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In Painter 11 Essential Training, John Derry, one of the original Painter authors, demonstrates basic and advanced creative techniques that can get beginners up and running. He also shows old hands the new features that can get a creative vision out of the head and onto the canvas. John demonstrates how to establish an easy workflow in Painter by using a Wacom tablet, and he explains how to create, edit, and publish projects. Exercise files accompany the course.
Download the Painter/Photoshop Consistent Color Management PDF and the Brush Troubleshooting Checklist PDF from the Exercise Files tab.
When you open Painter and just click on the Brush icon and you start drawing, you're certainly going to most likely start drawing with something, but how do you know what it is that you are drawing with here? That's where Painter's Brush Selector bar comes into play. This is the main interface for all of Painter's brushes and the way you tell what you are painting on is in a couple of ways. One, you can see it says Oil Pastels and then underneath that it says Oil Pastel 30. Well, what this is is a category, Oil Pastels.
It's also represented over here by an icon and then Oil Pastel 30 is also represented by an icon that gives somewhat of an indication of the shape of the tip and underneath each of these are actual scrollable lists that contain all of the Categories and all of the Variants. The Categories are almost like art store aisles and so when you walk into an art store, you are going to find an aisle with chalk and it's not going to have just one box of chalk sitting there.
It's going to have many different kinds of chalk there. So here is a square chalk. But if I want to get to a different type of chalk that's in that aisle, how do I find it? Well, we go to the Variant list. These are all the different kinds of chalk in the chalk aisle or on the chalk shelf. So I could go and get a different type of chalk. It just depends on the characteristic you want, how a piece of chalk is going to work and it's a matter of trying each of these out over time and finding out what works as the kind of character of chalk I want.
So you have basically got Categories and let's say I want to go to Oils now. If I go to Oils, I'm going to have many different brushes available that are designed to paint with an oil type of stroke. So if we get Smeary Round for example. I'll take this and you see now I have got a very different stroke going on than we had with chalks and once again, in here, you are going to find several different kinds of brushes that are going to work based on the characteristics they were set up for.
Most of the time, the name indicates pretty close to what it suppose to do, but there's no way you can know for sure what Bristle Oils is going to do until you try it out and so the only way to really experience all these is to ultimately go through and try them and that's something that at the outset of Painter is a good idea to do. Just go through the Categories and try them. You are going to find some brushes you don't like, you will find other brushes that are great and you will use them all the time. It's just a matter of experimenting and finding out which brushes are the ones that suit your particular feel or outlook or media that you want to work with.
It's all a matter of trying things out. Now a secondary part of the Brush Selector bar is this little triangle here. You will see these in many places in the interface. Whenever you see that, that's a disclosure triangle that pops open a little options menu about what's going on or different kinds of commands or options you have. I'm not going to go into these in depth right now because elsewhere I'm going to describe this in detail. But I just want you to know that that's where a lot of the options are stored for the Brush Selector bar.
You have also got a small disclosure triangle for each of the pop-ups. So if I want to switch this to thumbnails, for example, I could. I would recommend it because this is like an IQ test. What does this mean, what does this mean, what does this mean? It's kind of a hard to recognize these strictly by their icons and so normally, I keep it set to the list. It's just easier to view this in alphabetical order where the text is there to help you recognize what these icons mean. So the Brush Selector bar is your friend and even though it takes up a small amount of real estate, it's packed with a lot of power.
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