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Thread: Can I take a default brush and get it's settings into the Custom Brush Designer?

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    Can I take a default brush and get it's settings into the Custom Brush Designer?

    Sort of like reverse engineering a brush to learn more about how it was created in order to have a better understanding of the creation process. Can i get into the Head and Grain and Stroke settings of the regular brushes?

    Thanks for any info on this topic

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    Hello again
    If you mean from the real media tools like the Oil Brush, Watercolour Brush, etc then Im afraid the answer is no. They work in a very different way than the Custom Brush and Stickerspray tools.
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    Yep, markw is correct. Most of the 'traditional' tools don't use the dab based head+grain system, they are much more interactive and complicated simulations that don't really translate across to the settings the custom brush uses.
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    okay...thanks for the information on that.

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    Ok, so how can I create the custom brush head and grain that can bring out a more oily brush stroke, same as when I use regular brush tool to pick up the paint? hope my question is clear. thanks

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    I'm not quite sure what you mean by 'oily', but if you mean 'picks up colour', then that would be the Pick Up Color option. Take a look at the presets in the Artistic group and see if any are close to what you are looking for; if they're wildly far off, it's probably not possible. If they're sort of right, open the Brush Designer settings and play around a bit.

    If you mean 'moves chunks of paint around with visible texture', that isn't possible as there is no depth for the Custom Brush, you have to mimic it with grain patterns and canvas texture.
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    Sorry for my English. I think I understood what you and markw previously explained the differences of the default tool brush and the custom brush in Artrage 5. The simply is two different things. My meant of "oily" is more rich paint look. Like below both brush strokes are created on the same 0% roughness. The default brush seems picked up the paint more realistic oil paint. However, the custom brush looks just like soft pastel to me, and doesn't look like oil.

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    In other words, so far my undestanding is no matter how I create brush head/brush grain, it won't produce the oil paint look. Am I right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pai View Post
    In other words, so far my undestanding is no matter how I create brush head/brush grain, it won't produce the oil paint look. Am I right?
    Yes, you're right. The look you're seeing is the depth/highlight effect. You could find ways to hand paint it, or add texture on a layer under your strokes, but you can't create it with the custom brush.
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