The Transposer

The Transposer is another tool for creating alternative brush variants. In this case Painter starts with your current brush, which is shown at the top of the display and changes it to a completely different brush in a series of steps. Figure 4.19 shows how an Airbrush is changed to a Digital Watercolor brush, the Scratch Pad showing how the distinctive light spray of the

Figure 4.19

The Transposer

Figure 4.19

The Transposer airbrush changed to become much denser. Click the cogwheels to generate the transpositions. Try changing the starting and ending brushes to get a completely different result.

By creating your own captured dab you can further customize favorite brushes. The dab can be made from a specially designed pattern as shown below or could be created from a photograph by starting at step 4 below. Before you start this you need to be careful that you do not replace the captured variant for the default brush you are using. In theory you can click on Replace Default Variant in the Brush selector menu and it should do what it says, however there are many brushes when this does not work and the captured dab stubbornly refuses to change. Look at the section in Chapter 1 titled 'Returning to default settings' to check the recommended steps to avoid this. However a simple way of avoiding this is included in Step 6.

Step 1 File> New to make a new empty document. Step 2 Choose a brush to make the dab, try the Leaky Pen variant which spreads around marks in a random way. Step 3 Make some marks on the paper as in Figure 4.20. Step 4 Select the Marquee tool and, holding down the shift key to keep it square, make a selection of the marks.

Step 5 Choose an existing brush variant on which you want to base the new brush dab. When you choose the brush the characteristics of the original brush will be retained and only the brush dab will be changed. Step 6 In the Brush Selector menu select Save Variant and give it a temporary name then select this brush to use for your trial dab captures. This will avoid the issue of losing your default setting.

Figure 4.20

Brush dab in the making

Figure 4.21

Figure 4.20

Brush dab in the making

Figure 4.21

Figure 4.22

Size palette showing dab shape.

Figure 4.22

Size palette showing dab shape.

Capturing the dab.

Step 7 Click the arrow on the Brush Selector bar to access the palette menu and select Capture Dab.

Step 8 Open the Size palette and try out the brush, adjust the size sliders as necessary.

Step 9 To keep the variant for future use you can either keep the name you gave it or save it again with a new name and delete the trial brush.

Figure 4.25 shows a brush dab made from the photograph in Figure 4.23, the dab was based on the Sharp Chalk variant.

riginal photograph.

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\Size palette.

Figure 4.24

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Figure 4.25

New dab in use.

Figure 4.24

Figure 4.25

New dab in use.

Customizing a brush for a particular use can take some time, so it is sensible to save it for future use and Painter allows us to save brushes and also to make our own brush category.

The process is very easy, when you have customized the brush and are ready to save it, open the Brush Selector palette menu and click on Save Variant. Figure 4.26 shows the dialog box.

Give it a name different from the original and click OK. The new variant will be saved in the same brush category as the original.

If you want to delete the variant, select the same brush and choose Delete Variant. Painter will ask you to confirm that you really want to delete the brush if so click OK.

Figure 4.26

variant.

Saving the brush

Figure 4.26

variant.

Saving the brush

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