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Modifying a brush with the Brush Creator

From: Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes

Video: Modifying a brush with the Brush Creator

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.

Modifying a brush with the Brush Creator

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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Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes

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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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