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Accessing favorite brushes using the Tracker palette

From: Painter 11 Essential Training

Video: Accessing favorite brushes using the Tracker palette

So we've learned how to store brushes in a custom palette, but the one gotcha about it is the fact that if various variants from the same category are being placed in here, they will use the same category icon. And as a result I either have to memorize in my head what these are in their order, or I've got to always do what I'm doing here, which is hover my cursor over each one of these icons to remember what it is, and it's a bad practice that forces the user to have the mapping his head.

Accessing favorite brushes using the Tracker palette

So we've learned how to store brushes in a custom palette, but the one gotcha about it is the fact that if various variants from the same category are being placed in here, they will use the same category icon. And as a result I either have to memorize in my head what these are in their order, or I've got to always do what I'm doing here, which is hover my cursor over each one of these icons to remember what it is, and it's a bad practice that forces the user to have the mapping his head.

It would rather have the map out in the world, and then in this case, the map is the interface, and actually there is a way around this issue with yet another palette in Painter. Now, I'm going to open up the Tracker, and right now I have got to clear of anything, but I want to show you how it works. So right now, I've got this Dry Bristle brush selected. I'm going to draw with it and you'll see it's just stored it in there. What this is creating is a brush history. If I go to another brush here like the Bristle Brush and paint with it, you can see it's added on there.

And if I would go to even another category, like the distortion category, and play with the Bulge brush here. It's going to add it and it's going to keep doing that as it goes, so that it will build various brushes. The one thing that can be a little aggravating about this however is if I, for example, adjust the bulge brushes strength and use it, it's going to create another iteration. If I go in here and adjust it another way, it's going to once again add to it, because what the history of brushes does is it records every change you've made to a brush.

That can be useful, but you can also get into a similar situation that we found ourselves with in the Artist Oils. So the deficiency here is that to the same thing it's represented. However there is another facility associated with the tracker that we can use to make it more like the custom palette, but we're going to be have it textually represented and that's far easier to remember different brushes from the same category than the custom palette's ability to do that is. So I'm going to go in and I'm going to clear all of these and we are going to start over.

And let's just build some brushes based around the Artists Oil category. So let's see I like the Dry Bristle, so here is the dry bristle it's just created it. What I want to do at this point is lock this variant and there is a facility to do that. You can do it one of two ways. You can either selected from the menu bar or you can select down here. However nothing is going to happen when there is only one. It has to have multiple copies. So if you sit here with one brush in the tracker, and you are tearing your hair out because this doesn't work, it's because you've only got one. You can't start locking in until they are multiple variants in here.

So let's select a second variant like a Grainy Blender. It will not show up in here just by selecting, you've to at least to make a single stroke, and then records it. Now I've got both of these and let's say these are both brushes that I like. I'm going to go ahead and say Lock Variant, and again nothing happens unless you select it. So I've selected that variant. I say Lock Variant. And you'll see it now puts the little lock on it. The other way I can do this down here. So I can lock these variants, and let's just do two or three more here.

I did this the other day My Bristle, so I'll just draw with My Bristle and I'll save that one. It has a locked variant and I might want brushes from other categories, like the Oils category. Sometimes I like to work with this Smeary Round. And so draw a stroke to get it to up here, and then I'll hit Lock Variant, and once again there you'll have to highlight it. That's what I didn't do earlier. So as long as you highlight it and lock it, it's in there. Now let's say I start selecting other brushes and I use them but I'm not going to save them.

So I'll do that one. Maybe I'll make an adjustment to it. I might change the size. So you can see all of these cookie crumb trails still happening down here, but your locked variants stay, and so what this becomes is a way to keep locked variants around. And this way, I have over here my Grainy Blender, but I have to look there to get it here. All I have to do is click on the word Grainy Blender and I know I've got it. I don't have to stop and hover or whatever.

What's the other one here? This is the Oil Palette Knife and I didn't put in here, but I easily could and then I have a textual name to get to it. So I find this to be a pretty nice way to save this. The other nice thing about this is because it uses the same width as the basic palette stack, I can take this and a lot of times I just put right up here at the top, and I can close it when I don't use it. So that way I have got brushes available, but if I'm not using them I don't want to use that interface space, but if I turn them on they are right there, and the reason I like them up here is the right by where you normally select the brush, anyway.

So just again kind of muscle memory to have these right up here in this area that you constantly go up to to select your brush makes a very natural place to go get them. So the Tracker palette is a really great tool for being able to keep brushes persistent on the top of your interface, but by a textual name, rather than by icon. But each one of this serves a good function and a combination of both of them is actually very usable to create as much of a customized interface for brushes and commands that you'd like to put together.

So take advantage of these. So that you have a very favorite set of tools always available and you are not doing that unnecessary navigation time, looking for them up in the Brush Selector bar.

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  1. 1m 49s
    1. Welcome/demo
      54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      55s
  2. 3m 45s
    1. What Painter can do
      1m 15s
    2. Let's paint!
      2m 30s
  3. 23m 16s
    1. Starting Painter for the first time
      6m 39s
    2. Creating, opening, and saving files
      4m 52s
    3. Sizing image resolution for output
      6m 16s
    4. Extending the canvas
      2m 36s
    5. Creating and using templates
      2m 53s
  4. 37m 46s
    1. Navigating Painter
      8m 46s
    2. Rotating the canvas
      3m 3s
    3. Using the Tool palette and Property bar
      6m 41s
    4. Understanding Tool palette selectors
      8m 58s
    5. The Brush Selector bar: an art store in a palette
      4m 2s
    6. Configuring palettes
      6m 16s
  5. 28m 37s
    1. Accessing and controlling color with the Color palette
      8m 27s
    2. Mixing color in the Mixer palette
      10m 41s
    3. Color sets: choose 'n' use color
      9m 29s
  6. 37m 13s
    1. Understanding the six axes of motion
      3m 19s
    2. Introducing tablets: Intuos3 and Intuos4
      8m 6s
    3. Introducing tablets: Cintiq
      7m 49s
    4. Customizing your Wacom tablet: part 1
      4m 57s
    5. Customizing your Wacom tablet: part 2
      9m 25s
    6. Maximizing your tablet's pressure response
      3m 37s
  7. 14m 56s
    1. Understanding the selection tools
      2m 16s
    2. Making selections using the Lasso tool
      3m 20s
    3. Making polygonal selections
      2m 51s
    4. Making selections using the Magic Wand tool
      6m 29s
  8. 42m 34s
    1. Understanding layers
      8m 1s
    2. Using the Preserve Transparency control
      2m 50s
    3. Using the Pick Up Underlying Color control
      4m 36s
    4. Resizing and rotating layers using the Transform tool
      5m 45s
    5. Making selections using channels
      4m 23s
    6. Working with layer masks
      9m 52s
    7. Adding text
      7m 7s
  9. 37m 40s
    1. Understanding the Brush Creator workspace
      6m 11s
    2. Exploring brush properties using the Randomizer
      8m 15s
    3. Exploring brush properties using the Transposer
      4m 45s
    4. Using the Stroke Designer to create custom brushes
      9m 39s
    5. Managing brush variants
      8m 50s
  10. 38m 24s
    1. Adjusting brush size: three techniques
      3m 3s
    2. Fine-tuning your stroke in the Brush Controls palette
      5m 12s
    3. Working with texture-aware media
      8m 59s
    4. Painting with Artists' Oils brushes
      10m 45s
    5. Painting with RealBristle brushes
      3m 39s
    6. Working with hard media
      4m 57s
    7. Painting with markers
      1m 49s
  11. 20m 21s
    1. Understanding the Image Hose
      3m 26s
    2. Controlling the Image Hose
      8m 32s
    3. Creating a nozzle file
      8m 23s
  12. 22m 11s
    1. Warmup exercises
      7m 54s
    2. Draftsmanship: drawing media
      10m 56s
    3. Doodling
      43s
    4. Creating outline sketches utilizing the conceptual squint
      2m 38s
  13. 17m 28s
    1. Understanding cloning
      3m 1s
    2. Tracing a clone's source using Tracing Paper
      3m 27s
    3. Painting a cloned image
      5m 55s
    4. Creating a Quick Clone
      2m 46s
    5. In-document cloning
      2m 19s
  14. 25m 51s
    1. Understanding the vocabularies of paint photography
      8m 51s
    2. You must destroy detail
      6m 20s
    3. Focusing on the subject
      4m 1s
    4. Adapting color in a photograph for photo painting
      6m 39s
  15. 28m 16s
    1. Under-painting
      6m 26s
    2. Auto-painting
      5m 25s
    3. Using manual controls for auto-painting
      11m 53s
    4. Restoring detail using the Restoration palette
      4m 32s
  16. 18m 44s
    1. The photo as wet oil paint
      6m 47s
    2. Cloning the canvas and building detail with multiple layers
      11m 57s
  17. 25m 57s
    1. Applying surface texture
      6m 53s
    2. Matching the color palette between two images
      4m 10s
    3. Marbling
      9m 27s
    4. Exploring the Growth effect
      5m 27s
  18. 25m 10s
    1. Understanding frame-by-frame animation
      2m 9s
    2. Creating an animation with onion-skinning
      11m 51s
    3. Using a movie clone source
      11m 10s
  19. 17m 47s
    1. Using each application for its strengths
      4m 24s
    2. Working with Photoshop's PSD file format in Painter and Photoshop
      4m 52s
    3. Configuring color management
      8m 31s
  20. 33m 25s
    1. Setting preferences
      7m 37s
    2. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      5m 5s
    3. Saving and restoring palette layouts
      4m 3s
    4. Creating custom palettes
      3m 36s
    5. Accessing favorite brushes using the Tracker palette
      5m 55s
    6. Organizing custom workspaces
      7m 9s
  21. 8m 17s
    1. Undo, undo, undo
      3m 33s
    2. Painting on layers
      1m 57s
    3. Save often, save early
      2m 47s
  22. 10m 7s
    1. Resetting brushes: Painter's panic button
      2m 0s
    2. Resetting workspaces with the Shift key restart
      6m 12s
    3. Troubleshooting brushes with the brush checklist
      1m 55s
  23. 16s
    1. Goodbye
      16s

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