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In Painter 11 Essential Training, John Derry, one of the original Painter authors, demonstrates basic and advanced creative techniques that can get beginners up and running. He also shows old hands the new features that can get a creative vision out of the head and onto the canvas. John demonstrates how to establish an easy workflow in Painter by using a Wacom tablet, and he explains how to create, edit, and publish projects. Exercise files accompany the course.
Download the Painter/Photoshop Consistent Color Management PDF and the Brush Troubleshooting Checklist PDF from the Exercise Files tab.
We are now going to take a look at the Transposer component of the Brush Creator and to get there, we are just going to switch from the Randomizer to the Transposer and just click on Transposer here at the top and that will open the Transposer tab. Now, where just the Randomizer was like a Las Vegas slot machine, the Transposer put you into the role of a genetic scientist creating gene-splicing experiments to create entirely new species. And if we remember back to that original genetic scientist Dr. Frankenstein.
He created a monster. So like the Randomizer, I can't guarantee what you are going to end up with here, but it does begin to give you a bit more control. Let's take a look at the interface. You will see that just like Randomizer, we have a Brush Selector bar up here that works just like the one in the application, as well as the way it worked in the Randomizer. But notice there is a second one down here at the bottom. Now, what do you suppose that's for? Here is how this works. I can start with one brush.
And now, I'm going to stay with the Flat Color. Actually, I recommend Flat Color as a good experiment brush, because as I said earlier, it's a very what I call dumb brush in that it doesn't have a lot of unique settings and that it is that kind of brush, it's a good seed for starting some of these experiments. I am going to go down and select a very different brush at this point and again, I can't tell you which pairs of brushes are going to make good examples and which ones aren't. It's hard to know. Let's go in Artist and I'll select Auto Van Gogh sounds good.
I don't know what it's going to do, but what we are going to do here is when I click the Transpose button here, it's going to blend the characteristics of this brush into this brush. So, let's click it and you will see what's going to happen. It even shows up in the icons here. It's kind of blending from Pen to an Artist brush. And so, you can see the characteristics of it are slowly changing from the original brush to the new brush and I can go ahead and take any one of these and play with it, see what it does, try a couple, kind of interesting.
So, once we've done this, we can continue to hit this button and it's going to continue to blend the source brush that I just picked with this destination brush, because they are very similar now, and you can see we are not getting very drastic results. So, I might want to select a different brush to blend with this new strain that I've created. So, let's see something else in Pens maybe. I'm going to go with Nervous Pen. Let's see what those do. I have no idea of what's going to happen with these. So, it's doing something kind of interesting here, let's see what this looks like.
It's not the brush I'd keep but we are starting to create a brush here that I've never seen before and by the way, let's change colors here and see what happens. You can see what it's going to do is it's still going to use the same kind of varying color that was in the original blue brush. It's just now whatever Hue value and Saturation I give it, so that's actually kind of neat. But let's keep going here. Let's mix -- this brush is now actually up here, so I'm going to take another brush and what if we blend it with some kind of colored pencil and the thinking you are hearing me go through here is exactly the way you are supposed to do this.
It's just you can never know what it's going to do. That's the thing, but at least you know some of the characteristics of the two brushes so that you can kind of get an idea of what you think they are going to blend together. But still requires absolutely no knowledge of all their controls in order to do this. So, this one really just comes down to trying different things out to see what you are going to get. Here is Blenders. Now that's a brush that doesn't even mix color. It just moves color. So, let's take something like Just Add Water.
So, let's click this and it's probably going to go from a brush that adds color to one that doesn't so much. Yeah, see how it's becoming a complete blender here it looks like. Here is the one that's mostly blending. It blends, but it also does apply a little color. So this experiment to me wasn't quite as successful as the one we made to get that Festive Brush earlier. But you can see here that by just playing around with different brush categories, different tools, you are going to get some very different results. So, hopefully you have seen enough here to understand that this is just another way rather than the Randomizer, where you just pull in the arm and you don't know what's going to happen but you can start to say well, I like the characteristics of brush A, I like the characteristics of brush B. I want to see what happens when I splice them together and then see what kind of intermediate steps I get.
So, the Transposer is inching us towards being able to control brushes a little bit more. In the next video, we are going to look at the Stroke Designer and that's where we really start to get into full-blown control over brushes.
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