Brushes

Learn about using brushes in Modeler and how different brushes can achieve different effects.

What is the brush?

The brush determines where and how the selected tool's effect will be applied. For example, with the Clay tool, the brush shows where clay will be added and what shape it will have. Every tool has a brush, except the Select tool which is a little special - you can learn about the Select tool here.

For tools that have a brush, you can adjust the behavior of the brush in the parameters area of the Palette. The image below shows the brush parameters for the Cube brush.

You can use different brushes with the same tool to achieve different effects, just like painting with a wide brush in real life will create a different effect than painting with a pointed brush. You can see the results of different brush shape parameters here.

💻You can resize the brush quickly with ctrl + click and drag.
🥽Use Quicktune to modify the brush quickly:

  • Move the Joystick up or down to adjust brush size. Move the joystick left or right to adjust hardness.
  • Press and hold the upper button on the tool hand to activate Quicktune. This allows you to quickly adjust the brush shape. While holding the Quicktune button:
    • Move the tool hand along each axis to scale the brush.
    • Hold the support hand trigger to lock scaling to a single axis.
    • Move the support hand joystick left or right to taper the shape.

If it's your first time using Modeler, it's worth spending a few minutes playing with the parameters of different brush shapes. The brush is your primary method of interacting with the scene, so it's useful to know what options are available. 

Brush parameters

Many brush parameters behave the same way across tools. Common brush parameters are listed below:

Brush Shape

Select the base shape for the brush

Different brush shapes have different parameters available. For example, you can adjust the width, height, and depth of a cube, or you can adjust the radius and thickness of a torus. A full list of brush shape parameters is available here.

Scale

Modify the size of the brush

Increase or decrease the size of the brush. Very large brush sizes may cause a delay between using the tool and results appearing.

Pressure
Toggle pressure sensitivity

Pressure sensitivity allows you to dynamically adjust the scale of clay as you draw out your strokes.

  • 🥽 Vary the amount of pressure you apply to the tool hand trigger during your stroke.
  • 💻 Pressure sensitivity works best with a pressure sensitive pen and tablet. 
Single
Toggle single modeSingle mode will only place a single stamp of your brush when you pull the trigger instead of constantly applying clay along your stroke.
Lazy
Toggle Lazy strokeWith Lazy stroke enabled, the stroke is dragged behind the cursor rather than appearing directly beneath it. This helps create smoother strokes and clean curves.
Steady
Toggle Steady strokeSteady stroke takes time to catch up with the cursor. Unlike Lazy stroke, Steady stroke will eventually reach the cursor. This helps create smoother strokes and clean curves.