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Expressive brushes. This is instructor John Derry's two-word answer as to why Painter is such an effective tool. When used with a Wacom tablet, Painter can elevate digital mark-making to a form of creative self-expression. Combining the aesthetics of traditional media with the freedom to experiment, Painter X Essential Training not only delves into each tool, palette, material, and brush, it also speaks to the artistic concepts of simplicity, stroke, proportion, and perspective. Exercise files accompany the course.
Download John's instructions for alphabetizing your brushes and his troubleshooting checklist for brushes from the Exercise Files tab."
There are several cases in Painter, where all of a sudden it seems your brush doesn't work anymore and you can go a little nuts trying to figure out what caused the brush to stop painting. Well, I have got a handy checklist for you that will help you work through just about any situation in which a brush stops painting. I am going to go over to the exercise files and here in Chapter 15, you're going to find a PDF file, Brush Checklist. I'll just open it up here so that you can see this. I'm not going to read through all of them here, but one of the things I kind of live by that's I call an SOP or a Standard Operating Procedure.
If you go through this list, it is going to have basically all of the scenarios that I know of that can force a brush to stop working one way or another. You will see it's kind of broken down into different types of categories. Several things are going to happen when you're painting on layers that may stop the brush from working. If you're just painting on layers or at the Canvas layer that can stop it from working. But all of these different scenarios are outlined here. It gives you a set of things to go through for each one of these conditions to see if this is the case. It's done on a 8.5x11 sheet, so you can just print it out and just have this at the ready whenever you discover that you have a brush that's not working.
Chances are you are going to find the answer on this sheet of paper. So take advantage of it.
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