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The Brush Selector bar: an art store in a palette

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Video: The Brush Selector bar: an art store in a palette

When you open Painter and just click on the Brush icon and you start drawing, you're certainly going to most likely start drawing with something, but how do you know what it is that you are drawing with here? That's where Painter's Brush Selector bar comes into play. This is the main interface for all of Painter's brushes and the way you tell what you are painting on is in a couple of ways. One, you can see it says Oil Pastels and then underneath that it says Oil Pastel 30. Well, what this is is a category, Oil Pastels.

The Brush Selector bar: an art store in a palette

When you open Painter and just click on the Brush icon and you start drawing, you're certainly going to most likely start drawing with something, but how do you know what it is that you are drawing with here? That's where Painter's Brush Selector bar comes into play. This is the main interface for all of Painter's brushes and the way you tell what you are painting on is in a couple of ways. One, you can see it says Oil Pastels and then underneath that it says Oil Pastel 30. Well, what this is is a category, Oil Pastels.

It's also represented over here by an icon and then Oil Pastel 30 is also represented by an icon that gives somewhat of an indication of the shape of the tip and underneath each of these are actual scrollable lists that contain all of the Categories and all of the Variants. The Categories are almost like art store aisles and so when you walk into an art store, you are going to find an aisle with chalk and it's not going to have just one box of chalk sitting there.

It's going to have many different kinds of chalk there. So here is a square chalk. But if I want to get to a different type of chalk that's in that aisle, how do I find it? Well, we go to the Variant list. These are all the different kinds of chalk in the chalk aisle or on the chalk shelf. So I could go and get a different type of chalk. It just depends on the characteristic you want, how a piece of chalk is going to work and it's a matter of trying each of these out over time and finding out what works as the kind of character of chalk I want.

So you have basically got Categories and let's say I want to go to Oils now. If I go to Oils, I'm going to have many different brushes available that are designed to paint with an oil type of stroke. So if we get Smeary Round for example. I'll take this and you see now I have got a very different stroke going on than we had with chalks and once again, in here, you are going to find several different kinds of brushes that are going to work based on the characteristics they were set up for.

Most of the time, the name indicates pretty close to what it suppose to do, but there's no way you can know for sure what Bristle Oils is going to do until you try it out and so the only way to really experience all these is to ultimately go through and try them and that's something that at the outset of Painter is a good idea to do. Just go through the Categories and try them. You are going to find some brushes you don't like, you will find other brushes that are great and you will use them all the time. It's just a matter of experimenting and finding out which brushes are the ones that suit your particular feel or outlook or media that you want to work with.

It's all a matter of trying things out. Now a secondary part of the Brush Selector bar is this little triangle here. You will see these in many places in the interface. Whenever you see that, that's a disclosure triangle that pops open a little options menu about what's going on or different kinds of commands or options you have. I'm not going to go into these in depth right now because elsewhere I'm going to describe this in detail. But I just want you to know that that's where a lot of the options are stored for the Brush Selector bar.

You have also got a small disclosure triangle for each of the pop-ups. So if I want to switch this to thumbnails, for example, I could. I would recommend it because this is like an IQ test. What does this mean, what does this mean, what does this mean? It's kind of a hard to recognize these strictly by their icons and so normally, I keep it set to the list. It's just easier to view this in alphabetical order where the text is there to help you recognize what these icons mean. So the Brush Selector bar is your friend and even though it takes up a small amount of real estate, it's packed with a lot of power.

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Painter 11 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 49s
    1. Welcome/demo
      54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      55s
  2. 3m 45s
    1. What Painter can do
      1m 15s
    2. Let's paint!
      2m 30s
  3. 23m 16s
    1. Starting Painter for the first time
      6m 39s
    2. Creating, opening, and saving files
      4m 52s
    3. Sizing image resolution for output
      6m 16s
    4. Extending the canvas
      2m 36s
    5. Creating and using templates
      2m 53s
  4. 37m 46s
    1. Navigating Painter
      8m 46s
    2. Rotating the canvas
      3m 3s
    3. Using the Tool palette and Property bar
      6m 41s
    4. Understanding Tool palette selectors
      8m 58s
    5. The Brush Selector bar: an art store in a palette
      4m 2s
    6. Configuring palettes
      6m 16s
  5. 28m 37s
    1. Accessing and controlling color with the Color palette
      8m 27s
    2. Mixing color in the Mixer palette
      10m 41s
    3. Color sets: choose 'n' use color
      9m 29s
  6. 37m 13s
    1. Understanding the six axes of motion
      3m 19s
    2. Introducing tablets: Intuos3 and Intuos4
      8m 6s
    3. Introducing tablets: Cintiq
      7m 49s
    4. Customizing your Wacom tablet: part 1
      4m 57s
    5. Customizing your Wacom tablet: part 2
      9m 25s
    6. Maximizing your tablet's pressure response
      3m 37s
  7. 14m 56s
    1. Understanding the selection tools
      2m 16s
    2. Making selections using the Lasso tool
      3m 20s
    3. Making polygonal selections
      2m 51s
    4. Making selections using the Magic Wand tool
      6m 29s
  8. 42m 34s
    1. Understanding layers
      8m 1s
    2. Using the Preserve Transparency control
      2m 50s
    3. Using the Pick Up Underlying Color control
      4m 36s
    4. Resizing and rotating layers using the Transform tool
      5m 45s
    5. Making selections using channels
      4m 23s
    6. Working with layer masks
      9m 52s
    7. Adding text
      7m 7s
  9. 37m 40s
    1. Understanding the Brush Creator workspace
      6m 11s
    2. Exploring brush properties using the Randomizer
      8m 15s
    3. Exploring brush properties using the Transposer
      4m 45s
    4. Using the Stroke Designer to create custom brushes
      9m 39s
    5. Managing brush variants
      8m 50s
  10. 38m 24s
    1. Adjusting brush size: three techniques
      3m 3s
    2. Fine-tuning your stroke in the Brush Controls palette
      5m 12s
    3. Working with texture-aware media
      8m 59s
    4. Painting with Artists' Oils brushes
      10m 45s
    5. Painting with RealBristle brushes
      3m 39s
    6. Working with hard media
      4m 57s
    7. Painting with markers
      1m 49s
  11. 20m 21s
    1. Understanding the Image Hose
      3m 26s
    2. Controlling the Image Hose
      8m 32s
    3. Creating a nozzle file
      8m 23s
  12. 22m 11s
    1. Warmup exercises
      7m 54s
    2. Draftsmanship: drawing media
      10m 56s
    3. Doodling
      43s
    4. Creating outline sketches utilizing the conceptual squint
      2m 38s
  13. 17m 28s
    1. Understanding cloning
      3m 1s
    2. Tracing a clone's source using Tracing Paper
      3m 27s
    3. Painting a cloned image
      5m 55s
    4. Creating a Quick Clone
      2m 46s
    5. In-document cloning
      2m 19s
  14. 25m 51s
    1. Understanding the vocabularies of paint photography
      8m 51s
    2. You must destroy detail
      6m 20s
    3. Focusing on the subject
      4m 1s
    4. Adapting color in a photograph for photo painting
      6m 39s
  15. 28m 16s
    1. Under-painting
      6m 26s
    2. Auto-painting
      5m 25s
    3. Using manual controls for auto-painting
      11m 53s
    4. Restoring detail using the Restoration palette
      4m 32s
  16. 18m 44s
    1. The photo as wet oil paint
      6m 47s
    2. Cloning the canvas and building detail with multiple layers
      11m 57s
  17. 25m 57s
    1. Applying surface texture
      6m 53s
    2. Matching the color palette between two images
      4m 10s
    3. Marbling
      9m 27s
    4. Exploring the Growth effect
      5m 27s
  18. 25m 10s
    1. Understanding frame-by-frame animation
      2m 9s
    2. Creating an animation with onion-skinning
      11m 51s
    3. Using a movie clone source
      11m 10s
  19. 17m 47s
    1. Using each application for its strengths
      4m 24s
    2. Working with Photoshop's PSD file format in Painter and Photoshop
      4m 52s
    3. Configuring color management
      8m 31s
  20. 33m 25s
    1. Setting preferences
      7m 37s
    2. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      5m 5s
    3. Saving and restoring palette layouts
      4m 3s
    4. Creating custom palettes
      3m 36s
    5. Accessing favorite brushes using the Tracker palette
      5m 55s
    6. Organizing custom workspaces
      7m 9s
  21. 8m 17s
    1. Undo, undo, undo
      3m 33s
    2. Painting on layers
      1m 57s
    3. Save often, save early
      2m 47s
  22. 10m 7s
    1. Resetting brushes: Painter's panic button
      2m 0s
    2. Resetting workspaces with the Shift key restart
      6m 12s
    3. Troubleshooting brushes with the brush checklist
      1m 55s
  23. 16s
    1. Goodbye
      16s

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