I have never been happy with the auto-painting results generated by Painter's Smart Stroke Brushes brush category. As a result, I created John's Smart Brushes, a set of brushes to be used in conjunction with the Auto-Painting palette in Painter X, 11, and 12.
Literally hundreds of hours of testing went into John's Smart Brushes. The result is a set of 15 brushes that provide a variety of interpretation possibilities. The brushes are: Dry Brush, Fresco, Impasto Oil, Impressionable, Leroy (after Leroy Neiman), Loaded Knife, Mr Goodbrush, Random Stab, Smart Bristle, Smart Chalk, Smart Dab, Smart Gouache, Smart Oil, Soft Impression, and Waterbrush.
Painter's cloning brushes typically apply multiple colors along a stroke based on the locally sampled underlying imagery. I've done a bit of trickery enabling John's Smart Strokes to paint with the initially sampled color only. The result is a more authentic painted appearance.
A photograph is typically used as a source image. The resulting interpretation can be used as either final art or a starting point for further embellishment—the choice is yours.
John's Smart Brushes come with installation videos for the different versions of Painter, as well as a tutorial video to help you get the most out of these interpretive brushes.
John's Smart Brushes are $24.95. You can purchase them using the PayPal link below. Major credit cards are accepted if you don't have a PayPal account.