Watercolor explained

Before you start work on the next step-by-step clone it will be helpful to explore some of the very special features of the Watercolor brush category. This category has a lot of unique features and the following exercise will take you through some of the settings in the Water palette and explain how the brushes can be adjusted to suit the style of painting you need.

There are 52 brushes in the Watercolor category and each one has a particular arrangement of settings in the Water palette, with so many brushes available it is worth trying out several to find the one you need before you start to customize the brush.

Step 1 Bring the Water palette on the screen, Window> Brush Controls> Show Water will bring all the brush control palettes to the screen. Drag the Water palette out of the stack and close down the remainder, it is useful to have this palette on screen when using the Watercolor brushes, it is also available in the Brush Creator.

Step 2 File> Open> DVD> Step-by-step files> '08 Old Building'. Step 3 File> Quick Clone.

Step 4 Select the Smooth Runny Flat 30 brush from the Watercolor brush category. Figure 8.3 shows the default Water palette for this brush. If your palette has different settings then go to the Brush Selector palette menu and click on Restore Default Variant. You may find it useful to return to the default between each of the examples. Step 5 Click the clone color option in the Colors palette, switch the tracing paper off and you are ready to try out the examples. \Figuns8^0ld building.

Figure 8.3

Water palette.

Figure 8.3

Water palette.

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