I have been using Painter for many years. Started using it in Windows when it was version number 3. I still use the 2016 version running on my desktop and on my Surface Pro 3.
One reason for me using Painter, from the very thing beginning, was the animation/movie in Painter. Today I never use that any more. I use some other software. RoughAnimator and Krita, (some times ClipStudio and SketchBook) when it comes to hand drawn 2D animation.
Next program I will buy is Animation Paper. The new release is soon to come. >First there will be a beta this spring and then a full release in August. Then, I guess, I will use Animation Paper all of the time for animation, but not for painting backgrounds and such. Painter is such a good painting program and can be used for backgrounds, for characters and objects design. They can later be used for for animating in some other software.
The picture below is a part of a background painting for an animation I am working on. The rocks will be floating in the air, slowly moving as the camera is panning along the landscape, A rocket scooter will pass, and...
I am just an old amateur interested in animation, painting and illustration. Using both traditional and digital tools. Painter is only one of them.
Animation in Painter? Anyone? Or anyone interested in animation in this forum?
One reason for using Painter for background painting is the seamless painting option. The seamless painting option is quick and easy to use for scrolling backgrounds and panoraming.
10 points for Painter for this!
Yup, I'm in that basket, but I hadn't thought of using seamless painting.
How's the project coming along?
From time to time I use painter for simple animation- especially if the customer wants to see a whiteboard sketch draw itself into existence. (It's pretty economical in hours and therefore $$ so a living wage can be charged and the customer can afford it. It also leaves time to fit in normal illustration work.) My first animations were exclusively in Painter, certainly gave me a taste for it.
During my "giving animation a really good good try" period I did all the artwork in painter, backgrounds and segmented puppets, but animated it elsewhere. It was still a little primitive (using jointed puppets instead of hand drawing every frame) but even that level of detail took so long it was impossible to earn a fraction of the minimum wage, so I canned it, now satisfied that I can do a reasonable job.
If a show and tell develops I can post links to a range of animations... ones which got me started (music vids, they were quite hard to sync without audio in Painter!), ones that paid and were "affordable" one which paid a decent amount and perhaps a half dozen which were a compromise between trying to do a good job but not paying enough to get a few groceries. Plus, of course there's the one which GOT me all the paid jobs in the first place because I put a tad too much effort into it ( swallowed every public holiday for three years). I hate to think what that would cost if it was paid work...
This picture shows a little how I work, my method.
On top of the layers there is the line art layer. I have traced my graphite sketch that I made made on paper . I used my custom digital pencil . I usually sketch om paper before I do the digital inking. Pencil and paper gives me more freedom I feel.
Under the line art layer I fill flat colours using the flat inking pen. I fill colour for the entire object (here; the hooverscooter) and then mask the fill using "mask layer transparency" method.
Every other layer is used for texturing, shading and tinting and are duplicates of the "flat colour fill - layer". I just make as many duplicates I need and than delete the flat colour fill on each new layer and keep the masking. That way I can start start painting without affecting anything outside the object. (This method works nearly as well as the "clipping masks" that I use in every other paint program that I use.)
The tools I use for lines and colours are in my custom tools palette. It is one pencil, one pastel and one flat inking pen. I also have my custom papers/ textures in the palette, a quick and easy way to switch between different looks of the same tool, it is just a click away.