Core skills: Re­belle

If you’re not happy with the brush at­tributes in Re­belle 2, change them! Martin Hans child shows you how, and al­ters the can­vas prop­er­ties, too

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If you’re not happy with the brushes in Re­belle, edit them, says Martin Han­schild.

Tra­di­tional painters have long been able to choose from brushes of var­i­ous sizes, shapes and char­ac­ter­is­tics to achieve dif­fer­ent ef­fects in their il­lus­tra­tions.

Sim­i­larly, most art pro­grams come with brush ed­i­tors that en­able you to ad­just your tools ac­cord­ing to your own needs and pref­er­ences. In a lot of cases you’re also able to im­port cus­tom brushes cre­ated by other artists from around the world.

Turn­ing our at­ten­tion to Re­belle, the abil­ity to cre­ate and cus­tomise brushes in the pro­gram was lim­ited com­pared to other art pro­grams. I’d go so far as to say that the ab­sence of a brush edi­tor was a sig­nif­i­cant weak point in this oth­er­wise great app.

Ver­sion 2 of Re­belle now comes with the Brush Creator, which brings it into line with the com­pe­ti­tion. I’d rec­om­mend mak­ing use of it: your paint­ing process will be im­proved and your art will be­come more var­ied and richer. Here, I’ll ex­plain how to use Re­belle’s new brush edi­tor.

The sec­ond part of the ar­ti­cle is on con­fig­ur­ing the can­vas. This makes it pos­si­ble to add tex­ture to your art, mak­ing it more vis­ually in­ter­est­ing. I’ll also show you how you can use can­vas tex­ture even more cre­atively, not just as a back­ground sur­face.

You can ad­just the Pres­sure for the brush’s Size and Opac­ity separately. The var­i­ous Shape set­tings, in­clud­ing Spac­ing, Scat­ter and Ro­ta­tion, en­able you to achieve a more var­ied and ran­dom brush stroke. Play around with these set­tings to cre­ate brushes that suit your way of work­ing.

The Prop­er­ties panel gives a preview of the se­lected brush. Click to open or close the Brush Creator. The preview of the new brush is cre­ated au­to­mat­i­cally when you up­date it in the Brush Creator.

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