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Using Curvy together with PD Pro's Custom Brush

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If you know or have used some of the advanced features of Project Dogwaffle, and in particular PD PRo 3.7 or 4.1, you know that one of the several types of brushes found in PD are Custom brushes, made of custom, user defined images. Note that I mentioned images in plural, because it can indeed contain more than one image. The custom brush can hold multiple images, and thus an image sequence or animation. There are several ways to get such image sequences into the brush. To learn the basics of animated brushes and working with the Custom brush, see these tutorials and many others here.

In this tutorial, we'll see how you can transfer a current 3D scene's view as an image directly into the Dogwaffle custom brush, and how you can do this again and again to gradually build it into a sequence for an animated brush.

The main gateway from Curvy 3D version 2.0 into the Project Dogwaffle custom brush is this first menu item in the Dogwaffle menu:

Dogwaffle -> Send View to Dogwaffle Brush

Once you have created your 3D model or loaded it from a Curvy file, such as the teapot here, you will want to choose a particular angle or orientation that you wish to capture.

Use the Orbit viewing tool with the Perspective view. That way, you can choose a desired angle and it will not snap back to the default for the view, as it does with the other views along the main axes (Front, Top, Left, etc...).

Select the Orbit tool below the Hand.

Choose the desired view. In this case we used a single view, again, in Perspective mode.

Now send the view to Dogwaffle's brush. Note that PD Pro (or PD Artist) should already be running, i.e. you should launch it before transfering the image, or the results are unpredictable.

You will briefly see some activity in Curvy, which shows a rendering of the 3D scene, twice. The second rendering is used to determine an opacity mask, that will be loaded into the brush too (Alpga channel).

After a short second or two, depending on the complexity of your 3D scene of course, the transfer is completed. Switch to the running session of Dogwaffle, for example by using ALT+Tab

Now looking at PD Pro, use 'o' for options (Brush settings) or right click on the brush mini icon and make sure you select the brush type on the right side, Custom brush. By default, DOgwaffle still uses its prior brush. Just because a custom brush image was loaded by Curvy doesn't mean it switches immediately over to using that one.

In the larger top-left icon within the Tools panel, you will then recognize the view that was send from Curvy. In this case, we see our teapot.

One of the first things you'll want to do is to save this brush image, or at least to temporarily STore it. Use

Brush menu -> Store / manage...

This option is available in PD Pro. If you use PD ARtist, you'll need to use a special plugin, available for free download from or
(Look for Brush manager)

Once you have stored the custom brush, remember that it is not saved onto file, just in memory. If you want to keep it for good, be sure to use menu: Brush -> Save...

You can however fiddle with its many parameters, such as change size and Z-axis rotation, Hue, Saturation and Value, RGB Color, etc...

This is a great way to quickly make several different looking versions off of the same teapot view.

Notice also towards the bottom that you can look at the content of the brush through a Filmstrip.

When you only have one image in the brush, that's not particularly exciting. However, this is just the start. So be sure to click 'Filmstrip'.

One down, dozens more to come.

Next: Part 2 - Keep doing the same...

Teapot Confetti
part 1
part 2
part 3

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