Making Custom Brushes In PI


For this tutorial, you will need images with white backgrounds. If you don't have any, you may borrow these. Shown at half their size.




We will be making brushes for easy painting.

You have to keep the size of your image in mind when creating these. For instance, if your image is 100 x 150 on a 400 x 400 size canvas, it will make multiple images. On the other hand if your image is 450 x 300, a 400 x 400 canvas won't be large enough. So take note when opening your image as to the dimensions and make your canvas that size.
We will paint in the object mode so your new paintings can be resized.

Let's begin to create new brushes.

On the tool bar, pick the paint brush. Then in the attributes panel, (across the top of PI work space) right click over the color square to choose a color of your liking. Open a new image, 300 x 300. Go to view, tool bars and panels and click on brush panel to open.
Click on the first tab, Shape. Use these settings. Make sure the little lock in the corner is pressed in to keep ratio equal. Use round brush, size 20, soft edge, 50.


Click on next tab, Options. Keep apply method at Always for now and transparency at 50 or higher.

Click on next tab, Color. Right click over the color square to choose a different color if you'd like. Then click on the double tubes for multiple colors. Then by sliding the 3 Delta tabs, Delta Hue, Delta Saturation and Delta Brightness, you can change the intensity of the color to your liking.

Click on next tab, Texture. You'll notice a square with an x, a folder and a bucket. Click on the folder, add texture, and your hard drive opens. Find your folder with the images you'd like to make a brush out of. Choose jpg's or gif's, either black and white or color. The picture you chose now appears where the x was.

Click on the last tab, Advanced. Note, this tab is only for tablets. On the Pressure Options, click on the small tab to open options and click on Size/Transparency. On the first slide, push to 50. On the steps slide, push to 1 and on the spacing tab push to 100.

Click back on the texture tab, so you can see what your painting.

Now the fun. If your using a tablet, please remember light stokes. First click on the paint as object mode. (on the attributes bar) If you use too heavy of a stroke you can always undo.. Also on the shapes tab you have an eraser mode. Start to make small circular stokes on your canvas till you can see the outline of your texture.

The more pressure you use, the darker the colors will be.

When you are satisfied with the look, click off the paint as object mode. Now if you pick up the pick tool, you can move your object around.

You can also add more depth by paint on edges, under effects. Make sure your image is activated, then click on the paint brush tool. On the attributes bar, choose size #1, color, black. Then go to effects and click on paint on edges.

Your new texture is now stored in the texture panel. Click on the texture tab on the brush panel. Then click on the small arrow next to your texture. Scroll to the bottom and there is your new brush. If you don't like it, you can always click on the waste can under the add texture folder button. Click on your texture picture, then click delete.
Also while you are painting you can change colors.

Have fun and do experiment, with different settings.


Here are some examples.





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