Varying paper grain position and rotation

Grain lets you control the amount of paper texture that brushstrokes reveal. Normally, when you make a brushstroke, the paper grain is fixed, which means that the texture is in the same position. To get organic, non-repetitive looking marks, you can vary the paper grain position for each dab in a brushstroke or rotate the paper grain for each new brushstroke.

Varying grain position and rotation makes paper textures look more natural and helps reduce repetition with Captured dab brushes. (Image by Karen Bonaker)

To vary grain position for each dab in a brushstroke

  • In the Grain panel (Window > Brush Control Panels > Grain), enable the Random Grain Position check box. Experiment increasing the spacing (Window > Brush Control Panels > Spacing) to produce the marks you want.

A brushstroke with Random Grain Position disabled (left) and enabled (right). Grain position varies from dab to dab within the brushstroke.

To vary grain rotation for each brushstroke

  • In the Grain panel (Window > Brush Control Panels > Grain), enable the Random Grain Rotation check box.

Brushstrokes with Random Grain Rotation disabled (left) and enabled (right). Grain rotation varies every time you lay down a brushstroke.

Select your favorite grainy brush, enable Random Grain Rotation, and Corel Painter will slightly rotate the grain in each individual stroke, creating a more natural and organic look to your work.