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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.
One of the situations you can encounter after you've created a piece of work, which I have got an image here I have done as an example, I may realize, I really wish I had a little bit more space on the left side, and what can you do about that? Well there is a command in Painter, and if we go to the Canvas menu and go to Canvas Size, we can click on this and this actually gives me the ability to add extra canvas to an edge or multiple edges of the image. In this case, it's the left edge that I want to go here.
You can't change the units of measurement here. It's always going to think in pixels. So sometimes you may need to do a little conversion in your head or a lot of times I just kind of do it visually. I'm just going to make a guess here and try 100 pixels. So let's put that in there. That's a bit much. So I'm going to undo, which is Command+Z or Ctrl+Z, and I'll go back to my Canvas Size and I think maybe about half of that is what I want to work with. So I'll go ahead with 50 pixels and okay that's more what I want to do there. So now I have got the extra canvas width but what do I do with this white unfinished canvas? Well there is multiple ways to deal with this.
You can go back in with brushes and continue to paint whatever content is at that edge of the image and fill it in. I am just going to quickly take the Cloning Brush in Painter here and I'm just going to sample a bit of the existing Canvas or a painted area here. I can just go in here and very quickly in this case just for the purpose of showing you how this works kind of fill this in. Whatever technique is going to work that's appropriate for the imagery is certainly how you do that and in this case I might do a little cleanup here to get rid of these little areas.
We'll be covering the Clone Brush in a later chapter, so don't worry about the specifics right now. Just understand that you can use it as a way to fill in this area. But you can see this is a very handy technique for adding a little extension of imagery onto your Canvas. So under the Canvas menu, the Canvas Size menu can be your friend in these situations. One little bit of advise I'll tell you, if you happen to be working in a layered image, if you are on a layer and not the Canvas, Painter doesn't understand what's going on there, and this command would be grayed out.
So if you encounter the situation where you go to Canvas and this is grayed out, what it means is you are on a layer and not the Canvas. In our situation, I'm just working with the Canvas. So it's automatically going to be highlighted. But that could be a situation where you may see this grayed out and that's because you happen to be on a layer. So you just want to go back down, select the Canvas, go back up, and you'll be able to go to that command. So Canvas Size.
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