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Drawing and Capturing a Brush Dab Image
and Creating a New Brush Category
written for Painter 5/5.5, Painter 6, and Painter 7
by Jinny Brown  e-mail
copyright 1994 - 2004, Jinny Brown
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In this test image, I adjusted Color Variability to paint with more than one color 
(Art Materials/Color Variability: 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 outside" icon checked, in the lower left corner of the image window).  The stroked Selection around the Canvas' perimeter was done on 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 editing tool (the Shape Selection tool) to quickly draw a Shape, then convert it to a Selection, Fill the selection with color, draw a Selection around it and use Capture Brush, then save it as a New Brush Variant.

1. In the Canvas menu, choose Grid, Show Grid. Then, in the Canvas menu, choose Grid, Snap to Grid. If you like, you can also set the Grid Width and Height. To do this, in the Canvas menu, choose Grid, Grid Options

2. Using the Pen tool, click three times to create a wide "V" (the bottom of the fan), click to close the Shape (click the 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

3. To adjust the handle's position, switch to the Shape Selection tool, click the end of the handle and drag to form a symmetrical arc with the end of the handle centered directly above the lower point of the fan, or above the second click, as shown in the image below (create the top curve of the fan).

5. In the Shapes menu, choose Convert to Selection.

6. In the Art Materials palette's Colors section, choose black as the Primary Color and white the Secondary Color.

7. In the Art Materials palette's Gradients section, choose Two Point 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.

8. In the Effects menu, choose Fill, Fill With: Gradient.

9. Click the Rectangular Selection tool, then hold down the Shift key and drag a square selection around the fan.

10. In the Brushes palette, pick the source brush type (Brush Category) and Variant (the brush on which your captured brush will be built). For instance, I chose the Pens Category's Smooth Ink Pen Variant.

11. In the Brushes palette's Brush menu, choose Capture Brush.

12. In the Brushes palette's Variant menu, choose Save Variant. Give your new Captured Brush a unique name not already used by Painter. For instance, "Jin's Fan Brush (Pens)".

NOTE: The source brush variant (Pens Category's Smooth Ink Pen Variant) was not altered permanently because the new Captured Brush Variant was saved with a unique name not already used by Painter). To easily restore the source brush to its default state first click the appropriate brush variant (Pens Category's  Smooth Ink Pen Variant), then in the Brushes palette's Variant menu, choose Restore Default Variant.

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:

1. In the Brushes palette's Brush Menu, choose New Brush. Give the New Brush Category a unique name, not already used by Painter (for instance, "Jin's Brushes")

2. In the Brushes palette, choose the Pens Category and in the Variant list, click the New Captured Brush Variant ("Jin's Fan Brush (Pens)").

3. In the Brushes palette's Variant menu, choose Copy Variant. Scroll down the list of Brush Categories and pick the New Brush Category, "Jin's Brushes", then click the OK button.

4. In the Brushes palette, choose the Pens Category. Click the New Brush Variant ("Jin's Fan Brush (Pens)") that's still listed in the Pens Category's Variant list. Remember, you now have a copy of it in the New Brush Category ("Jin's Brushes") so it's OK to delete this one.

5. In the Brushes palette's Variant menu, choose Delete Variant.

Now the New Captured Brush ("Jin's Fan Brush (Pens)") is listed as a Variant in the New Brush Category ("Jin's Brushes") and it's been deleted from the Pens Category's Variant list

Creating and capturing the brush took less than 5 minutes.

6. Experiment with the Brush Controls palette's sections. For instance, make the following adjustments (and don't be afraid to try your own setting adjustments):

Size

  • Size: 50.0
  • Min Size: 33%
  • Size Step: 20%
Spacing
  • Spacing: 200%
  • Min Spacing: 11.8
Angle
  • Squeeze: 95%
  • Angle: 35 degrees
  • Ang Rng: 186 degrees
  • Ang Step: 54 degrees
Expression
  • Size: Random
  • Opacity: Random
  • Angle: Random
Random
  • Jitter: 2.00
In the Art Materials palette's Gradients section, choose Spectrum.

In the Art Materials palette's Color Variability section, choose from Gradient from the drop down menu.

7. Now 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 your discoveries with other Painter users. 

Have fun!
 


To capture a GINGERBREAD MAN, click here.

Happy Brush Capturing! :o)

Jinny Brown, May 15, 2001
last modified on June 7, 2004
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