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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.
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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