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the Painter Forum at In Depth Discussions. Maybe you'll enjoy
playing with my first Painter 7 custom Brush variant and come up
with something terrific. Or.. maybe you'll make the brush better by experimenting
with the Painter 7 Brush Controls. This is another opportunity to
play with the new Water controls.. currently mystifying.. but I
am sure "learnable" with enough time and practice... and reading the documention
available in the Painter 7 User Guide (forget its recommendation
to use Wet Fringe slider.. it ain't there!), browser-based searchable Help
Topics, and the great information John Derry has supplied us
in his "A Visual Guide to Corel Painter 7™ Water Color" available
for download on a page linked from my Tutorials section's main page
(click the link at the top of this page to get there).
On 8/30/01 at 7:59:49 am:
"As usual, the best things happen
when I forget everything and just play.. well it's almost like that.
Last night, someone on the alt.fractal-design.painter
newsgroup asked if anyone knew how to get that lovely pooling effect we
see at the edges of a Painter 6 Water Color stroke. Off I went in hopes
of finding an answer (she'd said the Painter 7 User Guide instructs us
to, in the Water section, "Adjust the Wet Fringe slider"... and there isn't
one in Painter 7).
She was right, it does and there
After fiddling around with the Water
section sliders for a few minutes, it seemed that I'd come as close as
I was going to come for quite some time so I wrote back to share a brush
that at least pools when painting over existing paint.
That done, it seemed a good time
to continue playing. Here's what happened:
The looping brush strokes with square
shapes at the ends were done by painting the curve then scribbling in one
spot a little. It was so fun watching the paint dry. (I'm not kidding.)
The two more complex shapes at the
bottom were done by first scribbling with the Lasso tool, then painting
over the selection. Both selections are saved and I'm going to try converting
them to Shapes, scaling them up, converting them back to Selections, then
painting again to see what happens at a larger size (will probably need
to use a much larger brush and plan to drink a pot of coffee while waiting
for it all to dry).
If you'd like to try the brush, the
XML file and brush library icon JPG file are available for download (Zip
If anyone can make this available
for Mac it would be great because I don't know if Mac users can open Zip
(I hope this works) That's what
I said then.. later Paulo told me it did so here goes:
In the Painter 7/Brushes folder,
create a new folder and name it whatever you want. Put the brush library
icon JPG file inside that folder. Then, still inside your new folder, make
another folder and name it Jins-1st-Brush (the brush library JPG icon file
and this folder have to have the same name) and place the XML file inside
it. The structure will look like this:
Launch Painter and at the bottom of
the brush category list, click Load Library then highlight Jins-1st-Brush
and click the OK button to load the library. If you have any trouble, read
the Help pages or better yet, ask someone who's done this more than once.
Your new folder with whatever name you
Jins-1st-Brush (folder inside your new
XML brush file (inside Jins-1st-Brush
Jins-1st-Brush.jpg (brush library JPG
icon file at same level as Jins-1st-Brush folder)
Jin (keeping her fingers crossed)
Paulo??? Are these instructions right?
Even if you don't want the brush, would someone (maybe Paulo?) be kind
enough to test the download and installation to see if it works the way
I explained? I would be most grateful if you can do that for me.
Thanks in advance.
(Paulo tested the download and
said it worked just fine.)
P.S. Well folks, don't know if you'll
think this was "the best thing" but it was a lot of fun for me and I'm
still experimenting with it. Maybe "the best thing" is just to plunge in
like Paulo did. (Thanks, Paulo for getting me going.)