Tips and Tutorials

Painting with More than One Color
in the Brush Stroke,
A Few Methods

Written by Jinny Brown

Color Variability Palette

From one of my posts in a brush-sharing thread in one of the forums:

It's loads of fun creating brush variants with the zillion ways Painter lets us do it, and more I doubt the programmers even thought of.

It's also a good way to relax, playing, experimenting, and making pretty brush strokes....

.... for example.

For this custom variant, I started with the DWC's New Simple Water variant and in the Brush Controls' General palette, chose the following settings:
  • Dab Type: Circular
  • Stroke Type: Multi
  • Method: Digital Wet
  • Subcategory: Grainy Digital Wet Abrasive
  • Opacity: 48%
  • Opacity Expression: Pressure
  • Grain: 100%
  • Grain Expression: None

Then I tested it to see what would happen and probably made some other brush control adjustments it would take too long to figure out now.

To paint the brush strokes in the demo above, I used this custom Color Set:

From another of my posts in the brush-sharing thread in one of the forums:

There are a few ways to paint with two colors on a brush. We can also paint with more than two colors on a brush.

One method is described in one of my tutorials here at PixelAlley (written for Corel Painter 6 and Painter 7 so the terminology is a bit different from that found in later versions. If you have a basic knowledge of Painter 8, Painter IX (IX 9.1 or IX.5) or Painter X (X.1), you should be able to figure it out):

Mixing Two Colors on a Brush to Paint Hair

We can use the Color Variability palette to set a brush variant to paint with more than one color, using one of the following options:

  • in HSV (adjust the Hue, Saturation, and Value sliders)
  • in RGB (adjust the R, G, and B Value sliders)
  • from Gradient (to see the effect easily, try it with the Painter 8 default Gradient library's Spectrum Gradient, or the Painter IX and Painter X default Gradient library's Vivid Color Stripes)
  • from Color Set (as described in my tutorial)
Some good default brush variants to try this with are:

Impressionist, Seurat (already uses in HSV but works with Gradient or Color Set too),

Colored Pencils: An interesting effect with some of these brush variants. For instance, the Sharp Colored Pencil with Size increased to 20 so you can see the effect.

Painter 6 Water Colors' or Painter 8, Painter IX, and Painter X Digital Watercolor's: Splatter Water

Gouache's: Fine Bristle, Fine Round Gouache, Flat Opaque Gouache, Thick Gouache Flat, Thick Gouache Round, and Wet Gouache Round.

Only some of these variants are available in older versions, in the Brushes category and more have been added with each new Painter version in Oils: Bristle Round, Fine Camel, Flat Oils, Glazing Flat, Glazing Round, Opaque Bristle Spray, Opaque Flat, Opaque Round, Round Camelhair, Smeary Bristle Spray, Smeary Flat, Smeary Round, Tapered Round Oils, Thick Oil Bristle, Thick Flat Oil, Thick Wet Camel, Thick Wet Oils, Variable Flat, and Variable Round.

Color Variability works with more Painter brush variants but that should give you some to start with. Generally speaking, it seems to work best with brush variants that use the following Dab Types (but as you can see with the Digital Water Color's Splatter Water variant, there are exceptions):
  • Camel Hair
  • Flat
  • Bristle Spray

With brush variants that use Dab Type: Circular, as you can see above, the colors are expressed in the individual brush dabs.

Color Expression Palette

Multiple colors in a brush stroke can also be controlled using one or another of the Color Expression palette's options:
  • None
  • Velocity
  • Direction
  • Pressure
  • Wheel
  • Tilt
  • Bearing
  • Rotation
  • Source
  • Random

If your brush variant is a Captured Dab variant, the shape and opacity of the image used as the brush dab will also affect how the brush stroke is painted. In the demo above, I used one of my Captured Dab variants which accounts (in part because some of it is due to Pressure) for the lighter and darker parts of the strokes.

Artists' Oils and the Mixer Palette's Sample Multiple Colors Dropper

In Painter IX/IX 9.1/IX.5, colors picked from the Mixer palette's Mixer Pad using either the Sample Color dropper or Sample Multiple Colors dropper only work with the Artists' Oils variants.

In Painter X/X.1 they work with brush variants from several other brush categories as well as the Artists' Oils category. Here are a few of those brush categories:

© Jinny Brown
July 5, 2007

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