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The Brush Creator is a set of tools that provides a visual method for experimenting with Painter's brush engine and all of the various associated controls that make up a variant. The nice thing about the Brush Creator is that it whittles down all of the dozens of variant settings and adjustments and focuses on one expressive aspect at a time or lets you play around and just see what develops. Let's go ahead and take a look at this up close. I am going go up the Window menu and we are going to down to Show Brush Creator.
So we will go to a separate area and this is one aspect of the way the Brush Creator works. We are still in the application Painter, but this is a separate room of sorts. We are in a different space right now and as such I can't work directly on the image. I could click and I could be there, but now I've hidden that and I'd have to find some way to get back to this. But the basic idea here is that it isolates you from your workspace and puts you in a brush adjustment space.
One of the things that's nice about the way the Brush Creator works is that not all pallets in this case are active, as you can see, and depending on what brush I used there will always be some of these turned off. That's because it looks at the variant and determines what palettes have settings in them that are active in contributing to this variant. If they're not on or don't work with a particular method or dab type, it grays them out.
So right away, it whittles down exactly what of these palettes are important to this particular variant, in this case Captured Bristle. And as such you can then only focus on those aspects of the brush that are important. But this can break down in some cases and I am going to give you an example. This is a bristle style brush that actually uses a separate palette to control things like the thickness and the various dimensions of control that are possible with this dab.
If I go back now, you will see that this preview has changed. Well, where this doesn't really work is that it doesn't let me have this preview open while I'm in this particular control. So I can make radical changes and I'll only know what I've done when I come back to the Size palette, so I can see the changes. If things were in a perfect world, they really should have that same preview in this palette, but because of the way it's set up, it doesn't work that way and so this sort of hobbles the ability to use the Bristle palette to make adjustments, because I can't see what's going on with the visual preview.
But the other aspect of this is that each one of these as their open isolates you from all the other areas of the brush controls. So if I go to the Random palette for example, I'm only able to look at those controls and each time I click on one of these, I am presented with only the controls that are going to make any sense to adjusting this particular variant. The other nice aspect of the way the Brush Creator works is that when I make adjustments, it actually shows me what happens with a sample stroke down here so that as I make adjustments to say Thickness or Hair Scale, any of these adjustments actually show up as a preview stroke and that's a nice aspect of being able to make these adjustments and have that sort of preview available.
So the Brush Creator is one way of making your brush adjustments. It even goes so far as to provide you with a sample area to work in so that you do have all the controls and tools available to you. It's in a different environment or a different space than the actual painting space and that's probably the primary difference between this and the Brush Control palette. So in the next video, we are going to take a look at the Brush Control palette and then finally we will take a look at both of these and determine which one do you want to use.
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