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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.
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