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Weekly Download: Studio Artist Paint Patches, Series 7

25 chunky, creamy, splattering art brushes By Dave Nagel
I began this week's series of Paint Patches for Synthetik Studio Artist with the intention of creating a variety of splattering brushes. But along the way, as often happens when working in Studio Artist, I had a few fortuitous accidents that led me along an entirely different path and wound up with something I've been trying to create for quite a long time: brushes that create clumpy, wet, bristly strokes similar in many ways to impasto, with several variations on how the brushes work with the source and canvas images.

Now, if you paint manually in Studio Artist, these brushes are as close as anything I've ever seen to creating impasto effects in the brushes themselves, rather than later through image operations or filters. They aren't perfect, but they can be quite nice, and you can always modify them to suit your needs. Some of them draw their colors from your canvas, others from the source image; some provide distortion and smearing in the process, while others simply build up to produce thicker and thicker layers of paint. I've also included just a few off-topic brushes, including a "soft splatter" brush that creates a softening effect on the canvas from the source image, as well as a brush whose sole purpose is to smear the canvas without applying any paint at all.


Here's a sampling of some of the brushes. The first example is a QuickTime movie showing the Color Clump Paint preset in action, drawing its color from a source image (in this case a butterfly). The rest of the examples simply show strokes created using wither the color palette or canvas colors.


NS7-Color Clump Paint (uses source image)


NS7-Creamy N Thick 2 (uses color palette)


NS7-Denticles 2 (draws heavily textured strokes, similar to scales)


NS7-Mixer 2 (spreads the canvas and adds chunkiness)


NS7-Clumpasto 3 (uses canvas colors)


All of these Paint Patches are designed to be applied interactively and can adjusted using various input parameters, such as pen pressure and tilt. Of course, using Studio Artist's Paint Synthesizer, you can also go in and edit these to suit your needs more specifically.

Now go on to the next page for download and installation instructions. Or visit our archive to view all of our previous downloads for applications like Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Macromedia Freehand, Creature House Expression and others.

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