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  1. #1
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    Sep 2017

    Calligraphy Pen?

    I just got my Wacom Intuos Draw bundled with ArtRage Lite, and I can't find a preset for a standard broad edge calligraphy nib, eg Brause or Mitchell. Is anyone else trying to do calligraphy with ArtRage? Has anyone come up with some settings I could try? I've found that fooling with the Rotation setting helps, but that's as far as I can get. The Lite version doesn't include the Square Head setting; would that be helpful?


    Last edited by kenneth.lawson; 09-02-2017 at 07:49 AM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Hello Kenneth and welcome to the ArtRage forums
    Can’t say I’m a calligraphy person to be honest, digitally or otherwise!
    But if you wanted to you can download the free demo version of ArtRage5 and give the ink pen in there a try as it can have a square head.
    Also as paint depth isn’t required in calligraphy you could probably also make your own “pens” using the Custom Brush which also comes with ArtRage5.
    You can find the demo here:
    Have fun experimenting and I hope ArtRage can give you what you’re looking for.
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  3. #3
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    Sep 2017
    Thanks for your warm welcome! There's a lot of interest in my question, but no answers. Seems to me the developers might consider including a calligraphy pen. I just tried an app from the Windows store called Plumbago that includes a pen, but it's a notebook app. Might be good for practice, at least. For now, I've got the rotation at 70%, smoothing at 30%, opacity at 100% and pressure at 50%. Still trying to get used to the feel of the tablet. It's very awkward after so many years with a mouse!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Hi Kenneth, I don't what pen presets there are in AR Lite but here is a preset called Thick and Thin for the desktop. It might give you a starting point for adjusting settings.

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    Oh God of homeless things, look down
    And try to ease the way
    Of all the little weary paws
    That walk the world

    [My setup: hp 15in laptop,11th Gen Intel Core i7-1165G7 @ 2.80GHz 2.70 GHz, 8.00 GB RAM, 24in Acer 2nd monitor, Huion Kamvas 20 Pro display tablet, Windows 11, ArtRage Vitae.
    My painting real-estate is extended across three monitors.]

  5. #5
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    Sep 2017
    Thanks. That preset caught my eye, since "thick and thin" is a big part of what calligraphy is. Actually, it's not too far off what I'm using, except that the Rotation has to be 70% since that's the angle on calligraphy nibs.

    I like your little poem. We have a stray that we took in, and our neighborhood now has several feral cats.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Most of the presets are more 'here's how to get this kind of effect' than 'here's how to exactly mimic a specific real life calligraphy pen', because if you don't need to hold a pen a certain way, some of the specifics don't matter for digital, just what the line looks like.

    There are some additional inking presets here that you might enjoy playing around with:

    If you find something close, you can tweak it the rest of the way. For calligraphy, you will want to play with Aspect, Rotation, Taper and Smoothing. ArtRage Lite doesn't have the square head or 'Taper Bias' that would give you more control over the line, but you should be able to get something close to what you want. And if you can provide a specific example of strokes, someone can probably replicate it for you

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