The Stroke Designer Palettes

Stroke Designer Palette - General

The General palette is the most regularly used of all the brush palettes.

It is worth knowing that all the individual palettes of the Brush Creator can be brought on screen separately in Painter X, go to Window> Brush Controls and they will be listed separately there. Because the General palette is used so much I have this on screen permanently, other palettes like the watercolor palette are on screen just when a watercolor brush is being used.

Dab types

The Dab is the mark that the brush makes when a single mark is made using the brush completely vertical. Figure 4.5 shows the long list of dab types, those grayed out are not available for the chosen brush.

Figure 4.4

General palette.

Figure 4.4

General palette.

General

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Making alterations in this section will make a fundamental change to the brush so do try out some of these types for yourself. Don't worry if you mess the brush settings up as you can easily revert the brush back to the default setting by clicking the brush icon on the left of the properties bar when the brush is active. The chief dab types are as listed below.

Circular dab types have a very smooth finish, and despite their name the brushes are often long and narrow. Soft clones use circular dab types so this is a good option if you want a smooth clear picture.

Static Bristle brushes are made up of individual bristles and therefore the brush lines are usually visible. This is the dab type to use if you want to emphasize the brush strokes.

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Captured means that the shape has been made from a design or image rather than using individual bristles. When you make your own dab type this is called Captured. The dab illustrated comes from a Chalk variant. How to create your own captured dab is covered later in this chapter.

Camel Hair and Flat dab types use what are called Rendered dabs, which means that the brush is made up of individual bristles all computed separately. The brushes are often slow to operate, especially when smooth strokes are chosen. The Feature Slider in the Size palette controls the spread of the bristles. The illustration shows the Camel Hair brush with the Feature slider set at 2.1, 5.4 and 10.4.

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Palette Knife has an elongated shape and can be used to move imagery around directly on a picture. When using this dab for cloning the imagery will appear with the very distinctive knife-like shape.

The Rendered dab is rather like the Palette Knife in shape and it is difficult to clone with this brush as the image is very distorted.

The Airbrush and the Pixel Airbrush both spray in the direction that the stylus is pointed, just like a real airbrush in fact. These two dab types are very similar with a slightly different texture. The Pixel Airbrush is shown in red in the example.

The Airbrush and the Pixel Airbrush both spray in the direction that the stylus is pointed, just like a real airbrush in fact. These two dab types are very similar with a slightly different texture. The Pixel Airbrush is shown in red in the example.

The Line Airbrush sprays imagery and also severely distorts it. The Furry Clone uses this dab type.

The Liquid Ink series of brush dabs are very smooth and dense, similar to pools of liquid ink on an even surface.

The Liquid Ink series of brush dabs are very smooth and dense, similar to pools of liquid ink on an even surface.

The Watercolor range of brush dabs varies depending on the type of brush, but all paint in the wet method and will distort the cloned image to varying degrees.

Method

The Method controls how the paint is laid on the paper. Many of the choices are easy to imagine as they are descriptive, Cover will cover anything previously painted but will not become darker than the chosen color. Build-up will get darker as more brush strokes are added, eventually going to black. Cloning is available on some but not all of the brushes, those which do use the Cloning method will produce clear and accurate clones. There are two ways of making brushes into cloners, one is by using the option in this palette if available, the other is by clicking the clone icon in the Colors palette. The option in the General palette will generally make the brush copy the original picture more accurately than the Clone Color option.

Figure 4.6

Method.

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Figure 4.6

Method.

Choosing the

Figure 4.7

Choosing the sub-category.

Figure 4.7

Choosing the sub-category.

Figure 4.8

Altering the Grain slider.

Figure 4.8

Altering the Grain slider.

Sub-Category

This section refines the chosen Method and in the case of the Cloning offers four choices. The two that are used regularly for Cloning are Soft Cover Cloning, which has a smooth even finish with soft edges, and Grainy Hard Cover Cloning, which has a rough finish that shows paper grain.

Grain

This slider controls the amount of grain that is revealed when brush strokes are applied to the paper.

The amount that is needed depends on the combination of brush and paper being used. Generally the control needs to be set at a very low level, sometimes as low as 1 or 2. It seems strange to be reducing the slider control to increase the amount of grain, but the slider really controls how much paint goes into the grain, so the higher the setting the less grain will be visible.

Stroke Designer Palettes - Size

The size of the brush is usually set either on the Properties bar or in the Brush Creator, so the main reason for going to this section is to alter the shape of the brush tip. The top two rows are available for most brushes while the rows below are for the Artists Oils category.

The shape in the centre of the second row is the watercolor brush tip, the raised edges will give the wet edge that characterizes watercolor painting.

Stroke Designer Palettes - Well

The sliders in this section control whether or not the brush smears the existing artwork, or in the case of a clone, whether the clone is clear or completely blurred. The two sliders that control the level of diffusion are Resaturation and Bleed. Figure 4.11 shows, from top to bottom, brush strokes with the Resaturation slider at 12%, 50% and 100%.

Figure 4.9

Size palette.

Figure 4.9

Size palette.

Figure 4.10

Well palette.

Figure 4.11

Resaturation and bleed controls.

Figure 4.10

Well palette.

Figure 4.11

Resaturation and bleed controls.

Stroke Designer Palettes - Spacing

Brush strokes usually appear to be continuous, but are really a series of individual brush dabs spaced very closely so that they overlap. This palette adjusts the spacing between the dabs and Figure 4.12 shows the Wet Acrylic brush with spacing at 8%, 100% and 200%.

Stroke Dabs

Figure 4.12

Brush spacing.

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Brush spacing.

Figure 4.13

The Spacing palette.

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