The following tutorial was adapted from various brushed metal tutorials I found on the web. Most of them were for other applications so this one is adapted and added to for Painter 6.

I chose to use a softer brushed effect than ones seen in other tutorials.  Vary the settings and colors as needed to create your own improvements. At the bottom of this tutorial are some brief notes for another method based partially on this one.

1. Open a new Canvas.

2.In the Art Materials palette, Gradient section, choose the black and white Gradient.

3.If necessary, in the Colors section, click the Foreground Color and make it black then click the Background Color and make it white. Click the double ended sweep arrow next to the Foreground Color and Background Color swatches to reverse their order.

4. In the Gradient section menu, choose Edit Gradient then click and drag the small triangles along the bottom of the Gradient bar to rearrange the black and white order. To add an intermediate grey, click the bottom of the Gradient bar to create a new triangle, then drag it to the left of the center triangle. Click again and drag the second new triangle an equal distance to the right of the center triangle. One at a time, click each of these new triangles and, in the Art Materials palette, Colors section, choose the appropriate grey. When your Gradient is set the way you want it, click the OK button.

5. In the Objects palette, Layers section menu, choose New Layer (this is Layer 1 and you'll be working on Layer 1 for the next few steps).

6. In the Art Materials palette, Colors section, choose a medium grey.

7. In the Effects menu, choose Fill, Using: Current Color.

8. In the Brushes palette, choose the Pen category, 1-Pixel variant. 

9. In the Brushes palette, Stroke menu, choose Record Stroke.

10. In the Art Materials palette, Colors section, choose black.

11. Click the Brush tool, then click once anywhere in the image to make a 1-pixel black dot.

12.In the Brushes palette, Stroke menu, choose Save Stroke and name your stroke "1-pixel black".

13.In the Select menu, choose All, then in the Edit menu, choose Clear (to clear Layer 1).

14.In the Brushes palette, Stroke menu, choose Strokes and check the stroke named "1-pixel black".

15.In the Brushes palette, Stroke menu, choose Auto Playback, carefully watch the "1-pixel black" stroke fill Layer 1 and when you want it to stop playing back, click in the center of your image. If it goes too far, filling Layer 1, in the Edit menu, choose Undo and play back the stroke again, clicking to stop it sooner than on the first try. If you want more dots, choose Auto Playback again and click to stop the playback when it reaches the desired dot density.

16. In the Effects menu, choose Focus, then Motion Blur and use the following settings: Radius: 39.86, Angle: 0°, Thinness: 1%.

17. Click the Layer Adjuster tool and, in the Controls:Adjuster palette, Composite Methods list, choose Hard Light.

To see more brushed metal samples, go to the next page.

ANOTHER METHOD (and probably easire): Try using this method to create the brushed metal texture:

1. Fill the Canvas with light grey.

2. Play back the 1-pixel stroke.

3. Select, All and click with the Layer Adjuster tool to lift the image to Layer 1.

4. Apply Motion Blur

5. In the Effects menu, choose Orientation, Scale, uncheck the Constrain Aspect Ratio box  and type 120% in the Horizontal Scale: box.  This will eliminate uneven texture at the right and left edges of the motion-blurred selection. (If  the Motion Blur is vertical, type 120% in the Vertical Scale: box.)

6. Select, All and, in the Patterns menu, choose Capture Pattern then give it a name.

NOTE: This Pattern can be used to Apply Surface Texture as well, by Using: Original Luminance.

Jinny Brown, October 28, 2000
last updated December 8, 2000

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