Making Strokes

Corel Painter features "computed" brushes that create smooth, continuous strokes. You can use these brushes to apply color, brush on gradients, or paint with patterns. For more information about computed brushes, refer to "Using a Stylus or Mouse" on page 142.

Corel Painter brushes can be changed in many ways to create the look you desire. For example, you can start with a pencil and then change the settings until the tool works like an airbrush. You can also modify an oil pastel to create a pastel brush, or make a leaky pen act like a camel hair brush. Suddenly, the art store has unlimited aisles and floors, giving you the freedom to create whatever you imagine. For more information about using controls to customize brushes, refer to "Customizing Brushes" on page 197.

The result of any single mark or stroke you make with a Corel Painter drawing tool depends on the following:

• The brush category (or drawing tool) you choose. Refer to "Understanding Brush Categories" in the Help for more information.

• The brush variant you select within the brush category. Refer to "Selecting a Brush" on page 138 for more information about selecting a specific brush variant.

• Controls such as brush size, opacity, and the amount of color penetrating paper texture. Refer to "Choosing Brush Settings" on page 139 for more information.

• The current paper texture. Refer to "Choosing Paper Textures" on page 115 for more information about selecting paper.

• The color, gradient, or pattern you use as media. Refer to "Painting with Color" on page 149 and "Painting with Gradients and Patterns" on page 153 for more information about choosing media.

• The brush method. Refer to "Methods and Subcategories" on page 211.

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