General Guide to Dual Brushes (CSP Dual Brushes - Part 1)





This series is going to teach you how to use Dual Brushes. It's a new feature, added recently in the latest May 2021 update (version 1.10.10)

I have made this brush using ClipStudio ver.1.10.11, and a new version of the software was released soon afterwards. Check if you have the latest version of Clip Studio by heading to the link below:

- Introduction -

This series is comprised of two parts.
You are currently reading the first part - General Guide to Dual Brushes.
It covers the introductory notions, such as: what is a dual brush and how to enable it.

Part 2 is called:
"Dual Brush - Create a Fur Brush from zero! "

There is also a Part 3, which goes into details about the settings of that specific brush.

If you are a beginner, start with Part 1. If you are already familiar with Dual Brushes, head to the Part 2 and start making your own dual brush.

What's a Dual Brush?

Dual Brush is a feature that enables you to paint using two brushes of your choice at the same time. You are going to paint one brush on top of the other simultaneously. You can also define the behavior of your brush and the way the two brushes are going to impact one another.

Where to find it and how to create one?

1. Go to your [Tool palette] and select [Brush]. Alternatively, you can use the (B) shortcut on your keyboard. From your [Sub Tool Palette], select one brush. Here, I've selected the Opaque watercolor.

2. Open the [Sub Tool Detail palette] by clicking on the small wrench icon in the lower right corner.

3. A Sub Tool Detail window will pop up. Select "Brush shape"

4. Tick the Dual brush box.
Once you tick it and activate the dual brush feature, you will see that your brush preview has changed.

5. The Opaque Watercolor is your primary brush. Now you need to choose your secondary brush.
Go down to the list of icons of brushes. Select a brush shape. Here, I selected a brush shape that looks like a ribbon of music notes (called "Melody" brush) :

Click on the button saying "Apply brush shape". The preview of your brushstroke will change once again. Your Dual Brush is ready.

Dual Brush ON/OFF example:

Below you can see the comparison of brushes.
Number 1 is our primary brush - the "Opaque Watercolor" brush.
Number 2 is our secondary brush - the "Melody" brush

Number 3 is the way our brush looks once the Dual Brush feature has been activated.

As you can see, the third brush looks like the second one, but the stroke varies according to the pressure applied (just like our watercolor brush).

Dual Brush feature allows you to create unique brushes, and the possibilities are countless, because you can configure them in various ways.

Useful tip:

If you're going to constantly turn on and off the Dual Brush feature, and you don't want to waste time, you can add it onto your [Tool property] menu (see the area framed with blue)
To do this, click on the area framed with red on the screenshot. You will see an eye icon appear. This way you can make any section visible or invisible in your [Tool property] menu.

- New Decorative Brushes - more examples:

Let's try to modify some decorative brushes using the Dual Brush feature.

Choose Sub Tool [Decoration], and select "Butterfly Ivy".

Click on the wrench icon to open the [Sub Tool Detail] window and enable the Dual Brush feature.

Now choose another decorative brush shape and try it out.

Below are some examples:

You see how incredibly interesting the newly created combinations are? Now you can use them to create your new patterns, or use them as decorative borders on greeting cards etc.

You don't need to look for new decorative brushes, because in a matter of seconds you can create your very own ones.

- What's Next? -

The examples of Dual Brushes above are very simple and easy to follow. But this is not all that Dual Brushes can do.

In the next part we'll take a closer look at the settings and see how you can create new awesome brushes all on your own. To demonstrate, I will show how to create a cool Dual Fur Brush!

- Recommendation -

See the Official ClipStudio Tutorial here:

I encourage you to see that tutorial, as it provides useful visualization on how each blending mode affects your brushstrokes. It's also officially translated so the information is very accessible.

Hope you find this tutorial useful. The second part of [Dual Brushes in Clip Studio Paint] is available down below. It explains the dual brush settings through the creation of a fur brush.

Click on the next tutorial down below to learn how to configure your own Dual Brushes!



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