• Fri, Jul 26 2013

    Brush Search in X3

    As you may have heard, new in X3 is a brush search tool. I personally think that brush search combined with an expressive stroke preview is is great way to discover (or perhaps rediscover forgotten) brushes in Painter. I know I often go back to brushes I am familiar with in my day to day work. So the question is… what can Brush Search look for? The most obvious searches are queries that use variant...
    • Wed, Oct 17 2012

    Image Hose Trick - Blending images with the additional color

    Here is a little trick that you can use with the image hoses in Painter. Using the Grain brush control, you can make your image hose "content" blend with the "Additional Color" (sometimes called "secondary color"). Here is the image hose with Grain set to 100%. If you change the image hose to 50% for example, and set your additional color to orange, here is what you...
    • Fri, Aug 10 2012

    Creating a Custom Organic Oily Brush

    In this blog post, I wanted to try to combine some tips for creating custom brushes, as well as some tips into quickly transforming photos into paintings. So the first thing I want to do is create a brush that will feel very organic and oily. Then I will use the brush to convert a photo into a painting. NOTE: I am NOT an artist ;) CREATING AN ORGANIC OILY BRUSH There are many ways to achieve this...
    • Tue, Jul 10 2012

    Using Flowmaps to Control the Flow of Real Watercolor and Real Wet Oil

    In the last post , I described the 4 main paper interactions with Real Watercolor. In summary they were: Granulation (bias for pigments to settle in the valleys of the paper texture) Grain (paper texture is used to introduce variability in the pigment concentration for the liquid that is being brushed on the surface) Flow resistance (paper texture is used to influence the direction of the flow of the liquid...
    • Mon, May 14 2012

    Real Watercolor and paper texture interactions

    There are many ways for paper textures to be used with Real Watercolor brushes. The paper texture can be used to create pigment granulation, to influence the flow of the water and more. In this blog post I will try to shed some light on various ways that paper texture can be used with Real Watercolor. There are 4 distinct paper texture interactions that I want to describe. In order to make the distinction between...
    • Tue, Jan 24 2012

    Opacity vs. opacity vs. opacity... ?

    This is a topic that I often get questions on. Why are there multiple ways to control the opacity (opposite of transparency) of your brush, and what is the difference between them? This question usually refers to these 3 controls, 2 of which are new for Painter 12. - Brush opacity (in blue) - Stroke Opacity (in red) (New in Painter 12) - Dab opacity (in green) (New in Painter 12) The confusion...
    • Wed, Nov 23 2011

    Real Watercolor Deposition vs. Flow

    How time flies when you spend it with a new baby :) After a wonderful parental leave, I am happy to be back at work this week. And for my first blog post in several weeks, I decided to write about a topic that I think can be a bit confusing sometimes: Real Watercolor Deposition vs. Flow. When you paint with the new Real Watercolor media in Painter 12, there are actually 2 very distinct painting models happening: deposition...
    • Fri, Aug 5 2011

    Amazing Experience!

    The little guy in this photo is the reason why I have not posted in a few weeks :) Having a baby is definitely an amazing experience! But I will be back pretty soon with more tips and tricks on Painter brushes and brush controls... In the meantime happy painting!
    • Wed, Jul 20 2011

    Controlling color mixing in Painter brushes

    Why do some brushes buildup to black and others not? How come if I paint white over a dark or colored background, nothing happens (or I get weird colors)? These are frequent questions we get, and both can be explained (and fixed) with a very simple change in the brush settings. Note: This technique can also be very useful for making a brush more friendly for autopainting or cloning (because this will...
    • Wed, Jul 13 2011

    Fun with creating new Real Watercolor brushes using Rake!

    I was just having fun with the Real Watercolor controls... and realized that we did not include any Real Watercolor variants with Painter 12 that used the "Rake" brush technology. Rake brushes are interesting because they create a series of little dabs in a row, perpendicular to your stroke. You can control how many dabs are created, their spacing, edge softening etc. This gives you additional creative...
    • Fri, Jul 8 2011

    Computed Circular Dab

    Painter 12 introduces a new dab type called "Computed Circular". This new dab type falls into the category of dab based brushes, which include these other dab types: - Circular - Single-Pixel - Static Bristle - Captured - Eraser These are the brush types that render a sequence of images or "stamps", to create the stroke. Painter already had a Circular dab type...
    • Thu, Jun 30 2011

    Creating Flow Patterns using Paper and Real Watercolor

    I really love to play with settings on the Real Watercolor panel. You can create very interesting brushes by adjusting the behaviour of the water, pigment, paper etc. In future blog posts, I will describe how these controls work. But for now, I want a brush that will flow quite a bit on the paper, in order to create some flow patterns. I don't want the water and pigment to be absorbed exactly where I brushed it...
    • Fri, Jun 17 2011

    Improving Performance of Custom Brushes in Painter 12

    Painter delivers an incredible amount of power to create brushes of all kinds. There are many different brush technologies available, each with various options. Part of the power of Painter is the ability to create custom brushes with all of these options available. When I create custom brushes, I usually take a few minutes to tweak the settings to optimize my brush speed. There are many ways to do this, and I would...
    • Tue, Jun 14 2011

    Painter 12 - Brush Calibration - Bonus tip!

    Some feedback from my last post made me think of an additional "hidden" control that allows to fine tune how velocity behaves on individual brushes. If you find that you want more control over what Painter "thinks" is fast or slow, this control could be useful for you. In most case, you should not need to use this, but it is available just in case. Painter brushes are defined by XML files. These...
    • Fri, Jun 10 2011

    Painter 12 - Brush Calibration

    So I'm putting Real Watercolor aside… but only for a while. I'll come back to this topic soon enough. ;) This week I would like to write about another new brush feature in Painter 12: Brush Calibration. If you open the brush controls, you will see a new panel called Brush Calibration. If you are familiar with Brush Tracking, think of this as the ability to have customized brush tracking...
    • Thu, Jun 2 2011

    Real Watercolor - Dry watercolor methods

    Now that Painter 12 has been released for a few weeks, I think it's a good time to start blogging about some of the new and exciting features available for Painter's brushes. First a quick introduction. My name is Chris, and I am a software developer for Painter. I love Painter's brushes, and enjoy working on them even more. Over the next weeks, I will be writing about some of the new stuff available, but...