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Chapter 13. Painting on a Layer > Using Brush Dynamics

Using Brush Dynamics

You don't have to be a traditionalist to know that painting with a computer program isn't quite as tactile as using actual brushes and canvas. But swapping your mouse for a tablet and stylus (such as those available from the computer peripheral manufacturer, Wacom) makes you feel a lot more like a painter. Just as important, using a stylus makes your strokes actually look more “painterly.” That's because you can set the attributes of each stroke—its size, angle, roundness, opacity, and flow—to vary with the pressure you apply to the tablet or the tilt of the pen. If your stylus (sometimes referred to simply as a pen) has a little wheel control, you can use it to vary the brush also.


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