Modular Brushset V4

 

Modular Brushset V4Every tool carries with it the spirit by which it has been created.

- Werner Karl Heisenberg

 

Introduction

 

More than the previous versions of this set, this is the collection of tools, I personally prefer and tweaked to my own needs, and not what i considered to be needed in general. That is why it is not something one may call complete and it was never meant as an replacement for the tools that ship with Krita.

One thing i believe in is that higher specialized tools reduce creative processes. On the other hand the spectrum of possible tools in traditional Art creation, is as wide as the imagination can go – endless. Hence that, we must find a balance, giving the best tools to bring imagination to the canvas, without limiting creativity by a dictation of the Tools we use. V4 of my Brushset is the version, that comes closest to this, from my own viewpoint.

 

 Digital and Traditional

 

The two main categories in this Set are “Digital” and “Traditional”, where traditional is meant as simulation of traditional art tools. When starting a new painting, i am asking myself what i need to accomplish my vision and I tend to think in this two dimensions.

 

Grunge Presets

Grunge Preset with Overlay Mode

The Changes in Short:

  • The “Tools” and the “Types” Category are now integrated into 3 big ones
  • Removed Presets with high similarity to the default ones
  • Reduced the Number of highly specialized Presets
  • Included “Krita Watercolor Set v1.0″
  • Support for Tilt Sensitive Tablets (23 Presets)
  • Completely reworked Brushpreviews
  • Adjusted for Krita 2.8
  • Improved Traditional Media Brushes
  • Increased Amount of Autobrushes (giving more Flexibility)

 

sortingNaming, Prefixes and Sorting

I have used the same prefixes, to organize the Set, like in v3.0 with some small changes.

In Krita 2.8 the possibilities to create tags and to use them for sorting are highly improved, compared to v 2.7. Honestly there is not really a need of prefixes to sort presets, but i stayed with this system, because it is simpler for me and there is no real reason not to do so. It also gives some advantages that are not possible without prefixes..

 

The advantage of the Prefixes and this kind of sorting is that you can display any subcategory alone or in conjunction with any other (sub-)categories. With the “Brushset-Sheet” (included in the download) you can easily figure out which code to type, to view a specific subcategory.

The whole Set is seperated in 3 Main Categories. The choice is made by workflow and style differences. All categories as well as presetnames were chosen, with the idea that they are easy to remember and give a good “feeling”, what tools we have in our reach and in our mind…

The Filenames (.kpp preset files) are identical to the Brushnames with the difference that the spaces are replaced by underlines.

 

Preview Scheme

All Presets with purple Strokes are set to Dulling Mode with Color Rate activated. Blue Strokes indicate Smudge Presets without Color mixing and have additionally a drop for dulling or a swirl symbol for smearing in the top left corner.

 

Some Terms that i use for preset-names in a more or less strictly way:

  • Smeary = Smearing + Colorrate
  • Smudge = Smearing without Colorrate
  • Wet = Dulling + Colorrate
  • Blend = Dulling without Colorrate
  • Chalk = Textured Strokes

 

Installation:

 

    1. Remove older Versions of the Modular Brushset before installing V4.
    2. Copy the resource folders:
      • /modular_brushset_V4
      • /EXTRA/ [optional]
      • /brushes/
      • /paintoppreset/
      • BrushSetSheet.png

      into your user directory of Krita.

      • /PATH_to_your_USER_DIR
      • /EXTRA/ [optional]
      • /brushes/
      • /paintoppreset/

Eventually merge (copy-into) existing folders from other brushsets or previous versions

The EXTRA folder contains Presets for showing categroy Numbers (1,2,3) and in case you downloaded the Standard Tilt-Sensor Version you additionally find Presets there, that are adjusted for Tablets without a Tilt Sensor (or for users that prefer not to use Tilt).

Default installation path of the Krita USER folder:

Linux: /home/username/.kde4/share/apps/krita/
Windows: Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\krita\share\apps\krita\

 


 

Brush Set Sheet V4Download

Modular Brushset V4

 

Old Versions:

Modular Brushset V3

Modular Brushset V2

Modular Brushset V1

 


 

 

The Changes in Detail

 

 

 X1 – DIGITAL


 

 A/B Tools (Eraser/FX)Digital Tools

This was a bigger Category in older versions. I have deleted a lot of Presets, that i have rarely used or that were already in some sort included in the defaults.

 

 

C BasicDigital Basic

Yeah some things have changed here, but generally this is just basic Stuff…

 

 

D Textured (Chalk)Digital Chalk

These presets all use a pattern to give the strokes a textured look. There are slight differences in the strokes and the dynamics between these presets.

 

 

E BlendDigital Blend

Tools to blend Colors in different ways. All Presets with purple Strokes are set to Dulling Mode with Color Rate activated. Blue Strokes indicate Smudge Presets without Color mixing and have additionally a drop for dulling or a swirl symbol for smearing in the top left corner.

 

 

X2 – TRADITIONAL


 

A Pencils/CharcoalTraditional Pencils

I have spent much time on the pencils, to make them as close to real media as possible. There is surely always a limit and a choice between ease of use and realism…

 

 

B MarkerTraditional Markers

Some of these Preset were in the basic category before. I thought, that it is better to handle them like simulated traditional media. I have additionally added two multiply presets with buildup painting mode.

 

 

C Dry BrushesTraditional Dry Brushes

I tried to improve the visual stroke quality of these Presets. They should have a smoother stroke now. The Brushes of this Category have mostly a medium Flow. For some Presets in this set the flow is precisely chosen to give the brush a specific feel. For the “Dry Brushes” the Flow is not meant to be a static value. It should be varied, to visually represent how much color you apply to your brush.

 

 

D Wet BrushesTraditional Wet Brushes

All presets of this category are using the smudge mode dulling. I have sorted out some old presets, that i rarely used and added some new ones, that fit better to the idea of simulated traditional media.

 

 

E/G Watercolors/Textures (Stains)Traditional Watercolors

This ones are maybe known from my “Krita Watercolor Set“, that is now fully integrated into the Modular Brushset. I have only made small changes to 3 of these Presets, that used a high scatter rate. The scatter is now controlled by the tilt sensor (in the Standard Version of the Set).

 

 

F SmudgeTraditional Smudge

This tools are mostly known from previous versions. The Rakes got a bit lower spacing to increase the visual quality – what might cause performance issues on slower systems.

 

 

H Hairy BrushesTraditional Hairy Brushes

I have deleted some presets, that were very close to what was added to the defaults a while ago and replaced them with some new ones.

 

 

X3 – SPEEDPAINTING


 

Speedpainting is not the term that describes this Category very well, but it gives a good feeling of what you may find here and also it´s a term that fits well to bundle a broad variety of brushes. The most important criterium for my selection of brushes in this Category was a high diversity in their usage.

 

A EnvironmentSpeedpainting Environment

More than it is with other Brushpreviews, the Icons in this category were made, to give you an idea of what you can do with them. Surely the preview as well as the names are only examples and not limitations.

 

B FoliageSpeedpainting Foliage

Only a few of the brushes in this category were originally created by myself (speaking of the brushimage and not the dynamics…). There are two Presets originally created by Sam Hutchinson and some others from the “Essential Illustration Brushes V3 Extended” by Matthew M.Laskowski. From all the brushsets that i used, these ones were my favorite foliage brushes and the authors are so nice, to offer them for redistributing and remixing with other Sets. The Brushes could be used in a wide variety, because their shapes are not too specific.

One note to the first preset in the category – “Branches”: You will see that this Preset has a pressure-opacity gap. This is made for precise placing of the brush-shape. So you can touch the surface with the pen and with the help of the brushoutline feature (new in 2.8), you are able to precisely stamp the brush with size and rotation as you want it.

 

C ShapesSpeedpainting Shapes

Search and find the shape you need – this category is mostly about creative Freedom…

 

 

I wish you a lot of fun with the new painting tools! :)


License:

Modular Brushset V4 by Vasco Alexander Basque´ is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


Attribution:

Patterns

Patterns by Enrico Guarnieri, aka Ico-dYhttp://www.turnangel.com/
Released under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.
Applies for the following Patterns:

- Interference
– Paliasse
– ScratchedCanvas
– SoftSponge
– Disclosure
– SpiderHome
– ToxicForest
– RicePaper

Brushes

Some Brushes are taken from the “Essential Illustration Brushes V3 Exteneded” by Matthew M. Laskowski

Applies for the following Brushes/.gbr files:

Grunge012.gbr
Grunge024.gbr
Illustration_004.gbr
Illustration_005.gbr
Illustration_018.gbr
Illustration_026.gbr
Illustration_028.gbr
Illustration_029.gbr

Also included are 2 Brushes by Sam Hutchison
Released under Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)

Applies for the following Brushes/.gbr files:

LJF_Foliage_Branches_Brush_01.gih
LJF_Foliage_Brush_02.gih

Brushicons

Note: All Icons used are modified by me.

The Originals are taken from the following Sources:

“Mypaint V6 Brushpack” by David Revoy
This brush kit is released in public domain/CC-0

Official Brush Previews/Icons
Released under Creative Commons License SA 3.0

“Inking brushes 1.2″ by Wolthera van Hövell tot Westerflier
Released under CC-0 License


 

Many thanks to the Authors making their Ressources available for free useage!

Accumulated Files

Some accumulated Files in the Modular Brushset V4 Project Folder

Krita Watercolor Set v1.0

Krita Watercolor Set v1.0

Making this Set of Brushes for Digital Painting with the touch of simulated watercolors was a challenge i set for myself. In my eyes watercolors are one of the most difficult disciplines to learn in traditional painting. Making tools that simulate this dynamics is as difficult.

I am not very experienced in aquarelle painting, therefor it is hard to say how good this tools do their job. I have done research, compared it with other brushsets (e.g in mypaint and corel painter), scanned images of watercolor, looked at watercolor paintings  from traditional masters – so i can say i have done my homework and did the best i can, to create a nice brushset. Feedback is always welcome.

The basic idea behind the presets is to simulate and control the diffusion of water by pressure with scatter and rotation settings combined with opacity and colorchange-rate. More pressure – more scatter less opacity – this is the basic formula. All brushes are set to a relative low size ~30-100 pixels, but from my testing i can say that all work and look good in a range of 50%-200% of the base.

 

The Toolicons i used for this set are taken from David Revoy’s Mypaint V6 Brushpack. I like the icons of his brushset and i think that they fit very well into Krita.

 

 Further considerations:
  • A bigger size of the brushes used on a large canvas may improve the look, but could be problematic on the performance side
  • It is a work that is complete in itself, although some presets are maybe interesting for a wider more general usage – your decision…
  • Activating the size Sensor of the large Texture Brush turns it into a textured Airbrush
  • All Presets are adjusted with the colorchange Rate turned on. Turn it off for pure water…
  • Using a Canvas texture on a top layer set to overlay in low opacity improves the feeling of painting with traditional media
  • See this set as an experimental tool or a base to build on

IMPORTANT:

I have made this set primary for Krita 2.8+ There is an important difference in the brush dynamics (scatter setting) between version 2.8 and 2.7. Therefor i made an extra set of adjusted presets for version 2.7 that is included in the zip file. It works and it looks okay… but the Set is better to use with the version i made it for.

 

Download (Dropbox)

Download (Deviant Art)

I wish you a Merry X-mas and have fun with the new painting tools!

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To the extent possible under law, Vasco Basqué has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to Krita Watercolor Set.
This work is published from:Germany.


Krita Modular Brushset V3

Krita Brushset

 

Here we have Version 3.0 of the Modular Brushset. I haven’t planned this update so early after version 2, but after i have learned a lot from my latest work with Krita, i could not resist to bring this release on the way. I have tested the most public available Krita Brushsets (e.g the “Muses” DVD preset pack) to see differences and getting inspiration, to improve my own Set. If you are interested in the whole process of the creation and the ideas and thoughts behind, you can read the “Behind the scenes” Section for more informations.

 


 

The Set in Numbers

  • 52 Brushes
  • 157 Presets
  • 48 completely new Presets
  • 5 adjusted Presets from v1.0

The Changes in Short:

  • Added some Adjustment/Filter Tools
  • Improved Mode Airbrushes
  • Basic Wet Marker
  • Improved Eraser Functionality
  • 2 Flat Markers
  • 3 Basic Hairy Presets
  • 2 new Knifes
  • 2 new Pencils (2H, 2B)
  • 7 new Oilbrushes
  • 3 new Blend/Dulling Brushes
  • Changed/added some Spraypresets
  • Added Bevel/Folds Brushes
  • 4 new Doodle Brushes
  • 5 new Fuzzy Shape Brushes
  • Improved Icons

 

Naming Convention and Sorting

 

Modular Brush Set SortingI have used the same prefixes to organize the Set like in v2.0. The Icons i used for the Brushpreviews follow the standards of Krita that could be found here: Krita/Brushes Preset Preview

With Krita 2.8  you are able to sort the Brushes like it is shown on the image to the left. In Krita 2.7 this is unfortunately not possible, but v2.8 is on the way :) The advantage of the Prefixes and this kind of sorting is that you can display any subcategory alone or in conjunction with any other (sub-)categories. With the “Brushset Cheat Sheet” (included in the download) you can easily figure out which code to type, to view a specific subcategory.

 

SortingThe Filenames (.kpp preset files) are identical to the Brushnames with the difference that the spaces are replaced by underlines.

 

 

 


Installation

 

    1. Remove older Versions of the Modular Brushset before installing V3.
    2. Copy the resource folders:
      • /modular-brushset-v3
      • /brushes/
      • /paintoppreset/
      • BrushSetSheet.png

      into your user directory of Krita.

      • /PATH_to_your_USER_DIR
      • /brushes/
      • /paintoppreset/

Eventually merge (copy-into) existing folders from other brushsets or previous versions

 

Default installation path of the Krita folder:

Linux: /home/username/.kde4/share/apps/krita/
Windows: Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\krita\share\apps\krita\


 

Download

 

Modular Brushset V3

 

Old Versions:

Modular Brushset V2

Modular Brushset V1

 


 

The whole “Story” – behind the Scenes…

 

I have recognized, that the amount of Brushes isn’t something that increases the time searching for a specific brush. Much more important for me is a good identification via the Brushicons and a logical Sorting of the Presets. This experience has influenced the making of V3. I have improved the icons, made some small changes in the sorting and added a lot of new stuff.

Another experience from version 2.0 was, that i do not want to make changes in the Brushwindow during the painting process. And i want to have presets i can “count on” – meaning.. “I know what i have and it’s always the same”. One reason for this is that krita let us use brushes in a broad variety e.g. as multibrush, dynamical, straight lines or with various colormodes. Learning to use a consistent amount of brushes is in my opinion better, than making custom brushes while painting.

A “philosophy” that has changed with more experience in painting, is the way i want to use textures. Having some texture brushes is okay and nice, but in general i like to use more elementary shapes to create a individual texture for the painting. A simple example to explain this is a hatching brush. It is easy to make a “automatic” brush simulating a hand painted crosshatch. On the first view this might look nice, but creating the same crosshatch with a pencil or fine-liner will surely look more natural, increasing the quality of a painting enormously. Don’t expect that there is no automatic hatching brush in this Set – it is^^ But i tried to concentrate more on basic shapes, than specific ones. In the result this means, that V3 is a step away from the “digital” way to the more traditional…

I think you now have an idea what i have done and what v3.0 is about.. let’s jump to the more concrete things that have changed!

 


 

 0. TOOLS

 

Differences of Addition Presets

I have chosen the most useful tools from my earlier released Adjustment Set. There are still some presets that are a bit of experimental (not in functionality but in how useful they are). There are mainly some tools to speed up processes that also could be solved in other ways, like color to alpha brushes or the blur filter brush.

I have deactivated the “sample input layer” option of two spray-presets, that you now find in the shapes category. I really like this brush option, but actually it could be activated with a very few clicks, and i personally hope that this is one of the things that will find its way into the main GUI window of krita one day…

Additionally i made some improvements to the colormode Airbrushes, making them smoother and reducing sharp edged artifacts. Ah yeah, and there are more Addition brushes now – why? Take a look at the image to see the differences… I personally work on the details of light and shadow when the painting is nearly finished. Therefore a wider choice of tools help me to remember the differences of reflections, highlights or a more dull light on materials.

 


 

1. BASICS

 

I have added a wet basic brush. Together with the simple basic brush this is one of my “90% of the painting”-brushes or in other words – i use it a lot^^ Another new one is a soft variation of this wet brush, that i mainly use for basic blending.  (i prefer to blend with ctrl -> pick color and blend it in, than doing this with a colorless pure dulling preset)

Other mentionable changes are the new hairy presets – yeah, you could use a multibrush for a similar effect – but i use this kind of shape very often, so i wanted to have fast access to this tool.And we have some really, really nice new knifes to smudge/blend with a traditional stroke like look.

I have reintroduced three other presets from version 1.0 here. Flat markers and a hard smudging rake.


 

2. PAINT

 

In this category you will find a lot of new stuff! First we have 2 additional pencils – a hard and a soft one. The 2B Pencil is my main Sketching brush, while the 2H Pencil is adjusted with a bit more things in mind.. I use this one for studying painting subjects and i made it extra hard (pressure-wise) with the idea, not only to simulate the hard feeling of a traditional study pencil, but to teach my hand more levels of pressure. Working with this pencil means that the muscles important to apply pressure to the digital tool are trained to a bit more than the medium-level.

Going away from that theoretical stuff to the more fun-to-use presets – we have a wide range of new “Oil” like brushes in this section. The most of them are more about smearing. (broken in krita testing branch, see note above) Thinking the traditional way: more color, less water – resulting in thick strokes. 3 new presets are of the wet dulling kind of brushes – less color, more water – resulting in more blending. The waterdrop on the icon should remind you (and me) about this.

 

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You will probably recognize, that some of the oily presets produce grey colors at their edges. This is not because the presets are badly adjusted.. When you play with this presets, you will see that this happens when you use darker colors on a lighter (or white) canvas in RGB mode.

To be honest i am not 100% sure, but i think this is just like the color mixing should look in this color model. As far is i know, this is a bug. You will not see this in the CYMK color model or on a 16bit layer/image.

You can also set the brush to copy-mode to reduce the effect or work in the CYMK color model. Remember, that you can also convert layers to CYMK without the need of converting the image as a whole.

 


 

3. SHAPES

 

BW Composition

I have added some interesting new Presets in this section and some older from version 1.0 are back again. Some small adjustments here and there, nothing big..
And – yeah, there are some strange new shapes. 4 new Presets, i have named Doodle Brushes and 5 new Fuzzy ones. The idea behind the doodle brushes, is having fun on the one hand (never forget about just having fun with brushes – not all is made for serious, serious painting :-), and also to create random shapes or to get inspiration from these shapes. So if you are searching for interesting forms than have fun with these new brushes!

The fuzzy, a bit spray like, presets have a similar intention, but in a bigger scale. Often i use a technique, where you lay down the bigger composition first in greytones or in pure black to keep the mind clear from colors. This presets are a way to do this very fast. If you never have tried this technique, i really would recommend to test it. I have learned this in the context of speedpainting, were this helps to get a fast idea of a concept.

David Revoy has written a very good tutorial series to learn how the steps from grey to color are done in Krita: Getting started with Krita (1/3) b&w portrait

 


 

4. Types

 

No Changes here…

 

Strokes

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Krita Modular Brushset v3.0 by Vasco Alexander Basqué is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at http://vascobasque.wordpress.com/.


Krita – Modular Brushset v2.0

ModularV2a

 

I am happy to present version 2.0 of the Modular Brushset. I have done a lot of small improvements and i can say that i am really satisfied with the result.

 

Let’s see what has changed..

 

  • Added a bit pressure-size adjustment to some presets
  • All icons have been adjusted to be more eye (and gui) friendly
  • The amount of presets has been focused on a more essential selection
  • The sorting and the naming of the presets have been changed
  • Version 2 is coming in 2 editions..

 


 

Naming Convention and Sorting

 

I have useModularV2Sortingd prefixes to organize the Set similar to v1.0, but with a different prefix structure:  Every preset is now starting with X. The reason for this decision is that i want my Brushset to appear after the defaults… Another difference is the last letter – this is for “internal” sorting, so you do not have to care about…

The Icons i used for the Brushpreviews follow the standards of Krita that could be found here: Krita/Brushes Preset Preview

 

 

 

sorting

With Krita 2.8  you are able to sort the Brushes like it is shown on the image to the above. In Krita 2.7 this is unfortunately not possible (afaik). The advantage of the Prefixes and this kind of sorting is that you can display any subcategory alone or in conjunction with any other (sub-)categories. With the Chart below you can easily figure out which code to type to view a specific subcategory. The Filenames (.kpp preset files) are identical to the Brushnames with the difference that the spaces are replaced by underlines.

 

 


 

Installation:

 

BrushSetSheetNew

    1. Remove older Versions of the Modular Brushset before installing V2.
    2. Copy the resource folders:
      • /modular_brushset_V2
      • /brushes/
      • /paintoppreset/
      • BrushSetSheet.png

      into your user directory of Krita.

      • /PATH_to_your_USER_DIR
      • /brushes/
      • /paintoppreset/

Eventually merge (copy-into) existing folders from other brushsets or previous versions

 

Default installation path of the Krita USER folder:

Linux: /home/username/.kde4/share/apps/krita/
Windows: Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\krita\share\apps\krita\

 


 

Download

Modular Brushset V2

 

Old Versions:

Modular Brushset V1

 


 

The Presets and the Changes in v2.0

 

In this section i will describe some (not all) details about the presets and the changes made in version 2.0.

 

0 – TOOLS

 

Mode BrushesPattern Brushes

 

The Color Dodge and Burn Presets have been removed as i rarely used this modes with brushes. (imo layers do a better job..)

 

All Presets that use a the option: Colorsource – Pattern are now in the Tools category. The red symbol indicates that the brush could be adjusted easily. In this case this could be done via the pattern docker. The first preset on the image is a kind of multipurpose brush.. take a look at the advanced settings in the brush window and try out different settings (e.g. checking the rotation sensor) you will see that you can easily apply a wide spectrum of brush effects combined with patterns. The the core settings of this brush are made with this in mind… Also you may check the use of this brush with other brushtip-shapes.

 

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Sample Input Layer: This Presets remember the Layer that is active in the moment you activate the Preset. When you then paint on another Layer it will use the color of the “remembered” Layer together with the predefined Shape of the Spraybrush. This Setting can also be activated for all Grid Brushes.

 


 

Basic Brushes

1 – BASIC

I have reworked this section to be more intuitive in the way it is sorted to make it easier finding the right brush to be used. In a category called “Basic” this is the most important thing… Marker, Block and Fill Brushes are found together now. Additionally some of this Presets are now directional following the stroke Angel. The paint roller icon indicates this type of brushsetting.

 

Details

1C – Details:  All this Brushes have one thing in common – Size matters. Mostly of Tiny to Medium Size these ones are meant for adding Details to the Painting. The Triangular Icon indicates a fine adjusted pressure-size curve e.g. for short repeated strokes or adding dark wrinkles on a material.

 

Smudge Tools

1D – Smudging:  In v1.0 there was a complete category with all smudge presets. After working with this tools i realized that the amount of this tools was an overkill… Reducing the number of this presets was necessary and important. Additionally this tools have been sorted based on the usage: basic modelling of colors and working with more complex or diffuse shapes and textures.

 


 

2 – PAINT

 

PastelsIn the paint category you can think of two divisions – the Grainy Presets and the fibroid/hairy presets. Actually i prefer to think in textures, rather than what tools are simulated not what it simulates.

 

CharcoalI have changed some of this presets giving them a bit of a size-pressure sensitivity to increase the general usage. A bit means – just enough to recognize a rapid stroke ending resulting in decreasing size and not a “dead” end…

 

Hairy Brushes

Paintbrushes

 

 

Presets simulating fine hairy or bristle like tools – i haven’t changed a lot in this (sub) category.. one preset got the stroke direction sensor, some are removed. Same with the Mixing and Smearing Presets (no image). No big changes – just removed some, with minor usage.

 

 


 

3 – SHAPESSpraybrushes

 

 

This category has been resorted:

  • 3A Sprayed Shapes
  • 3B Pixelbrushes with special Shapes
  • 3C Texturebrushes
  • 3D Smudged Shapes and Textures

 

Shapes

All in all there are no big changes in this category – two new Preset: Single Leaf Pixelbrush and Rough Texturebrush… Most important is that all Brushes meant to be used for Texturing or applying predefined Shapes are now together including the textured Smudge Tools.

 

 


 

 

4 – TYPES (Sketch, Curve, Particle)

 

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The only change in this category that covers 3 special Types of Brushes, is one removed Sketch Preset as i just don’t liked it anymore :D

 

Happy Painting :)

 


 

Practical Tips – Improving the work Environment

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Photography by Johan Viirok

The first thing is the most important one! When you start to think about improving  your work with grahpic applications, you will maybe think about reading Tutorials, improving your hardware, learning shortcuts and so on…

 

The first question you should ask yourself:

“Do i feel comfortable in my working environment?”

How you physical feel has an impact on your mental state influencing your productivity and creativity greatly. Think about this point! Beyond all other things you could do, this is the most important one with the highest outcome at the lowest cost! Sitting in a dark room with the monitor being the only lightsource is not the best way to increase creativity…

 

I am talking about simple things you can do at low cost right now. So here are some points you might think about:

 

  • Is the Desk/Table Height compared to the Height of the Chair good for you?
  • Are you looking straight into the center of your monitor or do your eyes have to look up or down most of the time. My Monitors were to low in height, so i  put books under it to increase the height. If you can effort it, a good monitor stand is a great investment! Having a flexible and adjustable monitor is more worth than investing money in a new graphics Card!
  • Check if the distance to the monitor feels good. There are a lot of geeky charts based on optical formulas for the optimal eye-monitor distance, maybe these charts could be rough guidelines, but they are mostly  made for standardized settings, with a standardized middle aged person, with a normal vision. Are you a standardized person? I guess not…find the distance that works for you by testing (even some centimeters could make a big difference..)

 

In the end everyone has his own preferences:

“Take some time to find what’s working best for you

– it`s worth it!”

 

working environment

 

Arranging the input Devices

The two most common mistakes after buying a tablet:

1. Placing the Graphic Tablet to the right beneath the mouse:

A Graphic Tablet is no Mouse replacement! You definitely want it in one line of sight  in front of the monitor for a good hand-eye-coordination.

2. Trying to completely substitute Keyboard and mouse functions with the tablet:

Do not try this! Keep your mouse and your keyboard in a position not to far away and how you used it before. You will naturally begin to use the tablet for more things. Do not try to force this learning process, cause you will slow it down doing so. Your brain will do the job just automatically.

How you arrange keyboard, mouse and tablet is surely dependent on the type of devices you use. I do not have much experience with different types of graphic tablets, but i know who has this experience and has shared it via a very good article you should read: Ergonomic of Graphics tablets

 

  • If you haven’t done already, put some things beside your monitor on the desk that inspire you, and some things that let you relax and let your mind drift away from work.

 

Using two Monitors

 

Having 2 Monitors is a very nice comfort. When i started using a second Monitor for the first time, i rarely used this extra space. Then i put it away for the use with a second workstation. I gave it a second try later, placing the monitor on the desk without any idea for a particular use. After a while i began using it more and more and now, i really I would not want to miss it! This is just like i described above with a new tablet – let your brain do the stuff. Do not try to force the usage. In other words: When you begin to use a second monitor, this extra space is not mapped to your brain – give it some time and it will become an extension that you will use as if it has been always there…

 

2009-10-05_10-58-48“Thinking simple and practicalbookstand

saves money and time!”

 

Practical Helpers

If you like to have some reminders e.g. for shortcuts on your desk there are some really cheap things that do a good job. There is no reason to waste money for extra special office stuff! I have bought this Bookstand to the left for about 4 €.. and it serves good as a stand for my tablet or to have any sheet to look on in reach. (just used a piece of cutted cardboard and two clothespins)

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