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Extending the canvas

From: Painter 11 Essential Training

Video: Extending the canvas

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.

Extending the canvas

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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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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