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Navigating Painter

From: Painter 12 Essential Training

Video: Navigating Painter

Imagine yourself driving, how do you get around? Drivers rely on well-defined rules encoded in standardized signage, as well as customs, like driving on the right or left side of the road. Applications employ similar techniques to aid the user in navigating its structure. Let's take a look at Painter's rules of the road. To begin with, I've got an open image here and it could be a blank image, it could be any kind of image, a painted image, but I just want to have an image on the screen that we can work with, so you can see some of the ways you can navigate when you are working with imagery.

Navigating Painter

Imagine yourself driving, how do you get around? Drivers rely on well-defined rules encoded in standardized signage, as well as customs, like driving on the right or left side of the road. Applications employ similar techniques to aid the user in navigating its structure. Let's take a look at Painter's rules of the road. To begin with, I've got an open image here and it could be a blank image, it could be any kind of image, a painted image, but I just want to have an image on the screen that we can work with, so you can see some of the ways you can navigate when you are working with imagery.

One of the first things I typically do is I will use the Command+M or Ctrl+M key and this switches it into Full Screen mode. So what it does is it basically hides the desktop behind the image and gives you a way to more fully concentrate on the image. Now something that's new in Painter 12, and I'm going to quit to show you this. Now notice, we are in Full Screen mode, I am going to Quit, and now let's open Painter again, and when I go back to open this recent image, notice what happens.

It opens up in Full Screen mode. This is something that you had to do every time in the past, and this is a nice little addition to the way that painter remembers the state that it was in previously. So if you like Full Screen mode, once you have set it, basically all your images will always open up in Full Screen mode. You also have the ability, once you are in full-screen mode, to move the image around, and if I hold down the spacebar, that changes my cursor into a Grabber hand, and now I can move this around to see various aspects of the image, if it's larger than the screen.

Something that's new in Painter is the Navigator. The Navigator is a panel that is much like the way Photoshop's navigator works. It lets me adjust various aspects of my image. So if I wanted to, for example, resize it by the numbers, I can do that right here. I can either set it basically by dragging the Scroll Bar here, or I can go in and I can actually type in a value that I want to get to. It's also got a set of preset sizes right here.

So if I click on this, it will automatically go through some standardized integer values of the image. So this is yet another way to get to various screen resolutions of your image while you're working with it. You have also got the ability to rotate an image. If I click and drag this slider, this will rotate the image for me. Now there is another way to do this, and I want to show you this as well, because it also comes in very handy. If you want to get back to the default 0 setting, if you just go this icon and double-click on it, it will return your image to its original orientation.

Alternatively, another way to do this is if you hold down both the Shift key, as well as the Option or Alt key, on Windows, this changes your cursor to a little pointing finger and this lets me grab the image and rotate it to any angle that I want to work on. And some people may say, well, why would you want to rotate this? But I can tell you from experience, say if I wanted to draw back and forth right here to draw a horizontal line, that's very hard to do with a tablet and your hand and arm, you kind of have got to scrunch your elbow up against your body in order to try to get a good orientation to do that.

In the real-world, we just would simply take a piece of paper and re-angle it so that the combination of our hand, wrist and arm make for an easy ability to draw that line. For example, I am left-handed and now this works out very well for me. If I wanted to draw a horizontal line, it's far easier to do it on a rotated image. Once again, to get this back, I just click on there and I'm back to my default. The other way you can zoom in and out, this is the way I tend to do it, is I use a combination of the Command or Ctrl key on Windows, and the Plus and Minus keys.

So if I want to zoom in, holding down my Command or Ctrl key and then repeatedly clicking on the Plus sign will zoom me in, and if I want to get out, I can go to the Ctrl or Command key and press the Minus key and that gets me out. And then a third way to do that is and particularly if I'm in a brush, this is where this is very useful. If I hold down the spacebar, which by itself as we saw moves the image, if I now hold down the Command or Ctrl key, that gives me the Plus sign to be able to zoom in.

If I hold down, along with the spacebar, the Command or Ctrl key, plus the Option or Alt key, that gets me the negative zoom, which lets me zoom back out. So you've got multiple ways to do this, but whatever way works for you, there is definitely a way for you to be able to navigate around in your images.

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Painter 12 Essential Training

63 video lessons · 8821 viewers

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  1. 1m 20s
    1. Introduction
      44s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 5m 4s
    1. Understanding what Painter 12 can do
      1m 45s
    2. Let's paint!
      3m 19s
  3. 11m 52s
    1. Starting Painter 12 for the first time
      4m 4s
    2. Creating, opening, and saving files
      4m 36s
    3. Working with templates
      3m 12s
  4. 30m 37s
    1. Painter's shiny new interface
      6m 43s
    2. Understanding the Tool palette and property bar
      4m 12s
    3. Using media selectors
      3m 43s
    4. Working with the Brush Selector
      7m 17s
    5. Configuring panels and palettes
      3m 41s
    6. Navigating Painter
      5m 1s
  5. 22m 41s
    1. Setting preferences
      6m 59s
    2. Arranging palettes
      1m 28s
    3. Creating custom palettes
      6m 30s
    4. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      3m 52s
    5. Understanding workspaces
      3m 52s
  6. 28m 37s
    1. Controlling color with the Color palette
      7m 12s
    2. Working with the Temporal Color palette
      3m 0s
    3. Mixing color with the Mixer palette
      11m 3s
    4. Working with color sets
      7m 22s
  7. 56m 31s
    1. Introduction to brushes in Painter 12
      41s
    2. Understanding brush size adjustment
      2m 46s
    3. Exploring brush controls
      17m 44s
    4. Using the Computed Circular palette and stroke attribute brushes
      4m 13s
    5. Painting with Real Watercolor brushes
      7m 34s
    6. Painting with Real Wet Oil brushes
      3m 20s
    7. Working with Impasto
      8m 10s
    8. Working with texture-aware media
      12m 3s
  8. 13m 38s
    1. Understanding Quick Clone
      3m 58s
    2. Working with the Clone Source panel
      7m 22s
    3. Tracing a clone's source using Tracing Paper
      2m 18s
  9. 22m 56s
    1. Understanding the Underpainting palette
      9m 25s
    2. Exploring the Auto-Painting and Smart Stroke palettes
      7m 26s
    3. Working with the Restoration palette
      6m 5s
  10. 22m 15s
    1. Working with the Rectangular Selection tool
      3m 25s
    2. Using the Lasso tool
      3m 26s
    3. Selecting items with the Polygon tool
      2m 39s
    4. Understanding the Magic Wand tool
      7m 55s
    5. The Channels palette
      4m 50s
  11. 29m 1s
    1. Understanding the flexibility of layers
      7m 25s
    2. Preserving transparency in layers
      5m 37s
    3. Picking up underlying color in layers
      5m 13s
    4. Using the Free Transform tool
      2m 52s
    5. Working with layer masks
      7m 54s
  12. 24m 3s
    1. Painting with symmetry
      9m 6s
    2. Understanding Smart Blur
      4m 43s
    3. Working with seamless patterns
      10m 14s
  13. 25m 10s
    1. Introduction to the Image Hose
      2m 13s
    2. Understanding Image Hose controls
      9m 58s
    3. Working with nozzle files
      12m 59s
  14. 14m 32s
    1. Using each application for its strengths
      4m 59s
    2. The PSD format: what's compatible and what's not
      5m 3s
    3. Color management compatibility
      4m 30s
  15. 7m 0s
    1. Your best friend: Undo
      1m 50s
    2. Painting on layers
      1m 55s
    3. Save often, save early
      3m 15s
  16. 9m 48s
    1. The panic button
      2m 13s
    2. Using the Shift key restart
      2m 1s
    3. Re-importing a workspace
      4m 4s
    4. Troubleshooting: My brush won't paint
      1m 30s
  17. 3m 20s
    1. Goodbye
      3m 20s

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