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Rebelle Workspace - Start a New Artwork

This is the first in a new series of tutorials for Rebelle 2, the new paint software with realistic watercolor diffusion and color blending. In this tutorial, we will learn about Rebelle's project presets, as we start a new artwork, and view the various panels on the workspace.

When you open Rebelle, you will see the Intro Tutorial (see screenshot), which will give you a tour of the workspace. Close the tutorial window and let's start a new project.

  1. Click File - New to open the New Artwork window (see screenshot).

    As you can see, there are several Presets for picture size and resolution. But first, let's choose a canvas option.

  2. Click the Canvas button to open the Select Canvas window (see screenshot), we have several Canvas Textures and Colors from which to choose. Let's keep the default Aquarelle texture and white color. Click OK to go back to the first window.

    As our project is a watercolor background for an Instagram graphic, let's set up a custom preset for the standard graphic size in pixels.

  3. At the top of the window (see screenshot), set the measurement to Pixels, the DPI to 72 and the Width and Height to 1080.

  4. Under the Preset list, change the name of our new custom preset from "custom" to "Instagram" and click the Plus icon to add it to the top of the list.

  5. Click OK to close the window.

As you can see, Rebelle's workspace is simple and easy to use (see screenshot).

  • On the left, we have the Tools panel (see screenshot), containing the real media brushes and other tools.

  • Moving downward, we have the Properties panel (see screenshot), which contains the controls for setting the properties for the active tool. As we have the Watercolor tool selected, we can set the Size, Pressure, Loading and Water sliders controls. We also have several choices for brush shapes from Liner to Splat.

  • Moving to the right side of the workspace, we have the Navigator and Tilt panels. The Tilt panel (see screenshot) is one of Rebelle's great features for watercolor paints. With the 360 degree control, we can tilt the canvas in virtual space and control the flow of the wet paint.

  • Next, we have the Color and ColorSet panels (see screenshot). Use the Color panel to choose a single color and the Color Set panel to choose or save a set of colors.

    At the bottom right, we have the Layers and Stencils panels.

  • In the Layers panel, there are controls for adding/removing water to/from the canvas (see screenshot). We also have many Blending modes, similar to those in Photoshop (see screenshot). We can also control the Opacity of the layers, lock the layers and hide the layers.

  • The Stencils panel is another feature that I really like in Rebelle. The panel contains a few stencils (see screenshot) but you can create your own stencils from an image file, layer or selection (see screenshot).

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