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Weekly Download: Expression and LivingCels SK Strokes, Series 7

15 brushes for creating cloud formations By Dave Nagel
In order to honor this week's release of Creature House's LivingCels public beta, I've gone ahead and put together a new collection of skeletal strokes. LivingCels, in case you don't know, is the spankin' new animation version of Creature House Expression, something I and others have been anticipating for quite a while. The fact that the software is in beta has no particular relevance, since these strokes will work in the current version of Expression as well.

For this particular collection, I decided to create the first in a series of far more utilitarian brushes than those I've published in the past. Specifically, the collection includes 15 cloud brushes, designed to ease the creation of outdoor background scenes. They're simple repeating brushes, reaching up to a whopping 1,000 x 1,000 pixels for massive cloud cover and down to 300 x 300 for detail work or for creating smoke plumes or whatever application you might see fit for them. And, if nothing else, they might provide you with a starting point for coming up with your own cloud brushes.

Although, of course, I haven't had much time to work with these in LivingCels (it having been introduced just yesterday), what I've found is that for generating light, puffy clouds, you'll want to use a middlin' to dark gray and apply them with the "Light" composite mode. Scribble them onto your canvas, and they should build up slowly into complex cloud formations. Here's a sampling of the brushes using this technique.

NagelSeries7-15 animated in LivingCels. (Click Play to watch.)






These brushes will work in Expression 2, Expression 3 and LivingCels. Expression is available for Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows. LivingCels is available as a beta for Mac OS X and Windows. Read on for download and installation instructions.

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