When I need new brushes, I look for ones that fall into one of the following categories:
-Pattern brushes: to generate a pattern that can be used for clothing, wallpapering walls, floors, etc.
-Natural: Brushes that make your life easier when making backgrounds, since there are those with grass, stones, clouds, trees, bushes, textures, etc.
-For line: I'm looking more than anything for brushes for sketch lines (pencils) or for lineart (pens or markers)
-For painting: I look for brushes that more accurately imitate real materials, especially those that imitate watercolors.
However, once you've chosen and downloaded an Assets package, the first thing to do is know how to incorporate them into Clip Studio.
First of all, you have to know where these materials are. They appear in the "Downloads" file in the materials section.
To install these brushes and place them in an accessible place, they must click on the material and drag it to the place where they want to place it.
- Inside an existing folder. have to have the destination folder open, or drag the tool that has already been added to the destination folder
- In a new folder
Notice that the place where you are dragging the tool is marked in red.
* Please note that generally each brush has a logo that helps to interpret what type of brush it is.
* You can modify both the logo that identifies it, and the name of the brush! it is very important to configure them to identify them well. Right click on the tool and press "Sub Tool Settings"
1) Change the name
2) Change the logo drawing
3) Change the background color of the logo
So, now that we know how to sort them, let's see what I have in my brush library! (Many of them are free!)
- Pattern brushes
I really like drawing kimonos, and when it comes to giving them personality I always have problems because drawing neat patterns is quite difficult freehand.
To solve this problem I downloaded the following brush packs, which have floral or geometric patterns. Many are interesting on their own, but very interesting patterns are also generated by combining them.
Let's see the brushes that I use the most ... It's free and the ID is 1730439. If it helps more, I share the link:
This same pack contains other brushes, more designed to make combinations than to support themselves:
Examples of combinations between these brushes could be:
These brushes are very beautiful !! But in general using such predefined patterns has a major weakness: the patterns are flat and straight, but the clothes are not!
To help give a bit of a sense of movement with the pattern so that it more closely matches the position of the clothing and the movement of the pose, we have the “Mesh Transform” layer-selection edit mode available. To use it, go to the menu Edit / Transform / Mesh transformation.
What this tool does is apply a mesh divided into 9 parts on the content of the selected layer. This mesh allows us to modify the image more freely than the other options. It is used by moving the vertices and intersections of each square area of the mesh to modify its shape.
This tool works both directly on the selected layer and on the selection that has been made. This allows you to more precisely touch up shapes in specific areas.
Assets packs very similar to this one but with different patterns:
I have a hard time dedicating myself to funds, and in turn I like detailed funds. This combination is quite troublesome, because I don't have the patience to do the amount of detail that I would like to put in a background. This is where Assets natural brushes come in.
The pack that I use the most (it costs 80CP) is:
It has two different types of foliage and two different types of grass. I show you examples of my two combinations of these favorite brushes:
This pack also has two built-in nibs ideal for making thinner or thicker grass by hand.
A more abstract version of this type of brushes can be:
Extra pack for bark (cost 80CP):
Extra pack for loose sheets in the wind (cost 20CP):
-Sketch, ink and watercolor brushes:
Clip Studio has many very good brushes in this section, but the next pack surprised me especially with its sketch brush (or at least I use it for that!) ... and it is also free!
In fact, this same pack has at the same time: sketch brush, brushes that give sensation, water, three different types of brushes to mix colors, action to add textures.
A) Sketch brush: this brush looks quite similar to a mechanical pencil (or lead pencil), which is what I usually draw by hand and therefore I find it very comfortable. It has the perfect stabilization for fast strokes and the stroke is quite uniform, although it flares at the tips a bit (just like the mechanical pencil!)
B) Triangular Watercolor Brushes: These brushes combine the texture and transparency of watercolor. It is ideal to give different shades to a color so that it is not so flat.
The pack has three different brushes with this format:
1) Triangular brush of one color. Varies opacity with pressure.
2) Two-color triangular brush. Having selected the color above, it will be combined with the color below. The higher the pressure, the higher the opacity too.
3) Triangular brush to mix colors and make gradients. Ideal for giving texture to color gradients !!
C) Square watercolor brushes: they basically have the same effect as the triangular ones, although the pack does not include a square-based mixer brush.
1) Low opacity square brush that combines (in the repetition of the square module, both colors are interleaved) the front color with the back color. The higher the pressure, the greater the mixture.
2) Low opacity square watercolor brush that mixes the front color with the back one (real mix, both colors are combined creating a new one, for example if they have a red above and a blue below, the result will be violet).
D) Round brushes with particles. These brushes create texture by leaving small areas without color. It is ideal for making combinations with the background color, since when you paint on top with these brushes, the color of the lower layer shows through the transparent particles.
1) Round brush with one color particles and soft edges.
2) Round particle brush that combines two colors and soft edges.
3) Round brush with strong particles and edges of one color.
4) Round brush with strong particles and edges that combines two colors.
E) Round brush with irregular edges, low opacity, with a fine and uniform texture. These brushes have a beautiful finish due to their texture, for all uses.
1) Round single color ragged edged brush.
2) Two-color round jagged edge brush.
F) Brush to create a water stain effect.
G) Square textured smudger.
H) Water spot smudger with smooth, textured edge.
I) Action that adds a group of watercolor paper textures.
This pack is really very complete… I highly recommend it!
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And these are the Assets brushes that I use the most !! especially the one that imitates the mechanical pencil is my favorite ...
Thanks for reading and I hope it has been useful !!
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