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Creating, opening, and saving files

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Video: Creating, opening, and saving files

In the last video, we saw how to save a file from the Welcome Screen. Now I'm going to show you how to do the same thing but inside of Painter itself. And to do this file management, we go up to interestingly enough the File menu. So we'll click on File and what we are going to do here is create a new file. If you are doing this on the keyboard, then you will see throughout the tutorial and throughout Painter itself that all the little keyboard shortcuts are notated to the right of the commands. So for the New command on the Mac, we'd use Command+N and on Windows, we'd use Ctrl+N. So either way, we'll open a new file.

Creating, opening, and saving files

In the last video, we saw how to save a file from the Welcome Screen. Now I'm going to show you how to do the same thing but inside of Painter itself. And to do this file management, we go up to interestingly enough the File menu. So we'll click on File and what we are going to do here is create a new file. If you are doing this on the keyboard, then you will see throughout the tutorial and throughout Painter itself that all the little keyboard shortcuts are notated to the right of the commands. So for the New command on the Mac, we'd use Command+N and on Windows, we'd use Ctrl+N. So either way, we'll open a new file.

So by clicking that, this brings up the new dialog and this is where I can now enter the information about what I want my file to be in terms of the size and resolution. You have several options here, so you can either work in inches or pixels or the various other measurement systems that are common. I'm going to stay in pixels right now and I'm going to make my file 800x800. So I'll just enter in 800x800. I'm also going to stay with the default resolution right now but a little later, we'll talk about resolution and how to determine what that correct resolution would be for a project you are working on.

We'll stick with the rest of the defaults at this point and click OK and here is my new file. Now you have got a new file, you are going to do something with it. So I'm just going to play around with the brush here and just kind of draw, nothing fancy unless you are really into abstract expressionism and after we have worked on the file for a little while, you are going to want to save it. So once again, I'm going to go back to the File menu and this time, we are going to say Save and you can see here that the shortcut for this is Command+S or Ctrl+S. So click Save.

This brings up the Save dialog. Now, I can go ahead and give this file a name. So I'm just going to call it myfile and you'll see that there is some letters here. This is the file extension. By default, this normally isn't on. I have turned it on and I recommend that you do the same thing. If it's not on, you will see it would save a file with no file extension and it's just good information. As a first time Painter user, I say click that on and then just forget about it. It will always be on from that point on. We'll leave everything else in its default state right now and we'll click Save and that's now saved this file. So let's close it.

Some point later, you want to work on that file. So we go back to the File menu and now I'm going to say Open and once again, if you are using the keyboard, you can use Ctrl+O or Command+O to do that. This will present you with the Open dialog. There is my file. So I go ahead and I can either double- click it or click on the Open button and that will open the file that I was working on. So those are the basics of creating a new file, saving a file and opening it. But you also have some options here. I'm going to show you one that's very useful.

Let's say I have started on this file. I saved it, I went out to lunch or whatever, and now I'm going to go back in and actually create some other work on it. So I'm continuing to work. One of the things that's nice is if you are working on a file and you are going to be stopping and starting, you can save iteratively, which means Painter will automatically assign a number to it. So if I have worked on my file and I go up to File now, I can go to Iterative Save and you will see that is Option+Command+S on the Mac or it'd be Alt+Ctrl+S on Windows.

So let's go ahead and say Iterative Save and you'll see it just automatically saves it, but you will see what it did at this point is it called that myfile but it appended a 001 on it. So let's say I want to continue to work. So now I do some more work on this file. I wanted Iterative Save again. So I go up or use the keyboard shortcut, hit Iterative Save and this bypasses the need to go to the dialog. It just automatically saves that for me. So if I happen to go back to my Open, we'll see that I have the original file but now I have also got iteratively saved files that are automatically numbered for me.

Now why would you use this? Well, a lot of times in a project, you will find that it's just good practice to save a file along the way, especially when you are doing work where you may need to make a change later on. If you save your file iteratively during that process, each time you get to a critical junction, if the unfortunate circumstance that it happened you had to go back, rather than having to go all the way back and start over again, you could go back to the iterative saved file then continue on.

Iterative Save is a very good way to be able to give yourself a bit of a safety net as you work. I recommend that you take advantage of Iterative Save when you can. That's the basics of creating, opening and save files.

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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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