|In this test
image, I adjusted
Variability to paint with more than one color
Move the Hue slider to 25%). Rectangular and Oval
Selections were given a brush stroke (Select menu/Stroke
Selection with the either "paint inside" or "paint
icon checked, in the lower left corner of the image window). The
stroked Selection around the Canvas' perimeter was done
a New Layer using Select All with the Grain slider
moved to the left to increase Paper texture,
then I used
Effects/Create Drop Shadow and adjusted the Layer's
(Painter 5/5.5 Floater's) and Shadow's Opacity.
This tutorial is
written to clarify
a simple application of Painter's Pen tool and Shape
tool (the Shape Selection tool) to quickly draw a Shape,
then convert it to a Selection, Fill the selection with
draw a Selection around it and use Capture Brush, then
as a New Brush Variant.
the Canvas menu, choose Grid, Show Grid. Then,
the Canvas menu, choose Grid, Snap to Grid. If
like, you can also set the Grid Width and Height. To
in the Canvas menu, choose Grid, Grid Options.
the Pen tool, click three times to create a wide "V"
bottom of the fan), click to close the Shape (click
beginning point) and with your pen still on the beginning/ending
point, drag at an angle downward to the left. You'll see a handle
appear above the fan.
adjust the handle's position, switch to the Shape Selection tool,
click the end of the handle and drag to form a symmetrical arc
the end of the handle centered directly above the lower point of
fan, or above the second click, as shown in the image below
(create the top curve of the fan).
the Shapes menu, choose Convert to Selection.
the Art Materials palette's Colors section, choose black
as the Primary Color and white the Secondary Color.
the Art Materials palette's Gradients section, choose Two
and, in the lower portion of the Gradients section, click the upper
left icon, then move the red dot on the ring around the Gradient
preview to 0 degrees.
the Effects menu, choose Fill, Fill With: Gradient.
the Rectangular Selection tool, then hold down the Shift
key and drag a square selection around the fan.
the Brushes palette, pick the source brush type (Brush
Category) and Variant (the brush on which your captured
will be built). For instance, I chose the Pens Category's Smooth
the Brushes palette's Brush menu, choose Capture
the Brushes palette's Variant menu, choose Save Variant.
Give your new Captured Brush a unique name not already used
Painter. For instance, "Jin's Fan Brush (Pens)".
The source brush variant (Pens Category's Smooth Ink Pen
was not altered permanently because the new Captured Brush Variant
was saved with a unique name not already used by Painter). To
restore the source brush to its default state first click the
brush variant (Pens Category's Smooth Ink Pen Variant),
then in the Brushes palette's Variant menu, choose Restore
The new brush
variant is now listed
in the Pens Brush Variant Popup list. To move the new custom
Variant to a New Brush Category:
the Brushes palette's Brush Menu, choose New Brush.
the New Brush Category a unique name, not already used by
(for instance, "Jin's Brushes")
the Brushes palette, choose the Pens Category and in
list, click the New Captured Brush Variant ("Jin's Fan
the Brushes palette's Variant menu, choose Copy Variant.
Scroll down the list of Brush Categories and pick the New
Category, "Jin's Brushes", then click the OK button.
the Brushes palette, choose the Pens Category. Click
Brush Variant ("Jin's Fan Brush (Pens)") that's still
in the Pens Category's Variant list. Remember, you now have a copy
of it in the New Brush Category ("Jin's Brushes") so
OK to delete this one.
the Brushes palette's Variant menu, choose Delete Variant.
Now the New
("Jin's Fan Brush (Pens)") is listed as a Variant in the
New Brush Category ("Jin's Brushes") and it's
from the Pens Category's Variant list.
capturing the brush
took less than 5 minutes.
with the Brush Controls palette's sections. For instance, make
following adjustments (and don't be afraid to try your own setting
In the Art
Materials palette's Gradients
section, choose Spectrum.
In the Art
Color Variability section, choose from Gradient from the
paint over a blank white Canvas. Choose another Gradient
and paint again.
These are only a
few of the many
ways you can adjust a brush variant, so dig in and play, then share
discoveries with other Painter users.
To capture a GINGERBREAD
MAN, click here.