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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.
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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