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Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes

Modifying a brush with the Brush Control palette


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Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes

with John Derry

Video: Modifying a brush with the Brush Control palette

The Brush Control palette is a way to access all of Painter's brush control elements. The Brush Control palette is used while you're in the actual Painter painting environment and to get to it we're go to the Window menu and we go down to Brush Controls > General and open it up and you'll see that all of the various controls that we saw when we were in the Brush Creator are also here. It's just that now we're in the same space as where we typically paint.
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  1. 2m 2s
    1. Introduction
      1m 0s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 2s
  2. 22m 31s
    1. Defining categories and variants
      2m 14s
    2. Understanding dabs
      3m 35s
    3. Manipulating grain
      5m 34s
    4. Defining brush stroke methods and subcategories
      4m 15s
    5. Modifying stroke behavior with Expression
      2m 37s
    6. Cloning images
      4m 16s
  3. 28m 59s
    1. Understanding the anatomy of a variant
      5m 10s
    2. Modifying a brush with the Brush Creator
      4m 16s
    3. Modifying a brush with the Brush Control palette
      4m 37s
    4. Which is best?
      1m 47s
    5. Setting up a stroke testing palette
      6m 3s
    6. Manipulating pressure adjustments
      4m 37s
    7. Saving a brush variant
      2m 29s
  4. 52m 44s
    1. Bristle Media in action
      3m 55s
    2. Painting with acrylics
      5m 35s
    3. Painting with gouache
      6m 37s
    4. Modifying resaturation and bleed with oils
      8m 6s
    5. Painting with Artists' Oils
      6m 52s
    6. Modifying the bearing expression with palette knives
      5m 59s
    7. Using RealBristle brushes
      3m 23s
    8. Painting with impasto
      8m 5s
    9. Using loaded brushes
      4m 12s
  5. 1h 9m
    1. Utility Media in action
      2m 43s
    2. Painting with airbrushes
      8m 50s
    3. Using an eraser as a mark-making tool
      3m 44s
    4. Using blenders
      5m 34s
    5. Using cloners
      7m 7s
    6. Distorting an image with the Distortion brush
      7m 15s
    7. Simulating artist brush styles with the Artist category
      6m 29s
    8. Making common photo adjustments with the Photo category
      1m 51s
    9. Using sponges and modifying captured dabs
      8m 4s
    10. Using FX brushes
      5m 53s
    11. Painting with pattern pens
      6m 45s
    12. Painting with the image hose
      5m 7s
  6. 27m 29s
    1. Dry Media in action
      2m 53s
    2. Drawing with pencils and colored pencils
      7m 37s
    3. Painting with chalk and using directional paper grain
      8m 16s
    4. Painting with pastels
      6m 19s
    5. Drawing with crayons
      2m 24s
  7. 26m 16s
    1. Ink Media in action
      2m 46s
    2. Configuring the Leaky Pen
      5m 0s
    3. Drawing with calligraphy pens
      6m 12s
    4. Using felt pens and markers
      4m 38s
    5. Exploring surface tension with liquid ink
      7m 40s
  8. 23m 7s
    1. Watercolor in action
      3m 24s
    2. Painting with digital watercolor brushes
      5m 25s
    3. Painting with the traditional watercolor brushes
      8m 28s
    4. Painting with the Tinting brush
      5m 50s
  9. 18m 20s
    1. Selecting and modifying an existing variant
      6m 13s
    2. Adjusting the color behavior of the new variant
      4m 0s
    3. Fine tuning and naming the new variant
      8m 7s
  10. 22m 29s
    1. Creating a new category and copying variants into it
      6m 25s
    2. Packaging brushes for distribution
      7m 54s
    3. Pruning a library
      4m 9s
    4. Understanding the Master Brush Library and the User Brush Library
      4m 1s
  11. 24s
    1. Goodbye
      24s

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Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes
4h 53m Intermediate Jan 28, 2010

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Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes takes a deep look into the variety of mark-making tools found within Corel Painter, a software application that allows you to create painterly images that look like they were made with natural (non-computerized) painting media. Through a comprehensive demonstration of different brushes, Corel Painter guru John Derry shows how to adjust multiple variants to achieve desired results. Just like an artist who holds a paintbrush or piece of chalk at a particular angle to create a specific mark, John demonstrates with both live action and within the application how to modify brush variants for maximum expressive impact. From bristle media to ink media, watercolor to utility media, he explains how to get the most out of this drawing and painting application. Exercise files accompany this course.

Topics include:
  • Comparing real-world brush behavior with brushes in Painter
  • Saving a brush variant for future use
  • Using loaded brushes
  • Using sponges and modifying captured dabs
  • Drawing with pastels and chalk
  • Painting with the traditional watercolor brushes
  • Packaging brushes for distribution
Subjects:
Design Digital Painting
Software:
Painter
Author:
John Derry

Modifying a brush with the Brush Control palette

The Brush Control palette is a way to access all of Painter's brush control elements. The Brush Control palette is used while you're in the actual Painter painting environment and to get to it we're go to the Window menu and we go down to Brush Controls > General and open it up and you'll see that all of the various controls that we saw when we were in the Brush Creator are also here. It's just that now we're in the same space as where we typically paint.

I am going to show you a couple ways to access and get various palettes open and closed. And the first one I am going to show you is if you happen to have multiple palettes open, which can happen frequently, if you hold on your Shift key and just click on any one of these disclosure arrows that are associated with each palette, it will immediately collapse it down to its smallest state. Conversely, I can hold the Shift key down when these are closed or if only some are open and it will open all of the palettes.

Now you can see you can get into a situation where you can have more palettes open than fit on your screen. You can certainly use the scrollbar, but one issue you find with Painter's scrolling is that it's not live. So nothing happens until I let up and it makes a little less than easy sometimes to get to a specific spot that you want to. I find a far easier way to do it is by putting your cursor in any non-control area, typically the gray areas within a palette by clicking-and-dragging, you can instantly adjust your palette and give it more of a live scroll feel.

So just remember that it's very easy to just grab any gray area and click to get to a specific area within a set of open palettes. I'm once again going to hold the Shift key and close all these up and start to look at some of the things we can do here. Unlikely the Brush Creator, I can have multiple palettes open as you saw and in the case of the captured Bristle brush, there are times when I want to see both of these open, because as you can see right away I instantly get feedback up in the Size palette preview when I make these adjustments and that's something you just can't do over in the Brush Creator.

So there is a benefit to being able to have multiple palettes open at the same time, especially in a case like this that you'll find yourself quite frequently needing to have several palettes open and it's just very nice to be able interact with these various controls when you're adjusting a brush. Another thing that you can do is you can actually take palettes and move them out of the main stack. So if I wanted to work with the Bristle and Size palette, I could put them together and close this and have just these controls out.

Now I normally wouldn't do this, but if I was going to be working in a set of brushes that are all static bristles, which use this model of the Bristle controls, I would probably want to set it up this way. However, there are times where you're not going to want it that way and basically just by going back to your controls and replacing them will let you put them all back together. But you can also do something here that you can't do elsewhere and that is I can set where I want these to be next to one another.

You saw I just placed the Bristle control up closer to the Size control than it was before. So by clicking-and-dragging these I can just place these somewhere else within this stack of palettes and there is a default set up the way that it comes from the factory, but you may find certain controls make more sense being closer to another control at times just as I did here where sometimes Bristle to me makes more sense being immediately next to the Size palette than being removed from it.

So you have the means to edit how these are presented when the full palette is open. So the Brush Control palette then gives you the advantage of being able to see multiple palettes at the same time while you're in the creation space of your painting. In the next video we're going to go ahead and compare the Brush Creator and the Brush Controls palette and see which one is better and in which situation it makes sense to use it in.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes.


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Q: In the chapter 9 video "Understanding the Master Brush Library and the User Brush Library,” at the beginning of the video the author states that the demo will be on a Mac but that the Windows file system information will be displayed as well. The Windows path information never appears. What is the correct file information for using this tutorial with Windows?
A: Unfortunately, the Windows portion is indeed missing from the video. Below is the pertinent information.

Painter 11 Windows Master Library Location: 
Windows XP: Program Files > Corel > Painter 11 > Brushes > Painter Brushes 
Windows 7 or Vista: Program Files (x86) > Corel > Painter 11 > Brushes > Painter Brushes 

Painter 11 Windows User Library Location: 
Windows XP: Documents and Settings > [User Name] > Application Data > Corel > Painter 11 > Default [or custom workspace name] > Brushes > Painter Brushes 
Windows 7 or Vista: Users > [User Name] > AppData > Roaming > Corel > Painter 11 > Default [or custom workspace name] > Brushes > Painter Brushes 
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