Does anyone know if there's a trail-off option for brushes in Corel Painter, other than Artists Oils?
I'd like to be able to manipulate the trail-off for dryer, scratchier brushes than the oils.
I think so Andrew, do you have a specific brush in mind?
For example "Worn Square Pastel" in "Chalk, Pens and Pastels" has a nice trailoff.
In fact, many of the brushes that use 'resat/bleed' can be setup to trail off. For example I just tried it with "Real Fat Chalk" using these steps:
1. Opened the blending panel (Menu>Window>Brush Control Panels>Blending)
2. Enabled "Enhanced layer blending"
3. Enabled "Dryout to transparency"
4. Reduced the dryout value (usually somewhere between 100-800 is a good starting point)
Many thanks for your reply Stephen.
Those settings are really nice but I was looking for something a bit more rough, organic looking. Like these brown leaves:
Ideally I'd like a nice, textured/grainy brush, with a random looking tail off, as in this image (Benji Davis illustration)?
Many thanks, Andrew
Oh yes those are gorgeous...you can try these steps...
1. In the layers panel, click and hold the "New Layer" button and choose "New Thick Paint Layer"
2. Double-click on the thick-paint layer. Change the amount to 0%
3. Paint using Thick Paint brushes. For example "Real Bristle Trail Off" looks very close to your image.
There are other thick paint brushes that may work for you. After trying the Thick Paint category consider switching to the "Natural Media Library" and see if either the acrylics or oils has brush variants that are to your liking.
Note: if you like this approach, you can set a preference to make thick paint layers always appear 'flat'.
1. Open Preferences>Thick Paint Layer
2. Change the default amount to 0%
Note: You will need Painter 2018 or greater to have the new Thick Paint brushes.
I found a couple more...if you want to continue to use default layers there are also a couple of brushes in the "Dynamic Speckles" category:
RealBristle Soft Cover is nicely configured to trailoff by default, and "Bristle Soft Cover Expression" may be a good starting point, however "Dryout to Transparency" and a dryout amount need to be added in the Blending panel (Menu>Window>Brush Control Panels>Blending)
These brushes can be even further customized to provide a loose look, so let me know whether you want to go with Thick Paint brushes (with layer amount at zero) or Dynamic Speckle brushes and we can adjust from there...
Thank you so much for all of this. I will have a play around with these brushes and settings tomorrow, and let you know how I get on.
You really are very kind and it's much appreciated.
Hi Stephen, I've had a play around with the settings you provided. I've made comments on the image. Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks indeed, Andrew
Yes, I can help with that...sorry been a bit heads-down the last couple days but I'll see if I can get a few suggestions together for you in the next couple of days.
Ok let's start with Thick Paint. Here's a screenshot showing the selected brush and the settings changes..mostly in the RealBristle panel. Note that I am using a Wacom Intuos Pro Medium. Also note that turned off the 3D look by double-clicking on the thick paint layer and changing amount to Zero.
Lastly, note that the dab profiles make a nice difference in this brush...you can see in the box in the lower right corner, a change to the medium profile makes the mark more broken up.
Next up is the Dynamic Speckle...i was really happy how close I could get with this brush! Note all the panels I opened and their relevant settings. This brush is really fun to paint with.
It's a bit oily, so if you want you can increase Resat to 100% and Bleed to zero to eliminate the blending.
Note how it responds differently to the selected paper texture! This will give you even more control of the 'breaks' at the edges of the brush.
These are fantastic - thank you so much. You've really gone out of your way here and I really appreciate it. This has improved my workflow tremendously.
One last thing if you don't mind - I'd like to have the option to show bristle marks too. I tried increasing the Thick Paint Layer to 1 - 5% but the bristle lines are too thick (shown at bottom of image). It's more a thin, realistic bristle mark I'm after (shown at top of image), combined with the trail off and edges that you've shown me. That's the last thing - promise!
So glad I could help!
Ah yes...some bristling without thickness...well that's possible as well! Go to Window > Brush Control Panels > Color variability. Add some saturation and value variability. You may need to play with these settings a bit to get the right balance. You can consider adjusting the smoothness and hue variabtility as well, but I find the first two typically provide the most natural looking results. :-)