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The brush size you choose will determine the width, shape and hardness of strokes made with such tools as the Pencil Tool and the Paintbrush, whether you choose these tools in the Tool Bar or when Stroking a path.

Note: ALWAYS do your drawing, stroking, painting, on a separate layer, not on the same layer as the image.

1. The Brush tool becomes visible at the top of the screen when you choose the Paintbrush (or Pencil Tool, bottom of image below). Clicking on the Brush icon brings up a box, allowing you to specify Diameter (how big the brush is), and Hardness.

Click on Brush Icon

2. Specify the diameter you want (this will take some experimentation). The degree of hardness will determine whether the brush has crisp or fuzzy edges.

Set Brush Characteristics

3. Clicking on the arrow next to the brush icon allows you to see a number of preset brush types, which can be added to the brush pallette.

Brush Pallette

In our experience, few of these are actually useful to epigraphers, except perhaps the Calligraphic Brushes.

The Opacity option, at the top of the image above, allows you to determine how transparent your stroke will be.

4. Another, and more comprehensive, way to change the size, hardness, and shape of a brush is to click on "Brushes" in the middle top of the menu. Clicking on "Brush Presets" brings up a pallette of brush options.

Brush Pallette

5. The most useful aspect of this menu is the one that allows you to change the Diameter, Angle, Roundness, Hardness and Spacing. In the Brushes menu, choose Brush Tip Shape, Shape Dynamics.

Brush Pallette

The boxes and diagram at the bottom of the box allows you to determine the shape of the brush. We have found that perfectly round strokes end up looking like sausages. We prefer to use a stroke common to calligraphy: an angle of 45% and a roundness of 75%.After choosing Diameter, Angle, etc., the sample stroke at the bottom of the menu changes to allow a view of the stroke.

Brush Pallette

Again, clicking on the arrow next to "Brushes" allows one the option of adding additional brushes to the menu. Those most helpful are Calligraphic Brushes.



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