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    Splatter brush mod

    I have a question about modifying a splatter brush.
    I'm referring to the airbrush splatter brushes "variable splatter" and "tiny spattery airbrush".
    When I worked in conventional paint and pen & ink, one of my favorite tools was to get an old toothbrush, add pigment and then drag my thumb across it sending a very random splatter onto the work surface.
    The results were wonderful in the variety of large and small splatters. It was perfect for giving texture to rocks, dirt, asphalt etc.
    I have been unable to customize these two brushes to give anything like the randomness of size and pattern of splatters.
    Can anyone help me with some suggestions on how I might create this effect?
    Maybe I should be customizing different brushes, but which?

    Thanks for any help,

    pg
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    I ran into this PDF file about the liquid Inks category: http://www.corel.com/content/pdf/pai...Liquid_Ink.pdf

    Liquid inks work in their own layer but can create some rather interesting grunge and random effects.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgd View Post
    I have a question about modifying a splatter brush.
    I'm referring to the airbrush splatter brushes "variable splatter" and "tiny spattery airbrush".
    When I worked in conventional paint and pen & ink, one of my favorite tools was to get an old toothbrush, add pigment and then drag my thumb across it sending a very random splatter onto the work surface.
    The results were wonderful in the variety of large and small splatters. It was perfect for giving texture to rocks, dirt, asphalt etc.
    I have been unable to customize these two brushes to give anything like the randomness of size and pattern of splatters.
    Can anyone help me with some suggestions on how I might create this effect?
    Maybe I should be customizing different brushes, but which?

    Thanks for any help,

    pg
    If you purchased the boxed version of Painter IX or Painter X, check the Extras > Brushes folder to find the Splatter Brush library. It contains some neat Liquid Ink brush variants you can play with.


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    Thanks Jinny,
    I had no idea those brushes were there! There are some very nice splatter brushes on the disc.
    I would still like to know how to make new brushes entirely from scratch though. Is there a tutorial you can direct me to that will help me learn how?
    So far I've only modified existing brushes. I'd love to make some entirely from scratch.

    Thanks again,

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    Hi, pg,

    I can't think of any tutorials to point you to, though I've posted brush control adjustments here and there when someone wants a specific brush variant that I'm able to figure out for them. Usually, they want something pretty simple so those adjustments probably wouldn't be what you're looking for anyway, even if I knew where they were.

    Truth is, there is no other way to create a custom brush than to begin with an existing brush variant. The adjustments can be so extreme that no one would ever guess what the source variant was, or they can be so minimal the custom brush variant seems almost the same as the source variant.

    I have my best results when playing with no particular goal in mind but to see what will happen if I try this, try that, try something else, 'til it finally looks interesting or I dump it and start over in another direction. It's amazing how much we can learn just playing, experimenting, with settings in the Brush Controls palettes, and testing with various Papers if the brush variant is set to interact with Paper texture.

    I don't use the Brush Creator because it's a pain to be separated from my Canvas and the whole array of palettes I may want to use. Instead, I go to Window > Brush Controls > General to open all of the Brush Controls' palettes in a docked group. Now they're available any time I want to change something and so is everything else available unless I close the palettes.

    Another thing that can help you learn is to study the Brush Controls settings to see what makes an existing brush variant you like work the way it does. Then some of those settings can be applied to a custom brush variant in combination with some settings from another existing brush variant, and another until you have a custom brush variant worth saving.

    If you decide to do this, open a large white Canvas and do plenty of testing. Take notes when you find something you like. When the Canvas is full of test strokes, open another large white Canvas and continue.


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    You could splat some real splats onto paper, scan them in, and use them to make a splatty nozzle.

    There is a great John Derry tutorial on making nozzles here:

    It's a good way to get very random splats so that they don't all look the same. The more layers you make the better.
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    You can directly download a PDF of my Drips & Splats Nozzle building Tutorial here.

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    Thanks Jinny, Squirrel and Pixlart,
    I really appreciate your help. The tutorials on nozzles and drips and splats may be the answer. I honestly haven't been able to get close using the brush creator to the wonderful patterns (or lack of patterns) I get when dragging my thumb across a toothbrush with ink or paint on it. It's something that I found almost essential in creating rock, stone and brick textures. I'll try scanning one and see if I can create one that way and definitely check out the tutorials.

    Thanks for the advice!

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    pg,

    You might also want to download David Gell's Watercolor Toothbrush library usable in Painter 7 through Painter 11. It's available to download from this page on David's old site:

    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/david.g...s_Brushes.html

    Here's the link to his newer site on which you'll find a link to his old site (both sites contain loads of custom brushes to download and enjoy) :


    Brush Port



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    Hi Jinny,
    Thanks for the link. I'm checking it out now.
    While going through the Painter 9.5 help files I found on "Brush Libraries" the following;

    "you’ll want to organize new brushes into secondary libraries. It is also a good idea to limit the number of items in each library.

    When you want a different brush set, just switch libraries. This helps Corel Painter be more efficient with memory usage, and makes it is easier to find a particular item."

    How do I create a "secondary library?" The help files don't really explain how.

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    It's best to scan your textures then capturing them into brushes, this is what I did and I'm quite happy with the results I get, used two dry splatters and a digital watercolor splatter (the large one):


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    Quote Originally Posted by pgd View Post
    Hi Jinny,
    Thanks for the link. I'm checking it out now.
    While going through the Painter 9.5 help files I found on "Brush Libraries" the following;

    "you’ll want to organize new brushes into secondary libraries. It is also a good idea to limit the number of items in each library.

    When you want a different brush set, just switch libraries. This helps Corel Painter be more efficient with memory usage, and makes it is easier to find a particular item."

    How do I create a "secondary library?" The help files don't really explain how.

    pg

    To create a custom brush library in Painter X through Painter 11:


    1. Launch Painter X or Painter 11.

    2. With the Workspace in which you want to use your custom brush library loaded, create a custom brush category (read the following to learn how):

    Help menu > Help Topics > Contents tab > Customizing Brushes.

    On the right panel, click the link named "Managing Custom Brushes" where you'll find the information you need.

    3. After creating your custom brush category, close Painter.

    4. Go to the Painter X or Painter 11 User folder > [Workspace Name] > Brushes folder and create a new folder to use as the custom brush library folder, giving it an appropriately descriptive name not already used by Painter. See the appropriate paths below:

    Corel Painter X User Folder

    Mac - Users > [User Name] > Library > Application Support > Corel > Painter X > [Workspace Name] > Brushes

    Windows - Documents and Settings > [User Name] > Application Data > Corel > Painter X > [Workspace Name] > Brushes

    Windows Vista - Users > [User Name] > AppData > Roaming > Corel > Painter X > [Workspace Name] > Brushes
    Corel Painter 11 User Folder

    Mac - Users > [User Name] > Library > Application Support > Corel > Painter 11 > [Workspace Name] > Brushes

    Windows - Documents and Settings > [User Name] > Application Data > Corel > Painter 11 > [Workspace Name] > Brushes

    Windows Vista - Users > [User Name] > AppData > Roaming > Corel > Painter 11 > [Workspace Name] > Brushes

    5. Go to the brush library where you created your custom brush catgegory, copy the custom brush category folder and its associated 30 x 30 pixel JPG brush category icon image file (will have the same name as the custom brush category folder).

    6. Go back to your custom brush library folder and paste the copied custom brush category folder and its associated JPG brush category image file.

    7. Launch Painter X or Painter 11, then go to the Brush Selector menu and choose Load Library. Highlight the name of your new custom brush library and click the Load button. Now your new custom brush library is loaded and ready to use. With that custom brush library loaded, you can create more custom brush categories and they'll be added to that new custom brush library.

    8. Click and drag your custom brush category icon onto the Painter screen to create a new Custom Palette. As long as you're working in the same Workspace, when you load other brush libraries, you can drag a brush category icon into that Custom Palette so any time you want to load one of these brush libraries, it can be done with a single click on the appropriate brush category icon.


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    Thanks Jinny,
    I'm using Painter 9.5. Is the process for making a secondary library very different for this version than 10 or 11?

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