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Chain Tutorial by liiga Chain Tutorial by liiga
I had a tutorial on drawing chains up before, but it was so old, horrible and outdated that it made my eyes bleed so I made a new one. :aww:

That's pretty much how I draw all the chains lately. It's made with Corel Painter in mind, but you can probably replicate the process using other stuff such as Photoshop.

In step 2 I mentioned checking "Preserve Transparency". Just to be clear, that setting stays on for the whole tutorial. Really helps with getting highlights and shadows placed right, particularly for smallish chains where it'd be easy to miss them otherwise.

Oh and the brush settings are as they appear in the Brush Creator.

You can see the results here, for example.

Edit: If you're a Photoshop user, here's advice for creating the brush as kindly provided by *cheshirepanda:

-Take a drawn chain image and 'Define Brush Preset'
-In 'Brush Tip Shape' under 'Brush Presets' Set Spacing to 201% (Or to what makes them evenly spaced)
-Under 'Shape Dynamics' under 'Angle Jitter', set drop down menu to 'Direction'
And theres the settings!
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inez-artworx Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Professional Artist
This was awesome. Thank you, so much. I am new to Painter, but thanks to this and some googling I was able to replicate your chain brush with the provided dab. It took some figuring out, but I'm glad that this was the first one I sort of tested the waters with. It was easy to tell when I had something set incorrectly by simply drawing a line quickly and comparing notes again. I'm sure for more experienced users and those using the same versions of painter it was probably even easier. Thanks so much for sharing.
Panderpia Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
this will be helpful, much thanks!
LupusDream Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how do you get into the brush settings, i have corel painter 12.
Keralice Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for thaht but it doesn't work with my corel painter x3 ...
I don't really know this program so maybe you can help me ? :')
EbonyShroud Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014   Digital Artist
Wow, I didn't even know you could do something like this! I was aware that brushes could be in shapes... but something like this? It's amazing! Thank you for creating this tutorial!
Iduna91 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Student Artist
Excellent tutorial thanks a lot~ +fav
lipebello Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
very nice! thanks
maria-mar Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
I can't find this "stroke designer" area on my corel painter 12... this is probably noob level, but where can i find it?
liiga Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
In Painter 9, it's called "Brush Creator" and is found under the "Window" drop down menu. Whether or not it's still there in later versions, I have no idea.
maria-mar Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Hmmm it doesn't seem to exist in there. I'll ask on painter.factory if there's an equivalent window. Thanks :)
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