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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.
Now that we are in Painter, one of the first things you're probably going to want to do is to create a new document. And what we are going to do is go up to the File menu, and go to New, and let's just make up a document here, let's enter 800, and notice that we are in pixels now, by 600 pixels. And I'll keep it at 72 ppi. You also have the option of addressing what the paper color is. Normally I just work with white, the only benefit of this is if you're going to be erasing on the canvas layer, this color will tell Painter what color to erase to.
I typically never use it myself, but you do have that option. And secondly you can tell it what the default paper is going to be. Once again, I have to tell you, I never even change these. But if you like them, you can use them. So let's go ahead and say OK, and here's my new document. Now I am going to just paint in it, just a little bit here, just to fake in the fact that we may have an image that we'd want to save. So let's go grab a brush and I'll simply just draw nothing really.
We just want to have something on the screen to save. Now that we have this, let's say we want to save it. Once again, I am going to go up to my File menu, and in this case I'm going to go to Save As. Now if you hit Save, it's just going to save it with whatever the current name is, which is Untitled-1, which is very unmemorable. So I want to do Save As, I'll call this My First Painting. And some other things we want to know here, this is where we would decide where we wanted to save the image.
You also can play around with what type of format you want to save it in, let's talk about that before we actually save. Painter RIFF format is Painter's native format. As we go through this title, I'm going to be showing you some unique features like Impasto, for example. That is a special layer that only the Painter RIFF format understands. If you save it in any other format it will warn you that you're going to lose that information. When you are creating files that utilize some of Painter's special features, the Painter RIFF format is the best format to save it in, in terms of being able to open that image up again and have all of those features retained.
On the other hand, you can save in several other popular formats, TIFF, PNG, Photoshop. This is particularly important and we'll get into it later on in the title when I talk about working with both Photoshop and Painter. But by saving in the Photoshop format, you can very quickly move back and forth between the two applications using this format. You've also got Windows BMP, which is kind of outdated these days, same with PC Paintbrush, Targa. You know some of these get a little more specialized, but just know that you have a set of different kinds of formats you can save in.
Once you've saved, you've now got this painting. So now how would I get back to that painting? Let's go ahead and close it. One of the things you can do is go to the Recent files pop-up here, and here we go, I can go to My First Painting, so if I click on that it's going to open that up for me. Otherwise you can go through the normal procedure of going through the file system to locate a file and opening it up. But Recent files is very nice, because quite often the most obvious file you want open up is one that you were just using and happened to close recently.
You've also got something called Iterative Save. When you do an Iterative Save, it's going to start saving it under the name, but it's also going to add a pin to it, three digits, 001 in this case. So now if I go in here and I do some more work on it and I go to Iterative Save, it's going to save Iterative Save 002. So this gives you a way to very easily manage an image in which you are building it up, and you may want to save it at key points along the way to completing it.
Quite often I've found, when I get to some key junction in an image that I'm working on, that's a good time to save it. Because if you need to get back, if you've got that saved at that junction, you won't have to go back any farther than that point in the painting process to move forward again.
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