• Karen Bonaker

The Art Of Brush Making In Corel Painter

Creating brushes in Painter is one of the many ways that you can discover your unique identity and enrich your creative process. There is really nothing you can't create a brush from!

If you appreciate working in Vector applications such as Affinity or Procreate creating brush dabs that are vector-based and using them to create captured brush dabs in Painter can open up some very impressive results.

Creating A Brush

You can create your own brush dabs by using shapes or creating shapes, selecting it, and then capturing the shape as a brush dab.

Below are some examples of shapes that were created in Affinity Designer and the dabs were used to create captured dab brushes for Painter. A "Captured" dab type are shapes that you formulate and capture. A captured dab lets you paint with specific shapes and designs.

To create a brush dab shape

1. On the canvas layer, draw a shape in black color or if you have already created your dab shape, open the file or use the File > Place command to capture your dab. Please note that you must capture your dab from the canvas layer.

If you are drawing on a layer, drop the layer to the canvas when you complete the shape.

Use shades of gray to define the transparent areas of the dab. To follow stroke direction, a captured brush set must face toward the right side. Before you start, decide on the brush you want to use to create your custom brush! When you save the variant, be sure to give your brush a new name in doing so you won't overwrite the original variant.

2. Choose the Rectangular Selection tool from the toolbox.

3. Drag across your brush shape to create a selection. For a square selection, hold down Shift key after you start dragging.

4. Click the Brush Selector on the Brush Selector bar.

5. In the Brush Library panel, choose the brush category in which you want to save the variant for the captured dab shape.

6. Click the Brush library options button panel options, and choose Capture Dab. Brushes > Capture Dab.

7. If necessary, choose Window > Brush Control Panels > Size, and change the settings.

8. Choose Select > None, and draw with the brush on the canvas.

If you like the results you’ve captured, you can save the brush as a new variant.

Corel Painter uses the area you selected in step 3 to set the brush size. When the brush is created, the selected area is sampled to compute each brush dab.

If the original area requires scaling to the size of the brush dab, sampling can appear aliased. The greater the scaling, the more aliasing is apparent. To prevent too much aliasing from appearing, create a shape with soft (grayscale) edges that is close to the size you’ll be using.

When I create brushes for you I use captured dabs almost exclusively. I find the brushes are rich in texture and I get very close to emulating the look of natural media. Be sure to stop by the Brush Shop and have a look!


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