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Introduction to brush mechanics

From: Digital Painting Fundamentals

Video: Introduction to brush mechanics

All digital painting apps are based around something I refer to as the brush engine.

Introduction to brush mechanics

All digital painting apps are based around something I refer to as the brush engine. Like an automobile, this software engine drives the painting capabilities of an application. Some digital painting apps like Painter are literally all brush engine. Others, like Photoshop, utilize as a brush engine as one component of a larger digital environment. And then there are apps that are somewhat analogous to a hybrid auto, that has more than one form of propulsion.

These apps have multiple brush engines, each designed to tackle a specific media emulation, like water color. In this chapter, we'll take a look at the key components of digital painting brush engines. I'll demo these concepts to provide you with a visual understanding of why these components matter, as well as when they're useful. Now, start your engines.

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Digital Painting Fundamentals

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John Derry
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  1. 2m 53s
    1. Welcome
      1m 41s
    2. Advantages of painting digitally
      1m 12s
  2. 5m 41s
    1. Customizing mouse behaviors
      1m 39s
    2. Introducing the concept of axes of motion
      1m 5s
    3. Using the pen tablet and stylus
      1m 38s
    4. Understanding the Intuos and Cintiq options
      1m 19s
  3. 11m 11s
    1. A world of options
      42s
    2. Emulating analog media with Painter
      3m 43s
    3. Going beyond traditional image editing with Photoshop
      3m 16s
    4. Painting with the iPad app Procreate 2
      3m 30s
  4. 17m 3s
    1. Introduction to brush mechanics
      54s
    2. Brush tips: Variations on a theme
      3m 34s
    3. Brush color behavior
      2m 44s
    4. Brush and surface interaction
      3m 8s
    5. Emulating media via physical modeling
      3m 34s
    6. Through the looking glass
      3m 9s
  5. 16m 11s
    1. Introduction to abstract painting
      41s
    2. A great way to explore brush qualities
      6m 46s
    3. Using color to express emotion
      4m 30s
    4. Layers as a compositional tool
      4m 14s
  6. 8m 9s
    1. Introduction to sketching as creative self-expression
      58s
    2. Preliminary sketching
      1m 15s
    3. Paint to your skill level
      3m 24s
    4. Going back in time: Undo
      2m 32s
  7. 8m 36s
    1. Interpreting reality with digital painting
      1m 10s
    2. Working from a still life in a home or studio
      1m 32s
    3. Using a photo to capture and edit a still life
      4m 35s
    4. Exploring some tips for working on a portable tablet en plein air
      1m 19s
  8. 20m 50s
    1. Dipping a paintbrush into a photograph
      1m 17s
    2. Separating brush work from color and composition
      4m 39s
    3. Use a dry brush to smear a wet photograph
      10m 26s
    4. Work nondestructively using layers
      4m 28s
  9. 17m 50s
    1. Funnel a photo through your brush
      45s
    2. Using the funnel method to act as a paint reservoir
      10m 26s
    3. Sit back and let the app do the heavy lifting
      6m 39s
  10. 1m 4s
    1. Next steps
      1m 4s

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