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Creating custom brushes

You can create a custom brush by modifying brush attributes. Once you have created a custom brush, you can save it and use it again.


Nib properties

The shape a of brush is determined by the brush nib. The preset nib shapes can be modified or a nib can be created from an editable area and saved. The nib attributes you can adjust are

 
Transparency — lets you specify the transparency level for the nib
 
Rotate — lets you specify the angle at which the nib is rotated
 
Flatten — lets you specify the amount by which the nib is flattened along one dimension
 
Soft Edge — lets you specify the transparency and width of the edges of the nib


Stroke attributes

The stroke attributes you can modify are

 
Smoothing — lets you specify a value for the smoothing of the stroke when the mouse moves fast. A higher value results in a rounder curve.
 
Fade out — lets you specify the intensity of the fade-out effect for the brushstroke. A higher value results in a shorter brushstroke, i.e., the brushstroke runs out of paint faster. A negative value results in a fade-in effect.


Dab attributes

The dab attributes you can adjust are

 
Number of dabs — lets you specify the number of dabs in a brushstroke
 
Spacing — lets you specify the amount of space between dabs along the length of the brushstroke. A value of 1 produces a solid line. A higher value separates the dabs in the brushstroke.
 
Spread — lets you specify the distance between dabs along the width of the brushstroke. A higher value results in a thicker brushstroke.
 
Hue — lets you specify the hue variation in the brushstroke
 
Saturation — lets you specify the saturation variation in the brushstroke
 
Lightness — lets you specify the lightness variation in the brushstroke


Brush texture

Loading a preset brush texture gives you additional design options. The texture attributes you can adjust are

 
Brush Texture — lets you specify how much of the texture is applied to the brushstroke
 
Edge texture — lets you specify how much of the texture is applied to the edges of the brushstroke. The Edge Texture box is available only if the nib has a soft edge.
 
Bleed — lets you specify the extent to which brushstrokes become diluted throughout the stroke. If a Sustain Color value is specified, traces of the paint remain throughout the brushstroke.
 
Sustain color — lets you specify the extent to which traces of the paint color appear in a brushstroke with a specified bleed value


Color variation

The color attributes you can modify are

 
Hue range — lets you specify the amount of hue variation in the brushstroke
 
Hue speed — lets you specify how fast the hue value changes
 
Saturation range — lets you specify the amount of saturation variation in the brushstroke
 
Saturation speed — lets you specify how fast the saturation value changes
 
Lightness range — lets you specify the amount of lightness variation in the brushstroke
 
Lightness speed — lets you specify how fast the lightness value changes

To create a custom brush

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In the toolbox, click the Paint tool Photo Paint pgx paint tool Creating custom brushes.
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On the property bar, open the Brush tool picker, and click a tool.
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Choose a preset brush in the Brush type list box on the property bar.
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In the Brush settings docker, move the Size slider.
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In the Brush settings docker, click the roll-down arrow on any of the following bars, and specify values for any attributes:
Nib properties
Stroke attributes
Dab attributes
Brush texture
Color variation

You can also
Add a custom nib to the Nib shape picker
Click the Nib options button Photo Paint pgx nib options button Creating custom brushes on the Nib properties bar, and click Add current nib.
Save a custom brush
Click the flyout arrow Photo Paint pgx flyout arrow Creating custom brushes on the Brush settings docker, and click Save brush. In the Save brush dialog box, type a filename.


To create a brush nib from an editable area

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Define an editable area.
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In the toolbox, click the Paint tool Photo Paint pgx paint tool Creating custom brushes.
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On the property bar, open the Brush tool picker, and click a tool.
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In the Brush settings docker, click the Nib options button Photo Paint pgx nib options button Creating custom brushes on the Nib properties bar.
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Click Create from contents of a mask.
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Type a value in the Nib size box.

To load a preset brush texture

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In the toolbox, click the Paint tool Photo Paint pgx paint tool Creating custom brushes.
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On the property bar, open the Paint tool picker, and click a tool.
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In the Brush settings docker, click the Load texture button Photo Paint pgx open button Creating custom brushes on the Brush texture bar.
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Choose the folder where the texture file is stored.
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Double-click the filename.
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In the Brush settings docker, click the roll-down arrow on the Brush texture bar, and type a value from 0 to 100 in any of the following boxes:
Brush texture — lets you adjust the amount of texture applied to a brushstroke
Edge texture — lets you adjust the amount of texture applied to the edge of a brushstroke

Creating custom brushes