What are multi brushes?
A brush that is made of multiple patterns (brush tip images) is called a “multi brush”.
When wanting to combine several different patterns, it is troublesome to switch brushes for each stroke.
When patterns are grouped together into one “multi brush”, various patterns can be interspersed with just one tool setting.
Multi brushes can be used with any drawing style.
 Tips for creating multi brushes
Since multiple image patterns can be registered into one brush, a brush material can become more varied in expression without becoming monotonous.
■ 1. Multi brushes with images of different shapes
For example, if you want to make a flower brush, it is recommended to prepare one flower image first.
However, if only one image is registered in a pattern brush ...
... the repetition of this one image might create a monotonous picture. For a pattern used in clothes this material might be enough.
However, flowers blooming naturally are usually facing in many different directions. Multi brush patterns make such an expression possible. Prepare multiple flowers with their directions set as described below and register them into one multi brush.
When drawing with this registered brush ....
...flowers can be drawn more realistically. Flower bouquets or garden flowers become possible with these settings and images.
It is very convenient to create various types of plants, clouds, rocks and other natural objects with this type of brush. Effect brushes like sparkles will also become more gorgeous when creating them with differently shaped pattern images.
■ 2. Multi brushes with images of different colors
Above, multi brushes with different shapes were introduced, but there are also brushes that will look more effective, by simply changing the color, while keeping the same shape.
For example, as it is with this image of a marble.
When only one image is registered, it is no problem to place some marbles here and there as an accent, however, when trying to draw a lot....
... with just one type of color, this looks quite boring.
So instead, prepare 5 different colored images to register as a multi brush.
Now, when drawing with the newly registered brush ...
...it looks like a colorful collection of marbles.
Apart from this, multi brushes make it possible to give things more depth, by simply changing the color slightly. This works for things such as balloons or trees etc.
Depending on your idea, multi brushes can find application as various convenient materials.
Try making different brushes by changing the numerical settings and the drawing order of their patterns.
 Creating multi brushes
In order to create a multi brush, you need to register an image to be used as the brush tip as a material in advance.
To read up on the method of registering images as materials, please refer to “Let’s create materials! The Basics of Drawing Tools ① Basics”.
■ 1. Setting multiple images as tip shapes for one brush
① Create new sub tools with news items or duplicates.
② Select the sub tool created in the [Sub Tool] palette and select the [Sub Tool Detail] palette → [Brush tip] → [Material].
③ Choose [Click here to add tip shape] or click the icon in the lower right.
④ Select the image to be used in the [Select brush tip shape] dialog box and click [OK].
⑤ With that the first image is set.
Repeat this procedure to set all the images you want to use for the brush.
* You can register the same image multiple times as well.
[POINT] Replacing or deleting brush tip images
· Changing images: Select the image you want to change and click ▼ on the right to re-select it.
· Deleting images: Select the image you want to delete and click the [Delete] button in the lower right.
・ Changing the position of an image: Select the image you want to move and drag it to its designated position.
■ 2. Setting the repetition method
Set the repetition method of the image using [Brush shape] → [Stroke] → [Repeat method] in the [Sub Tool Detail] palette.
Each setting item will be rendered as follows.
After that, adjust each option according to the image and register it with the initial setting.