NOTE: The original instructions below were written for Painter 6
Addiitional instructions for Painter 7 have been added at the end of the page.
Be sure to read both sets of instructions before you begin.

Painter 6

A friend of mine said these remind her of the way porpoises jump and play, and they made her chuckle. They'd made me laugh too, when the painting finally stopped and I could see "who" they were. Now they seem like a number of "who" types, as indicated in the image title.

All of the strokes were done loosely and quickly, moving the brush from bottom to top and left to right. The whole image took about 5 minutes to complete. Those odd endings on the right side of the Canvas look (to me) like open mouths. Though I don't yet know how to avoid them, in this case, I'm glad they "happened". The strokes look a little grub-wormy, don't they? Or, like some strange kind of balloon species? 

Here's how the Brush and image were made on a 500 x 500 pixel 300 ppi black Canvas:

1. Made a Pattern from the image you see on the Gallery home page.

2. With my new Pattern selected in the Patterns palette, chose the Pen brush, Soft Edge Pattern Brush variant from the Brushes palette.

3. In the Brush Controls palette, used the following settings (any settings you don't see mentioned were greyed out and not applicable):

  • General
    • Dab Type: Rendered
    • Stroke Type: Single
    • Source: Pattern
    • Opacity: 100%
  • Size
    • Size: 68.7
    • Min Size: 0%
  • Spacing
    • Damping: 50%
    • Continuous Time Deposition: unchecked
    • Cubic Interpolation, Points: 0
  • Impasto
    • Draw to: Color and Depth
    • Depth Method: Original Luminance
    • Invert: unchecked
    • Negative Depth: unchecked
    • Depth: 100%
    • Smoothing: 100%
    • Plow: 100%
  • Expression
    • All Invert Boxes: unchecked
    • Size: Pressure
    • Opacity: None
    • Resat: None
    • Bleed: None
    • Depth: None
    • Direction: 0%
  • Well
    • Resat: 100%
    • Bleed: 0%
  • Cloning
    • Clone Color: unchecked
  • Mouse
    • Pressure: 100%
    • Tilt: 0%
    • Bearing: 0%
    • Wheel: 100% 
4. Painted some brush strokes, very loosely and quickly, moving the brush from bottom to top and left to right.

Painter 7

In Painter 7, the Pens category doesn't have the brush mentioned in the Painter 6 instructions outlined above.

Here's what to do in Painter 7:

1. Choose a Pattern.

2. Choose the Pattern Pens brush category, then choose the Pattern Pen Soft Edge variant.

3. Use Brushes palette > Variant menu > Restore Default Variant.

4. Paint, and you should see a rounded brush stroke with soft edges feathered into the background.

5. This brush will work without any setting adjustments. It's not necessary to use the Impasto settings listed for Painter 6. If you want to anyway, expect to see the brush stroke change. The best way to see the difference is to do a few test strokes, with Impasto left at Draw to: Color, then with Impasto settings changed to Draw to: Color and Depth, Depth Method: Original Luminance.

The settings that control the default Pattern Pen Soft Edge variant's look are in the Brush Controls palette's sections:

Dab Type: Rendered
Stroke Type: Single
Source: Pattern

Brush Dab Profile: Dull Profile (lower left icon)

Size: Pressure
Opacity: None
Resat: Pressure
Bleed: None

Even though it's using the Pattern to paint, the Clone Colors box doesn't need to be checked since Pattern is specified as the Source in the Brush Controls palette's General section.

Have fun! :o)

Jinny Brown, June 22, 2000
last updated August 13, 2002

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