Unless you saved the Just Add Water variant with the same name after making brush control adjustments, it's still there and easy to restore to its default settings (Brush Selector menu > Restore Default Variant).
Originally Posted by lAhlbeck
If you did save the Just Add Water variant with the same name after making brush control adjustments, you can still get it back:
1. Close Painter IX and go to the following Painter IX application/program folder:
Mac - Applications > Corel Painter IX > Brushes > Painter Brushes > Blenders
Windows - Program Files > Corel > Corel Painter IX > Brushes > Painter Brushes > Blenders
2. Copy the Just Add Water.xml file.
3. Go to the following Painter IX User folder:
Mac - Users > [User Name] > Library > Application Support > Corel > Painter IX > Brushes > Painter Brushes > Blenders
Windows - Documents and Settings > [User Name] > Application Data > Corel > Painter IX > Brushes > Painter Brushes > Blenders
4. If you see either of these two files in the Blenders folder, delete them (you may only see the file named c_Just Add Water.xml):
- c_Just Add Water.xml
- Just Add Water.xml
5. Paste the Just Add Water.xml file you copied in Step 2 into the same folder where you deleted the file (or files) listed above.
6. Launch Painter IX and check to see that your Just Add Water variant is now restored to its default state.
We can adjust most Painter's brush variants to both paint and blend or to blend only. I'm going to show you how to make the adjustments in the Brush Controls' palettes to help you get over being "scared":
How do you turn a normal covering brush into a blender with the brush editor? (The brush editor scares me :'( )
what to do....?
1. Open the Brush Controls' palettes (Window menu > Brush Controls > Show General will open all Brush Controls' palettes in a docked group).
2. Choose the brush variant you want to adjust. A good example for practicing this would be the Pens' Flat Color variant.
3. In the General palette, adjust the Opactiy slider to 5%.
4. In the Size palette, adjust the Size slider to 20.0
5. In the Well palette, adjust the Resaturation slider to 10% and the Bleed slider to 90%.
6. Now test the brush variant on a new white Canvas. You may want to adjust it further so I'll explain what the Resaturation and Bleed sliders do:
Resaturation controls how much color is painted in the brush stroke. The lower the Resaturation percent, the less current color is painted.
Bleed controls how much existing color is picked up and painted in the brush stroke along with the current color. The higher the Bleed percent, the more any existing color is picked up and blended with the current color.
When Resaturation is set to 0% and Bleed is set to 100%, the brush variant becomes a blend only variant.
7. Experiment with the brush controls I've mentioned above until you find settings you like, then save the adjusted Just Add Water variant as a custom brush variant with a unique name not already used by Painter (Brush Selector menu > Save Variant).
8. Now go back to the Just Add Water variant and restore it to its default settings (Brush Selector menu > Restore Default Variant).
Now that you know how to turn the Pens' Flat Color variant into a painting and blending or blending-only variant using the Brush Controls palettes to adjust Opacity, Size, Resaturation, and Bleed, I'll tell you that all of what I explained can be done using controls on the Property Bar. That is, providing the particular brush variant has these controls on the Property Bar. The Pens' Flat Color variant does and most other brush variants do if the controls are available in the Brush Controls palettes. However, in some cases these controls are only available in the Brush Controls palettes.