Bristle Brush Tip Settings

2. Bristle Settings

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If we select a bristle brush (We have ten already loaded by default, distinguished by looking like the tips of actual paintbrushes as seen in the picture), we can modify that brush’s settings. We can access these settings by clicking the Brush panel icon, or going to Window > Brush. If we click on the Brush Tip Shape settings, we’re presented with a few settings that will affect our current bristle brush. In addition, we’re given a preview to what our brush looks like as we modify it towards the bottom of that window.


Now the hard part about understanding these settings is that we ALSO have to factor in our mixer brush settings. Obviously having a wet brush will carry over more color than a dry brush, etc. For most of these, I’m using a wet/very wet setting.

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Size: The size of the brush varies between 1-300 px. This affects how big our actual brush is. The bigger the brush, the more pixels it affects.

[Note] Try not to work with ridiculously high brush sizes unless your computer can handle it, or you plan on working fairly slow. I say this because your computer may start lagging hard if you go overboard on your brush strokes.


Shape: These are the different kinds of bristle brushes that are available to us. This is no different than actually picking a brush from our set of presets.





Bristles: Bristles affect how many bristles we have on our brush. A higher percent means our brush ends up being more dense.





Length: Affects how long our bristles are. You can see the difference in how paint is carried across between the varying lengths. More color appears to carry through as you have longer bristles.




Thickness: Adjusts how thick/thin our bristles are. Higher percentages increase the width of each bristle. Pay attention to the end of the strokes, a low percentage lets us see more finer tips of the brush.




Stiffness: How stiff/rigid our bristles are. A low percent means we have a very flexible brush tip. High percent means it’s stiff as a rock, and we end up dragging very little paint across the canvas.




Angle: This setting affects the angle we paint at. This in particular will affect you if you’re either using a mouse, or a tablet that doesn’t support pen tilt/rotation. For some bristle brushes, this will hardly make a difference. This matters for other brushes like the fan brush.



Spacing: This is a bit odd to explain, as brush’ don’t work how you think they would. Essentially you have a brush shape, and that pattern is repeated in the direction of our stroke. So when we change the setting, we control whether our brushstrokes will be flowing or dabbing.

A low spacing setting is similar to if we had an actual paintbrush, pressed it against the canvas, and made a stroke.

A high space setting is similar to if we had an actual paintbrush and dabbed the canvas. In this case, it creates this dabbing effect in the direction of our stroke.

If we disable spacing, the speed at which we make a stroke determines the spacing. If we make a very slow line, it would be similar to if we had a low spacing setting. A fast stroke increases the spacing.


That’s all the Brush Tip Settings in a nutshell.


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