How can I paint foliage quickly in ArtRage?
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I use the Sticker Spray in ArtRage – a fabulous tool, particularly if you make your own brush heads for it. While it seems a bit of a rigmarole at first, it’s well worth the effort. I’ve made foliage brushes that have become very useful.
It’s a three stage process: a) paint a Sticker sheet; b) load the Sticker sheet; c) adjust the settings. Easy, huh? So what is a Sticker sheet? It’s the image(s) which the tool sprays. It can comprise a single image or multiple images (as we tackle here). At stage (b) it becomes obvious why the images need to be arranged in a grid – that’s how the Sticker Spray is built, to read the image. There are row and column setting windows to input grid settings. Painting multiple dabs according to a grid means you’ll be able to load them as a Sticker sheet.
I paint a sheet of nine 500px squares, on square canvas. Loading the image will require a three-row/three-column setting. If I paint the nine dabs in a row, it requires a one-row/ninecolumn setting. The tool architecture requires you paint the Sticker sheet in pure red – R255, G0, B0. I set the Saturation to 100 per cent, but Luminance to 50 per cent. Now for the real fun. Open the Sticker Brush settings and select Spray Variation…
If you’ve painted the images for a Sticker sheet yourself, they are much more likely to sit well in any image you paint with other brushes.