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Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes takes a deep look into the variety of mark-making tools found within Corel Painter, a software application that allows you to create painterly images that look like they were made with natural (non-computerized) painting media. Through a comprehensive demonstration of different brushes, Corel Painter guru John Derry shows how to adjust multiple variants to achieve desired results. Just like an artist who holds a paintbrush or piece of chalk at a particular angle to create a specific mark, John demonstrates with both live action and within the application how to modify brush variants for maximum expressive impact. From bristle media to ink media, watercolor to utility media, he explains how to get the most out of this drawing and painting application. Exercise files accompany this course.
We are going to be creating a few new brush variants as we go through this title. So you may want to save some of these as we go along so you can add them to your library. In this video, I am going to show you how to do this. Later in the Expressive Design chapter we'll go into more depth on this subject. So let's just do an example. We actually played with this earlier. I have the Scratchboard tool and I am going to go in here and I'm going to open up the Brush Control and I am going to go to switch the Expression to Random.
So what does that do? Well, that gives us this funny little brush that kind of looks like an interesting necklace or something. Let's say that that's a brush that we wanted to save. So all I have to do is go up to the Brush Selector bar, go to Save Variant, and give this a new name. So I might want to call this Funky Necklace, not that that's a good name, because we will even be talking about what makes a good name later, but just for now let's give this a name. So Funky Necklace, and I'll go ahead and say OK.
So I've now saved that variant, but here's the second part of this you need to know. Right now we've got an altered version of the Scratchboard tool. So what we want to do is return it to its default behavior rather than keep it as this newly designed brush. And the easy way to do this is to go up into the Brush Property bar and at the far left you've got this Reset button. I often call this the panic button. Whenever you get into some form of adjustment you're not sure how to get back, this is the panic button.
So I am just going to click this and now this returns my brush to its default state. If I go now into the list, however, we can go and look and we'll find that Funky Necklace is now there. So now I can select it, and I've got this new brush. And I can always go back to my original Scratchboard tool and I've got it. So now we've got the original brush as well as the newly added variant. So knowing how to save variants is going to enable you to be able to expand your library as you create new brushes.
And as I said, we are going to be doing a few that will also be included with the materials for the title. But you may actually want to save them as we go as well, and who knows? You may come up with some interesting variations that you want to save that no one else in the world has. So saving variants is a very good way of expanding your library.
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