Exploring Brushes

The Corel Painter Brush tool offers users a wide range of preset painting and drawing tools called brush variants. Brush variants are organized into categories, such as Airbrushes, Artists' Oils, Calligraphy, Pencils, and Watercolor. They are designed with real media in mind, so you can select a tool with an expectation of how it will behave. For example, you'll find a 2B Pencil brush variant in the Pencils category, and a Fine Camel brush variant in the Watercolor category. The Brush Selector Bar lets you choose a category and brush variant quickly and easily.

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The Brush Selector Bar lets you choose a brush category (left) and a brush variant(right) quickly and easily

You can use the Corel Painter brush variants as they are, or you can adjust them to suit your purposes. Many artists use Corel Painter brush variants with only minor adjustments — to size, opacity, or grain (how much color penetrates paper texture).

If you want to make more extensive modifications to a brush or create a totally new brush variant, you can do just that by using brush controls.

Most Corel Painter brushes apply media (a color, gradient, or pattern) to an image. Some brushes, however, do not apply media. Instead, they make changes to media already in the image. For example, the Just Add Water brush variant (in the Blenders w\ •

brush category) smudges and dilutes existing colors in the image with smooth, anti-aliased strokes. Using one of these brushes on a blank area of the canvas has no effect.

Corel Painter includes a batch of Natural-Media brushes that use a media application method called "rendered dab types" to produce "computed" brush strokes. These brushes create wonderfully realistic, continuous, smooth-edged strokes. They are fast and more consistent because the strokes are computed as you draw, not created by applying dabs of color. In fact, you can't draw fast enough to leave dabs or dots of color in a stroke. These brushes allow for rich features that are not possible with dab-based media application. You can take better advantage of tilt and angle, and you can paint with patterns or gradients. For information about using rendered dab types when customizing brushes, refer to "Dab Types" on page 205.

If you're looking for a brush from a previous version of Corel Painter, you can reload the old version's brush library.

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