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Fine-tuning your stroke in the Brush Controls palette

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Video: Fine-tuning your stroke in the Brush Controls palette

In this video, we're going to take a look at the Brush Controls. To open the Brush Controls, you're going to want to go to the Window menu and go down to Brush Controls and you can literally click on any one of these. I'm just going to click on General, but it will bring up the entire palette stack of Brush Controls. Now the thing about the Brush Controls palette is that it really intimidates a lot of people when they first open it. I call this the 747 cockpit of Painter, because there's a lot of palettes in here. Like if I close this down, we mentioned this in one of the other chapters, you can just click on the title of anyone of these to quickly open it up.

Fine-tuning your stroke in the Brush Controls palette

In this video, we're going to take a look at the Brush Controls. To open the Brush Controls, you're going to want to go to the Window menu and go down to Brush Controls and you can literally click on any one of these. I'm just going to click on General, but it will bring up the entire palette stack of Brush Controls. Now the thing about the Brush Controls palette is that it really intimidates a lot of people when they first open it. I call this the 747 cockpit of Painter, because there's a lot of palettes in here. Like if I close this down, we mentioned this in one of the other chapters, you can just click on the title of anyone of these to quickly open it up.

If you followed along in the Brush Creator chapter, you will recognize what this is immediately. It's very similar to the Brush Controls as they're presented over in the Brush Creator. It's just here you can look at more than one of these at a time. You can have as many of these open as you want. That's where I think the urban legend of this being very complex becomes part of Painter's lore. But really the Brush Controls palette is actually very handy. You don't have to have all these open at once.

But there are trade offs. For example, the good news about the Brush Controls palette is you don't have to go out of Painter and over to the Brush Creator for example to do the same things. On the other hand, the Brush Creator gives you a handy little stroke, so that any adjustment I would make to a brush, I would see that instantly in the little Stroke preview. In the Brush Controls palette, you need to test this stroke out each time you make an adjustment to see exactly what's going to happen. So for me typically what I do, if I don't want to switch over into the Brush Creator, I'm more interested in just making quick adjustments to a brush, I'll either create a quick layer on an image I'm working in or open up a new document temporarily and just use that as my scratch pad rather than jumping over to the Brush Creator.

Now I'll show you one place where it's actually a little bit more handy over here. In the Brush Creator video I wanted to show you something about a certain brush here. I'm going to get the Captured Bristle. Now there's a way to look at this so that you can see the individual components of the brush dab that make up the brush hair. I got to that by clicking in this little preview. It's one of the secrets that are buried in Painter. There is no obvious interface here telling you to do that but this lets you click through and see the actual dab that is making up the brush.

Well in the Brush Creator, you can only have one of these open at a time. So if I want to configure or play around with the make up of these bristles, this has to be closed and then you have to go Bristle and you can adjust these and then you have to go back to Size to see what you did. Well in the Bristle control palette it's interactive. You see how I'm adjusting that and I was seeing what's happening. So this is much more handy to me to be able to see all of this happening as I'm making adjustments. Once you have played with this, you start to understand how certain configurations of those various controls are going to start to affect the look of a brush.

So, it's actually much more handy in this case with something like bristle or brushes to be able to see the preview of the Bristle Dab as well as control it in real time. So that right away for me makes the Brush Controls palette very useful by its ability to open up these palettes multiply. Another aspect of this is that because you can tear off various palettes if you want, you could easily decide that size is real important to you, now depending on your monitor setup, you may or may not have room for but even here just even with part of it, this would give me a very quick instant visual that I could have available to look at, at any time.

So been able to tear these off is a really good property of the Brush Controls palette. One other thing I'll show you. I'm going to go down to Artists' Oils and let's grab the Blender Brush and get some color here. So here's the brush that has the characteristic of -- it will run out of paint and Artists' Oils palette is where you can start to control how that works. So if I want to start to play with the adjustments here, you can see how I can get this to change.

Well, I'm the big user of the Artists' Oil brushes and so I find it very handy and because I use it in concert with things like the Mixer and the Color palette, I put right in here and it's here all the time. I don't tend to keep it over in the Brush Controls palette. So as I'm working, I'll be doing other activity, I don't need access to the Artists' Oils palette. But when I do need it, it's just one click and I can go in here and I can make an adjustment. So that I can start to control the ability of what the mark is doing. So been able to tear out those palettes and put selected ones over into your primary palette is another benefit that you have with Brush Controls.

So don't be afraid of the 747 cockpit. It's really a Piper Cub with multiple iterations kind of in one hanger there. So you can really take advantage of it and use it for quick brush adjustments as well as doing a very customized brush control as well.

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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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