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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.
Another great safety net is layers. Layers give you the option of working on a layer distinct from work you have already done, enabling you to try something out that if you don't like it, just delete the layer or undo it or select all and get rid of what's on that layer. But it's another way to preserve artwork you have done that you are not sure you want to make a sudden change to. Let's just do a little quick drawing on one layer here. Well, in fact we are on the Canvas at this point, but I'm just going to put something on here, so that I'm starting with some kind of designy thingy thing that I want to start with.
Now if I want to try something out and I don't want to necessarily ruin this great piece of art I have created, I can go ahead and create a new layer and let's get a color here, and I could say well, I want to put a green circle in there and some other things and just mess around with it. Be fearless. I'm trying things out here that I otherwise wouldn't have done particularly in traditional media, but here that possibility is there. And now I can look at it and say do I like it, do I not like it? So if I don't like it, I can delete the layer.
If I decide I did like it, well, then the other safety net, Undo, is there. So you can bring it back, or I could just do a Select All while this layer is selected, and hit the Delete or Backspace key, and I could get rid of it that way. So now we are combining safety nets. I have got Undo, plus I have got it on a layer. So all of this goes along way towards letting me just think, hey, I'm going to try this out and no fear, because I can work with my safety nets. So consider layers in this circumstance a major safety net that just adds to your power of being fearless about trying things out.
That's what it's all about. You are not going to grow artistically unless you experiment and try things out and that's the basis of safety nets.
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