The above Painting was done primarily withe the Paritcle Brush Leaf Preset for the Flower and the Paintbrush Fine Brush and Chalk Splatter for the Butterfly
General Notes
There are a few basic things to remember when using the paint tools:
First you must set your Preset with the various tools prior to setting your color because when you click on the Preset it will default to a color chosen by PI.

Painting in Mode versus not

Please note that you may find it much easier to manipulate your painting if you were to paint in object mode.

Advantages to painting in mode is that you can paint a little bit at a time making it an object. If you decide later on down the line that you don't like that particular tree in that spot but it might look better on the other side of the canvas, you can simply move it over.

It also makes it easier should you require to blend certain aspects of your painting.

Remember to Save often, once you save - clear your undo history.
If you find a setting you like or think you will use often refer to this snapshot tutorial by Debbie Hardisty on how to save your favorite brushes.
Saving Brush Settings to your Easy Palette

Make a folder for your painting textures so if you happen to see a texture you think would work you can crop it out and save it and know where to find it..Then next time you paint just add it to your painting texture panel in PI.

There are only 5 Presets for the Airbrush but there are still endless possibilities...........
We will cover this tool rather briefly . The airbrush allows you to do a wide sweeping stroke and depending on the transparency and soft edge will give you many varied looks.Textures and MultiColors can also vary the look. It's widest use may be for backgrounds but it can also soften the look of other tools by applying a light overspray or a soft texture over the top.

Using the Straight line option it lets you keep your horizon lines even

The Flash and Meteor strokes are short bursts.You can see how they fade out at the bottom.



There are subtle differences in the first 5 Presets (4 and None) but the last 2 have very definite looks of there own.I have not shown the multicolors with these but the variations with the 3 sliders available on the brush panel allow you to go from a very soft look to a very bold one and change the colors by using the sliders only.The second one of the InkDrop and the Rubbing is using a texture.

Chalk Tool
There are 6 Presets with the chalk tool and these can be adjusted to hundreds of different looks

.This is a great tool for foilage , trees,mountainside , and it has the wonderful splatter tool which can be used over the chalk tool for a more definite appearance and it is great for flower centers or anything that needs a splattered effect.

Pencil and Marker
I won't spend a lot of time on the Pencil and Marker options as they are really self explanatory with the exception of the last 2 presets in each. As you can see they are very distinct.
Particle Brush.........
This tool deserves a lot of attention for each of the various Presets..

Starting with the Leaf Preset.As you can see by varying the size ,transparency and softedge this can be used for many different applications .I like it for clouds and softening a sky.It is also very good for the base of a closer view of a tree or bush.

I have just covered the other Presets of the Particle Brush briefly as they are so varied you can see at a glance what they can do

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Series 1 PaintBrush Tool

Series 2 Airbrush through the Particle Brush
Series 3 Oil Paint Tool throught the Bristle Brush
Series 4 Retouch Tools
Series 5 Exploring the Brush Panel
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