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Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes

Defining brush stroke methods and subcategories


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Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes

with John Derry

Video: Defining brush stroke methods and subcategories

The brush method defines the most basic level of dab behavior and is the foundation on which all other brush variables are built. You can think of the method and the method's subcategory as attributes of the stroke's appearance. If you come from a Photoshop point of view, you might want to think of methods and sub-methods as blending modes but on steroids, because they contribute so much to the way a brush looks. So, let's take a look at methods and subcategories.
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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

Defining brush stroke methods and subcategories

The brush method defines the most basic level of dab behavior and is the foundation on which all other brush variables are built. You can think of the method and the method's subcategory as attributes of the stroke's appearance. If you come from a Photoshop point of view, you might want to think of methods and sub-methods as blending modes but on steroids, because they contribute so much to the way a brush looks. So, let's take a look at methods and subcategories.

I am going to go up once again to the Window menu and we will go down to the Brush Controls > General and here we have once again our General palette and right below Dab Type, there is Method and Subcategory. Methods have a drop-down menu. You see there are many different types here. We are just going to explore a couple, so you can see the basic difference between methods and we will look in greater depth to all of these, as we go throughout the title. But let's take the Cover method, which happens to be assigned in this case to the Digital Airbrush and I will just do a few sample strokes.

So, let's draw with one color and I am going to take a second color and you can see that the Cover method is called that because it covers up what's underneath of it. So Cover is a basic building block of the way Painter brushes are constructed. If we switch it though to Buildup, what will happen is the brush is not going to cover up that underlying color in this case. It's going to allow it to be seen through, but notice how it's changing colors.

It's getting darker and moving towards black. This is because the Buildup method is based more on a dye model of how color builds up. A good example are markers. Markers, if you have ever played with them, will typically work in a very similar manner. So Buildup methods are a completely different way of applying color than Cover methods and as you have seen there are even more methods available depending on the kind of behavior you want.

Now, once you go to a method it is further subdivided by the subcategories. So these are refinements of a method. Now we are back at Cover method and I am going to click on the Brush Reset tool, right here in the Brush Selector Bar. It just brings me back to my default behavior and we can see that subcategories are a further refinement of methods. So here we are back at Cover method and we have many different refinements of the Cover method.

By default, the Cover method for the Airbrush is Soft Cover and as we can see we are getting a nice, Soft Cover method that covers up the underlying color. However, I can add more or a different kind of character to it by selecting a different subcategory, which will still cover but it will add a different flavor to it, and you can see there are several here named Grainy. This is one way to tell when a medium is grain-aware. It will utilize the word Grainy within its subcategory.

Let's just take Grainy Hard Cover for example. When I switch to it, notice the behavior of the airbrush. It's still soft, it still covers, but now it has grain being imparted into the look of the stroke, and that is all because we have switched to a subcategory that has Grainy in it. Flat, on the other hand, tends to produce a harder edge to it, instead of having soft edges. So methods and their subcategories are key components of Painter's brush DNA.

It's for this reason that they appear in the top most brush control's General palette. They determine a brush's most basic behavior. Everything else is built upon this basic structural building block. We will take a look at various methods and subcategories in the various media chapters as we go through the title.

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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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