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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.
We have been using Quick Clone to make our source and destination documents and I just want to go into a little bit more detail about the Quick Clone command, because you actually have some options, as to how it instantiates itself when you create one. And let's just look at what it's currently doing. I'll say Quick Clone and it creates a copy that is blank, but I want to show you the options that are available. So I'm going to undo this right now and we are going to go to our Preferences in the General Preference tab and you'll see here that there is actually a section in here for Quick Clone and here is where this has been controlled.
I could disable this, okay, so I'll turn that off. Your Delete image from clone and when I go and make a Quick Clone now, it's going to make an exact copy with the image in place. And there may be times where you want to use that. For example, we were playing with Dry Bristle as a Cloner a little while ago. Sometimes it helps to just have the image on the screen. This way it's kind of like I'm just smearing the paint right on the image. I kind of find it little more exciting to see the image kind of arise from nothing on the blank canvas, but you're going to end up with the same exact image in terms of what it's picking up.
Because it looks like it's smearing this paint. But it's really getting this from the, the source image. If I've to go ahead and delete this now, I'm going to get the same exact thing. But there are times when you may want to have the destination image, have a copy of the original image in it. Another thing that you can do that's helpful is again if we go to Preferences here and General, I can say I want to delete it, but I also want to Turn Tracing Paper on. So, in that scenario, when you make a Quick Clone, you're going to get the copy but with Tracing Paper automatically turned on for you and once again, it's a Preference but it's one that if you find yourself doing a lot of tracing work, then you probably want this preset to open that way.
And then the final thing you can do in here is you can also say I want to switch to the Cloner Brushes. If I do that, notice right now that it's in the Artist's Oil category. But when I make a Quick Clone now, it's going to make its copy, but it also automatically goes to the Cloners category. And that's great but as you've already seen, in some cases, you can get much better results from brushes beyond the Cloning category, particularly when you start to apply your own strokes.
So, I typically don't have it set this way, but again it's a Preference and just an opinion on what you want, you have that option. So the Quick Clone preference, in the Preference > General panel, give you some options about how you'll like the behavior of Quick Clone to work.
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