Join John Derry for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with brush controls, part of Painter X3 Essential Training.
When initially open, the Brush Controls palette can cause many users' eyes to glaze over as they take in a veritable 747 cockpit of buttons, sliders, and assorted doohickeys. As a result, some users never venture into the Brush Controls. Instead, they rely on the preset variants, missing out on Painter's full expressive power. Those that do wish to refine the presets fearlessly dive into the brush controls for individual, expressive fine tuning.
Let's take a look at brush controls. You can get to the brush controls by using Cmd or Ctrl+B, which we'll bring up here. And as you can see there are a lot of panels buried in here. Many, many panels. So it's no wonder that when someone opens this up, it's like, where do I begin? How do I even know what to do with all of this, and that's understandable because there is a lot of information in here. The first thing to understand about this palette and all of these controls is that when you go to the brush selector bar and you select any variant.
What a variant is, is a list of all of the settings that are in the Brush Controls. So, each one of these is going to be somewhat different for every brush variant, and what that means is that somebody went in and adjusted all of these settings in order to create, in this case, the opaque acrylic brush. So that's the first thing to understand about what we're looking at here.
This is simply the other side of a brush variant. These are all of the controls that make up a brush variant. The second thing to understand is you cannot damage a brush in painter. In fact, one thing that's useful to do is open up the stroke preview and once that's open, you can make changes to the brushes just to see what happens. So, that looks a little different, let's do a camel hair, oh that looks very different. Projected brush, what does that do? Each time you altar this, it's going to show you what it means, like let's take spacing for example, that changes it.
You may not understand what's going on here but at least you can see that something is happening to the brush and this would give you a somewhat of an indication of what that brush is capable of. Now here's the thing. If you get a brush into just some bizarre setting that you've lost what the original expression of the brush was, all you have to do is go right here to the Reset tool in the brush property bar and hit it and now this is back to the original brush.
So once again, be aware that you cannot damage a brush in Painter. One of the things that I'll often do, if I'm in Brush Controls, and I want to play around with a brush, especially if I'm trying to make a brush, I will open up a separate document and just start adjusting it, and playing around with it. And it is true, the more you work with brush controls, the more you begin to understand what all of these various controls mean and how they can affect a brush. So, once you get conversant with the language of Painter brushes, you can, kind of, think in that language.
And start to construct a brush thinking of where in the Brush Controls you have to go. If you want to get a really deep look at brushes, I would advise going and taking a look at the Painter 11 Mastering Brushes course that I did a few years ago. It is a couple of versions out of date and yes there are going to be some new features and brushes that aren't in there. But right now, as it stands, this is the best place I can point you to, to get a very in-depth look of how brushes are constructed.
And all of the various things that go on inside of the brush controls palette. So to finish up, I just want you to not be intimidated by the brush controls. And, help is on the way, as we'll find out in our next video.
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- Creating, opening, and saving files
- Configuring panels and palettes
- Controlling and mixing control
- Calibrating brushes for maximum stroke quality
- Working with jitter brushes
- Working with digital watercolor brushes
- Selecting with the Lasso and Magic Wand tools
- Preserving transparency in layers
- Cloning artwork
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