iPad Artistry: Fun with Gradients in iColorama and Metabrush | Genevieve Crabe | Skillshare

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iPad Artistry: Fun with Gradients in iColorama and Metabrush

teacher avatar Genevieve Crabe, Artist and Teacher

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (27m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Lesson 1 - A quick tour of iColorama

    • 3. Lesson 2 - Create Gradients in iColorama

    • 4. Lesson 3 - Add iColorama effects

    • 5. Lesson 4 - Create new textures in MetaBrush

    • 6. Lesson 5 - Back to iColorama

    • 7. Lesson 6 - Layer with other textures

    • 8. Project

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About This Class

Greetings and welcome to my class!

I have always been fascinated with gradients, with all those smooth colour transitions. In this class, you will learn how to create gradients in iColorama, and then how to create lots of interesting textures with them in iColorama and MetaBrush.

Here are some examples.



Materials: iPad, iColorama app, Metabrush app.


  • Introduction
  • Lesson 1 - A quick tour of iColorama
  • Lesson 2 - Create Gradients in iColorama
  • Lesson 3 - Add iColorama effects
  • Lesson 4 - Create new textures in MetaBrush
  • Lesson 5 - Back to iColorama
  • Lesson 6 - Layer with other textures
  • Project

Special thanks to Teresa Lunt for giving me permission to use her MetaBrush texture technique. 

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Genevieve Crabe

Artist and Teacher


Hello, I'm Genevieve and I live in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada. I am retired from a 30-year career in high-tech, and I am now a full-time artist. My interests include digital art, mixed media, and bead embroidery. I am also a Certified Zentangle® Teacher.

I am the author of How to Make 100 Bead Embroidery Motifs, and several colouring books including Genevieve's Mandalas and Magical Mosaics Flora and Fauna, as well as designer of a mandala creation tool, Geneviève's Mandala Stencils. My books and products can be found in the shop on my website.

My artwork has been featured in several books, including One Zentangle a Day, 500 Tangled Artworks, The Beauty of Zentangle, Zentangle Untangled, Tangle Start Strings, Das große Zentangle-Buch, and several b... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi, everybody. I'm John V. Evan. Welcome to my studio. If you've taken any of my other classes, you know that I'm fascinated by texture. I love creating visual texture out of a lot of different things in this class. We're going to create some color Grady INTs and then see how we can manipulate those to make more interesting textures. Now, what do you need for this class? You'll need an iPad and Tuapse I Kalorama and Meta brush. You won't need a stylist now. It's theoretically possible to do this class on an iPhone, but I haven't tried it myself. There are separate iPhone versions of the apse called Qala Rama s and Meta brush s for iPhone. If you want to try it, I would love to have some feedback. If you click on the about tab below the video, you'll get a detailed class description and some other useful information. Lesson one is all about the basics of I Kalorama. If you're already familiar with I Kalorama, you can skip that video in listen to I'll show you how to create ingredients and I Kalorama and in less than three will apply some effects and filters to the Radiance in less than four will use meta brush to create some cool textures based on the radiance and in lessons five and six. We're going to apply some effects to those textures that we created. All right, let's get started. 2. Lesson 1 - A quick tour of iColorama: I want to start by giving you a little tour of eye color Rama. If you already know how to use I Kalorama, you can skip this video when you open the app. The first thing you do is import or create a new image. You can import images on Lee from your camera roll. This is an image I created in a nap called Ed Drew that simulates the marbling process. The main categories of tools and effects are at the top of the screen. When you choose one of the categories, a list of sub categories appears below this list. Scrolls horizontally. When you choose a category from this list, most tools will show a list of presets. Just tap the presets to apply them to the image. At this point, you're just trying to mount, and when you switch to a different category, your image reverts to the original. If you want to apply the effect to your image before moving on tap, apply now say you go back to painterly. Choose this preset and apply, but then you change your mind. You can tap steps and then go back to any applied stage of your editing. at any point you can tap save to save your image to the camera roll. I often save intermediate steps that I might want to use later, and that's a quick tour of the eye colora MMA interface. 3. Lesson 2 - Create Gradients in iColorama: Now let's go through the process for creating ingredient in eye color Rama. Here you can see options for creating a new blank image. Unfortunately, you can't specify the size, and I like to create fairly large images. So I have created a blank meaning white image at 3600 by 3600 pixels and saved it in my camera roll. I provided a copy for you in the resources, so I opened the image at the full resolution. I tap preset ingredient under presets. You can see several types of Grady INT. For now, we're going to use preset number eight. At the bottom, you can see the control panel for the colors. There are a whole bunch of preset palates you can choose from. Just tap a palette to load the colors. What I usually do is load a palette that is close to what I'm looking for and then tweak it . You can move the colors, and you can also add an extra color. If you want to change a color, tap the color chip to bring up the color picker. As you move to select the color in the color picker, you can see in real time How that color looks in the Grady int. You can tweak each color in the Grady int until you get exactly the look you want and then save your image to the camera roll. 4. Lesson 3 - Add iColorama effects: in this lesson, we're going to explore some of the I colora MMA effects. We can apply to our Grady INTs to make interesting textures. As we go along, we can save the ones we like to the camera. Roll open your Grady int and let's start with style water. The's presets add ah, water color texture to your image under effects pixels. You have some geometric patterns over laid on your image. You can change the size of the pattern with a slider at the bottom form. Mirror has effects that apply reflections to your image. At the bottom. You can use the A pass ity setting to soften the effect form. Deforms actually change your image in the whole variety of ways. Again, you can use the opacity setting to soften the effects. There are also settings that move the focus of the D formation. Now there are many more categories for you to explore under forms. Finally, here's a quick overview of textures. There are literally hundreds of textures you can blend with your image 5. Lesson 4 - Create new textures in MetaBrush: Now we're going to use meta brush to create some more textures from our Grady INTs. This is the opening screen of meta brush. I tap the plus sign and import my blank image, and then I tapped the image to open it. Then I choose a paintbrush in the brush panel. The icons on the left are brush categories, and each category contains lots of brushes for you to use. I'm choosing the water category Brush Number 26. Now I set the brush settings rotation to zero, spacing to maximum. Set both position and rotation variants to maximum and set all the dynamic settings to zero . Now tap this icon and choose a Grady int from your camera. Roll with this tool. Instead of painting with a color, we're going to be painting with the Grady INT. You can use this control to change the brush size. I'm setting it to maximum. This control controls opacity. Now paint on your canvas in circular motions. For this, I find that my finger works better than a stylist, and with this pain brush, I get a cool, smoky texture that is fun to use on its own and also great to layer with other textures. You can keep painting until you're happy with the image and then save it in the layers menu. I tap here to fill the layer with white. Now I'm speeding up the video a bit, and I'm going to try a few other brushes and other Grady INTs to see what we get. Now I'm going to use a different tool with this Grady Int. Under tools, select swirl and paint in small circular motions. You can save this at any point when you like the result. - Now I'm going to open one of the textures I just created with the paintbrush and apply the swirl to it. The faster you move your finger, the bigger the swirls. When you're happy with it, save your work. 6. Lesson 5 - Back to iColorama: in this lesson, we're going to take the smoky textures back toe I kalorama to explore more effects. So first, let's open one of our smoky textures. So I'm just going to let the video play and just highlight the settings I'm using to give you an overview saving as I go now, I'm going to load the last image I saved and go to effects blend. Next, I select another photo to blend with under presets. You confined a collection of blending modes, which determine how the pixels in the two images interact with each other. I find the results can be a bit hard to predict, so I usually try several of the blending modes to see what happens. And then I saved the ones I like. Try some of our other textures and see what happens when you blend two of them together. 7. Lesson 6 - Layer with other textures: Now we're going to do some more. Blending with radiance. Let's start by loading ingredient. Go into effects, blend and load the same Grady Int. Pinch with two fingers to reduce the size of the second copy and tap flip. Why? To flip the image vertically, save this image and apply now back to effects. Blend open one of the swirl images from Lesson four and try out the blending modes under presets. Save the ones you like. The double Grady Int adds a nice framing effect to the image. Now let's open our blank file and go to preset Grady Int. Choose preset number four. Tap the red color chip and change it to a gold color. Apply then go to form deforms. Choose preset number four and reduce the scale setting. Apply this, then go to effects, blend and import a swirly texture. Choose the phoenix preset to get this cool, shiny fabric effect 8. Project: for your project, create five or more Grady INTs and for each one apply a different technique in either I colora MMA or Metta Brush or both. Now, here are a few more examples. These are a few more Grady Int ideas, some smoky textures done in meta brush, and here I use the double Grady in technique and layered it with one of my other textures in the middle. Another example of the shiny fabric effect. And these two are Grady INTs, layered with textures from my create textures in procreate class. I hope youll post your work in the projects area. For me, the best part of teaching a class like this is seeing what you do with the techniques that you learn. Thank you, and I hope to see you in another class.