit fiddly, but useful for the right image.



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