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Configuring panels and palettes

From: Painter 12 Essential Training

Video: Configuring panels and palettes

Painter has always had a lot of palettes, which is really necessary for an expressive application that offers a high degree of fine-tuning. To tame all of these expressive controls, Painter 12 has adopted a popular Photoshop style tabbed palette paradigm. Let's take a look. So the new unit of the interface, if we move this out here by clicking and dragging, this is called a panel and if you're familiar with Photoshop and other Adobe applications, then this is nothing new.

Configuring panels and palettes

Painter has always had a lot of palettes, which is really necessary for an expressive application that offers a high degree of fine-tuning. To tame all of these expressive controls, Painter 12 has adopted a popular Photoshop style tabbed palette paradigm. Let's take a look. So the new unit of the interface, if we move this out here by clicking and dragging, this is called a panel and if you're familiar with Photoshop and other Adobe applications, then this is nothing new.

But what used to be basically a palette in Painter is now a panel. And just by clicking and dragging I can take this, and you'll see that little blue indicator, that tells me exactly where I'm going to put it. So I can precisely locate these where I want them. In this case, I actually want to put this right there. And when you have an aggregated set of these panels, as we do here, this is now called a palette. You can take these and move them around as you saw me do a little bit here.

So if I want to take this and move it up here, I can, and what this does is offer a very nice degree of flexibility in being able to organize these the way that you want. For example, there is another palette right down here, the Clone Source palette, which we will talk about in detail later, but I am just going to open it up and I have found that I kind of like it right next to my layers and channels. So I am going to put it in there, and that's yet another addition to the panels that I now have on screen.

You can also drag the edges of these, so if you want to open these up and make them wider, you can. Another nice little addition are these little dots that you see at the bottom of some of these palettes. If you click and drag, you can scale the size of the panel up and down to fit into the required amount of interface space that you have. Now one thing I talked a little bit about before, that's something that's in here is, you can get into a situation where you have more palettes than actually fit on the screen, and if I, for example, just place one more palette in here.

Let's just take these and we will put this up here. I just want to get into a situation where you can see, what's going to happen is you are going to into this set of panels going off of the screen, and there's really no current solution that I know of for this issue. So you are going to be forced to have to double-click on a tab in order to reduce this total length of your palette, so that you can get to one of these. One of the other things you could do is, you could start to set these side-by-side, but then you are going to get into the situation that I really try to stay away from and that is eating up more and more of my screen real estate for the user interface and having less space for what the real task is, which is painting.

Now there are a couple quick solutions to this. One is using the Tab key, if you hit the Tab key, that will completely turn off everything, except your painting area. The other thing you can do is, if you hold the Shift and then press Tab key, that will just eliminate your palettes, but not the Tool palette and the rest of the interface. So that's another way to pair down the amount of screen real estate actually being used for the UI itself. Painter 12's adoption of a tabbed interface offers a comforting familiarity to anyone that uses Adobe applications.

The ability to easily adjust an individual panel's height also helps the user manage the amount of screen real estate being taken up by the interface.

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Painter 12 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 20s
    1. Introduction
      44s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 5m 4s
    1. Understanding what Painter 12 can do
      1m 45s
    2. Let's paint!
      3m 19s
  3. 11m 52s
    1. Starting Painter 12 for the first time
      4m 4s
    2. Creating, opening, and saving files
      4m 36s
    3. Working with templates
      3m 12s
  4. 30m 37s
    1. Painter's shiny new interface
      6m 43s
    2. Understanding the Tool palette and property bar
      4m 12s
    3. Using media selectors
      3m 43s
    4. Working with the Brush Selector
      7m 17s
    5. Configuring panels and palettes
      3m 41s
    6. Navigating Painter
      5m 1s
  5. 22m 41s
    1. Setting preferences
      6m 59s
    2. Arranging palettes
      1m 28s
    3. Creating custom palettes
      6m 30s
    4. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      3m 52s
    5. Understanding workspaces
      3m 52s
  6. 28m 37s
    1. Controlling color with the Color palette
      7m 12s
    2. Working with the Temporal Color palette
      3m 0s
    3. Mixing color with the Mixer palette
      11m 3s
    4. Working with color sets
      7m 22s
  7. 56m 31s
    1. Introduction to brushes in Painter 12
      41s
    2. Understanding brush size adjustment
      2m 46s
    3. Exploring brush controls
      17m 44s
    4. Using the Computed Circular palette and stroke attribute brushes
      4m 13s
    5. Painting with Real Watercolor brushes
      7m 34s
    6. Painting with Real Wet Oil brushes
      3m 20s
    7. Working with Impasto
      8m 10s
    8. Working with texture-aware media
      12m 3s
  8. 13m 38s
    1. Understanding Quick Clone
      3m 58s
    2. Working with the Clone Source panel
      7m 22s
    3. Tracing a clone's source using Tracing Paper
      2m 18s
  9. 22m 56s
    1. Understanding the Underpainting palette
      9m 25s
    2. Exploring the Auto-Painting and Smart Stroke palettes
      7m 26s
    3. Working with the Restoration palette
      6m 5s
  10. 22m 15s
    1. Working with the Rectangular Selection tool
      3m 25s
    2. Using the Lasso tool
      3m 26s
    3. Selecting items with the Polygon tool
      2m 39s
    4. Understanding the Magic Wand tool
      7m 55s
    5. The Channels palette
      4m 50s
  11. 29m 1s
    1. Understanding the flexibility of layers
      7m 25s
    2. Preserving transparency in layers
      5m 37s
    3. Picking up underlying color in layers
      5m 13s
    4. Using the Free Transform tool
      2m 52s
    5. Working with layer masks
      7m 54s
  12. 24m 3s
    1. Painting with symmetry
      9m 6s
    2. Understanding Smart Blur
      4m 43s
    3. Working with seamless patterns
      10m 14s
  13. 25m 10s
    1. Introduction to the Image Hose
      2m 13s
    2. Understanding Image Hose controls
      9m 58s
    3. Working with nozzle files
      12m 59s
  14. 14m 32s
    1. Using each application for its strengths
      4m 59s
    2. The PSD format: what's compatible and what's not
      5m 3s
    3. Color management compatibility
      4m 30s
  15. 7m 0s
    1. Your best friend: Undo
      1m 50s
    2. Painting on layers
      1m 55s
    3. Save often, save early
      3m 15s
  16. 9m 48s
    1. The panic button
      2m 13s
    2. Using the Shift key restart
      2m 1s
    3. Re-importing a workspace
      4m 4s
    4. Troubleshooting: My brush won't paint
      1m 30s
  17. 3m 20s
    1. Goodbye
      3m 20s

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