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Join John Derry, one of the original Corel Painter authors, as he shares the creative techniques that will get beginners up and running, and shows old hands the new features that can get a creative vision out of your head and on to your canvas. The course demonstrates how to create projects, use Painter brushes and painting styles, build templates, and work with layers and channels. John also shares pointers on setting up a Wacom tablet to interface with Painter.
Of all the potential adjustments you can apply to a brush, changing its size is the one you'll make most often. Painter has multiple methods for adjusting brush size, which one you use will be dictated by your personal preferences. Probably, the easiest one to address initially is if you're in the Brush tool and you go to a Brush Property bar, right here you've got a slider that you can use to adjust brush size. Now you don't see it interactively, so when I go in here, there is a brush size and if I go make it larger, for example, now I have got a much larger brush size.
So sometimes this can be a way, especially when you want to get a very precise adjustment, you can do it either through the slider itself, or you can actually go in here and say, well, I want, in this case a 20.5 brush, not that you'll use it that often, but you can get down to exactly the brush size that you want. So that's the default, kind of easy, it's always there, adjustor that you can use. Secondly, you can use Photoshop style brush resizing, which is using the left and right bracket keys on the keyboard.
So I am going to start clicking on the right bracket key, and you can see how my brush is increasing in size. Conversely, if I click on the left bracket, you will see how it's going down in size. And I discussed this in the preferences chapter, but I want to be sure to mention to you that you can control how big that increment is right here by how many pixels. And through experimentation and experience, I have found I like it 2-pixel change. It allows me to change fairly quickly, but not so much that I bypass something that I wanted.
So that's good for me, but you may want to experiment with that to find out what works for you in terms of brush changes by using the left and right bracket keys. Thirdly, you can interactively change brushes on screen. And on a Mac, if I hold down the Command+Option key, and on Windows that would be the Ctrl+Alt key, you will see the cursor changes to a little crosshair. Now if click and drag, I can adjust exactly how large my brush is, and I'm seeing it interactively which is very nice.
So that's a third way to do it, and then as I paint, I now have that size. So there are these three multiple ways of adjusting brushes and I think for each person it just is going to depend on if you are a keyboard person, if you're a visual person, that is largely going to dictate which one of these you like. So I would recommend trying them all out to see which one just fits naturally for your style and workflow, and that's the one you are going to want to use.
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