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In Painter 11 Essential Training, John Derry, one of the original Painter authors, demonstrates basic and advanced creative techniques that can get beginners up and running. He also shows old hands the new features that can get a creative vision out of the head and onto the canvas. John demonstrates how to establish an easy workflow in Painter by using a Wacom tablet, and he explains how to create, edit, and publish projects. Exercise files accompany the course.
Download the Painter/Photoshop Consistent Color Management PDF and the Brush Troubleshooting Checklist PDF from the Exercise Files tab.
In this video, we're going to take a look at Painter's RealBristle Brushes. Now, RealBristle Brushes really shine when they're used in conjunction with the Wacom 6D pen, which I'm holding here in my hand. You don't have to have one but you're going to miss out an important component of the capabilities of the pen combined with RealBristle Brushes and the reason for that is this pen actually senses rotation and if you see while I hold this up kind of on end, it's in the elliptical shape. That means when it's in my hand, I have a little bit of feedback telling me where the angle of rotation is and as well there's a tip on here that's a kind of a chisel, almost like a marker tip.
That also gives some feedback that tells me about any brushes that may have a wide or narrow aspect. So this pen working with the RealBristle Brushes is a dynamite combination. But in order to have this, you currently at the time of this taping, you have to have a Wacom Intuos3 tablet because the 6D pen at this point only works with the Intuos3. The Intuos4, the newer tablet, does not yet have any compatible 6D pen that works with it.
That will be out later on in the year. So you'll be able to do what I'm going to show you here with that as well. But let's go ahead. We're going to take a look now at the capabilities of this brush and pen combination. I'm going to go ahead and just do a little sample drawing with you. And one of the things that I found works really well in using this is that, as I'm painting in, I'm going to, right now it's going to be obvious of what I'm doing here. I am actually rotating the pen to get in a wide end and then in another direction, just to get a narrow aspect to my brush and one of the things that I found in using this pen is that it makes sense to hold it more at the rear end of the pen, as you would have a real brush and the leverage that it gives you and everything, starts to feel more like painting with a brush.
So one recommendation I have is hold it more towards the rear, rather than more pencil like up at the front and by doing so, you're going to get, I think a little bit more natural appearance to the brush strokes that you make. The other thing is it takes a little while to get used to it but you want to stop consciously thinking too much about rotating the pen in your hand. Obviously, you want to control the character rather. But it's not necessary that you think in terms of the pen rotating. It's just, as you start using in, particularly holding it in that rear grip that I showed you, you're going to get a much more kind of natural look to the various strokes that are being made.
And to be honest, as I'm talking to you right now, I'm not really thinking in great detail about the particular angles I'm holding this at. In fact, it becomes internalized that I guess is the way to think of it. You really aren't so conscious of the fact that you're doing that with the pen and that's the way it shouldn't have working as it's just strictly kind of the feedback you're getting watching at, and the emotion that you're kind of creating as you're working with this pen. So you can see that these RealBristle Brushes in concert with the 6D pen offer a very unique opportunity to begin to get some looks that are otherwise not easily achievable because you need that extra barrel rotation to get this particular look.
But if you come from a background where that something you do, the 6D pen is a definite worthwhile addition to your arsenal of tools that you're using while you're working with Painter.
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