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Adding canvas texture

From: Digital Painting: Architecture

Video: Adding canvas texture

The artist brushes provide the authentic appearance of a traditional brush. But brush strokes are often influenced by the Texture of the applied surface, which is typically canvas. The artist brushes come with a set of six canvas textures, and enabling these textures adds a whole new level of expressive quality to applied strokes. Let's take a look. Now, I'm going to just start off and just paint a few strokes with the brush without any texture, so you can see, you know, it's a nice brush. I like it. And I happen to be using the Flat Fan brush right now, the opaque, to do this.

Adding canvas texture

The artist brushes provide the authentic appearance of a traditional brush. But brush strokes are often influenced by the Texture of the applied surface, which is typically canvas. The artist brushes come with a set of six canvas textures, and enabling these textures adds a whole new level of expressive quality to applied strokes. Let's take a look. Now, I'm going to just start off and just paint a few strokes with the brush without any texture, so you can see, you know, it's a nice brush. I like it. And I happen to be using the Flat Fan brush right now, the opaque, to do this.

Now, let's go to the Brushes panel and you'll see right here, one of the options we have is Texture. And I'm going to enable Texture. I'm also going to take a look at this sub-panel, and there are six textures associated with this particular brush. Right now, I actually have the textures that are associated with the dry media brushes, but if we go into the fly-out menu here, you'll see that you have some different textures, like we are using the Erodible Textures right now.

What I want right now are the Artist Brushes Canvas textures. So, I'm going to click on those and we'll just go ahead and replace them. And here now are a set of textures that work with, in this case, the artist brushes. So, I'm going to select this #10 heavy, that just happens to be a favorite of mine. And let's paint with it now. Now, see how there's a texture being included into the brush. So, not only is it applying color in the striations of this particular brush, but it also is incorporating the texture.

So now, we've got a whole other level of modeling and approximating a traditional brushstroke by including texture as part of that stroke, and you can see what a huge difference it makes in the character of that stroke. So, being able to use texture is really an important additional component to how artist brushes work. One thing that's really important to note is that you've got this lock. By locking it, that means that no matter which brush I select, it's going to use the exact same settings that we have in here.

For example, I might want to decrease the scale by a bit, so let's take it down to say, 25%. And maybe that's too fine for the way that I particularly want it to look, so I'll just take it up a bit. There's kind of a nice intermediate level of granularity of that particular texture. Another thing we can do is we can play with the depth setting. If I turn this down, and it's nice to have this little preview down here, you get an idea of what's going to happen. If I want to just kind of brush along the very top of the texture and not be able to work all the way down, see, I'm pressing as hard as I can, I'm not working all the way down into that texture.

I can do that with the Depth slider. You can also use the Minimum Depth slider. By turning this down or up, you're adjusting what is the minimum depth in this landscape of this texture that I'm addressing? One way you can think of all of these textures, it's almost like a little mini mountain range. And depending on how I have this set, as I do right now, let's just use a different color. It's almost like I'm only skipping along the very tops of the mountain range and just adding color up on the top of the mountain.

Whereas, as I start to increase depth, I can work more and more down into the valleys as well. So now, with this particular setting, I can either, with a very light touch, just kind of get the tops of the grain, or with a heavy pressure, I can go all the way down into the valleys as well. So, utilizing pressure and adjusting the Depth slider, you can really get into utilizing pressure then to change the character of the stroke. So right here, I'm doing light strokes, but now I increase pressure, I'm getting much more solid strokes.

So, the Depth slider is very important in the way this works. But you want to keep this texture locked because as you go from brush to brush, you want to have the exact same placement of that texture for every brush. And that's key to being able to simulate the look of a traditional brush. So, make sure that you lock this texture and just keep it locked. That way, you'll always get the exact same texture appearance in all of your brushstrokes. So, to wrap this up, the appearance of the canvas weave is integral to the vocabulary of paint.

You may choose to keep it subtle or pump it up to be a very major visual component of your expressive style. Either way, the Artist Brushes Canvas Textures are there to enrich your paintings.

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Digital Painting: Architecture

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  1. 26m 4s
    1. Introduction
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      32s
    3. Installing custom content
      2m 46s
    4. Setting up Wacom express keys
      13m 32s
    5. Setting Wacom touch ring preferences
      2m 14s
    6. Setting Wacom stylus preferences
      3m 24s
    7. Division of labor: Image prep and painting
      2m 33s
  2. 19m 9s
    1. Visual vocabularies
      3m 49s
    2. The vocabulary of photography
      7m 38s
    3. The vocabulary of painting
      4m 59s
    4. Looking at reality through a mental painting filter
      2m 43s
  3. 38m 57s
    1. Removing lens distortion with the Adaptive Wide Angle filter
      6m 47s
    2. Removing distractions
      8m 7s
    3. Don't be a slave to the original photograph
      10m 51s
    4. Correcting image adjustments
      2m 58s
    5. Telling a story with added image elements
      10m 14s
  4. 25m 2s
    1. The eye has a better sensor than a camera
      3m 2s
    2. Adding natural shadows with Field Blur
      8m 47s
    3. Using the Shadow/Highlight adjustment filter
      7m 48s
    4. Using the HDR Toning filter
      5m 25s
  5. 39m 56s
    1. Resolution is in the brushstrokes
      3m 26s
    2. Using the Surface Blur filter
      6m 17s
    3. Using the Displacement filter to add imperfections
      6m 22s
    4. Using the Oil Paint filter
      11m 51s
    5. Making tonal and color corrections
      12m 0s
  6. 22m 40s
    1. Nondestructive layer painting (NDLP): Your creative safety net
      5m 54s
    2. Setting up the Mixer Brush cloning action
      7m 29s
    3. Using cloning layers
      2m 58s
    4. Working with adjustment layers
      6m 19s
  7. 20m 7s
    1. Using tool presets and not brushes
      3m 41s
    2. Categorizing and organizing brushes
      6m 14s
    3. Adding canvas texture
      4m 51s
    4. Using Sample All Layers
      5m 21s
  8. 14m 48s
    1. You must destroy detail
      2m 9s
    2. Establishing compositional structure
      3m 46s
    3. Determining a style and sticking to it
      7m 30s
    4. Painting in progress: Finishing the underpainting layer
      1m 23s
  9. 26m 40s
    1. Understanding simplified indication
      9m 9s
    2. Understanding color: Warm advances, cool retreats
      4m 9s
    3. Painting in progress: Introducing texture to the intermediate layer
      13m 22s
  10. 40m 19s
    1. The play's the thing
      5m 18s
    2. Focusing on the subject through detail
      4m 40s
    3. Using a traditional paint color swatch set
      4m 37s
    4. Painting in progress: Completing the detail layer
      16m 25s
    5. Adding surface texture effects
      9m 19s
  11. 12m 47s
    1. It pays to wait a day
      1m 55s
    2. Adjusting your importance hierarchy
      4m 49s
    3. You'll never paint the same thing twice
      2m 7s
    4. Helpful resources and inspiration
      3m 56s

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