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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.
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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