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Understanding the Brush Creator workspace

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Video: Understanding the Brush Creator workspace

At the heart of Painter is its brushes. That's what really is the heart and soul of this application. These tools enable you to express yourself. It enables you to take something up here, express it through yourself, and apply to it your feelings, your senses, your emotions, and communicate them to other people. We have been doing this for eons with traditional tools all the way back to cavemen, on through the various art forms, through the centuries to today, where now we can actually apply many of the traditional techniques in a digital environment.

Understanding the Brush Creator workspace

At the heart of Painter is its brushes. That's what really is the heart and soul of this application. These tools enable you to express yourself. It enables you to take something up here, express it through yourself, and apply to it your feelings, your senses, your emotions, and communicate them to other people. We have been doing this for eons with traditional tools all the way back to cavemen, on through the various art forms, through the centuries to today, where now we can actually apply many of the traditional techniques in a digital environment.

So Painter has an array of controls that enable you to adjust this brush engine to act as many, many different natural media tools. What we are going to look at first is the Brush Creator, because it takes a little while to absorb what all of these little controls do. The Brush Creator is a great way to introduce yourself to how to start to adjust and build and create your own brushes.

But rather than expose yourself to hundreds of dials, and buttons, and levers, we are going to start off rather simply. This is kind of like brush creation on training wheels. Once we go through the Brush Creator, you are going to start to be able to think about taking those training wheels off. So let's get started on the Brush Creator. So the Brush Creator, where is it? I don't see it anywhere. It's actually a whole separate room if you want to think of it that way, aside from the normal interface we see in Painter and to get there, we go up to the Window palette, and drop-down to the bottom here, and you will see Show Brush Creator.

Now, you can also use the keyboard command, Command+B or Ctrl+B, to get there as well. But we'll go ahead and click on that. What happens is we get kind of a mini version of Painter, and in some respects, it looks similar, but then we also see some very different things going on. What's happened here is all of Painter has been whittled down to just focus on nothing but brushes, and all the tools and things associated with it. So while we do see parts of the interface that we recognize, the rest of it as well is dedicated at this point to just concentrating on brush and brushes.

The main area to concentrate on at first is right there. This is the Brush Creator. It's broken up into a few parts here that I want to talk about. The left side is basically the control area and you will see that there are three different tabs that we have to work here. We are going to go through these in individual chapters coming up. But each one of these has its own set of controls associated with it, and as I said we'll familiarize ourselves with those a little later.

Down at the bottom, we have a Sample Stroke. So just depending on what the current brush is, it actually draws a little sample stroke for us. So we can get an idea of what the current settings would give us if we started drawing with that brush. Every time you start to stroke, you are going to see exactly that look. But it gives you an indication of what to expect. So it's a little bit like a preview of what you are designing. We've also got the area here. This is a Scratch Pad. This is just an area where you can test out your brush and try it, and practice with it, and see as you are working with the designing of brush, if it's doing what you want it to do.

Because as you iterate and change things over on the left side here, you are going to want to go and not rely simply on the Test or the Preview stroke. You are going to want to actually try it out with your hand to see how it's working. Then we'll get into the rest of the area around it, which is very familiar. Some of the Tool palettes are here, but only the ones you really need. I mean most of the time you are only going to be in the brush. These other tools, they are nice. But to be honest, I've never even used them while I'm over here. So you are pretty much going to be using the Brush tool. Some tools may relate to some of the Content Selector.

So the ones that are important are here, in case you want to try them out and play with a texture aware brush for example with a paper selector. You will have the option here to be able to try different papers with that particular brush. Then we get over to the Colors palette. It's just like what you are used to. You are also going to want to be able to adjust color to try out a brush. So that's here for us. We also get here to the Tracker. The Tracker is kind of what I think of as a History palette for brushes. As you make adjustments to a Brush, you're changing some control in the brush engine and what the Tracker does is each time you make one of those adjustments, it makes a new entry.

What's a little confusing is for example right now, because I came across from the application with the Digital Airbrush current, it happens to be on that list. Let's say I went in and I started making adjustments to the Digital Airbrush. Each time I made an adjustment, it's going to make a new entry, which is just going to say Digital Airbrush. So you could end up with 20 or 30 entries that say Digital Airbrush and really only way to make that useful is you can click backwards through it and slowly go back through the different changes you've made to a brush. But the idea of the Tracker palette is a bit like a cookie crumb trail or as I said history of what you are doing with the brush so that you can get back to earlier iterations.

You will see some differences in what's available in the menu bar. For example, we don't see Variant when we are in the main application, but as we learned earlier, a Variant is a particular unique setting of the Brush Engine, and variants are then stored in categories which are like the aisles in a art store. So when we are working over here, we are thinking in terms of I'm building a variant or I'm adjusting a variant. So the Variant palette is where I'll be able to manage and save and restore, do the various things that I want to do with a Variant.

You get into the Brush menu and certain brushes you may want to capture a particular texture or something. That lets you do this. But for the most part, the rest of this is going to be very familiar to you from Painter. So this is the basic layout of the Brush Creator and in the next few videos, we are going to take a look at the individual components, and go into a little more depth.

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Painter 11 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 49s
    1. Welcome/demo
      54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      55s
  2. 3m 45s
    1. What Painter can do
      1m 15s
    2. Let's paint!
      2m 30s
  3. 23m 16s
    1. Starting Painter for the first time
      6m 39s
    2. Creating, opening, and saving files
      4m 52s
    3. Sizing image resolution for output
      6m 16s
    4. Extending the canvas
      2m 36s
    5. Creating and using templates
      2m 53s
  4. 37m 46s
    1. Navigating Painter
      8m 46s
    2. Rotating the canvas
      3m 3s
    3. Using the Tool palette and Property bar
      6m 41s
    4. Understanding Tool palette selectors
      8m 58s
    5. The Brush Selector bar: an art store in a palette
      4m 2s
    6. Configuring palettes
      6m 16s
  5. 28m 37s
    1. Accessing and controlling color with the Color palette
      8m 27s
    2. Mixing color in the Mixer palette
      10m 41s
    3. Color sets: choose 'n' use color
      9m 29s
  6. 37m 13s
    1. Understanding the six axes of motion
      3m 19s
    2. Introducing tablets: Intuos3 and Intuos4
      8m 6s
    3. Introducing tablets: Cintiq
      7m 49s
    4. Customizing your Wacom tablet: part 1
      4m 57s
    5. Customizing your Wacom tablet: part 2
      9m 25s
    6. Maximizing your tablet's pressure response
      3m 37s
  7. 14m 56s
    1. Understanding the selection tools
      2m 16s
    2. Making selections using the Lasso tool
      3m 20s
    3. Making polygonal selections
      2m 51s
    4. Making selections using the Magic Wand tool
      6m 29s
  8. 42m 34s
    1. Understanding layers
      8m 1s
    2. Using the Preserve Transparency control
      2m 50s
    3. Using the Pick Up Underlying Color control
      4m 36s
    4. Resizing and rotating layers using the Transform tool
      5m 45s
    5. Making selections using channels
      4m 23s
    6. Working with layer masks
      9m 52s
    7. Adding text
      7m 7s
  9. 37m 40s
    1. Understanding the Brush Creator workspace
      6m 11s
    2. Exploring brush properties using the Randomizer
      8m 15s
    3. Exploring brush properties using the Transposer
      4m 45s
    4. Using the Stroke Designer to create custom brushes
      9m 39s
    5. Managing brush variants
      8m 50s
  10. 38m 24s
    1. Adjusting brush size: three techniques
      3m 3s
    2. Fine-tuning your stroke in the Brush Controls palette
      5m 12s
    3. Working with texture-aware media
      8m 59s
    4. Painting with Artists' Oils brushes
      10m 45s
    5. Painting with RealBristle brushes
      3m 39s
    6. Working with hard media
      4m 57s
    7. Painting with markers
      1m 49s
  11. 20m 21s
    1. Understanding the Image Hose
      3m 26s
    2. Controlling the Image Hose
      8m 32s
    3. Creating a nozzle file
      8m 23s
  12. 22m 11s
    1. Warmup exercises
      7m 54s
    2. Draftsmanship: drawing media
      10m 56s
    3. Doodling
      43s
    4. Creating outline sketches utilizing the conceptual squint
      2m 38s
  13. 17m 28s
    1. Understanding cloning
      3m 1s
    2. Tracing a clone's source using Tracing Paper
      3m 27s
    3. Painting a cloned image
      5m 55s
    4. Creating a Quick Clone
      2m 46s
    5. In-document cloning
      2m 19s
  14. 25m 51s
    1. Understanding the vocabularies of paint photography
      8m 51s
    2. You must destroy detail
      6m 20s
    3. Focusing on the subject
      4m 1s
    4. Adapting color in a photograph for photo painting
      6m 39s
  15. 28m 16s
    1. Under-painting
      6m 26s
    2. Auto-painting
      5m 25s
    3. Using manual controls for auto-painting
      11m 53s
    4. Restoring detail using the Restoration palette
      4m 32s
  16. 18m 44s
    1. The photo as wet oil paint
      6m 47s
    2. Cloning the canvas and building detail with multiple layers
      11m 57s
  17. 25m 57s
    1. Applying surface texture
      6m 53s
    2. Matching the color palette between two images
      4m 10s
    3. Marbling
      9m 27s
    4. Exploring the Growth effect
      5m 27s
  18. 25m 10s
    1. Understanding frame-by-frame animation
      2m 9s
    2. Creating an animation with onion-skinning
      11m 51s
    3. Using a movie clone source
      11m 10s
  19. 17m 47s
    1. Using each application for its strengths
      4m 24s
    2. Working with Photoshop's PSD file format in Painter and Photoshop
      4m 52s
    3. Configuring color management
      8m 31s
  20. 33m 25s
    1. Setting preferences
      7m 37s
    2. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      5m 5s
    3. Saving and restoring palette layouts
      4m 3s
    4. Creating custom palettes
      3m 36s
    5. Accessing favorite brushes using the Tracker palette
      5m 55s
    6. Organizing custom workspaces
      7m 9s
  21. 8m 17s
    1. Undo, undo, undo
      3m 33s
    2. Painting on layers
      1m 57s
    3. Save often, save early
      2m 47s
  22. 10m 7s
    1. Resetting brushes: Painter's panic button
      2m 0s
    2. Resetting workspaces with the Shift key restart
      6m 12s
    3. Troubleshooting brushes with the brush checklist
      1m 55s
  23. 16s
    1. Goodbye
      16s

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