To choose a color to paint with go to the Colors palette, which should be visible on the right of the screen. If this is not the case go to Window> Color Palettes> Show Colors and it will appear.
Figure 1.6 shows the Colors palette. Click in the outer colored circle to choose the hue or color. The inner section defines the brightness of the color, the pure color is on the right, the darker colors bottom left and lighter at the top, click within the triangle to choose the tone. The blue square (bottom left in Figure 1.6) is the Main color and confirms which color has been chosen. The Colors palette is explained in more detail in Chapter 10.
Draw some lines on the picture to get a feel for the brush. If you are using a graphic tablet you will see that the brush responds differently depending on the angle used, this is common to many of the brushes. I recommend that you use a graphic tablet as it is essential for getting the most out of the program. At the end of this chapter there are some tips on setting up your graphics tablet for Painter.
Now try a brush from the Chalk brush category, click on Square Chalk 30 which is very different to the Oil brush. Try some of the other brush categories yourself but for the moment avoid the Watercolor and Liquid Ink categories as they need a special layer to work on and will be explained in more detail in Chapter 8.
The Colors palette
The Colors palette
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