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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.
So, I have the ability to save custom palette layouts but one thing that happens is in moving from one layout to another, I may lose the brush that I want. It forces me to have to go back up through the Brush Selector in order to get that brush. For example, this is really set out for Artist's Oils and in fact, the Grainy Blender is one of the brushes that I would be using here. So, it would be nice if somehow associated with this custom palette, there were some way to also have brushes that I want to use with this particular layout associated with it as well and we can do that.
Now, I'm going to show you custom palettes now. Custom palettes let me add content to a custom palette that I create and I can somewhat control the layout as well as the content of it. So, let's start off with this Grainy Blender. I want this to be a part of this environment I'm creating and basically, all I have to do is go up here and click and drag and that will automatically create a new custom palette for me. So, let's say that I like this brush, this is the Grainy Blender and what might be another one I'd want to use here.
Well, early on, I was using Oil Palette Knife. Let's take that, put it in here. So, I'll place that here as well. And another thing I may want to do is add a command that somewhere in these menus or in one of the little application menus here. So, when I'm creating one of these palettes, I can go here to Arrange or to Custom Palette, I can go to Add Command and this lets me determine where I want to get information from. So, now I can select the command from the menu bar or from the palette menu and it will be added on to here.
And as an example, let's go to Edit and just do Undo Brush Strokes. So I'll say Undo Brush Stroke, say OK, and now I have got my Undo button here. So, if I click this, you can see I can undo. So, I can do a combination of brushes as well as commands to build a custom palette. Once I built a custom palette that I like, I just go up to my Custom Palette menu and say Organizer and I'll call this Artist's Oils, I have to rename it. So, I click on Rename and I am going to say Artists' Oils, say OK and now that's my Artists' Oils custom palette.
You can have multiple custom palettes stored so that you can have a little library of these that you can recall through the Custom Palette Organizer. Let's go ahead and say we are done. Let's just try this out a little bit. So, let's say I'm going to get some color here. I'm going to go grab my brush. Sure enough I'm painting. Now we want to switch to this brush and it's doing the Palette Knife thing where it's not laying down colors, but it's adding. If you don't like that, you can undo. You can undo again. You can see though how I'm putting functionality right on the top of the interface, so that I don't have to spend a lot of navigation time finding it.
So, custom palette is a great way to start to add the functionality that you want close at hand right on the top of the interface rather than having to dig-down into it. Now, there is one got you about the Artist's Oils and you may have already noticed it. If I select two variants from the same category, it uses the same category icon. So let's say I wanted 5 or 6 or 10 Artist's Oils brushes, I wouldn't be able to easily see between them what they are short of having to hover over each one of them to remember them.
So, I'm going to show you another trick in a moment that gets around this problem with yet another custom interface element.
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