Hi everybody. I'm using Painter X and I was wondering if there's a way to turn off the texture of canvas and paper. Sometimes i want a completely smooth surface, like when I'm using the scratchboard tool for comic-book style inking. The texture of the ground layer can sometimes interfere with the look I'm trying to achieve. I've tried using all the textures in my library and none of them are as smooth as I need.
For most brushes, if you push GRAIN to 100%, they just become flat brushes like a flat pen, not affected by paper grain. Since they fill up the whole grain of the paper in one stroke. Or you can just open a new file, Capture the flat canvas and save it as a paper texture. I think this would be the easiest solution, it will allow you to switch back and forth between papers without affecting any settings.
Or you can push your paper contrast and lighting down to 0%. But that would mess up settings you might like. Don't quite understand why you ask that though, the whole point of brushes that are affected by paper grain is that specific effect, if you remove that effect, they all become flat pens, and kinda pointless.
Saxdragon said:Ummmm,but how do you capture the canvas and save it as a paper texture?
just by selecting something and capturing it from the paper flyout menu
BTW, if you never ever made you own paper, you should also make a new paper library, to put your papers in, it's the + button on the paper library window
Saxdragon said:Wouldn't the canvas be using whatever texture was showing in the papers palette when you create the new file?
No, it doesn't care what paper is currently selected when you do the capturing.
The capture function treats pixel values as a heigh map. Places where it's dark are treated as indentations, and places that are light are treated as hills. It's a heigh map based on pixel data.
Since my image is fully white, it has now created a perfectly flat paper as you can see.
Saxdragon said:If the brush maintains it's characteristics (i.e. thick and thin stroke, tapering to a point at both ends) then i'll be happy. I like the brush stroke, but the texture creates artifacts that roughen the stroke. I know it's meant to do that. I don't know what will happen when i try your solution, but thanks very much for the suggestion!
tapering isn't affected by the paper texture, all a paper texture does is affect the brush texture for all brushes that have a grain function, such as pastels, conte, chalk, pencils, etc, or "dry media" if you will