This step-by-step example uses a brush that has bristles and as you will quickly see, the technique needed to make a good picture is rather different to the soft clone. More care is needed when placing the individual brush strokes to ensure that the textural detail is retained.
Step 1 File> Open> DVD> Step-by-step files> '02 Flower Petal'. Step 2 File> Ouick Clone. Step 3 Select the Brush icon in the Toolbox. Step 4 From the Brush Selector bar choose the Cloners category and select Bristle Brush Cloner as the Brush Variant. Using the controls on the Properties bar, change the brush size to 32.2 and the opacity to 65%.
Step 5 Using the tracing paper as a guide, paint in all the areas except the centre stamens, dragging the brush outwards from the centre. Make the brush strokes fairly loose. Step 6 Paint in the centre of the flower, this time dab with the brush rather than making long strokes. Figure 2.17 shows the picture at this point seen with the tracing paper turned off. Step 7 Turn the tracing paper off and paint over the picture again until all the white areas are filled, paint the centre with brush dabs as before.
Step 8 To put the finishing touches to the picture change the brush size to 9.6 and the opacity to 100%. This will give contrast to the areas painted and enhance the texture. Follow the darker lines in the petals, and paint with short brush strokes, don't be too exact as this is not intended to be an exact copy of the original photograph. Figure 2.18 shows the final version.
Initial brush strokes.
This particular cloning brush partially smears the cloned image, and later in the book other brushes that have this same characteristic in a more pronounced manner will be explored.
Another similar brush in the Cloners category is the Smeary Bristle Cloner which, as its name suggests, smears the image rather more than the brush used in this example.
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