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SketchBook Pro 2010 Essential Training
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Creating a texture brush


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SketchBook Pro 2010 Essential Training

with David Lee

Video: Creating a texture brush

In this lesson I'll show you how to create a Texture Brush. Creating a Texture brush will allow you to sketch-in textures and patterns based on an onboard shape or a graphic shape that you create yourself. To begin, let's take our cursor and move to the interface lagoon and select on our Brush tool's icon. To create a brush, what you need to do is click on the Show Custom Brush window and click on the new Do-It-Yourself Brush icon. To start, you will have to base your brush on a particular tool. In this case, we're going to base it on the Airbrush.

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SketchBook Pro 2010 Essential Training
2h 28m Beginner Jun 14, 2010

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In SketchBook Pro 2010 Essential Training, David Lee shows how to use SketchBook Pro's powerful tools and unique marking menu interface to make digital drawing and painting a natural experience. This course covers setting application preferences, selecting brushes, picking colors, choosing the right drawing tools for each project, and working with pen tablet and pen display devices. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Exploring the user interface lagoon
  • Customizing brush settings
  • Creating a texture brush
  • Refining a sketch with blur, smear and sharpen tools
  • Creating illustrations with layers
  • Using the Symmetry tool to mirror drawings across the X or Y axis
  • Using the ruler tool to draw and position precise straight lines
  • Using the Ellipse tool to draw and position precise circles, ellipses, and curves.
  • Saving projects
Subject:
Design
Software:
SketchBook Pro Wacom
Author:
David Lee

Creating a texture brush

In this lesson I'll show you how to create a Texture Brush. Creating a Texture brush will allow you to sketch-in textures and patterns based on an onboard shape or a graphic shape that you create yourself. To begin, let's take our cursor and move to the interface lagoon and select on our Brush tool's icon. To create a brush, what you need to do is click on the Show Custom Brush window and click on the new Do-It-Yourself Brush icon. To start, you will have to base your brush on a particular tool. In this case, we're going to base it on the Airbrush.

Hit the button Create and you'll see a new icon in your Do-It-Yourself Brush menu. Go ahead and double-click on that and you see a very large Brush Properties menu that will appear on your screen. What we'll first do is adjust the Opacity, so we can see the brush in our preview window. You can adjust both Heavy and the Light Opacity Pressure control. Keep your eye on both the preview window and in the preview window down below because what we're going to be doing is we're going be creating our shape based on this onboard shape that we're provided with. So, by adjusting the Slant, you can start to see that there might be some changes, but you can also adjust the amount of roundness, so you can actually make it more of an oval shape.

Now, you can also adjust the Spacing, and you see how in the upper preview window how that Stamp Spacing is affecting the pattern? Now, what we're also going do is go down to the Brush Edges. Now, what you see on screen right now is the Soft Edge. Well, let's go ahead and go down to the Hard Edge. You see how drastically it changes? I kind of like this shape. Let's go ahead and work with that a little bit. Let's go ahead and add a little spacing, just flatten it a little bit more so we have more of a texture. Let's go ahead and select the color. I'm going to go ahead and select the color red.

Before I go too far, what I'd like to do is to open a new layer. A good idea is always open your Layer Editor and assign a layer for your textures. Let's go and click that out. Let's clear the image, we'll call it layer2, and we'll name that Textures. If you like, go ahead and lock down your original layer so you don't lose your original drawing. Let's return back to the Texture layer. Go ahead and move our Brush tools over here to the side. Let's also go ahead and click on our Resize Brush tool.

That might be a handy thing to keep as we are sketching. We move our Brush Properties here so we can keep an eye on what's happening. Take a look at my guide and you'll see the contour of the seat changes as it's going along the seat back. Now to adjust that what you want to do is adjust the amount of Slant. So, you see how I'm moving it to the left and how it gets a little steeper and when I move it to the right, it lines up. So before you start, always try a little bit of the pattern to see if that's what you like. Now I think I can use something a little darker, so I'm going to go ahead and go to the Opacity control to add a little more density to that, or maybe a little bit less.

Maybe a little more spacing. Also, you can resize it to fit. You see how that works? As the angle of the contour changes, I can also go to Slant and change the angles to it little steeper to match that surface. I can resize it. You see how it resizes? And I'm going to go over here and adjust the Slant, so it's more vertical. So, that's creating a Texture Brush using an onboard shape. Now, let's go ahead and create a custom shape.

So, let's go ahead and move our toolbox. I'll go ahead and click on Do-It -Yourself Brush one more time. Again, let's go ahead and reassign it, an Airbrush tool, let's go ahead and create one. One of the things to keep in mind is, always make sure that the one that you're working on is highlighted. What we're going to do is we're going to create our own brush. So to begin, let's go ahead and go to our Pencil, let's go to the color green. We can pull darker green. What we're going to do here is we're going to go ahead and just draw like little blades of grass.

When you create grass, make sure it looks more random. So, it doesn't look so uniform when you create your pattern. Bear down to give yourself some thick and thins. And when you have a shape that you like, you can always go back and erase out what you don't want. So to capture that, what you're going to do is you're going to hit your Capture button and you're encaptured by shape. So, as you move your cursor over, you see how when you are hovering, you've got this nice little target that allows to capture that? Now, if you look at that, I need to increase the size of that target.

So, I'm going to go ahead and open it up by using my Brush Resize tool. I may even decrease it a little bit so I have a little more randomness. And as soon as you have everything in line, just go ahead and select it by pressing down. Now, you've created your custom brush. Now obviously, you're going to have to add a little more opacity here, so we can just go ahead and move the Opacity control up, so you can see it a little bit more, and you can adjust the spacing. Okay, you see how when I adjusted the spacing it was so compressed, now it opens up. And here adjust the amount of roundness or compression. Let's go and try that out.

Yeah, I like that, but you know what, I like it much taller. So, I'm going to go ahead and use the Brush Resize tool and create my grass. Now, if it's getting a little light for you, you can always use your Opacity tool to add a little more green to it. Again, I've kept in on a separate layer, so in the future if I want to change to a different type of pattern that I like the bunnies to be in, I can still preserve my original drawing. As you can see, you can create custom brushes in two ways. Create using Sketchbook Pro's onboard shapes or you can create your own brush by sketching out of shape that you like and capturing it in SketchBook Pro.

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A: The grid files are background template files that are provided with an Autodesk subscription, which comes with purchase of any Autodesk product, including Sketchbook Pro. To sign up for a subscription, visit http://subscription.autodesk.com and click Create an Account. You'll be prompted to enter your software license number, so make sure to have that handy.
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