Liquid Ink Controls

Liquid Ink controls work with Liquid Ink layers. Use the Liquid Ink controls to specify qualities such as type, smoothness, and volume of a brush stroke. You can adjust the Liquid Ink controls when you have selected a Liquid Ink brush from the Brush Selector bar. Some Airbrush controls work in conjunction with Expression settings. For more information about Expression settings, see "Expression Settings" on page 262.

Liquid Ink is divided into two basic properties: Ink and Color. The Ink component provides the form of the brush stroke, while the Color component applies color to the Ink form. The Ink and Color components can be used together or controlled separately.

You can select from the following Ink types: • Ink Plus Color applies the currently selected color to the Ink form.

• Ink Only applies only the Ink component.

• Color Only applies only the Color component.

• Soften Ink Plus Color applies Color to an Ink form, causing inks and colors to blend into one another.

• Soften Ink Only applies only the Ink component.

• Soften Color Only applies only the Color component.

Resist repels Ink.

The Smoothness slider controls the "tack" of the brush strokes. Lower values result in coarser brush strokes. Higher values cause brush strokes to appear smoother.

The Smoothness slider controls the "tack" of brush strokes. Settings shown are 0% (top) and 100%(bottom).

The Volume slider controls the height of the brush stroke, or the amount of medium applied to the image. Higher values result in thicker strokes.

The Wheel option in the Expression pop-up menu under the Volume slider allows you to control the amount of spray from the Liquid Ink airbrush by adjusting the wheel on the airbrush stylus (especially the Intuos Airbrush Stylus). The wheel on the stylus acts like a needle control on a real airbrush. Used to control the amount of spray from Liquid Ink airbrushes when this brush feature is tied to Wheel, adjustments to the wheel on an airbrush stylus (especially the Intuos Airbrush Stylus) act like a needle control on a real airbrush.

You can use the Depth controls in the Impasto area of the Stroke Designer to give Liquid Ink brush strokes the appearance of height. For more information about Depth controls, see "Impasto Controls" on page 241.

The Volume slider controls the height of the brush stroke. Settings shown are 100% (top) and 500% (bottom).

The Min Volume slider controls the maximum variation in volume. A value of 100%, for example, produces no variation in volume during the brush stroke.

The Min Volume slider controls the maximum variation in volume. Settings shown are 100% (top) and 0% (bottom).

The Rand Vol slider controls the randomness in volume within the brush stroke. A value of zero results in a perfectly smooth brush stroke.

The Rand Vol slider controls the randomness in volume within the brush stroke. Settings shown are 0% (top) and 100% (bottom).

The Rand Size slider controls the randomness in size within a brush stroke. A value of zero results in a perfectly smooth brush stroke.

The Rand Size slider controls the randomness in size within a brush stroke. Settings shown are 0% (top) and 100% (bottom).

The bristle fraction (Bristle Frac slider) controls the thickness of the bristles. Higher values cause the bristles to stick together and result in a smoother brush stroke. Lower values cause the individual brush strokes to become visible.

The Bristle Frac slider controls the thickness ofthe bristles. Settings shown are 3% (top) and 20% (bottom).

The Rand Br Vol slider controls the variation in bristle height. A value of zero signifies that all of the bristles are of equal height.

The Rand Br Vol slider controls the variation in bristle height. Settings shown are 0% (top) and 75% (bottom).

The Rand Br Size slider controls the variation in bristle width. A value of zero signifies that all of the bristles are of equal width.

The Rand Br Size slider controls the variation in bristle width. Settings shown are 0% (top) and 100% (bottom).

To choose an ink type

1 On the Stroke Designer page of the Brush Creator, click Liquid Ink.

2 Choose a Liquid Ink type from the Ink Type pop-up menu. To set smoothness

1 On the Stroke Designer page of the Brush Creator, click Liquid Ink.

2 Adjust the Smoothness slider.

Lower values result in coarse brush strokes. Higher values cause brush strokes to blend into one another and appear smoother.

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