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Understanding brush size adjustment

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Video: Understanding brush size adjustment

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.

Understanding brush size adjustment

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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Painter 12 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 20s
    1. Introduction
      44s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 5m 4s
    1. Understanding what Painter 12 can do
      1m 45s
    2. Let's paint!
      3m 19s
  3. 11m 52s
    1. Starting Painter 12 for the first time
      4m 4s
    2. Creating, opening, and saving files
      4m 36s
    3. Working with templates
      3m 12s
  4. 30m 37s
    1. Painter's shiny new interface
      6m 43s
    2. Understanding the Tool palette and property bar
      4m 12s
    3. Using media selectors
      3m 43s
    4. Working with the Brush Selector
      7m 17s
    5. Configuring panels and palettes
      3m 41s
    6. Navigating Painter
      5m 1s
  5. 22m 41s
    1. Setting preferences
      6m 59s
    2. Arranging palettes
      1m 28s
    3. Creating custom palettes
      6m 30s
    4. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      3m 52s
    5. Understanding workspaces
      3m 52s
  6. 28m 37s
    1. Controlling color with the Color palette
      7m 12s
    2. Working with the Temporal Color palette
      3m 0s
    3. Mixing color with the Mixer palette
      11m 3s
    4. Working with color sets
      7m 22s
  7. 56m 31s
    1. Introduction to brushes in Painter 12
      41s
    2. Understanding brush size adjustment
      2m 46s
    3. Exploring brush controls
      17m 44s
    4. Using the Computed Circular palette and stroke attribute brushes
      4m 13s
    5. Painting with Real Watercolor brushes
      7m 34s
    6. Painting with Real Wet Oil brushes
      3m 20s
    7. Working with Impasto
      8m 10s
    8. Working with texture-aware media
      12m 3s
  8. 13m 38s
    1. Understanding Quick Clone
      3m 58s
    2. Working with the Clone Source panel
      7m 22s
    3. Tracing a clone's source using Tracing Paper
      2m 18s
  9. 22m 56s
    1. Understanding the Underpainting palette
      9m 25s
    2. Exploring the Auto-Painting and Smart Stroke palettes
      7m 26s
    3. Working with the Restoration palette
      6m 5s
  10. 22m 15s
    1. Working with the Rectangular Selection tool
      3m 25s
    2. Using the Lasso tool
      3m 26s
    3. Selecting items with the Polygon tool
      2m 39s
    4. Understanding the Magic Wand tool
      7m 55s
    5. The Channels palette
      4m 50s
  11. 29m 1s
    1. Understanding the flexibility of layers
      7m 25s
    2. Preserving transparency in layers
      5m 37s
    3. Picking up underlying color in layers
      5m 13s
    4. Using the Free Transform tool
      2m 52s
    5. Working with layer masks
      7m 54s
  12. 24m 3s
    1. Painting with symmetry
      9m 6s
    2. Understanding Smart Blur
      4m 43s
    3. Working with seamless patterns
      10m 14s
  13. 25m 10s
    1. Introduction to the Image Hose
      2m 13s
    2. Understanding Image Hose controls
      9m 58s
    3. Working with nozzle files
      12m 59s
  14. 14m 32s
    1. Using each application for its strengths
      4m 59s
    2. The PSD format: what's compatible and what's not
      5m 3s
    3. Color management compatibility
      4m 30s
  15. 7m 0s
    1. Your best friend: Undo
      1m 50s
    2. Painting on layers
      1m 55s
    3. Save often, save early
      3m 15s
  16. 9m 48s
    1. The panic button
      2m 13s
    2. Using the Shift key restart
      2m 1s
    3. Re-importing a workspace
      4m 4s
    4. Troubleshooting: My brush won't paint
      1m 30s
  17. 3m 20s
    1. Goodbye
      3m 20s

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