Adjusting the Grain

When you choose a brush that interacts with paper grain, you see the results with each stroke. When you find a brush and paper combination that you really like, you can save it as a new look in the Look Selector.

If you have a stylus and tablet, you can adjust paper grain by changing the stroke of the stylus on a pressure-sensitive tablet. In most cases, a light stroke colors only the peaks and ridges of the grain. A heavy stroke fills color deep into the pockets and valleys. You can also affect paper grain by using the Grain settings on the Stroke Designer tab of the Brush Creator.

When you want paper grain to appear uniformly across an image, create your artwork first, and then apply the grain as a surface texture. If you apply paper texture before you create an image, the texture is erasable, and you cannot erase brush strokes without erasing paper texture at the same time. You'll find that adding paper texture as the last step in developing your image, not the first step, often works best.

Normally, paper grain is fixed, which means that the texture is in the same position each time you apply a brush stroke. You can change this when you want grain to be applied randomly.

You can also have the paper grain interact with stroke direction to affect the look of brush strokes. This option works best when you use certain papers and brushes and when you paint with a stylus.

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