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July 19th, 2004, 10:14 AM
Has anybody had success with the brush tracking. I just worked out the best settings which just improved my brushes 10 fold!
Pressure Scale 1
Pressure Power 1.35
I cant believe the sheer lack of information about such an important feature.
July 19th, 2004, 08:08 PM
There are no perfect Brush Tracking settings that will work for all artists and for all projects, let alone for all brush variants.
If you want to paint using very light pressure, open Brush Tracking and paint using extra hard pressure.
If you want to paint using hard pressure, to gain more control, open Brush Tracking and paint using extra light pressure.
Again, it will also depend on which brush variant's you're using, how you want Brush Tracking set.
If you find, as you have this time, settings that work for particular kinds of drawing and painting, and with particular brush variants, write down those settings somewhere and plan to also note other settings when you need to use different settings for different kinds of work and brush variants.
How you have your Wacom tablet set up will also affect how your brushstrokes are painted/drawn.
Again, just keep notes on what works for each situation.
July 21st, 2004, 05:50 AM
the brush tracker in theory seems like a nice idea but I think it works best if you know what your doing. Correct me if Im wrong but the Pressure Scale controls the the range of pressure value you can have and the Pressure Power controls how pressure is applied in the range .. if you could imagine changing a graph. I think there must be people out there struggling with their brushes simply because the settings here are wrong or badly set.
July 22nd, 2004, 07:33 PM
Most of the struggling happens in Painter when the user over analyzes instead of getting hands on experience, relaxing, and playing.
If you don't like the way your pen feels and your brushstrokes are made, open the Brush Tracker and paint a stroke using your normal hand pressure.
If you want to control it harder or softer, use the opposite amount of pressure.
Most of the time, approaching it naturally and simply does the trick, unless some odd settings have been made in the Wacom Tablet Properties control panel or possibly the user has clicked the wrong pressure icon on his/her Wacom tablet.
It can't hurt to read the Wacom tablet manual and the Painter User Guide for pertinent information when things just don't seem to be working right.. or contact Wacom to ask for help.
Go play, it's beautiful outside! :)
July 22nd, 2004, 07:42 PM
P.S. Just looked it up in the Painter 8 User Guide. There's a very brief explanation in Chapter 3 Basics, the section named Setting Preferences and its sub section named Brush Tracking Preferences.
In Painter 7, it's in Chapter 3 Basics, the section named Setting Preferences and it's sub section named Brush Tracing - Setting Pressure Sensitivity.
In Painter 6, it's probably in the the same chapter, section, and sub section, or similar.
July 22nd, 2004, 11:57 PM
Actually I found if you push the Pressure power up to 2, brushes begin to work nicely.
I agree that its good to play with the brushes and get a feel for the program but if you want to get the most out of the program you need to have it work in away that seems right to you. Getting the brushes to feel right can be difficult because you have 3 factors to take in to consideration. Wacom settings, brush tracking and the brushes themselves.
July 23rd, 2004, 12:09 AM
You have even more, your own natural hand presssure, how you sit where your tablet is located, the kind of painting or drawing you're doing, and probably more.
Getting it to feel right, of course, is important. If you can only do that approaching it with number settings, and that works for you, it's the best way for you.
I haven't found any set of numbers that always feels right because of the brush variants being so different, what I'm trying to do can be so different.. and another thing.....
sometimes after hours at the computer, tablet, and stylus.. your hand and fingers can get tired. Then, for me, it's nice if I can use less pressure to get the brushstrokes I want.
Whatever works is what works, so I'm glad you found the settings that feel right.
Speaking of tired hands, I've been at this since before the sun rose this morning and it's time to say g'nite.
See you again,
July 23rd, 2004, 08:49 AM
i re brush track really often, i draw differently depending what condition im in (if imtired or not etc) Its diffrent every time.
July 23rd, 2004, 10:08 AM
I find just moving the Pressure power up and down does the trick .. good for doing broad strokes and then detail.