Using Liquid Ink Controls

You can adjust the Liquid Ink controls when you have selected a Liquid Ink brush from the Brush Selector bar. The controls on the Stroke Designer page of the Brush Creator allow you to specify various settings for your Liquid Ink brushes. For example, you can select Liquid Ink brush type, size, smoothness, and stroke volume. Refer to "Liquid Ink Controls" on page 250 for more information.

Size

The Feature slider in the Size area of the Stroke Designer page lets you determine the space between bristles. You can experiment with the Feature slider and its effect on different Liquid Ink brushes; the higher the setting, the farther apart the bristles appear. Lower settings produce more solid strokes. With Liquid Ink brushes, the adhesion of the bristles minimizes the appearance of individual bristles.

Brush Strokes
The Feature slider and its effect on Liquid Ink brush strokes.

Expression

You can use the Expression settings in the Liquid Ink area of the Stroke Designer page to vary Liquid Ink effects. For example, you can vary the stroke volume by adjusting controllers such as Direction or Velocity. You can also use the Pressure controller to create layered Liquid Ink strokes. Refer to "Expression Settings" on page 262 for more information.

Light pressure is used to apply overlapping strokes (left). Increased pressure produces a heavier layering effect(right).

Lighting Effects

You can use the Surface Lighting controls to add light sources and change lighting angles to give the appearance of height to a Liquid Ink brush stroke. Refer to "Using Lighting" in the Help for more information about applying lighting effects.

By adjusting lighting angles and adding multiple light sources, you can add height to Liquid Ink brush strokes.

By adjusting lighting angles and adding multiple light sources, you can add height to Liquid Ink brush strokes.

V7

Impasto is the classic technique of applying thick paint on a canvas to create depth. In Corel Painter, impasto refers to the brush feature that allows brushes to paint with the illusion of depth. You can use different brushes to simulate different types of natural media, such as thick oil paint or chalk with texture.

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