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PSP8 Brushes: Brush Variance
Paint Shop Pro 8 has a brand-new brush engine for its painting tools. Now there are just two basic brushes: Round and Square. Different brush shapes can be made by adjusting the various settings on a painting tool's Tool Options palette. PSP8 Brushes For example, the Paint Brush tool has settings for Size, Hardness, Step, Density, Thickness, and Rotation. Add adjsutments for Opacity and Blend Mode (and PSP8 Brushes new Wet Look Paint toggle), and you have the ability to create all sorts of interesting and useful Brushes.
But these basic controls are just the beginning. If you want to really explore the limits PSP8 Brushes, take a look at the Brush Variance palette. In this article, I'll give you an overview of the Brushe Variance settings and how they work.
Brush Variance Basics
To access the Brush Variance palette, press F11 or choose View > Palettes > Brush Variance. PSP8 Brushes, Figure 1 shows the Brush Variance palette for the Paint Brush and Airbrush. There are multiple options, and you set the variance for each option by selecting a Setting and adjusting the Jitter of PSP8 Brushes (a control of randomness). Each option has the same group of setting options. The first (and default) setting is Normal. Then there are six settings (marked by an asterisk,PSP8 Brushes) that can be used with a pressure sensitive graphics tablet. Next are five settings that can also be used with a mouse or other standard input device: Direction, Fade In, Repeating Fade In, Fade Out, and Oscillating Fade.
Each option also has a Jitter (%) setting. Increasing the Jitter increases the degree of randomness in the variation for a particular option. PSP8 Brushes For example, if you set Rotation to Normal and set Jitter to a high value, the rotation of your brush will vary randomly between the Rotation setting specified in the Tool Options palette (PSP8 Brushes) and that amount increased by the percentage specified by the Jitter.
Figure 1: The Brush Variance Palette
NOTE: Depending on what tool you're using, some options may not be available.
The Brush Variance palette is available with the following painting tools:
Change to Target
PSP8 Brushes, Let's take a look at each of the five settings that can be used with any standard input device. In each example, results are given for the Color blend option. The Color blend option produces a blend between the foreground and background colors, as set in the Materials palette.
The Direction setting produces variance based on the direction in which you drag. In Figure 2, where the foreground color is blue and the background color is red, a blue line is drawn from right to left, and a red line is drawn from left to right. The line is purple (a blend of blue and red) when a line is drawn from bottom to top. This example is what you get with Jitter set to 0: dragging in one direction uses the foreground color, dragging in the opposite direction uses the background color, while dragging in an intermediate direction produces a blend of the the foreground and background colors.
In Figure 3, the Jitter for the top line was increased to 1000%. The line was drawn right to left. Notice that the color varies between the foreground and background colors, even though the line is drawn in a single direction. The middle line was drawn from left to right with the Jitter set to 500%. The bottom line was drawn right to left with Jitter set to 100%.
Figure 2: Direction setting with Jitter set to 0%. PSP8 Brushes
Figure 3: Direction setting with different Jitter percentages.
For Settings such as Size, the Fade In option fades in from zero to the value specified in the Tool Options palette. For Color, Fade In fades in from the foreground color to the background color, or vice versa, depending on the direction in which you drag. In Figure 4, the Color blend option is set to Fade In, with the top line drawn right to left. For the second line in Figure 4, the Size option is also set to Fade In. Notice how the second line fades from red to blue and from very small to large.
Figure 4: Fade In setting with the Color Blend alone (top) and with Color Blend and Size (bottom). PSP8 Brushes
Repeating Fade In
The Repeating Fade In works like Fade In except the fade in is repeated over and over throughout the line. In Figure 5, the Color Blend is set to Repeating Fade In. The top line is drawn from right to left. You can see the repetition in the fade in. In the middle line, the Jitter was set to 500%. The Jitter was increased to 1000% in the bottom line.
Figure 5: Example using the Fade In setting with the Hue and Thickness options. PSP8 Brushes
Fade Out works just like Fade In except in reverse. In Figure 6, the top line is drawn from right to left. (Compare the results with those shown in Figure 4). PSP8 Brushes The middle line has both Color Blend and Saturation set to Fade Out. Notice how the line begins totally saturated and then ends desaturated. For the bottom line, Saturation is set back to Normal and Density is set to Fade Out. PSP8 Brushes
Figure 6: Fade Out setting Color Blend, Saturation, and Density options.
Oscillating Fade is something like Repeating Fade, PSP8 Brushes , except that with Oscillating fade you get a repeated pattern of fading in and out. In Figure 7, the brush tip is set to Square with Thickness set to 1 and Rotation set to 90. PSP8 Brushes, In the top line, Color Blend and Rotation are both set to Oscillating Fade. In the bottom line, Lightness is also set to Oscillating Fade. PSP8 Brushes
Figure 7: Example using the Oscillating Fade, the Color Blend, Rotation and Lightness options.
At the bottom of the PSP8 Brushes Variance palette, you'll find three more settings: Fade Rate (pixels), Position Jitter, and Impressions per step. PSP8 Brushes, Fade Rate controls the size of your drag (in pixels) over which a fade takes place. The Postion Jitter randomly changes the placement of each impression of the brush tip. The Impressions per step controls the number of brush impressions per mouse click or per Step (the placement of each brush impression as you drag).
NOTE: Be careful with the Impressions per Step setting. If you increase it to a very large number, PSP may take a while to render the line.
You can create all sorts of cool effects by using different brush variance settings. I've shown you some very basic examples. Try combining various settings using different options and see what effects you can produce. PSP8 Brushes
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