to compare with various Composite Methods applied to top Layer.)
In this test image,
Variability to paint with more than one color
Move the Hue slider to 25%). Some of the brush strokes
made with Impasto set to Color and Depth, Depth Method:
some with Depth Method: Uniform, Depth: 300%, Smoothing:
32%, and Plow: 100%.
The various strokes
were made on
separate Layers above a black Canvas. The final brush
dab was made on the top Layer with the brush Size
to cover the Canvas.
At the bottom of
this page are some
variations on this image, with the top Layer set to several
Methods (Controls:Adjuster palette, Composite Method
down list options). In the image above, the top Layer's
Method is Default.
another inspired by
in the Painter
Forum at TalkGraphics, is written to show some of what can be
when a Captured Brush is created from a white drawing on a black Canvas.
a white Canvas and Fill it with black.
Draw a freehand shape (I drew a "gingerbread man" of sorts). Your
shape is a Painter selection.
(or Ctrl/Command+X) to clear the center of the selection. Now
have a white shape on the black Canvas.
Selection tool: Hold
down the Shift key and draw a square selection around
If your square selection is not centered properly over the white shape,
click and drag downward on the Layer Adjuster tool, stopping at
the Selection Adjuster tool (hand with pointing index finger
and dashed-line rectangle behind the hand), then click in the
of the selection and move it into position. When the selection is
where you want it, click and drag downward on the Selection
tool, stopping at the Layer Adjuster tool to make it the
Pick the source brush type and variant (the brush on
your captured brush will be built). For instance, I chose the Pens
Flat Color variant (because some brushes won't
painted over a black background, like the Felt Pens Dirty
variant, for instance).
menu/Save Variant. Give it a unique name not already
by Painter. For instance, "Jin's GingerbreadManPensFltClr".
(That's a pretty long name and since there's a limit on the number of
allowed, I had to abbreviate and leave out spaces. However, it will
me remember that the source brush variant was Pens Flat Color.)
The source brush variant (Pens brush, Flat Color
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 brush, Flat Color variant), then do the
menu/Restore Default Variant
The new brush
variant is now listed
in the Pens Brush Variant Popup list. To move the new custom
to a new brush category:
Menu/New Brush: Give the new brush category a unique
not already used by Painter (for instance, "Jin's Brushes")
brush: Click the new captured brush variant ("Jin's
menu/Copy Variant: Scroll down the list of brush categories
and pick the new brush category, "Jin's Brushes", then
the OK button.
brush: Click the new brush variant "Jin's
that's still listed in the Pens brush variants list (remember,
have a copy of it in the new brush category ("Jin's Brushes") so
it's OK to delete this one.
Now the new
captured brush ("Jin's
GingerbreadManPensFltClr") is listed as a variant in the new
brush category ("Jin's Brushes") and it's been deleted from
Pens brush category's variants.
Below are some
variations on the
image you saw at the top of the page. Under each is the Composite
applied to the top Layer (the one with the large brush dab):
I hope you've enjoyed
and it inspires you to create some wonderful new captured brushes,
(cut out of a black background like this one) or positive (black on
like the fan shaped brush in the previous