The Brush Creator

The Brush Creator is the powerhouse for customizing brushes as it brings together all the various palettes and commands into one easily accessible place.

Bring the palette on screen by Window> Show Brush Creator or by the shortcut Ctrl/Cmd + B. When you click back into the image the Brush Creator drops back behind the document you are working on which is a nice touch and saves time. Figure 4.3 shows the Brush Creator with the Stroke Designer tab active. This is where the many sub palettes are stored.

Painter Brush Creator Tutorial

Figure 4.3

The Stroke Designer.

Figure 4.3

The Stroke Designer.

In the Brush Creator, click the palette names on the left and the controls for that particular palette will appear to the right. Some of the palettes refer to specific types of brush and are grayed out if that brush is not in use.

At the bottom left is the Preview Grid, this shows a visual representation of the selected brush in both profile view (end on) and as a brush stroke.

The area on the right is the Scratch Pad, this is where you can try out various brushes and options before making a final decision. This scratch pad reflects the paper texture in use and if you have a clone document active the brush will work in cloning mode. Remember that the clone is taken from the top left corner of the original, so nothing much will show if you have a blank area there!

The slider beneath the Scratch Pad will change the magnification, click the Clear button to delete the pad display. The slider above the Scratch pad changes the brush size.

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