Tips and Tutorials

Color Variability From Gradient,
A Two-point Gradient

written for Painter X and earlier versions,
by Jinny Brown


Using Corel Painter X and earlier versions, there are several ways we can paint with more than one color in a brush stroke. This tutorial will cover only one of them, with links to other pages at Pixelalley where you can learn more.

The way different brush variants paint colors based on Color Variability, from Gradient (in this case, a Two-Point black and red Gradient) depends a lot on the brush variant's Dab Type and Stroke Type.

If you don't know how to set up your brush variant this way:

1. If your Brush Controls palettes are not already open on the Painter screen, use Window > Brush Controls > Show General to open all Brush Controls palettes as a docked group.

2. If the Gradients palette is not already open on the Painter screen, use Window > Show Gradients to open the Gradients palette.

3. If the Colors palette is not already open on the Painter screen, use Window > Show Colors to open the Colors palette.

4. Choose a brush variant.

5. In the Gradients palette, choose the Two-Point Gradient.

6. At the bottom of the Colors palette, click the front square (Main Color) and choose a color, then click the double-ended sweep arrow next to the Main Color and Additional Color color squares, to bring the rear square (Additional Color) to the front and choose another color. Click the double-ended sweep arrow next to the Main Color and Additional Color squares if you want to bring one or the other of the two squares to the front to make it your Main Color. These are the two colors that will be used in your Two-Point Gradient.

7. Near the bottom of the Brush Controls palettes is the Color Variability palette. Choose from Gradient from the drop down list at the top of the Color Variability palette.

7. Start painting!


Below is a demonstration using ten brush variants that, among them, use seven different Dab Types and two different Stroke Types.

Dab Types:
  • Static Bristle
  • Bristle Spray
  • Airbrush
  • Circular
  • Liquid INk Bristle Spray
  • Rendered
  • Captured

Stroke Types:
  • Single
  • Multi

See the descriptions below this demo image listing each brush variant and its Dab Type and Stroke Type with numbers keyed to numbers in the demo image.

IPB Image

1. Acrylics' Opaque Acrylic 30 - Dab Type: Static Bristle, Stroke Type: Single

2. Acrylics' Thick Acrylic Bristle 30 - Dab Type: Bristle Spray, Stroke Type: Single

3. Airbrushes' Coarse Spray - Dab Type: Airbrush, Stroke Type: Single

4. Airbrushes' Soft Airbrush 30 - Dab Type: Circular, Stroke Type: Single

5. One of my Liquid Ink custom brush variants - Dab Type: Liquid Ink Bristle Spray, Stroke Type: Single

6. Pens' Scratchboard Tool - Dab Type: Rendered, Stroke Type: Single (This brush variant required that I click to Play Back a recorded stroke several times in order to demonstrate the way this brush variant paints with Color Variability from Gradient.)

7. Another custom brush variant - Dab Type: Captured, Stroke Type: Single

8 and 9. Two of my custom brush variants - Dab Type: Circular, Stroke Type: Multi

10. Watercolor's Bleach Splatter - Dab Type: Circular, Stroke Type Single

In spite of the very different color results, example 10. uses the same black and red Two-Point Gradient used for the other brushstrokes. Watercolor can do some surprising things with colors!


© Jinny Brown
May 24, 2007