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Palette Knives in Painter are applied to the canvas primarily to blend and smear existing color, but a little bit can go a long ways. I tend to use the Palette Knives sparingly and for subtle embellishment, but you may find them to be your ideal tool. Let's go ahead and take a look at Palette Knives. So I am going up and we are going to select from the Palette Knives category. I've selected Loaded Palette Knife. Now this is the one Palette Knife in the category that actually applies paint. And I want to show you something, because I think this probably stymies a lot of users.
I am going to go ahead and just draw a sample stroke or two here. And you can see it's applying the current color, but I am changing my angle and doing all kinds of things. And all I can get is a wide angle when I go up and down and a narrow angle when I go back and forth. That's all it seems to be able to do. Well, for whatever reason, the Palette Knives, almost all of them, were shipped with a bad setting. And so we're going to go over to the Angle palette and open it up and you'll see Expression is set to None.
That's why we're getting no interesting change going on with this brush. I am going to switch it and we are going to switch it so that it's adjusted to Bearing. Now what happens? Let's just take a different color. See it on top of here. Now the brush actually is based totally on my bearing and I can keep it so that I can always have that long stroke pointing out directly away from my pen. And now it feels like a palette knife and I can control it. But as I said, any brush that you get that unusual behavior in the Palette Knives that are not seeming to have much control, what's happened is for whatever reason, the angle setting is not correct for it.
And you want to go into the Angle palette and adjust it from None to Bearing, and then you'll get the proper behavior associated with these brushes. Now, let's take a look at the Palette Knives just in particular and know what else you could do. And what I want to show you is you can see there is some variation in color going on within the stroke. So whenever I select a color, in fact let's find on where it's a little more obvious, and you'll see that this current color is not a solid color.
It's actually got little flecks of different color in it. What's controlling this is Color Variability. If we open up this palette, we'll see that the Value Setting has been turned up. You can adjust Hue or Saturation or Value or any combination of them. And this is what is throwing in some variation within these currently selected colors. If I exaggerate it by turning it up, you'll see now these little flecks of color that are giving me an indication of variations in the color are much more accentuated.
And as a result, I get a very varied set of colors across the palette knife. But you probably, typically, want to keep this down tool to a lower setting. Although once again, these are all designed to be totally adjustable by you. So if for some reason you want to play around with having wild situations like this, we see now it's like throwing a whole set of hues across, as well as some value change, you're free to do that. And then once these settings are set, whatever color you select, it keeps those Hue and Value variability settings as part of the color you're selecting.
And so you can get some very interesting kinds of things going on with the way you utilize Color Variability. The other thing I wanted to show you that is important. Once you make this change, you going to want to go up to the brush selector bar and go to the drop-down fly-out menu and say Set Default Variant. When you click on this, this updates the variant itself, and you say yes. Now that brush has permanently got the correct setting associated with it.
And that way you're updating the library so that you now have a brush that will act the way it was really intended to perform. And that's something you want to make sure that you do. Now the other thing we are going to look at is some of these, almost in fact all of them other than the loaded palette knife, are really designed to actually move existing color rather than apply it. So you could see here. See now here's another one notice how it's not working. Look at the Angle setting. It needs to be set to Bearing.
Once it's set to Bearing, now I can control it totally. So again I am going to want to go up here and say Set Default Variant. Now, I find that you can use this too much and I tend to use it on already colored backgrounds and areas where I want to introduce a little bit of complexity into the already applied strokes. So I'll adjust a few places, kind of smear color with it rather than paint a whole image with it. I just find it's more of an embellishment tool, than actually trying to use the entire tool for a complete painting.
Finally, this is a variation on one of the continuous brush strokes. So Feature, which normally we've been looking at in the Size palette, whenever Feature is part of the control of a brush, it will show up in the Brush Property Bar. So you can see right here we've got Feature available. So you don't have to go to the Size palette. But if I just turned this up a little bit you'll see, see now I get a much finer-- there's less teeth if you want to think of that within the actual palette knife itself.
So you can also change and play around with the character of the palette knife by playing with the Feature size. So the Palette Knife is really a good tool to use in concert with other painting tools, and it adds a sense of really nice hand interaction along with the rest of what's going on, on your canvas. So take advantage of it but don't overuse it.
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