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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.
As I've been mentioning throughout this title, one of the goals of Painter over time has been to match the reality and realism of traditional brush behavior. And in Painter 10, Corel introduced the real bristle control over brushes. This isn't a dab type per se. It's actually a control over the continuous brush strokes that we took a look at earlier. And we are going to go ahead and take a look at real bristle. So I am going to down here to the Real Bristle Brushes category.
And we'll take a look at Real Round and at the same time let's open up the Real Bristle category. I am just going to draw a few sample strokes here. And one thing I want to bring up about the way these brushes work is that rather than hold your pen, and I do this with almost every other tool in Painter that I work with, I hold it more like a pencil or pen style grip. I found with these brushes in particular, it really makes sense to hold it almost like you would a real paintbrush in your hand, and hold it more from the rear of the barrel of the pen.
And I've just switched to do that now. And now I'm painting more stroke style as I would if I was holding the paintbrush in my hand. And I have found one way to get the best look out of the Real Bristle brushes is by holding it in this fashion. It tends to highlight the controls over the shape of the brush tip much better than if you hold it in a grip pen style. Now, I'm going to call up the Help file just to show you visually what's going on here.
The Real Bristle palette that we have opened in Painter actually deals with aspects like controlling the roundness of the brush, and then there are many brushes that are round but there's also flat and wide style brushes in the real world as well. You also get into the length of bristles within the way a brush is designed. Shorter brushes are going to not hold as much of a reservoir of paint for example. And the way they interact with the canvas as opposed to a long bristle, which has more bending possible as it's applied force-wise to the canvas, will alter the behavior of that brush.
You also get into how tips and rigidity, fanning, all of these controls are built into the Real Bristle palette itself. And what I found through practical experiences that these controls are so subtle that attempting to make gross changes to the brushes as they already are set. It's so subtle, the differences, you are going to find that it makes more sense to just to use the brushes as they are. And as such, I don't recommend getting in and starting to change these around.
Because of the interaction of the various controls and the way that they actually are as subtle as they are. You could find yourself getting quite frustrated trying to alter the behavior from the way that they are designed. So my best advice with these brushes is to hold the brush barrel as I've described earlier and don't get into trying to do a lot of adjustments to these brushes. They are fine just as they are from the factory. And I think you'll get the best results out of these brushes by using them at their factory settings.
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