Join Mark Simon for an in-depth discussion in this video Types of brushes, part of Toon Boom Storyboard Pro Essential Training.
- [Instructor] All artists prefer a different variety of digital brush tips when they draw. Some prefer a solid vector line, while others like me, prefer a softer pencil-like line. Now, starting with version 5 of Storyboard Pro, we have many more brush presets to work with. Some of them are great for drawing, and others can be used for certain effects, So, let's take a look at various brushes that we've got to work with. Now I'm going to start here with our vector brushes. The way we're going to see vector brushes, is selecting our pencil or brush icon, and then making sure that under our layers, we're on a vector layer.
That's the one with the gray line on the side. So I'm going to zoom in, just using my fingers here, because I'm on a (mumbles), I'll select brush one. Let's just take a look. Okay, so brush one, nice solid black line, nice solid edges on a line. So let's move over to a soft brush. I'll pick this one over here. So, again, under tool properties. I have an option of going to any brush.
So it's much-- Whoops. It is a much softer edge on the line. A bit more pencil-like. And as I work it, notice it's going to get darker and darker. Alright, let's move over here. And we'll grab a marker. Now, notice the look of this line. And if I start crossing the line, notice it gets darker and darker as I keep working over it.
So it's kind of like using a felt tip marker, an art marker of some sort. And then let's go over to chalk. And I want to make the chalk line thicker. So it's got a texture to it. And if I start working over it, notice it's going to start getting darker. So that's our chalk line. And then, another type. Let's look at a big texture line.
It's much more granulated line, here. Again, these are all of our vector brushes here that we can work with. See how that also gets darker as I keep working over it and over it. And then when I zoom out, you can see the difference here of how the brush lines work. Alright, so let's go to the next panel here. And I'm going to go to a bitmap layer. Which is one with a blue line on the left of my layer list.
I'm going to go to our first type of preset, which is a soft lead. So let's zoom in again, so we can see the line really nicely. And we'll make that a nice big. So this is on a bitmap layer. A nice dark, almost black, not quite line. Nice soft edge to it. We'll grab the ink brush, make that nice and large.
Much tighter edge, just a little softer than what we saw on some other options, but nice totally black line. Let's take a look at the wax crayon. We'll make that a little bit bigger. Much more granulated line here. Again, will get darker as I work it. And then colored pencil. A tighter granulation of the line.
Looks like I'm drawing, maybe on a textured piece of paper. But hit shift M, that will automatically center my frame. Easy to look at the line quality. Alright, let's go to the next set, here. Alright so I'll zoom in here. We'll try ball point next. I'll go down to the option here for ball point. It's a little bit of softness on the edge. Make that a little bit smaller, too.
Let's see what it looks like. Look pretty tight along the edges of the line. Looks nice. Okay, let's look at a marker line. Again, these are bitmap brushes. So the marker line is a little softer on the edge, if I touch it lightly with my digital pen, it's a slightly lighter line. Looks nice. Aright, airbrush.
Let's take a look at that one. Now, there especially as I'm doing my wiggly, you can see anytime there's an overlap, it gets a lot darker. There's a lot of transparency in the airbrush. It's a nice way to essentially put in some highlights or some shadows softly. Let's go down to the next one for soft shading. Now this is definitely for some highlights or shadows. Real blurred brush, and I can keep working over and make it darker and darker.
Alright, so I'm going to hit M to center. You can see the difference in the lines. And just so you know, we're also going to include a PDF file where you can actually look closer at all these brushes. Alright, hard shading, let's zoom in on this one. Each one of those, I simply push harder, so hard shading the harder I push, the darker the line becomes.
Textured wash. It's a very interesting looking line. It almost looks like, kind of marble. Go to the next one, water pastels. I can really work it darker. Nice look, and let's see there is between that water pastel and a regular pastel. Ah, the regular pastel really kind of has a look of charcoal, very rough outside edge, granulated interior of the line.
Totally opaque. I hit shift M. You can see a difference in the lines. Go to our next panel here. Conte. It'd be great if we spelled conte right. So let's fix that real quick. Go back my brush, we'll zoom in here.
Look at our conte. Very rough line as I'm working it. Alright, soft pastel. Very rough lines. Now, if I just touch it, I'll press down hard, that's what the actual brush looks like. So as I'm drawing, you see a lot of dots and spots relatively dark, which gets lighter on the edges of the line.
Scroll to our next one for dusty pastel. What it has is it's softer on the edges of the line than the last one was. I'll press down really hard for a single, yep. It's much less defined. Dappled, let's see what dappled looks like. Ah. And I'll press down once so you can see, right, that's the actual brush looks like.
Very spotted. You shift M. And you can see those, alright, go to the next one. Rough paper. Zoom in here. I love being able to move this around with my fingers. Very dark elements. Lot of space in the line. Pipe cleaner. When I first saw this, it's like, what is a pipe cleaner? And then when I looked at it closely, it looks like a pipe cleaner, it's a very fuzzy line.
Very opaque. Of course I'm just using black for all of these. Brush on cloth. So it looks almost like drawing on burlap. And again, it'll get darker as I keep working over this same area of the line. Go in really close, see what that line looks like. Because it's a bitmap brush, it does get pixelated as you get really close. Cross hatching.
This one I really like. So I'm going to go really close to show you something on cross hatching. Notice as I'm drawing, the cross hatching is off set just a little bit. In one of the other videos on how to update and customize your pin points, you'll see how to adjust that. I'll hit shift M. You can see differences in all those lines. Alright, let's go to the next panel.
We just have a few left. It's interesting seeing all these side by side though. So let's look at the charcoal brush. Very, very dark. No transparency on the edge of the lines. Okay? Let's go down to stippling. So that's a lot of dots that make up that line, so if I push hard, that's what the individual brush point looks like.
Pointilism. Smaller dots, little tighter together. Almost looks like it's a bunch of bees flying around. So if we go in really close, and I'll just press down, that's what the brush looks like. And our Chinese brush. So this when we go in close, looks like a wet brush put down on some paper and as I keep it there and I keep pushing, and slowly move it, it looks like very watery ink is spreading out through the paper.
Shift M so we can take a look at all of them. And we'll go to the next one. Zoom in here for water colour. So again, it looks like it's spreading out. If I just press on it, you can see almost like a star burst start spreading out as I'm pushing down on the same point. And the harder I push, the further the lines spread out.
Slight bit of transparency to that line. Okay, wet splotches. This one's pretty neat. So what this is, notice as I'm drawing, the splotches come out, different rotation, different sizes and different transparencies. Every time I press down, I'm going to get a different splotch. Each one of these is just pressing once. So that makes it very interesting.
So you can actually use that for effects quite a bit. Alright so let's take a look at the dry splotches. Notice it's different shape on the interior of it, a little more texture. And again, every time I press down, it looks a little bit different, different transparency. And stars. Self-explanatory. Moving closer, you can really see it, every time I press down, I'm going to get a slightly different rotation on the star.
Some are going to be darker, some are going to be lighter. Some are going to be bigger and smaller. And then our last pen that we're going to test here is our calligraphy pen. And this is just like it sounds. It's a wedge point marker in essence. Pull out and you could see that looks like. In the previous one with all the splotches. So again, take a look at the PDF if you want to get closer to see all of these different kinds of brushes.
But as you can see, you've got a huge amount of different brushes to play with and each one can add something completely different to your storyboards.
- Why storyboard digitally?
- Setting up a new Storyboard Pro file
- Zooming, rotating, and moving around the workspace
- Editing in the timeline
- Using layers to speed up your work
- Creating, editing, and deleting custom brushes
- Using the shape tools
- Adding text and captions
- Saving images and audio to the library for reuse
- Working with cameras
- Creating animatics
- Editing audio
- Exporting your storyboards
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 10/12/2016. What changed?
A: We added and updated over a dozen tutorials, to bring the training up to date with the latest version of Storyboard Pro (v5.0).