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John MecklenborgBrushes for Boris RED 3.0.4
by on Apr 22, 2008 at 8:09:02 pm

I'm curious is there is a way to create new brushes in Boris like you can for Photoshop? I have been trying to search for some different types of brushes, but have had no luck and the stock brushes are pretty limited. I would like one that creates a marker type of edge or one that looks more like a ball point pen. I've made some for Photoshop in the past, but they are .abr files. Boris seems to use .brs files. Any websites where I might find some or a tutorial on how to make them?


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Peter McAuleyRe: Brushes for Boris RED 3.0.4
by on Apr 23, 2008 at 12:41:37 am

Hi,

You can use any bitmap or vector image as a brush for the paint system in RED. Simply create the look that you want, and then save this off using an image format that RED will read, such as psd, tiff, ai, eps etc etc or even a quicktime movie clip. Or you can nest any track in RED and use that as a brush. And when you have a look that you like, you can save this off to the Style palette for later retrieval and use on other projects.

Let me know if you need a step by step on this - I'd be happy to oblige.

Cheers,

Peter.



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John MecklenborgRe: Brushes for Boris RED 3.0.4
by on Apr 23, 2008 at 6:33:59 pm

So I can make a .psd of some of the brushes I am familiar with in Photoshop and import them for use with Boris. That's great news. Do you suggest a size and resolution of the image I use, say 50px/50px @ 300dpi (I typically work with 1080i projects), or should I make it larger/smaller? Would it be better to work with .ai? And if you wouldn't mind posting the steps that would be a great help.

Thanks,

John Mecklenborg




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peter mcauleyRe: Brushes for Boris RED 3.0.4
by on Apr 23, 2008 at 6:55:13 pm

Yep - you can do that alright. I'd suggest maybe 100x100 px because you have to realize that these are bitmap brushes and that as you scale the brush size over 100 percent you'll see jaggies in the brush detail. Here are the steps to get them into RED:

• with RED launched, create a new paint layer
• click on the paint path sub-track in the RED timeline
• in the controls window, set the Color Source pop-up to Image + Image Alpha
• in the brush Image sub-track in the timeline click on the V1 icon beside the eyeball
• select the psd file of your choice
• now when you make a paint stroke, the brush will be the psd image
• next open the style palette window
• go to the brushes tab
• click on the icon at the left with a blue + sign - the brush is now saved and can be used on other projects.

Cheers,

Peter.



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John MecklenborgRe: Brushes for Boris RED 3.0.4
by on Apr 24, 2008 at 2:38:40 pm

I may just be blind, but I am not finding the option to set the color source to anything other than a solid or gradient. Where exactly is the option to change it to an image + image alpha?



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peter mcauleyRe: Brushes for Boris RED 3.0.4
by on Apr 24, 2008 at 2:47:03 pm

It's the second pop-up from the top in the paint tab in the controls window. Remember, this is only available when you have a paint path sub-track selected in the timeline.

I hope this helps.

Peter.



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John MecklenborgRe: Brushes for Boris RED 3.0.4
by on Apr 24, 2008 at 3:38:55 pm

I think the problem lies in my version of RED. I'm working with 3.0.4. Is this a new feature of 4? I talked with another editor in town far more skilled than I, and he tried it on 3 & 4. He said 4 actually creates a specific paint layer track where as a paint layer in 3 is merely a spline object on a 3D plane. Is this still an option in 3, or am I going to have to somehow convince management to upgrade?



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peter mcauleyRe: Brushes for Boris RED 3.0.4
by on Apr 24, 2008 at 3:52:54 pm

Hi,

Yes, the raster / vector paint engine was introduced to the product line with RED version 4 almost 2 years ago. You friend is correct - the paint in RED 3 is a stroked or filled spline shape only and offers no pressure data nor does it work with image or other media as a paint dab. I'm afraid that the only option for you is to upgrade to RED 4 to get this feature.

Thanks,

Peter.



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John MecklenborgRe: Brushes for Boris RED 3.0.4
by on Apr 24, 2008 at 4:04:03 pm

So it goes, I appreciate your help regardless. When we finally upgrade I will definitely revisit this.

Thanks,

John Mecklenborg



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peter mcauleyRe: Brushes for Boris RED 3.0.4
by on Apr 24, 2008 at 4:43:59 pm

Hi John,

And had I read the title of this thread a little more carefully I would have realized that you were working with RED 3 and not RED 4. :) I apologize for that oversight - it's just that I saw the numeral 4 in the thread title and when you asked about the paint I automatically (and incorrectly) jumped to the assumption that you were using RED 4.

Cheers,

Peter.



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