I saw a Skip Allen tutorial about Express Paint with Painter 2017. He showed that using a flow map with the gradient tool using Heavy Dabs changed the appearance of the dabs, and they were effected by the flow map. I've tried various versions of this in 2020, but can't seem to get any change in the behavior of the Heavy Dabs (or any other Express Paint type). Does this still work? Skip's tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AiJRNQCmc0
Prior to doing the tutorial, I removed the brushes that were stored in the software to use with express paint and added different ones. The technique was shown in my class. The tutorial was more about the results. However, if you will read the comments, I do explain how to switch the brushes. That being said, There is a lot of variability to be had in 2020 express paint without adding different brushes. Try this. Add a gradient to a layer and click on express paint. Select Heavy Dabs. At the bottom of the drop down window for express paint, change the size to 250% and leave the amount alone. Then check the preview button. That should give you lots of variation with Express Paint heavy dabs.
Altering the brushes can still be done in 2020, but I don't show you how to do it in the tutorial. I do discuss it in the comments.
Hope this helps,
Oh cool, thanks! I don't generally look at the comments, so I'm glad you are monitoring the feed. I appreciate the info. and will give it a try!
Hmm. I did the process, including the addendum of an empty folder with just a .jpg in it, but Painter 2020 doesn't seem to like the file. I can't import the category in.But, here's what I'm trying to do: I noticed that the heavy dabs gradient, when used to the linear light to dark gradient, tends to look like trees fading into the mist. That made me wonder if I could force either the flow map built to look like tree silhouettes into the process of the express paint like you did, or maybe alter the "dab" that the heavy dab uses to have more of a tree limb type edge detail. I know I could manually build layers with this effect, but I like the randomness of the heavy dabs, but would like to control it just a bit more. Any ideas on how I might accomplish that? I was thinking I could also build a specialty image hose to do it too.
Thanks, and thanks for all the great tutorials online.
I am slammed right now and haven't had a chance to alter the express brushes in Painter 2020. I cannot think of a reason it might have changed from 2017, but of course it could have. I'm not sure what you are suggesting will work until I give it a try myself, but it does sound plausible. In the next week, I'll try and alter the express paint in 2020.
Skip, I'd be interested in your results. I still have class video on how to change the brush to accommodate flow maps and I did so for all the express brushes in 2017...but alas, as typical with so many choices, I'd forgotten those too.
And, if you use John Derry P19 Emergence workspace brushes (they do work OK in P20, as do his papers) you can get a very similar effect as the express brushes, with better user control.
I have experimented with flow maps and papers essentially made from photos or paintings to express certain shapes to be developed by painting strokes, and it does work. Best to make the paper or flowmap same size as canvas to have good control of where the paper or flowmap image ends up on the canvas.