Tips and Tutorials

Painter X Palette Knives'
Loaded Palette Knife and
Why it Paints a "Gradient"

Written by Jinny Brown

Question:

Is the loaded palette knife supposed paint a gradient when I do regular painting or Clone painting?


Response:

By default, the Painter X Palette Knives' Loaded Palette Knife is set to work as both a painting and blending variant.

In the Brush Controls' Well palette, you'll see why:

Resaturation is set to 14% and Bleed is set to 78%. Since Resaturation controls how much paint is applied in the brush stroke and Bleed controls how much existing color is picked up and painted along with the current color, these two settings make this brush variant work as both a painting and blending variant.

When you have Clone Color enabled, of course color comes from the Clone Source image instead of the currrent color. Still the Bleed setting makes the Loaded Palette Knife pick up and drag color along in the stroke. The resulting stroke can, depending on the Clone Source imagery, look somewhat like a gradient.

If you don't want to Loaded Palette Knife to blend color, move the Resaturation slider to whatever percent applies the amount of color you want and move the Bleed slider to 0%.

In the image below, you'll see the two brush strokes were painted over the same area of the Clone Source image but the results are quite different:






© Jinny Brown
October 20, 2007