To paint with a gradient

1 Select a brush that applies media to a document.

If the Gradients palette is not displayed, choose Window menu > Library Palettes > Show Gradients.

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

2 On the Gradients palette, choose a gradient from the Gradient Selector.

In the center of the palette, the Gradient Preview Window shows the selected gradient.

3 Click one of the following Gradient Order buttons:

• Left to Right Gradient

• Mirrored Right to Left Gradient

• Double Left to Right Gradient

• Right to Left Gradient

• Mirrored Left to Right Gradient

• Double Right to Left Gradient

The Gradient Preview Window above the Order buttons illustrates how the selected order affects the gradient. Refer to "Working with Gradients" on page 104 for more information about gradient order.

4 On the Stroke Designer page of the Brush Creator, click General.

5 From the Dab Type pop-up menu, choose a dab type that activates the Source pop-up menu (for example, Rendered).

6 Choose one of the following from the Source pop-up menu:

• Gradient, which applies the current gradient across the width of the stroke.

• Gradient Repeat, which repeats the current gradient along the length of the stroke.

7 Paint in the document window.

fainting with a gradient by using Gradient (left) and Gradient Repeat (right).

If the Source pop-up menu is not available (appears grayed out), the selected brush can apply color only. In that case, select a computed brush or choose a dab type that activates the Source pop-up menu.

Although you can choose a gradient type (Linear, Radial, Circular, or Spiral) on the Gradients palette, you always use a Linear gradient type when painting with a gradient.

You can also choose a gradient from the Gradient Selector in the toolbox. Corel Painter uses the current gradient order.

Keep in mind that direction matters when you paint with a gradient. Corel Painter flips the gradient when you change direction, so apply strokes in the same direction for a uniform effect.

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