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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.
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You may find yourself in the situation where you have a certain file size that you commonly use and previously in Painter, each time you wanted to create that file, you have to go to the New dialog, and put the dimensions and resolution and you would go from there. However, starting in Painter 11, there is a nice new feature called Templates that enable you to have commonly used file sizes that you can add to and create your own library, which makes it very easy to be able to call that file size up and bypass the New dialog.
So to do that, you are going to go up to the File menu and let's just look at this feature here. If I go to Open Template, you'll see that there is one that's just installed by default from the factory. It's a file of 810x500 pixels at 72 dpi. So when I click on that, what will happen is it will open up a file at that size. So that's very convenient. I can keep going back here and open that file up as many times as I want and never have to go through the typical New dialog. So that's very nice that's in there, but how do you add additional templates within there? Well what you would do is create a file with the particular sizing and formatting, the resolution you want to work with by going to the New dialog.
Let's say for the sake of how I'm working here, the image resolution I'm working at is 1280x800 pixels. I am working in Screen Resolution. So here I'm going to put this down to 72 dpi and click OK and now I have got a file that is the exact size of my screen. What I want to do is save this as a template. So that I don't have to go through the little process I just did. So to do that, I'm going to go to the Save As menu and what I want to do here is navigate to the Templates folder.
So on the Mac, you would go to Applications/Corel Painter 11/Support Files/Templates. So by placing the file in there, that is going to add it to the library. I'm going to go ahead, and you can use any naming convention you want, but I'm going to use similar to the one that was installed here. So I'm just going to say 1280x800 and I know that that's at 72. So basically by putting that in there, and you need to save it in the native RIF format, and go ahead and hit Save.
After we have created the file, we need to exit Painter and relaunch it. So I'm going to Quit and let's go back down and we'll relaunch Painter. Let's go to Open Template and there is my new template that I have created. So now I can open this up and not have to go through the New dialog. So I can imagine maybe having several specific file types in terms of their dimensions and resolution that you may want to put in here. So Templates is a nice new feature that streamlines your workflow.
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