Useful Tips

Working with the Paint Brush tool

The brush is the most universal, and therefore the most common tool for applying paint. Choose the size of the brush depending on the size of the surface to be painted. So, for example, for painting window frames and narrow layouts on the doors, take a thin brush or a special “frame” brush with a cutout in the middle. They are especially convenient if you have to apply paint next to an unpainted surface, say, glass, where you need a precise and even edge of the color. For large smooth surfaces, a large brush is suitable; work with it will go faster. But remember that painting the walls with the largest brushes is tiring, especially when working with oil paints.

At first, a new brush should be freed from weak bristles, vigorously conducting it across the palm. Rinse used brushes before use to remove dust and other contaminants from the bristles. Let the brushes dry if you are dealing with oil paints.

Always check that the metal rim of the brush is firmly attached to the handle, and hammer in individual protruding nails or staples. Also check for rust on the rim: it can change the color of the paint. Rust is removed with a wire washcloth or sandpaper.

Before opening a can, remove dust from it. Then open the jar with a wide lever, for example, the blunt side of a table knife, so as not to damage the edge.

Pour some of the paint into a clean metal or plastic pot or bucket. They are more convenient to handle than with a full can, especially without a pen.

Remove the crust from the paint in a used can. Then pour the paint into the pot through a piece of gauze or tights.

How to hold a brush

Before using the new brush, vigorously move it back and forth in the palm of your hand to remove weak bristles. Rinse the brushes thoroughly.

Small and medium brushes are best checked by grabbing them with the fingers on the rim, and better by the handle.

Working with wide brushes for walls can be tiring. It is usually more convenient to hold them by the handle, but not by the rim.

How to use a brush

To charge the brush, immerse it in the paint about a third of the length of the bristles. With an overloaded brush, paint drips and flows down the pen.

Pull a cord or wire over the kettle between the handle supports. Use them to remove excess paint from the brush.

Apply paint to the tree with long, smooth strokes. Move the brush along the fibers until it begins to slip dry.

After recharging the brush, apply paint to the next area. Connect the sections with short, light strokes along the wood fibers.

Repeat this process over the entire surface, connecting the edges of adjacent sections with light strokes until the visible joints disappear.

At the edges of the outer corners, drag the brush toward the edge so that a paint splash does not form at the corner. Paint the other side of the corner as well.

Object brushes

Object brushes are used to draw vector patterns along the contour and stretch the pattern along its entire length. By default, several sets of object brush settings are provided for immediate use in an Animate project. These sets are available in the Brush Library section of the Properties panel when the Paint Brush tool is selected in the Tools panel.

After adding to the document, these object brushes also become available when using tools such as the Paint Brush, Pen, Line, Rectangle, or Oval, except for the Pencil tool, in the selection list of which there are only primitive ones stroke styles.