Troubleshooting the Intuos tablet pen in Corel Painter X3
To continue the saga of converting images from ink drawings to digital (see also my previous posts), I have converted several more drawings and learned more lessons along the way which I hope may help others.
Firstly, I still had trouble with one of the drawings when I tried to add colour with chalk - nothing was happening! In my post From ink drawing to digital with Painter X3, I mention several blogs that have helped me troubleshoot problems.
In this case, I had so much going on with the drawing that I couldn't figure out what the problem was - I'd already created many layers, selections, and channels, and used several different brush/chalk types and paper types. This is due to my impatience, wanting to get on with the drawings rather than work through tutorials until I learn how to use Painter and the tablet properly.
Eventually I gave in, opened a new file and chose plain paper and the chalk tool. I discovered that by using a larger chalk diameter, and varying the pressure of the tablet pen, I could indeed make a mark. If the tool is too small or the pressure too light, you may not make a mark. Also, for some tools (for example the Grainy Hard Chalk) the colour builds up slowly and at first it seems as if nothing is happening.
I coloured the next two drawings using the gouache paintbrush tool, which is more user-friendly.