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Join John Derry, one of the original Corel Painter authors, as he shares the creative techniques that will get beginners up and running, and shows old hands the new features that can get a creative vision out of your head and on to your canvas. The course demonstrates how to create projects, use Painter brushes and painting styles, build templates, and work with layers and channels. John also shares pointers on setting up a Wacom tablet to interface with Painter.
Painter 12's freshly updated custom palettes offers by far the single most powerful customization feature in this release. With custom palettes, you can organize regularly used brushes, commands and tools. Let's get started. Now you'll find that the controls for Custom Palettes resides over here, however, to actually create a custom palette, we've got to instantiate one by going over and doing something like selecting a brush. I used the Captured Bristle a lot, and what I am going to construct here is a custom palette that has a set of brushes that I use quite often, and maybe even add a couple commands to it, just to show you how you can aggregate several elements from a workflow that you're comfortable with, and be able to have those various commands and tools at the ready within a single mouse click.
I am going to go to the Captured Bristle; I want to show you, if you just simply click and drag it outside there, you are going to get the little circle with a slash, which means you can't do anything with it. In order to create a new custom palette, you hold down the Shift key, click and drag, and when I let it up, I have now created a new custom palette. Now let's say I also want to use a tool that I like a lot is the Scratchboard tool. So once again, I am going to hold down the Shift key and click and drag that right into there.
Another tool I use quite regularly is Just Add Water from the Blenders category. You need to hold down the Shift key, and I am just going to click and drag it right into that palette. Let's say we want to add some commands to this, for example, if I go back over to my Custom Palette, I can say here that I want to add a command, and now I can select a command from any menu or from a palette. What I want to do is make sure it's going to go into Custom 10, which just happens to be the default name that it started with.
In a moment, we will change that, but for now just Custom 10. If I now go up to this other menu, and this only appears while we are in the Add Command. You won't see it normally in there as well as Panel Menus, Tools and Help. All of these now give me access to almost every command and tool in Painter. So if I go to Other, for example, I can go down here, and though let's say, I want to add the Rotate command, so I will say, Rotate, and I will say OK, and now that adds that to the custom palette.
Let's say I want to take the Brush tool, so once again we need to go back to our Custom Palette workspace, and go to Add Command, and in this case I am going to go to Tools, and I am going to say I want to take the Brush tool and add it. Once again, I want to make sure it goes to the custom palette, click OK. Now initially we don't see anything, but in this case we may need to open this up a bit more and there is the Brush tool. So if I am in say the Eraser, and I hit Brush, it just switched to the Brush tool.
You can now organize these. Let's say I want to move these around a little bit. Once again the Shift key is your friend here. Let's take Rotate, and we'll move that down here, and let's take Brush, and I will move it as well. I am going to go ahead and reduce the width of this. Now you can keep these as icons, however, I find it far easier to be able to look at these as text, particularly if you start pulling different brushes out of the same category, they are going to have to show it in the same icon.
So I could have three of this icon along here and it will be little bit more difficult to know which is which among the three. So if you right-click on this, this is where I can change this and say, I want to view this instead as text, and I will go ahead and do that by all three of these, I want to go and say View as Text, and once again, this is temporarily going to go off, so we will widen this out temporarily. And we will do it with this one. Now I know that I am going to want to keep this about the same width as this, because I am going to ultimately put it into this palette stack.
Let's go ahead and take this then, once again hold down my Shift key and put that right down here, and I don't even think we need to narrow that down to the exact size, but if I take this and set this in here, I've now got a custom palette with those tools available, and I can adjust the height of it there, and let's just start to use them a little bit. I can click on this, and now I have got the captured Bristle. I might want to go and switch to the Scratchboard tool and I might want to go to Just Add Water, I might want to go to Rotate here, where I can go ahead and rotate this particular element. And finally, in this case I have also got the Brush tool, so if I went into a different tool, which I did, I am in the Layer Adjuster at the moment, I will go over here and say Brush, and now I am back in whatever my most recent brush was, which is the Just Add Water.
The other thing I might want to do is go in here and go back to my Custom Pallet, and I could go to the Organizer in this case, I can select this, and this is where I could say I want to rename this, I will just call it, My Tools. And I am done, and now I have got this area where I can select these tools. I actually sometimes like to leave this opened a little bit, because sometimes I will be working with another tool. So what I can do is just quickly go in, grab that tool, hold down the Shift key and put it in there, and it may just be temporarily.
When I am done, and I want to get rid of a tool, once again, hold down the Shift key, address the particular element you want to get rid off, and just click it and drag it off out of the custom palette and it's gone. And the last thing I will mention, if I go to the Organizer, I can have multiple custom palettes set up. So depending on your workflow and certain aggregations of tools that you want, you may want to have a set of different custom palettes that can easily be loaded up. You can even have multiple custom palettes open, if you wanted.
So it gives you this great flexibility to combine a lot of different features that are in different places in Painter and locate them all in one particular spot.
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