Join John Derry for an in-depth discussion in this video Application-wide pressure within Corel Painter, part of Using Wacom Tablets with Painter.
- Painter has evolved over the years. Early on, a single application-wide, one size fits all approach to pressure settings was used. For users new to Painter, this is a good starting point for understanding how to adjust pressure settings to suit your unique sense of feel. Let's get started. So, I'm going to go to Preferences, and Brush Tracking, and so here we have the Brush Tracking panel, or dialogue, and the way this has worked, and still does, and you'll see here in a little while how it is actually now is part of being able to have individualized control over each brush.
You have this Scratchpad. And the idea is to just draw a sample brush stroke in it. The idea being that how you draw this is going to sense what kind of velocity you are doing, what kind of pressure you are applying, and it takes all that and it puts it into, what appears to be, kind of like, okay, that's how your hand does pressure and velocity. But, as we all know, I can fool this and draw a real slow stroke or draw a real fast stroke. So, it is really somewhat limited but it does give you a starting point.
And I want you to look over here. There's two scales that Painter uses. One is called the Pressure scale. The other is the Velocity scale. And each of these have two settings. One's Scale. The other is Power. If you've used Painter in the past, these have been changed. They're not the same as they used to be. But I believe the changes they've made make these far less opaque. Far easier to understand what they're doing now. And, I actually, pretty much, as we'll see in a little bit, here's the individualized brush calibration, I can adjust these sliders without have to go to here or anywhere else and make intelligent adjustments to my pressure.
So, let's go ahead and draw a stroke here. And, I'll, just so you'll see. And remember we're gonna watch what happens after I do this. So, it just used the input from that stroke to determine what the maximum Scale and Power was. And you may be asking, "Well, what do these two, "Scale and Power, "what does that mean?" Well, Scale represents the percentage of the full pressure range that is used. So, the lower the value, or the shorter the Scale, the relative quickness of the pressure change. Power, on the other hand, is something that at 1.0 that's considered null.
It's nothing. Let me draw another one here so we've got a measurement. And then the higher values will increase the amount of pressure required to affect change. A lower value decreases the amount of pressure required to affect change. And that's all but mumbo-gumbo now. But once we get working with the brush calibration, you'll see much more clearly how these come into play. Brush Tracking provide a visual face to a fairly abstract concept, controlling how the stylus reacts to your hand's applied pressure.
It is particularly useful to understand what the Scale and Power sliders control and how to use them for making subtle adjustments to the stylus's pressure response. We can now use these adjustments to individually tweak each brush to our unique hand pressure as we'll see in the next video.
- Exploring the six axes of motion
- Adjusting pressure sensitivity
- Assigning functions to the Touch Ring and stylus buttons
- Using tilt, bearing, and barrel rotation to control strokes