|The above Painting was done using primarily the Paintbrush Ribbon Preset with various textures and the Bristle split 2Preset for the foilage.|
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.
to Save often, once you save - clear your undo history.
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.
you are working with your brushes, if you find a setting you like or
think you will use often refer to this snapshot
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.
the first 4 Painting Tool tutorials the brush panel was mentioned briefly but
we are going to take a closer look at what is available on the panel both for
the painting tools and for the retouch tools..........|
basic options are the same for most all of the paint tools.
first image you see is No transparency and no soft edge working with the Brush
Panel let's take a look at the first tab.
Here you will see a lock at the bottom of the panel. If you click the lock and unlock it you can then change the height and width to different sizes . Take a look at the examples .....you can also change the soft edge (right bottom slider) and the brush shape from round to square . And on the right of the panel you will see another slider(the top one) this allows you to change the brush angle.There are also some additional options found on the shape tab with various tools and they are discussed with the examples of each one.These were done by unlocking height and width and adjusting only the soft edge.
There is one more icon on the bottom and that is the eraser mode and just like the eraser on the tool panel this can be set to different transparencies and soft edges.Don't forget about this option.I comes in very handy for making small corrections as well as the normal uses.
connected lines allows you to draw two points and when you double click.. it will
connect the line to close an area as shown here.
Keeping the same color size and brush choice we will look at what the multicolor can do.Depending on how you adjust your sliders the color variance can be very little with subtle highlights or dramatic .
The multicolor is great for making trees, grass or flowers or anything that you want to have a blend of colors .Here are a few examples . These are done with the Bristle split 2 Brush
The Second group of examples is using the ribbon tool with a multicolor
and changing only the transparency and soft edge you can achieve many different looks for your painting.
alone or in conjunction with the multicolor tab the possibilities are endless.
The next group is using the ribbon with a small variance in color and a texture I made by cropping a small portion out of a lake picture and adding the texture . It makes a very good base for your lake or stream or ocean. The first picture is a top to bottom with no soft edge and the second is a back and forth motion with about 50 transparency and 50 soft edge........You can see the difference depending on the look you want to achieve.
first bottom row example is using Paper 7 .You can see it gives a nice base for
sand , a road , sidewalk or pathway just to name a few.
there are so many possibilities with the texture tabs let's look at a few more
tools using the textures and multicolors|
first is the oil paint light stroke no texture then with a texture I made. The
second is gritty charcoal first without a texture and then using Paper 13. And
the last one is Waxy Crayon first without a texture and then using Paper 49.
Only the Pressure options are for Graphire Tablet users. The spacing slider and the Fade in/Fade out work for mouse as well
There are three pressure options.......Size/Transparency - Size and Transparency
we are looking at the Size/Transparency Options
On the right you will see three dots and that slider is for spacing your strokes If the slider is all the way to the left you have an unbroken line and as you move it to the right you will see spaces between the paint drops
Size you have the same options as above but you also have one additional option
and that is the fade in/fade out by clicking on that button you have a slider
below the button that allows you to adjust the amount of fade you want.|
|Marker and Oil Paint have an extra option ..The wet control.The differences are subtle on the marker but not so on the oil paint as you see from the examples|
|The Particle brush also has a wet control and with each preset there are dramatic differences in the stroke from 0 to 100 ...I have only shown 4 of the presets with the particle brush but all the presets change as much with the wet control slider.|
Oil Paint and Bristle brush in addition to brush width and height have a random
slider(top right)and a brush head size........ (bottom right)The brush head size(think
of it as bristle width)on the bristle brush changes but the brush size does not
as shown in the examples|
For the oil paint using a brush size 25 but varying the brush head size(bristle width) and using the random sliders and wet control you can see the different looks you can achieve.
|The Chalk and Crayon tool have 2 extra options under the Shape tab ,weight (middle right slider)and distribution (bottom right slider).You can see from the examples the various differences.|
retouch tools also can be adjusted with the brush panel|
Under the shape tab each one has a height and width, brush angle and Soft Edge,
The spacing option can be found under the advanced tab
|I hope you have found this paint tool series of some benefit.These are only the basics.Experimentation with each of the tools and creating your own textures and saving your favorite brushes can all help make painting more enjoyable.Once you know your way around the tools and don't have to wonder how can I get that look I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.|