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Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes
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Configuring the Leaky Pen


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Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes

with John Derry

Video: Configuring the Leaky Pen

In terms of ink media, pens are probably at the top of the list in terms of a tool that utilizes ink. Pens can be used for precise line work, expressive calligraphy, finely-tuned artwork, writing, and on and on. The bulk of the pens in this category are so finely designed that there really isn't much need for adjustment in them. But one that stands out is the Leaky Pen. This pen actually is kind of not very cool and we're going to make it a little better and along with that you're going to see how to make several different adjustments that can be applied to many other tools throughout Painter as well.
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  1. 2m 2s
    1. Introduction
      1m 0s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 2s
  2. 22m 31s
    1. Defining categories and variants
      2m 14s
    2. Understanding dabs
      3m 35s
    3. Manipulating grain
      5m 34s
    4. Defining brush stroke methods and subcategories
      4m 15s
    5. Modifying stroke behavior with Expression
      2m 37s
    6. Cloning images
      4m 16s
  3. 28m 59s
    1. Understanding the anatomy of a variant
      5m 10s
    2. Modifying a brush with the Brush Creator
      4m 16s
    3. Modifying a brush with the Brush Control palette
      4m 37s
    4. Which is best?
      1m 47s
    5. Setting up a stroke testing palette
      6m 3s
    6. Manipulating pressure adjustments
      4m 37s
    7. Saving a brush variant
      2m 29s
  4. 52m 44s
    1. Bristle Media in action
      3m 55s
    2. Painting with acrylics
      5m 35s
    3. Painting with gouache
      6m 37s
    4. Modifying resaturation and bleed with oils
      8m 6s
    5. Painting with Artists' Oils
      6m 52s
    6. Modifying the bearing expression with palette knives
      5m 59s
    7. Using RealBristle brushes
      3m 23s
    8. Painting with impasto
      8m 5s
    9. Using loaded brushes
      4m 12s
  5. 1h 9m
    1. Utility Media in action
      2m 43s
    2. Painting with airbrushes
      8m 50s
    3. Using an eraser as a mark-making tool
      3m 44s
    4. Using blenders
      5m 34s
    5. Using cloners
      7m 7s
    6. Distorting an image with the Distortion brush
      7m 15s
    7. Simulating artist brush styles with the Artist category
      6m 29s
    8. Making common photo adjustments with the Photo category
      1m 51s
    9. Using sponges and modifying captured dabs
      8m 4s
    10. Using FX brushes
      5m 53s
    11. Painting with pattern pens
      6m 45s
    12. Painting with the image hose
      5m 7s
  6. 27m 29s
    1. Dry Media in action
      2m 53s
    2. Drawing with pencils and colored pencils
      7m 37s
    3. Painting with chalk and using directional paper grain
      8m 16s
    4. Painting with pastels
      6m 19s
    5. Drawing with crayons
      2m 24s
  7. 26m 16s
    1. Ink Media in action
      2m 46s
    2. Configuring the Leaky Pen
      5m 0s
    3. Drawing with calligraphy pens
      6m 12s
    4. Using felt pens and markers
      4m 38s
    5. Exploring surface tension with liquid ink
      7m 40s
  8. 23m 7s
    1. Watercolor in action
      3m 24s
    2. Painting with digital watercolor brushes
      5m 25s
    3. Painting with the traditional watercolor brushes
      8m 28s
    4. Painting with the Tinting brush
      5m 50s
  9. 18m 20s
    1. Selecting and modifying an existing variant
      6m 13s
    2. Adjusting the color behavior of the new variant
      4m 0s
    3. Fine tuning and naming the new variant
      8m 7s
  10. 22m 29s
    1. Creating a new category and copying variants into it
      6m 25s
    2. Packaging brushes for distribution
      7m 54s
    3. Pruning a library
      4m 9s
    4. Understanding the Master Brush Library and the User Brush Library
      4m 1s
  11. 24s
    1. Goodbye
      24s

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Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes
4h 53m Intermediate Jan 28, 2010

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Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes takes a deep look into the variety of mark-making tools found within Corel Painter, a software application that allows you to create painterly images that look like they were made with natural (non-computerized) painting media. Through a comprehensive demonstration of different brushes, Corel Painter guru John Derry shows how to adjust multiple variants to achieve desired results. Just like an artist who holds a paintbrush or piece of chalk at a particular angle to create a specific mark, John demonstrates with both live action and within the application how to modify brush variants for maximum expressive impact. From bristle media to ink media, watercolor to utility media, he explains how to get the most out of this drawing and painting application. Exercise files accompany this course.

Topics include:
  • Comparing real-world brush behavior with brushes in Painter
  • Saving a brush variant for future use
  • Using loaded brushes
  • Using sponges and modifying captured dabs
  • Drawing with pastels and chalk
  • Painting with the traditional watercolor brushes
  • Packaging brushes for distribution
Subjects:
Design Digital Painting
Software:
Painter
Author:
John Derry

Configuring the Leaky Pen

In terms of ink media, pens are probably at the top of the list in terms of a tool that utilizes ink. Pens can be used for precise line work, expressive calligraphy, finely-tuned artwork, writing, and on and on. The bulk of the pens in this category are so finely designed that there really isn't much need for adjustment in them. But one that stands out is the Leaky Pen. This pen actually is kind of not very cool and we're going to make it a little better and along with that you're going to see how to make several different adjustments that can be applied to many other tools throughout Painter as well.

So, let's get started. We're going to go to the Pens category and the pen I want to look at here is the Leaky Pen. Let's just take a look at what it does. When you draw with it, it creates a set of dots that are supposed to simulate a Leaky Pen. But it fails in a couple of ways. The primary one to me is the fact that every drop is exactly the same. I don't know about you, but I don't know of a Pen that does that. They are random and they are different sizes. So, we're going to go through the exercise of taking this pen and making some adjustments to it to make it a little bit more realistic than its current implementation and I'm going to Command or Ctrl+A and then hit Delete or Backspace, and the first thing we're going to do is look at the General palette.

Let's just see what we're dealing with here. So we're dealing with a circular dab. That's something we've taken into account before. Let's also open up the Size palette and we'll see that supposedly this brush is supposed to change size based on velocity, but let's see. I guess if I really draw fast I can make that happen, but it still has this issue of all of the drops being the same. Let's see if we can still use velocity, but in a more intelligent manner and also adjust the size of this brush so that it's not the same.

So the first thing we're going to do is go into the Expression palette for size and let's change this to Random and let's now take a look. Now to my eye that's much more like a real brush just from the fact that it's changing the size as it drips. That's how real dripping media tends to work. So we've corrected that. The next thing we're going to take a look at is in the Spacing palette and what you see here is something called Continuous Time Deposition.

It's a really fancy term. All it means is that when this is enabled, the brush is going to continually deposit paint or its dab on the surface. So, if I just click and hold this, eventually you can't even see it happening anymore but this brush is now continuously dripping. So when it's held in one spot, it's going to fill up with more and as I move around I get less, but we can improve on that as well. Remember how we looked at velocity. Why not use velocity to control the randomness in this brush? So that when it's sitting still one event is happening but when it's moving another behavior is happening.

So, I'm going to now close this up and go to the Random palette and there's a couple of things we can do here. One is I can widen the offset of these dabs from the actual stroke by increasing Jitter all the way. So this will just make it a little bit wider of field from it's actual stroke that we're drawing with. Now let's change this to velocity and I'm going to Command+A or Control+A, Backspace or Delete and now let's see what we get.

So now, we've got a brush that drips continuously, so the more I hold it in one spot, the more it's going to obliterate what's underneath of it. But as I draw faster, you can see how less randomness happens and all of the dots tend to stay right along that stroke or much more closer than it does when slow motion is happening and if you think of a dripping medium when you move quickly, it doesn't have much time to do a lot of wandering. So the fact that it stays closer to the center point of the stroke gives it a little bit more dynamic quality than we had before.

So, now we've got a brush that actually to my eye is a much better candidate for a dripping brush than the actual Leaky Pen that they showed before. So if you like this, you can either name it under a different name and save it or in my case, I'm just going to go ahead in here and just say set this as my default variant, because I really wouldn't have used the earlier variant in it's original state. This is much better and now I can get in and even play with different colors, if I want to, but this is a much more natural looking, more complex mark that's ultimately being made by all of the randomness in the deposition as well as the velocity.

So, what we've done in here is gone in and improved on an already existing pen.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes.


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Q: In the chapter 9 video "Understanding the Master Brush Library and the User Brush Library,” at the beginning of the video the author states that the demo will be on a Mac but that the Windows file system information will be displayed as well. The Windows path information never appears. What is the correct file information for using this tutorial with Windows?
A: Unfortunately, the Windows portion is indeed missing from the video. Below is the pertinent information.

Painter 11 Windows Master Library Location: 
Windows XP: Program Files > Corel > Painter 11 > Brushes > Painter Brushes 
Windows 7 or Vista: Program Files (x86) > Corel > Painter 11 > Brushes > Painter Brushes 

Painter 11 Windows User Library Location: 
Windows XP: Documents and Settings > [User Name] > Application Data > Corel > Painter 11 > Default [or custom workspace name] > Brushes > Painter Brushes 
Windows 7 or Vista: Users > [User Name] > AppData > Roaming > Corel > Painter 11 > Default [or custom workspace name] > Brushes > Painter Brushes 
 
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