Painter 2017 Glazing Brushes

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Corel Developers really listened to the suggestions from their user base and developed a set of brushes that is truly special! Glazing Brushes. They let you control the evolution of your painting using velvety, translucent paint transitions just like the Renaissance masters. Glazing Brushes deliver stroke-level opacity, so the paint of each brushstroke is applied independently. The paint that each dab deposits on the canvas builds up smoothly from a minimum to a maximum. This creates a smooth blend between colors, with no unwanted colors where dabs overlap. You’ll really see Glazing Brushes at their best when you fluctuate stylus pressure in a single brushstroke.


Glazing brushes add a new reality to your work, reflective glow of the paint that was never possible before is now possible with this new brush category. Never before have I been able to capture the transparency and clarity in my painting as I can with Glazing brushes. Glazing is different from Brush opacity (Window  Brush Control Panels  Opacity), which controls the opacity of each dab (or bristle for other brush types.) If you set Glazing to 20%, the opacity in a single brushstroke will never exceed 20%. Within that 20% range, you can specify the opacity of each dab from 1% to 100%. For example, if you set dab opacity to 100%, the paint that a brushstroke will deposit will still be only 20% of the selected color. Brush opacity allows you to gradually build up to the selected color and Glazing determines what that color is. The lower the Brush opacity, the slower you build up to the color specified by Glazing in a single brushstroke.


(Left) 100% Brush opacity, 100% Glazing; (middle) 100% Brush opacity, 20% Glazing. Color does not build up when you brush over the same area in a single brushstroke; (right) 20% Brush opacity, 100% Glazing. Color builds up when you brush over the same area in a single brushstroke.

Glazing is an opacity modifier in terms of a per stroke basis. It enables the artist to explore subtle transitions in opacity with a smoother stroke that builds based on pressure and glazing opacity that you control from the Glazing Panel as well as the Opacity Panel.

 No overlapping is what you will notice first with this amazing brush category. If you stay in one spot and begin to dab with the brush, you notice that the build up is based on the pressure and the value of the opacity which you set in the Glazing Panel. Working with both opacity and glazing will enable you to find the best results. This is truly an amazing brush category that you will use to create the most traditional look of glazing in your fine art representations.
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2 thoughts on “Painter 2017 Glazing Brushes

  1. Yes, the glazing brushes are definately a huge step forward for traditional & non traditional artists…..the power to control each brushstroke building up colour with much like glazing in traditional acrylics, brings a translucent quality when applied as here in Karens work is truly beautiful.

  2. Masterful work Karen Bonaker! Such talent, the brush work looks amazing. I would love to see small video snippets on your web page for those not in your classes to see these in action:–) You are such an amazing teacher, calm, thorough, precise, and you give us the information needed to complete the project.
    Anyone on the fence about taking classes from DAA, it is the best money you will ever spend! Karen is there with you all the way, answering your questions as you go. All your frustrations with painter can be handled because she can help you all the way. Honestly, I think the classes should cost more for what she does for us, and what she gives, and I can’t wait to join the next one!

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