Creating Two Color Brush Strokes

Usually, you work with only the main color — the front square of the two overlapping squares on the Colors palette. Using one color produces a solid, one-color brush stroke. By selecting an additional color, you can create a two-color brush stroke.

To set up a two-color brush stroke 1 On the Brush Selector bar, choose a brush category.

Not all brushes can create two-color brush strokes. Among those that can are Acrylics, Calligraphy, and Chalk.

2 From the Brush Variant selector, choose a variant with a noncomputed dab type — for example, the Circular dab type.

A noncomputed dab type is dab-based, as opposed to rendered. For more information, see "Dab Types" on page 205.

3 On the Colors palette, click the palette menu arrow, and choose Standard Colors. If the Colors palette is not displayed, choose Window menu > Color Palettes > Show Colors.

4 Click the Main Color (front) square

5 Choose a color on the Colors palette or the Color Sets palette. The front square changes according to your selection.

6 Click the Additional Color (back) square

7 Choose a color on the Colors palette or the Color Sets palette. The back square changes according to your selection.

8 Click the Main Color (front) square.

This step reactivates the main color for the next time you pick a color.

9 Choose Window menu > Brush Controls > Show Color Expression to display the Color Expression palette.

If the palette is not expanded, click the palette arrow.

10 On the Color Expression palette, choose Direction from the Controller pop-up menu.

11 Paint a "T" in your document. Draw some loops and circles to see how the transition between colors depends on brush stroke direction.

For information about using the Color Sets palette to choose a color, refer to "Using Color Sets" on page 92.

For different results, try different Controller settings. For example, choose Pressure to create color transitions based on the pressure you apply with your stylus.

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