By default, the Paintbrush mode is selected when switching to the Paint module.  Click the Settings button to open the Settings window. Using the floating window, you can make multiple changes without opening and closing these windows. In this tutorial we will explain you how these properties work. 

Paint Presets

You can now save and create new Paint Presets for a quicker selection of your brushes when manual painting. Many paint presets have already been inserted into the software but you can always use and save your own presets. By default, the Clone category is chosen and the Medium cloner preset is applied. By clicking the small arrows you can scroll down other categories and other presets. 
When selecting a different Category, the Brush families window on the right will jump to the newly selected brush category and will list the available brush families (see image below). Presets marked with a small sheep icon are Cloning presets, which means that they work only if you are using a source as a Visual guide - see below at the Visual Guides paragraph. The Gel category we have chosen includes both cloning presets (Gel 01 and Detailed gel) and a painting preset (Spring Line gel). 

 

Brush Type: you can select between 3 types of brushes. (see also: 4.2 The Brush selector window)


-    Algorithmic brushes: MyPaint brushes 
-    Scanned brushes:  natural, hand-made brushes that have been scanned and digitalized. In this mode you paint always with the same selected unique brush. This mode may be useful to insert only one brush, i.e. a simple Adobe Photoshop brush of some object. 
-    Brush families: brush families are scanned brushes put into families. When choosing this option, PostworkShop will select at each stroke a random brush to use from the family to create diversity on the image and give a more naturalistic effect. By choosing the brush family’s brush type you can select the active brushes you want to use.  Click the button on the right lower corner and check the brushes you want to use. 
The Select brush button opens a window where all the brushes are listed. Once a brush type is selected only the brushes belonging to that category are displayed.
Now you can also chose to transform the selected brush into an eraser by checking the small Eraser button. 

 

Basic Settings

-    Size: set the brush size by moving the slider. Press CTRL while moving the sliders to change the values slowly. You can also enlarge the brushes by pressing the S key, and reduce the brushes by pressing the A key on the keyboard while the mouse points on the image. The brush’s contour will change its size as you press the keys.
-    Opacity: lower the opacity value if you want the brush to be more transparent. 100 is the opaque brush, 1 is the transparent brush.

-    Roundness: is a property which transforms vertical brushes into squared bounding box ones. On the contrary, it does not make squared brushes into oval/vertical ones; but simply increases or decreases the difference between the brushes' two sizes (width-height). Positive values will decrease the difference while negative values will make the brush longer than large. Change this parameter to make your brushes more natural and diversified. 

-    Blending Mode

 

Brush Angle

Choosing a scanned brush gives you the option to select the Brush Angle so customize the direction the strokes will take. 

-    Manual: you decide which direction the strokes go. By default the strokes are vertical, but you can give them a rotation angle with a right-click to rotate the brush clockwise or ctrl+right-click to rotate the brush counter-clockwise.
-    Mouse path: brush direction follows the mouse path.
-    Auto-angle: strokes are painted with a random angle rotation. 

 

Brush Dynamics (see also 4.3 Understanding the Brush Dynamics properties)

-    Spacing: this property defines how close each brush stroke will be in relation to the one(s) next to it. the more you increase this value, the further apart the brush strokes will be.
-    Size Jitter: this property specifies the randomness of the brush's size. At 0%, a brush's size does not change over the course of a stroke; at 100%, the brush's size has the maximum amount of variation and randomness.
-    Angle Jitter: this property defines the randomness of the brush's angle. The higher the value, the more random the brush angle will be.
-    Scatter: this property relates to distance vs randomness. Scattering is the amount of dispersion of the same object, in this case, the brush stroke, along a path. The higher the value, the more the distance between the brush strokes will be dispersed along the path.
-    Pick Local Values

-    Always Paint at the Mouse Position

 

Color Dynamics (see also tutorial: 4.4 Understanding the Color Dynamics properties)

-    Hue Jitter: by increasing this value, the brush's hue will change along the path. The higher the value, the greater the hue randomness will be between the brush strokes.
-   Saturation Jitter: by increasing this value, the brush's saturation will change along the path (from desaturated to over-saturated). The higher the value, the greater the 
saturation randomness will be between the brush strokes.
-   Brightness Jitterby increasing this value, the brush's brightness will change along the path (from bright to dark). The higher the value, the greater the brightness randomness will be between the brush strokes.
-   Opacity Jitterby increasing this value, the brush's opacity will change along the path (from transparent to opaque). The higher the value, the greater the opacity randomness will be between the brush strokes.
-    Use Palette: decide wether you want to use a palette or not, in case check the small button and the lower Palette properties will appear. 
-    Palette Colors: defines the number of colors you want to use in your palette.
-    Palette Source: choose wether to use the Main Input, the Cloning Source, the Reference or the Original Image as the source for your palette's colors. You can also choose a Custom palette source. In this case you will have to select a palette from the Palettes list. 
-    Palette: shows the colors of the palette you will use. 

 

Clone Mode: 3 painting modes are available.


-    Color: paint directly with the chosen brushes and colors .
-    Clone (start color): stroke is the color of the pixel where you clicked the mouse and started moving the cursor. The color will not change along the path.
-    Clone (continuous): strokes' color change whenever the image’s color changes along the path.
 
Visual Guides: you can add visual guides to help with drawing/painting.


-    Off: visual guides are off
-    Cloning source: by default (if not changed in the Style Editor manually), the Cloning Source is the filter/style right before the Paint module. If you did not apply a style to your image, it’s the default image that is connected as the cloning source.
-    Reference image: by default, it’s the original image.  

Wether you have selected to use a Cloning source or a Reference Image, you can choose the guide’s opacity and color: to adjust the opacity, move the slider.

-    Color: guide image is colored. 
-    Greyscale: guide image is visible as a greyscale image.
-    Outlines: only the outlines of the guide image are visible.

 

Canvas: you can choose to visualize a canvas too. 

-    Original image: shows the original image as a canvas. 
-    Color: the canvas will be the color you select. 
-    Transparent: the canvas will be left transparent. 

-    Show project canvas can be switched on/off. This option shows the project's canvas which can be set in Options/Preferences. 

 

Tablet Properties

You can easily use your tablet with PostworkShop to paint, draw and create great pieces of art. Simply connect the device to your computer and PostworkShop will recognize it. Set the properties of your tablet for a great result:

-    Off

-    Size

-    Opacity

-    Pressure range:

-    Effect strength:

-    Pressure Smoothing: