Multiple Images as Separate Brushes
Ok, time to get busy with multiple custom brushes.
Use menu: Brush >
Open... as before to select the next image.
Just like before, store the loaded image based brush with the brush
manager. Use the (") (double-quote) shortcut to go faster.
Here we now have teo intances of the brush manager showing their
You can easily use any of these brushes, simply by clicking the
thumbnail image. When you click the thumbnail image, that stored brush
becomes the active custom brush.
After repeating the process a few times, you might have a bunch of
stored custom brushes, one for each image you loaded and stored. This
works great when you have a high resolution screen and plenty of screen
real-estate to dedicate to the many brush managers.
You can also temporarily minimize them, or make them smaller or overlap
to small screen space.
To use brush #1,
click the thumbnail of it.
Then paint with it.
Notice that near the bottom of the brush manager, there's a button
The Filmstrip shows the same brush image of that stored brush, but in
its own floating window.
Of course, there's much
more to it: The Filmstrip is there so you can see the multiple frames
when a brush is made of more than one image.
For example, click the thumbnail of another stored brush. That
makes that image the active custom brush.
Then click "Add Frame''
on the first stored brush manager's panel.
This adds the current custom brush (which just came from the second
stored brush) to the first. Now we have a custom brush stored which
contains two frames.
Repeat this a few times:
After a few repeats, your filmstrip may look like this, with half a
dozen of images contained in that stored brush:
- click the thumbnail of another stored single-image
- click the 'add frame' to add it to the first stored
This is now an animated brush. As you paint with it, Dogwaffle cycles
through its frames, sequentially, from first to last frame, and back to
the first frame and so on....
Storing a multi-frame
When there's an animated brush you'd like to use again later, there are
several ways to safely record it on file and make it available ater.
For one, you can go to the menu:
Brush > Animatred
brush > Save...
This will save a single file of type ".anb" (animated brush)
When you wish to restore this saved custom animated brush, simply use
the counterpart menu:
brush > Open...
If this is a popular brush you wish to quickly use again and again in
the future, then you can also make it avalable in the Favorites: Click
the Favorites button to open the Favorites panel:
Click [ + ] (Add favorite)
This lets you add the currently active custom brush (whether animated
or single-image based) to the favorites.
Give it a good descriptive name.
The newly added brush now appears in my favorites.
< The preview thumbnail is in greyscale
There is another way yet: The Media manager (also found in PD Pro 3)
You can open the media manager (originally called mediapedia) from the
Again, click the + (plus) sign button to add the current custom brush
to the media manager's collection.
Notice that the prior brush, which was added to the favorites, appears
here too. In both cases it saves the brush as a '.med' (media) file.
There are other ways to create custom brushes with more than one
frames. One popular method consist of loading an image sequence or
animation from an AVI file, and 'picking up' the images in a single
step to transfer them to the custom brush. We'll see this in detail