About Jin's PushPull Multi Jitter Oily Brush
written for Painter 7 and Painter 8,
now updated for Painter IX and Painter X

by Jinny Brown

copyright 1994 - 2007, Jinny Brown
To explain a little about this brush variant:

This morning (April 24, 2004), I shared my "Just a Flower" image on another message board. One of the members asked if the brush variant used for that painting could be used in Painter 7 since I'd created the custom variant and painted the image in Painter 8. 

I was able to backward translate my brush variant from Painter 8 to Painter 7 using David Gell's instructions (you'll find them on this page at his website, Brush Port). It took a couple of tries, but it works now. Hooray!

Playing around with Jin's PushPull Multi Jitter Oily some more, I remembered some interesting things about it:

It paints using both the Primary Color and Secondary Color (Painter 7 and Painter 8) or the Main Color and Additional Color (Painter IX and Painter X) because in the Brush Controls' Color Variability section (Painter 7 and Painter 8) or the Color Variability palette (Painter IX and Painter X) it's set to take Color Variability "from Gradient" and it's the Two-Point Gradient by default.

If you change only the Secondary Color (or Additional Color), you'll get a very different result because the Gradient will have been changed. The same is true, obviously, if you change the Primary Color (or Main Color).

If you choose one of the default Gradients with more than two colors, you'll get even more exciting brush strokes. Here's an example using default Painter 7 (or Painter 8) Gradients:
  •  Upper left, Golden Neon
  • Upper right, Spectrum
  • Lower right, Neon Glow
             Jin's PushPull Multi Jitter Oily Brush, Demo 1

In Painter IX and Painter X, some good, colorful Gradients to try are:
  • Vivid Color Stripes
  • Chrome Sky
  • Strange Neon
  • Vivid Mixture
  • Neon Tangerine
  • Summer Sunset
  • Expressway Greens
  • Fiery Neon
It takes a lot of Undo-ing to get the strokes right since they're pretty unpredictable both in their size and shape and in the colors that appear on top. It's not boring though. Every second there's a new surprise.

For more precision (HA!) you can test brush strokes on a blank white Canvas, leaving space around them to make selections of the ones that work and lift each one to a separate Layer, then delete the rest.

NOTE: You'll need to paint the brush strokes on the Canvas since this brush variant is Impasto enabled and Impasto depth and lighting are on the Canvas level. If you paint them on a Layer, then try to move the brush strokes, the Impasto depth and lighting for those brush strokes will remain on the Canvas in the original location. 

Now you can move things like flower petals or leaves around, even rotate them (but that will tend to make them blurry). Using Effects > Orientation > Flip Horizontal and Flip Vertical doesn't blur things so you could do that instead if you need to.

To vary even more how the brush strokes will appear, you can go to the Brush Controls palette's Angle section (Painter 7, Painter IX, and Painter X) or go to the Brush Creator, Stroke Designer tab's Angle section (Painter 8), move the Squeeze slider a little below 100%, then adjust the other Angle palette sliders as you wish.

In the Spacing section, changing the Spacing and Min Spacing sliders will give you another surprise.  Don't worry, if you don't like the result at any point your experimentation, you can restore the brush variant to its default state:
  • Painter 7 - Brushes palette > Variant menu > Restore Default Variant
  • Painter 8, Painter IX, and Painter X - Brush Selector menu > Restore Default Variant

Here's another demo image showing the brush variant in its default state. I painted diagonal scribbles coming down from the upper left and moving up to the upper right corner. At the bottom, I just painted a row of vertical strokes close together. Kinda reminds me of a fence. With a little color tweaking, it might really work as a fence.

Jin's PushPull Multi Jitter Oily Brush, Demo 2

Now let's see what you do with this unpredictable but fun brush variant!

Inside the Zip file are both a brush category folder and a brush category .JPG brush category icon image file. This means that you'll need to place both the brush category folder and the brush category JPG icon image file inside an existing brush library folder or a new folder you create to use as a brush library folder.

Before you extract the Zip file, create a new empty folder somewhere outside of the Painter 7 or Painter 8 application/program folders (where the program was installed). For Painter IX and Painter X, create your new empty folder somewhere outside of both the Painter IX or Painter X application/program folder and outside of the Painter IX or Painter X User folder.

Extract the Zip file into that new empty folder.

Then copy and paste the brush category folder and .JPG brush category icon image file into the appropriate application/program folder's Brushes > Painter Brushes brush library folder for your Painter version:
  • Painter 7 > Brushes > Painter Brushes
  • Corel Painter 8 > Brushes > Painter Brushes
  • Corel Painter IX > Brushes > Painter Brushes
  • Corel Painter X > Brushes > Painter Brushes
Now you should be able to open Painter and when you load the default Painter Brushes library, you'll find a new brush category named:


Have fun, and please show me what you do while discovering how this brush variant works. It doesn't have to be anything great and you can post your experiments at TutorAlley Forums, if you're a member, or upload it to your website and e-mail me the URL.  Please do not send the image to me as an e-mail attachment as the e-mail will be deleted. I don't open attachments of any kind, just to be extra safe.

I'm just eager to see what other ways you find to use this brush variant. It's pressure sensitive, so you can make some delicate lines too. They don't all have to be thick and juicy ones like those in the demo images.

Jinny Brown, April 24, 2004
last modified July 12, 2007

©1994 - 2007, Jinny Brown

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