Brush Controls Custom Palette (Painter 11)
In Painter 11, there are two locations for comprehensive control over the current brush variant properties. These are found in the Brush Creator Dialogue> Stroke Designer section (Window menu> Show Brush Creator) and the individual brush control palettes (Window menu> Brush controls).
What I wanted was a quick way of calling up and dismissing these latter individual brush control palettes as and when required. The method I found which works best for me is to use a custom palette, which I make available for download below.
The resulting Brush Control custom palettes are shown below (Windows version on the left and Mac version to the right). Custom palettes may be expanded or collapsed by clicking the black arrow to the left of the palette title bars (indicated by the red arrows), and the button icons may be re-arranged by dragging them to a different location in the palette whilst holding down the Shift key.
Download the Custom Palette
Importing the Custom Palette
1. After downloading and unzipping the custom palette file, with Painter 11 launched, select Window menu> Custom Palette> Organizer.
2. In the Custom Palette Organizer dialogue, click the Import button.
3. In the Open Palette File window, navigate to and highlight the Brush Controls.pal file contained in the original download folder, then click Open.
Note that custom palettes are Workspace specific, so an imported custom palette will only appear in the current Workspace selected.
Using the Custom Palette for the first Time
The first time the Brush Controls custom palette is used, clicking say the General button in the palette may result in all the brush palettes appearing on the desktop rather than just one section. If this happens, close each of the individual palettes by clicking on the bounded cross icons circled in the above screenshot. You should only have to do this once, and subsequent selection from the custom palette should only open or close individual brush control palettes.