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Step 2: Exploring the Spring Feather Sketch Brush

Click the Brush Selector bar to open the Brush library, choose the Particles category from the Brush Category list; then choose the Spring Feather Sketch variant from the Brush Variant list, as shown in Figure 3. Increase the size of the variant to about 100 pixels by using the Size slider in the Property bar.

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Figure 3 The Spring Feather Sketch variant of Particles is selected in the Brush Library.

For the most responsive strokes during your painting session, you need to set up Brush Tracking. This feature allows you to customize how Painter interprets the input of your stylus, including parameters such as pressure and speed. From the Edit > Corel Painter 2015 menu, choose Preferences > Brush Tracking, and make a representative brushstroke in the window, as I did in Figure 4. For instance, if you plan to use both light and heavy pressure while sketching slowly and then quickly, make a brushstroke that includes these factors.

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Figure 4 Making a representative brushstroke in the Brush Tracking window.

Next, make some practice marks with the brush. Choose a dark brown in the Colors panel, press lightly on your stylus to sketch a thin line, and then press more heavily to draw a heavier line. Drawing quickly will produce a more feathered stroke. The Spring Feather Sketch brush is also sensitive to the direction in which the stylus is pointing, making the feathers more random. Drawing with the stylus upright creates a narrower stroke; leaning the stylus allows more feathers to show randomly along the stroke edges. With the Spring Feather Sketch, the opacity of the brushstrokes varies with pressure.

Figure 5 shows my sample brushstrokes drawn with the Spring Feather Sketch brush. The top two strokes were drawn slowly, with varied pressure. The lower three strokes were drawn with more velocity, and changing the bearing (varying the stylus from upright position) allows more feathers to show along the strokes.

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Figure 5 This example shows a variety of marks drawn with the Spring Feather Sketch brush.

When you’ve finished practicing, delete your practice strokes by choosing Select > All and then pressing the Delete/Backspace key.

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