1) PAINT PROGRAMS HAVE MORE
THAN ONE BRUSH!
Nearly all paint programs have a variety of
brushes, you can also get many free or to buy on the web.
You do not have to stick with a round brush! ;)
Custom brushes can also produce special shapes,
such as bullet holes, or are good for painting hair etc.
You will find the "pen" of a graphics
tablet a lot better than a mouse, for anything that
isn't a straight line. There are many brands of Graphics
Tablets. IMHO, the Wacom ones are best, but Trust and Genius
also sell low priced versions.
The Wacom Intuos line gives lots of very nice features,
like "Pen Tilt", so the angle you hold the brush
can affect painting, which means that "air brush"
can actually spray paint in angled directional fans with
some apps: very handy!
PAINT SHOP PRO EXAMPLES
Varied brushes and brush settings in Paint Shop Pro
PAINT SHOP PRO EXAMPLE
Showing you can paint with a gradient of colours, not just
a single oclour!
2) PAINT SHOP PRO BRUSH PALETTE
This shows where you can adjust
the brush to provide random, more natural effects. When
set to "Normal", they work off the random percentage
set to ther right side (goor for a mouse especially), when
set to Pressure, a graphic tablet's pressure on the tablet
also affects it, both are combined! You don't have
to dial in a % number if you don't want to, and pen pressure
will provide variance anyway. Matter of taste, but with
this ability, even a mouse can provide random, more naturalistic
- COLOR BLEND alters the special way the brush reacts
with what's below, same as altering a Layer mode, from
Normal, to Multiply, Screen etc. Don't mess iwth this
unless you know what yer about ;)
- HUE will cause randomness in the actual colour! Nice
when making some randomness for say, thick oil painting
- SATURATION, alters the strength of the colour, from
very vibrant (off) to randomly greyish (maximum)
- LIGHTNESS, as name suggests, alters brush colours form
light to dark, higher the value, greater the effect
- SIZE, definately one you always want to have with randomness
when needing naturalistic looks.
- OPACITY, roughly how thick or thin the paint is, very
good one ot have randomly set
- THICKNESS, how thick (horizontal width) the brush is.
- ROTATION, rotates the brush, very good one to have randomized
so the brush doesn't appear unnatural and "samey".
- DENSITY, how dense the brush hairs are. Gives splotchy,
stippled look when turned on, again more random and natural
but not always what you may desire.
- STEP, this is a setting in the main Brush palette elsewhere
on screen too, but it's important. "Step" is
how often the computer checks to make a brush mark. When
set to 1, it's liek you keep the brush constantly on the
paper. The higher the number, the less often the computer
"puts the brush on the paper", eventually giving
a look like you daubed the brush on only now and then
as you move.
3) PHOTOSHOP BRUSH VARIANCE MENU
Much the same as with Paint Shop Pro, but with more settings.
"Shape Dynamics" are usually the most important
4) A good collection of free Photopshop brushes on the
web, is "Obsidian Dawn". Note that Paint Shop
Pro can also use many (but not all) Photoshop Brushes.