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Inside Corel Painter IX, Part 2

New parameters in Artists' Oils brushes By Dave Nagel
In our first installment in this "Inside Corel Painter IX" series, we took a look at what I consider to be one of the major advancements in Painter's latest release: the new color capabilities of the Artists' Oils brushes. But multi-color mixing and selection isn't all that's new here. These brushes also include several new parameters for interaction between brush and canvas that will affect the way you paint.

Like the first article in this series, Part 2 will be another walkthrough of the specifics of the parameters for Artists' OIls brushes, a pimer before we get started on any specific effects or techniques in Painter. If you haven't already read Part 1 in this series, you'd probably be better off doing so, since it covers some of the basics of the use of Artists' Oils. You can find that first installment here.

Beyond this, you'll want to do a couple things by way of preparation for this tutorial. To begin, you'll need to select one of the preset Artists' Oils brushes, found in the Brush Selector bar, or convert one of the existing brushes into an Artists' Oils brush by switching the Dab Type to "Artists' Oils" in the Brush Controls palette.

I also suggest setting the Impasto parameters to draw both Color and Depth and that the depth be set at least to 100 percent, as this will help you visualize better the ways the new parameters behave. Impasto settings are also located in the Brush Controls palette. (Keep this palette open because we'll be referring to it again later.)

New brush behavior parameters
Now that you're set up, we can begin exploring some of the new parameters specific to Artists' Oils brushes. The first of these is the Amount parameter. This, simply, determines how much paint is on the brush to begin with. At a high percentage, you have more paint, and thus longer strokes (depending on some other parameters). It can also be set down to 0 percent, which applies no paint to the canvas but allows the brush to be used as a blender, picking up and spreading around paint that's already there. The image below shows strokes with Amount values of (top to bottom) 100 percent, 50 percent and 25 percent.

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