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Color sets: choose 'n' use color

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Well, as we've been going on our tour of color control in Painter, we've now looked at the Mixer palette. Then next area up is the Color Sets palette. I'm going to open that up and you will see what this is, is a group of colors and there are many applications I can think of where you would want to be able to save colors for later retrieval. In fact, again from the traditional side of the tracks, there are a set of colors that you want to be able to get for instant retrieval. Those are colors out of the tube. Okay.

Color sets: choose 'n' use color

Well, as we've been going on our tour of color control in Painter, we've now looked at the Mixer palette. Then next area up is the Color Sets palette. I'm going to open that up and you will see what this is, is a group of colors and there are many applications I can think of where you would want to be able to save colors for later retrieval. In fact, again from the traditional side of the tracks, there are a set of colors that you want to be able to get for instant retrieval. Those are colors out of the tube. Okay.

Most people working with paint are very aware of the traditional colors that they'll get either out of a tube of oil paint or acrylics and this palette that you see here is the one that actually comes by default in Painter. But I'm going to show you something that a lot of people probably never realize is actually there. This can be changed, this particular palette, in a very dramatic way. So I'm going to go to the Colors Sets option toggle here. We can look at this menu and you'll see right down here I can turn on something called Display Name.

When I do that, look what happens. We now have the color set that is based on all the naming conventions of traditional tube colors. And just to explore this a little more in depth, I'm going to go ahead and pull this out. Because this is actually a pretty big palette and even though you can look at it and scroll through it, it's little bit easier to see here what's going on. This is literally all of the different colors that you would associate with traditional painting. So if I want to use Scarlet Lake for example with my brush, I can do that and I can go grab Carmine red, or I can get Magenta.

But people who come from the traditional world are going to be very happy to see that oh, I don't have to kind of try to guess what the color is. I can find something like Yellow, Green, or Prussian Green. These colors are already in here and as you can see using the particular brush here, the Artists Oils dry brush. I'm just kind of mixing and playing around with these. So I have got built into Painter a literal entire set of traditional paint color using the traditional naming convention here and they have been matched very accurately to those colors.

So right after that, just by turning on this little Display Name, you'll go from this, which is interesting, but you know what is it? To actually be able to display this with the traditional names on. Now, all Color palettes do not have naming conventions automatically in them. This particular one does and because it's such an important set of naming conventions, I felt it important to show you that. But you can actually have other color sets. This is one that comes with Painter, but there is actually several of them in there and there is a couple of ways to get at them.

You can certainly get at colors from the Options menu here, but another way to get to it is, if we go down to the bottom here. I'll close this up a bit now. You'll see there is a little Library icon. When I click on that, that also gives me the access to various types of management of color sets. So if I want to open the color set, I can say Open Color Set and this whole thing is telling you that if you would make changes to this, you'll lose them. You'll have to go through the process of saving the color set, which I'll show you here in a moment. But I'm just going to ahead and say Load for the time being.

And if you go into Painter-- and then let me back out here on my Macintosh, but on Windows, you again go to the same place. You are basically going to go to the Painter application folder. Okay, so I'm going to Corel Painter 11 and we have a nested folder within there. Support Files and then within there, we have Color Sets. When we finally get there, you'll see that I've got a whole bunch of different color sets that I can select from. Any many of these, they've just been saved and you may never use them, like Colored Pencil Set, which is kind of nice.

I'll open that up and here is a bunch of colors that have been saved based on commercial colors, from colored pencils. Now, this one, as I was saying earlier, here I'll say Display Name. It's empty. It doesn't have it. So you are not going to find that automatically in there. I just want to clarify that with you, the default color set, and in fact now that I've opened this, this opens up another interesting thing. There is nothing that says default color set anywhere in the library, when I go back to Open Color Set. If you want to get to that original color set, we'll look over here.

This Artist Oil Colors, that is that color set that is there by default and it's the one that has the name associated with them. And it will come up by default without those on. That's why it's a little hidden, that this pretty important feature is there. You do have this available. So Color Sets give you just a really great way to access repeatable color. Now, there are some other things that you might want to use this for and to start this off, I'm going to go ahead and go to my Exercise Files here and in Chapter 4, I've got an image that I'm going to open up that's actually a photograph.

And one another things that you can do is you can take any image and it's kind of interesting to seen it happen with a photograph, but it could be another painted image you have. One of the things I can go in here and I can say I want a new color set from image. So I go ahead and say New Color Set from Image. What it just done is just gone through and picked out the major colors within that composition. So now, if I go here, I can start painting with colors that are based on the colors found in that color set. So that's a nice way to actually automatically build a set of colors based on existing imagery and you have got options.

Let's take a look at what we have in the Mixer. This earlier set of colors that I mixed. Well, I can go in here and say I want a New Color Set from the Mixer. When I do that, now I get a set of colors chips that are essentially based on the Mixer itself. So I have different ways that I can actually create these color sets. Yet another way to do it is to go in and I'm going to say I want a New Empty Color Set. Okay, so now, I've got an empty color set. I could for example, either use the Eyedropper to pick colors up off of an image, or I could very precisely go through and say well I want to start with some dark red, for example.

And then I go down here and say Add New Color to the Color Set. I'll click on that. That adds that and then I probably be kind of organized about. I moved that so it's a little lighter. Add that one, I'll get a little lighter. Add that one, I'll go to the full saturated color and that. So I'm just kind of going through from a darker shade and tint of this particular hue and working through it. And I could continue to build it as large as I want. But now I've got these colors stored and I can go ahead and then save this color set.

So I could go in here and call this reds for example, and I'll just go ahead and save it out on the desktop here and I'll go ahead and say Save. So now, if I were to open a color set, perhaps we'll go back to the Artist Oils that we have opened earlier. Now, if I want to get back to that, as long as I know where it is, all I have to do is go back to Open Color Set. We know it's on the Desktop. I click on that and there is my file for the reds. So I have the ability to create a new color set as well.

And finally, I'm going to once again here open up the color set that we started with, because it's a one that really show this rather interesting feature. We're going to go back to the Painter folder, which I'm going to find in my Applications folder on the Macintosh. Corel Painter 11 folder/Support Files/Color Sets and Artist Oils. So we've got all these. Another nice thing you can do here is you can organize how a particular set of colors in a color set are organized. I also have the option of looking at this in different ways.

And if we now go up to the Color Set options menu, I can adjust the Sort Order. So I can go here and say I want to sort these so that it's primary by hue, then lightness or brightness and then finally saturation. So I want to do that. I get them ordered in that particular order. Or I can go in here and look at it so that lightness is primarily how it's organized. And I can go through and also look at it how it is by saturation. So it's actually starting from the least saturated to the most saturated and finally whatever way it was saved, you can bring that up as well.

So you have got different ways in which you view and organize the ways these colors are displayed. The last thing I'll show you here that's useful is you can adjust the Swatch Size. So I can go in here and I can change this. Actually that is at 16X16. But if I change this to say 24X24, well now I get a much larger size of swatch. But I can even go in and customize this further. I can say Customize and now I can adjust this down to whichever size and I can see it in advance. So if I want a lot of colors but I don't want to take up a lot of space and I feel like I can get to that color, I can go ahead and take this down to some very kind of small palette that doesn't take up a lot of space and then work with it in it's minimal size.

So what you can basically do here is manage colors that you want to repeat and you have a number of choices in which to organize it. You can create new color sets. You can retrieve color sets. You've really got a very novel way in which to store colors that you're going to want to use over and over again. And as I've been saying about Painter's color controls, you've really got a lot of different ways, to create and manage and access color. So Color Sets is really kind of the container for large number of colors that you want to store together.

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Painter 11 Essential Training

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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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