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In this chapter we are going to take a look at Workspaces. And Workspaces is just kind of the highest method in Painter of saving all of the various kinds of customization that you are doing. It also gives you a great way to do some editing to some things that you may find overwhelming. For example let's look at the Categories. You can see here how the categories on this particular monitor, I have so many that they don't even fit. In fact as I have been doing these, I keep finding myself having to go up to the top here. It's just annoying, there are so many categories here that there are more than I ever want. In fact that I know there some of them here I don't use and I'm guessing that you are going to find the same thing.
So I'm going to show you a way to disable Categories. They are not gone. They are just turned off and you can turn them back on again if you need them. But I advise you to try to whittle this list down, so that it's not such a long scan of your eyes to go around and find various categories. Let's open up the Workspace dialog. I'm going to go to Customize Workspace. This is where I can take what is the Default workspace that is now open. I'm going to go in here and I'm going to go Brushes.
So I open this up and now go to Painter brushes here. Here I'm seeing all of these categories mired within this dialog. So now I'll go in and using the little Eye Toggle on the right side. I can go and shut off the ones I don't use. So I'm just going to scan through here and anything I know I really don't use a lot. I'm just going to shut it off. It's very empowering actually I just shut these things off, if you don't want them around. So just anything I don't think I'm going to use.
Let's say Done and it won't update on it's own. You need to close this and then open it back up. But look how much room I saved here. So I have now got a much shorter list. It all fits on here and I'm not finding myself having to move the slider back and forth to see what's available in here. So we have taken care of whittling down the categories that are on screen. Now let's deal with a category and if you look at this category notice what's happening here. Here is Glazing Acrylic 10 then right after we have Glazing Acrylic 20.
I think this was an idea to be able to say we have more brushes now. When in fact each of these triplets is really the same the brush, just preset to three different sizes. But think about how you use brushes in Painter. When I select a Brush and I resize it. Even if I want to make it smaller or larger and then I select some other brush and I come back eventually to that brush. It remembers the size I had. So that's really to me somewhat limited usefulness to have these replicated because once again now we have got this long list that's kind of hard to look at because of their repetitions.
So it would be nice to be able to shut some of these extra ones off. I'm going to go back in to Workspace, Customize Workspace, we'll go to where we started, and we'll go to Brush we'll open it up. So we have Painter brushes. Well this is where we went to turn the categories on and off. Now I'm going to open this up and this let's me get to the individual variants in the categories. So let's go back to our good friend Acrylics here, and I'm just going to go in and shut off anything that's 10 or 30, and just leave the medium size there.
Now this is a little bit different setup. I'm just going to take one of them because they are really the same brush. Let's go here another 10, and another 30. There is a bunch of them in this category. Not all categories will necessarily have this many. But there in every category there is pretty been this sort of addition of different sizes of the same brush. If you like it, you'll leave it on, but with it off look what happens. Look how short that list has became. All I do this, got rid of duplicates. So now we have shortened the category list as well as the variant pop up and you can go through each and every one of your categories and do this kind of whittling.
Another thing you can do is you can create new workspaces and if we look here I have got four of them and just to show you how switching from one to other it works. I'll switch from one to the other. So before we get into adding new ones, let's just look at how this works. So once we've got this setup, I'm going to go in and I'm just going to select one of the workspaces that I use all the time. So here it is. It opens up. It's got things laid out exactly the way I like it. The other thing you can do that I was going to start to show you here is you can create new workspaces and if I click on the plus sign here, it's going to let me build a new workspace.
Plus it lets me build based on the settings in any of the other workspaces that I have. And just like I mentioned, if I had one of those that was already setup I could select it in here and then call the some new name MyBrushes are or whatever you call it. Then I'll Save. Now I have got a new workspace and at this point that workspace is an exact duplicate of Default, the one that I have based it on. But now I could start going in and doing additional customization to it. So this really gives you a lot of power.
The last thing I want to show you here once again under Workspaces is Export Workspace. Let's just say I want to export this, so I can put it on another machine for example. So I'm going to in here once again go to Workspaces and I'm going to say Export Workspace. So I'm going to do this just right under the Desktop and you see it's going to take the same name that I have given it internally and it's going to add a PWS extension which stands for Painter Workspace.
So we are going to go ahead and Save. What's happening here is it's creating a new workspace and there it is. Now this has everything in it that makes that particular workspace, but what I want to show you is really cool about this is-- let's go into Painter. I'm going to quit Painter, we go down here Quit Painter 11. Now I can give myself this to another machine or I can give this to another user. And I could say here it is. And all I have to tell them is double- click it, and it will install on its own.
Now this is already in there. So it's actually going to make a second copy of it. So I'll just put appended number at the end of it, but if we go in here now and go to workspace, I have the original one and I just added the one that's in there. So for example if you have got custom brush libraries if you have got some custom image headers or whatever if they are in there particular workspace and you save that workspace all of that content travels with this single file. So Workspaces are really great way to both customize your own environment, and have a back of it, as well as sharing it with others or just on other machines.
So definitely check out Workspaces and take advantage of them, as they are a very powerful feature.
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