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The first time you open Painter, you may have a bit of surprise in store. There's a lot going on, on the screen. Even though the interface is designed to be minimally intrusive, there is a lot of information that is displayed and who knows what it means. For example, up at the top here, we have a bunch of values, here's a set of Tools. What do they mean? Over here we've got this Panel Navigator, I don't understand that, the Color palette, that's maybe slightly understandable.
And in this video, I'm going to just go through a short exercise so that you can feel comfortable going into Painter and just doing a few basic things so you can at least try out painting. Now the first thing we're going to need to do is to create a file so that we've got something to paint on. I am going to have you go up to the File menu, click on it, and you'll see right below it we've got New, so we'll will click on that. We're just going to accept the defaults there, say OK, and now we've got a canvas to paint on.
What do we want to use to paint on that canvas? For that, we're going to go up to the upper left. This is the Brush selector, and to get into it all we need to do is go to over to this little icon and click on it, and now we've got a whole art store of materials here. What I want to do is go to the Acrylics category, so I'll click on that, and then right next to it here I want to go to the Bristle brush. And we'll get into all of the specifics of that later, but I just want you to be aware of the Brush selector and its power in being able to pick a lot of different mediums.
Now we need to select a color to paint with, and if we go over here to the right, this is the Color palette, and it's divided up into two basic sections. You've got what's called the Hue ring, and basically this just takes the colors in the rainbow and gives you a way to select a color in that range. And so, if I go to say the blues here, and then within the Hue/Saturation triangle in the center, this is where I can select any value within the particular hue that we have selected.
So I'll just take a shade of blue in there and now I'll try to do a little bit of painting. And sure enough I've got a brush that is painting with that color and we can already see this particular brush has some interesting characteristics to it. One of which is it runs out of paint, and it's also got a little bit of a 3D value going on that gives it the sense of having an actual three-dimensional surface to it. If we switch to another color and paint on it, you'll see that there's a bit of mixing that goes on at the same time.
This one brush literally, you could paint an entire painting with something like this single brush. But of course, Painter has many, many more tools available to you, and as we go through the title, you'll find out how you can get to all of the various kinds of characteristics that Painter has to offer. So in this short little lesson you've learned how to open a new file, how to select a brush and how to select color. Those three items are all you need to get started painting.
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