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Applying Paper Texture

Corel Painter allows you to apply paper texture to the canvas. In general, you can define texture as the roughness or coarseness of a surface, which you can both see and feel. In Corel Painter, however, texture modifies only the appearance of the image, to give you the illusion of surface roughness. It also interacts by subtly or dramatically altering the appearance of brushstrokes.

In addition, certain brushes include a “grainy” method subcategory that is specifically designed to react with the paper texture and grain. Some brushes also let you determine the amount of grain that is revealed by each brushstroke. For more information about brush methods, see General Controls: Methods and Subcategories.

One brushstroke applied to three different paper textures.

It is important to note that some brushes, such as those in the Airbrushes category, don’t reveal paper texture in their brushstrokes. This behavior corresponds with that of a traditional airbrush.

Corel Painter includes several default paper textures that are stored in the Papers library. For more information about working with libraries, see Libraries. Additional paper textures are also provided on the Corel Painter DVD and on the Corel Web site.

To apply a paper texture Back to Top
Click the Paper selector button in the toolbox.
In the Paper Textures library panel, click a paper texture swatch.
The currently selected paper is saved with the document. This includes custom paper textures that may not be saved in a paper texture library.


You can also choose a paper texture from the Papers panel by choosing Window Paper Panels Papers, clicking the Paper Textures library button in the Papers panel, and clicking a paper texture swatch in the Paper Textures library panel.

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