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Configuring palettes

From: Painter 11 Essential Training

Video: Configuring palettes

Well, as we have taken our grand tour of the interface elements in Painter, we've kind of made our way over here from the left, looking at the Tool palette, and the Property bar. We have also taken a look at the Brush Selector bar, but we've got this big area over here on the right. And what's going on over here? Well, these are various palettes that we'll talk in depth about in some of the later chapters, for example, this basically has to do with color and we'll explain that. We've got layers and channels. Those are also going to be covered in later chapters but where I want to go over specifically now is just the behavior of these palettes, because there are some interesting things going on here that makes it very configurable.

Configuring palettes

Well, as we have taken our grand tour of the interface elements in Painter, we've kind of made our way over here from the left, looking at the Tool palette, and the Property bar. We have also taken a look at the Brush Selector bar, but we've got this big area over here on the right. And what's going on over here? Well, these are various palettes that we'll talk in depth about in some of the later chapters, for example, this basically has to do with color and we'll explain that. We've got layers and channels. Those are also going to be covered in later chapters but where I want to go over specifically now is just the behavior of these palettes, because there are some interesting things going on here that makes it very configurable.

So that you don't have to stick with the so-called factory setting. You can make some adjustments to these palettes and I want to go through exactly how that works. Now, you'll notice that at the top of the Colors palette for example and it's identified by its name, you have got this little gray bar. In fact, each one of these is a palette bar and I can use the little disclosure triangle to the left of each palette title, to open and close these various parts of, in this case Color tools, within Painter.

So, right away you've got the ability to decide which one of these is open and which one of them is closed. And whatever actions you do to this, Painter remembers it so that the next time you open Painter up, it will be exactly as you left it. And some of these controls like this, I think it's almost like a pair of jeans. When you first buy them they are kind of stiff and blue. As you wash them and wear them they slowly sort of mold to your particular frame and so the palettes are much like that. As you adjust them and you sort of grow into them, they kind of take on the shape that fits your workflow.

So, that's the first thing. We can collapse these all down and minimize it if we want to, or we can open up to get to various areas of the interface as needed. The next thing I want to show you here is that and let's open one of these up to show you this. I can actually rearrange these. For example, if I think the Mixer is really something I want to use all the time. If I click-and-drag this, I can bring this up and place it up there. So now, I could set this up so that if I'm a person who uses the Mixer all the time, I could have that be my primary form of color selection rather than the Color palette itself.

So you can organize these according to the way that you want to prioritize what's important and what's not. You also have the ability to decide what you want to open or close. You'll see each one of the palettes has a little box, with an x in it. If for example, if I just never used Color Expression, I can just click and close this and now it's not even there to work with. But fear not, you can always go back to the Window palette and in this case, if I go to the Color palettes, I can see right here this Color Expression is unchecked, if I click on that it now shows up.

So you never lose a palette by turning it off. You just disable its visibility. It's always retrievable back through the Windows menu to determine, if you want to turn it on or off. So, you have complete control over what palettes show up in Painter. Here is another interesting feature. Let's take for example layers. I can take a palette and if I click-and -drag it, I actually can detach it, so here it was in this palette container, I've actually detached it, so now, I have got it as a separate palette and one of the things that's nice about that is the way it comes from the factory which would set up like this.

I find a little cumbersome because, like obviously, well now that's lost I've got to close this to find that there is Channels. It's actually-- I find it works a little better when it's not so broken up. So what I do is I take Layers and I put it right in the bottom of this palette. And I do the same thing with Channels. Now they didn't quite pop into the right spot, so I'm just going to click-and-drag that and I'm organizing this now. So, now all my palettes are in one palette stack. I have no longer got two palettes. I just find putting this in a single what I call layer stack is a much more elegant way to work.

Because as you open and close it, it's kind of like an accordion. It will collapse and open. So that whatever you are opening up, it will accordion open or close the other particular palette, so that this becomes the palette that's now your focus. And in fact, talking about the notion of an elevator, if I close these, like this, I could go in and this is like an elevator instead of buttons. Now, say I want to go to the Colors floor, let's open another title up here.

By clicking on the title itself it will close that or open it. So you can see here by clicking on each on one of these, it will close in the other palettes and focus on just that palette. So, you can almost use this like an elevator. I want to go to the color variability floor or I want to go to the Mixer floor or I want to go to the Colors floor. So you can keep this basically collapsed and only deal with one palette open at a time. But to be honest, you are going to find times where you want the Colors palette and the Layers palette open and that's why it's nice to be able to determine when you want to open and close multiple palettes.

Now here is another little power secret that a lot people don't know. If you hold down the Shift key and click on one of these disclosure arrows. It will open all of the palettes. Now obviously, it's larger than can fit on the screen, but you can instantly open all of the palettes with that little trick and conversely, if I hold Shift key and click it again, it collapses them all down. So, through this mechanism of being able to move palettes around, turn palettes On and Off, determines which ones are open and close, you can really organize the palettes to exactly suit your working style and what you want open at any given time.

So, the palette behavior is just a nice way to customize the interface to your particular workflow. So definitely take advantage of this ability and don't just think of the factory setting is the way you have to work. As you get acclimated to Painter, you are going to find that certain palettes are open more often and other ones you never use. So edit your palette stack and organize it to suit your needs.

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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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