Join John Derry for an in-depth discussion in this video Installing custom content, part of Painting with Particle Brushes in Painter.
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- [Voiceover] For this course, I'm gonna be providing a custom library. A brush library. And you'll find it in the custom content. It's called Cosmic Particle Brushes Brush Category. So we want to add that to Painter. So I'm gonna go to documents. I just want to open up this quick file here in Painter. And let's go ahead and install this now. So I'm gonna go up to the brushes menu, go down to import, and we want to import a category.
And then we'll just make sure we go to the exercise files folder, custom content, cosmic particle brushes category. And then there we go. And there it is in the library. Now the one thing I did that you may want to do is I just took this and I click and drag it all the way up to the top. Just so it's at the top and it just makes it quicker and easier to access. Now I'm gonna go in and I want to get the billions of stars brushes here cause I want to show you how you can control this, which we'll be doing in the course.
Now, by default, it's going to do this which is make many, many stars. But I want to be able to change the scale of them occasionally and the way I do that is I go up to the advanced brush controls here, the little gear and brush icon, and if you click on that, basically what this does is whatever your current brush is, the advanced brush controls put all of the panels that are active in controlling that brush.
And so what we want to control here is in the dynamic speckle panel. This size brush. If I start to turn this up, see the brushes are getting a little bigger. If I keep taking it up, I can adjust the size of my brushes. So this gives me a way to change the size of the brushes to get a more kind of complex looking star field. And so that is an important slider to know about.
The other one I'm going to show you is up here. Cause when you're working with this speckle brush, this particular size slider really is talking about the size of the speckles themselves. This size slider is talking about the overall scale of the brush itself. So if I take this down to a very small size, you can see it's still applying but it's doing it in a very small way. And this brush is actually designed, I don't know if you can see it really well in this particular scale.
Let me make it a little larger. It actually throws out kind of random clumps of stars as it ejects these from the stylus. So basically these just give a nice random appearance that's gonna look very good for creating our Milky Way within the scene that we're doing. So now that you know something about these brushes and we've got our custom content installed, let's get painting.
You will learn what particles look like and how they are generated, and how to use the brush controls, Opacity slider, Shape attributes, and Color Variability and blending palette to influence the appearance of your brushstrokes. John demonstrates all these concepts using a nondestructive, layer-based workflow and a sci-fi-inspired painting of the night sky, featuring the Milky Way.