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Thread: Custom Brushes

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    Custom Brushes

    I have wondered for awhile if it is not possible to create a custom brush that is not used by the sticker spray? For instance, an oil brush that is not just a preset variation of an existing oil brush. It must be possible since Art Rage obviously comes with regular brushes. I know how to make a custom shape to be used as a brush by the sticker spray tool but I don't think I know how to make a watercolor or oil brush that shows up under the list for those tools or any of the others beside the sticker spray.

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    Short answer: no.

    Basically, the tools use 1) an "image"/basic brush shape, and 2) the actual settings.

    Saving a new preset will save the specific settings for that tool.

    The sticker spray works differently to the other tools and has an editable "image" (which it takes from the available collection of Stickers). The saved sticker spray presets still only save the settings, but the sticker image is one of the options include in those settings.

    The other tools don't offer that option, because they're set up to mimic very specific traditional tools instead.
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    Thanks for the quick response Hannah. That is kind of what I thought but does that mean that the regular tools, meaning those other than the sticker spray, that are currently in Art Rage now are the only ones there will be?

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    Ye-es? We might add new drawing tools in future, but I'm not sure how many are left to add! (Unless we're getting into the realm of non-traditional brushes, in which case, the Sticker Spray will probably let you do almost anything).

    However, if you're new to ArtRage, you may not have realised that we do it a bit backwards to other programs. Instead of having multiple 'custom brushes', we have one Oil Brush, one Pencil, and so forth, with settings for each that allow you to create any kind of oil brush or pencil. You can change settings as you draw, or set up (or download and install) specific presets. The Sticker Sprays are different, because they're not set up with traditional media properties.

    For example, the Oil Brush Rotation and Aspect values let you change the shape and angle of the brush to get almost any oil brush head. The Loading, and Thinners change how much paint you add and what kind of paint it is.

    So we'll probably add new settings that allow you to create a wider variety of brushes, but each brush you create will still be a type of oil brush (that you can then save as a preset).

    Does that sort of answer your question?

    If you're looking for a very specific type of effect, check the Art Supplies forum, or post it here and someone will probably be able to tell you exactly how to recreate it.
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    Thank you for the explanation, Hannah. My question was more out of curiosity than any specific short coming in Art Rage. I get frustrated sometimes with the program because it seems I spend more time trying to figure out how to get a brush to make the mark I want it to make when I want to make it than I do actually producing any art. With traditional media I can see the brush head. I can see exactly where every hair is and I know exactly what part of the brush is touching the canvas and exactly what direction the stroke is going. And I have a pretty good idea what kind of mark I'm going to get if I move one way or another. I don't seem to be able to get the hang of that with some of the digital tools. It feels like I am always in a contest of wills with the tools. But that is more about pilot error and inexperience than a lack of variety in the available brushes. And the sticker spray variations settings is organized chaos to me. I have some very nice looking photoshop brushes that I never seem to be able to make work as they do in photoshop.

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    You'll get the hang of it! It is a bit like painting with an invisible brush sometimes


    The Sticker Spray variations panel is definitely in the 'advanced' section, but there are a few good tutorials around that should help.

    Start here for an introduction:

    https://www.artrage.com/sticker-spra...ustom-sticker/
    https://www.artrage.com/sticker-spra...pray-settings/


    And then move onto some of the tutorials from SomeoneSane:

    https://forums.artrage.com/showthrea...reset-Creation
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbNX1r0kaRw


    Refer to the properties in the manual as you go:

    https://www.artrage.com/manuals/artr...ray-variation/
    https://www.artrage.com/manuals/artr...perties-scale/


    And if you're trying for a very specific effect, and you're stuck, post it for us to take a crack at.
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    Thank you for the information and the encouragement.

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