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Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes

Creating a new category and copying variants into it


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Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes

with John Derry

Video: Creating a new category and copying variants into it

As you get into brush design, you're eventually going to get to a point where you probably have several variants scattered around the various libraries within Painter that you'd like to put into a custom library that you have and possibly share with other people. In this video I'm going to go through how you create a new category and move your variants into that category. So the first thing we need to understand is that every category in Painter has an icon associated with it.
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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

Creating a new category and copying variants into it

As you get into brush design, you're eventually going to get to a point where you probably have several variants scattered around the various libraries within Painter that you'd like to put into a custom library that you have and possibly share with other people. In this video I'm going to go through how you create a new category and move your variants into that category. So the first thing we need to understand is that every category in Painter has an icon associated with it.

We can even switch to a Thumbnail View here, so you can see these thumbnail icons a little bit more closely. The one factor that is very important about these is these have to be 30X30 pixels. Any other size is going to cause problems. In fact, Painter won't recognize them if they're not 30X30 pixels. So that's the first thing you need to understand and the second thing which is mostly up to you, but you want to consider is that with a set of icons you somehow want to create your icon to be identifiable and not too close to the other icons just for the purposes of enabling a user to locate it.

I typically don't look at the categories like this. I prefer to see the icons in the List view so that I have both a small representation and the name so that I have a choice between identifying it visually or by a text name. But just be aware of that you want to make sure your icon is somewhat unique. So let's create an icon and what I've done is I've placed three variants that I've created in three different libraries here and it's going to be a small library, but it could be one brush or it could be a hundred brushes, but we will use this as our sample so you can see how the process works.

So the first thing we have to do is create a 30x30 file. So I'm going to go in here and you want to make sure that your dimensions are set to pixels and just put in 30x30 and say OK. It's a really small space and some people get a little claustrophobic in this small of a file. What you want to remember is that you have to be careful in icon design do not try to get too complex, because this is such a small space.

Less is usually more and I would recommend if you haven't done icon design, keep it very simple. If you're comfortable and have done some icon work, the sky is the limit. You can do anything you want as long as you stay within the requirement of 30x30 pixels. I'm just going to give it a background color. So I'm using the Command+F or Ctrl+F just to fill it here. To do this quite easily I can just take advantage of a font for example. I'm going to go in here and grab-- I'll use a Garamond Italic and I'm going to just use J for my name.

What I'm going to call this library is John's brushes and so and so there I've got my J. I'm just going to center it here and say OK. What I want to do at this point is just go ahead and flatten this. So I'm going to the drop-down menu for the Layers palette and just say Drop. So now it's become a pixel image and if we look at it at 100%, we've got a nice simple little icon that is different from everything else and gives us the ability to recognize it.

So you must now select this 30x30 icon and what we'd do now is go to the Brush Selector Bar and here you can see Capture Brush Category. So I'll go ahead and say OK and this is where I want to give it a name for my new library. So I'll call it John's Brushes. OK. So there it is. I've got a new library. Now there has to be a least one variant in the brush library. So what it will do is take whatever the current brush was and just make a copy of it and name it John's Brushes, just so there is a default variant in there.

We can get rid of it later, but that's why that appears in there. It's just a temporary placeholder so there is at least one variant within the library. Now what I want to do is get to the brushes that I created and put them into that library. So I've got one for example in the new John's Brushes. So I'm going to go to one of the categories I have a brush in. One of them is the Artists' Oils and if we go here there is John's Dry Bristles.

So I'm going to select it and now once again go to the Brush Selector Bar and you'll see here that you can copy a variant. So I'm going to say Copy and I wanted to go to my new category, which by default will always appear at the bottom of the list. I will show you in a video in this chapter how you can move that around, but for now it just appears at the bottom. So I say Copy to John's Brushes. I say OK and if we go back to John's Brushes, which are down here at the bottom, we'll find that now that appears within the library.

So we'll go on to the other two. I've also got one in Oils. So we'll go here and there is John's Smeary Round. We do the same thing. We go here. We say Copy Variant. Once again we want it to go to the John's Brushes library. The final one is in the Chalk category. So we'll go here and we'll get John's Square Chalk and once again same technique here.

Move it to John's Brushes. Now let's go back and check, so we'll go down to John's Brushes and check and there are all of my variants. Now I don't want this one in here. So I'm going to select it and this is where I can go in and I'll use Delete Variant and I just want to make sure do I want to get rid of it. Yes, it was just a dummy variant placed there to have the library be active. There we go. So now I've copied my brushes to my new library.

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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