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Preserving transparency in layers

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Painter 12 Essential Training

with John Derry

Video: Preserving transparency in layers

Preserving transparency in layers provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by John Derry as part of the Painter 12 Essential Training
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  1. 1m 20s
    1. Introduction
    2. Using the exercise files
  2. 5m 5s
    1. Understanding what Painter 12 can do
      1m 45s
    2. Let's paint!
      3m 20s
  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 38s
    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 18s
    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 38s
    1. Controlling color with the Color palette
      7m 12s
    2. Working with the Temporal Color palette
      3m 1s
    3. Mixing color with the Mixer palette
      11m 3s
    4. Working with color sets
      7m 22s
  7. 56m 32s
    1. Introduction to brushes in Painter 12
    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 11s
    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 33s
    1. Using each application for its strengths
      5m 0s
    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 21s
    1. Goodbye
      3m 21s

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Preserving transparency in layers
Video Duration: 5m 37s 5h 28m Beginner


Preserving transparency in layers provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by John Derry as part of the Painter 12 Essential Training

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Join John Derry, one of the original Corel Painter authors, as he shares the creative techniques that will get beginners up and running, and shows old hands the new features that can get a creative vision out of your head and on to your canvas. The course demonstrates how to create projects, use Painter brushes and painting styles, build templates, and work with layers and channels. John also shares pointers on setting up a Wacom tablet to interface with Painter.

Topics include:
  • Exploring the changes in the Painter 12 interface
  • Customizing brushes and selecting painting styles
  • Laying out the optimal workspace
  • Controlling color with the color palettes
  • Adjusting brush size and stroke attributes
  • Working with texture-aware media
  • Quick cloning with the Clone Source panel
  • Auto-Painting with the Underpainting, Smart Stroke, and Restoration palettes
  • Preserving transparency in layers
  • Creating layer masks
  • Painting with symmetry
  • Working with the Image Hose
  • Integrating Painter projects with Photoshop
  • Troubleshooting brushes and other issues

Preserving transparency in layers

In this video we are going to talk about preserve transparency. What does that mean? It's a little bit of a geeky sounding title, but it's very important and we can even use the existing imagery that we have here to be able to show you exactly where it's important. In the last video, I showed you how I was able to go in and change the red character of this element by going in and selecting it as a layer, as we have done here. And then I went up to Effects and I used to Adjust Colors to do it.

But what if you want to do something more sophisticated? What if you want to actually paint strokes in there, for example, just to add to the complexity or character of the painting? I'd have to somehow have a way to isolate where my paint strokes are going to go based on this layer. And in fact, you can do that. Preserve transparency is the way to do that. If I go right here in the layers palette, you will see there's a little icon Preserve Transparency. When I click that, it disables Painter from being able to apply color anywhere that the layer is transparent.

And the only place it's not transparent is where I've painted the red. Let's make sure we are on that layer. That's the only place that I have painted. So anywhere else is transparent, and because we've got Preserve Transparency on, I can no longer paint there. So let's get a slightly different color that I might want to paint in there with my brush, and you will see it appears as if I can't paint anywhere, but I can paint in here. Sometimes I refer to this as a poor man's mask.

This gives me the ability to actually use the layer's transparency as a way to lock it off and then once I've done that I can now go in here and start to do things that would be difficult to do any other way. I suppose you could use the layer to somehow create a selection based on that, but it's just the long way around, whereas here this one little button allows me to isolate a layer. While I am in the Brush, and this is a good time to show you this.

If I'm in the Brush and I hold down the Ctrl key, it temporarily switches to the layer adjuster. So I can just click now and you can see it just changed to activating the blue channel. Now I let up to Ctrl or Command key on Windows, and now I can paint again. But unlike Photoshop, which it does preserve transparency on a layer by layer basis, as long as Preserve Transparency is toggled on here, anytime you switch to any layer it will remain on. So now that I've switched layers temporarily, using my layer adjuster, I'm now back in my tool.

I can go here and get, you know, some other color, and now I can paint some interesting brushstrokes in here. I can even change, for example, to a different brush, maybe I want to get Wet Acrylic. Once again we will use this technique. Hold down the Ctrl or Command key, click on the green layer, shift back out of it. Let's get a different shade of green to paint with. That's a little more subtle in this case. You do have to watch out. It will tend to want to drag out a color outside and that's not true of every brush.

This happens to be one, and it's probably a good case to show you that if you drag in to some protected areas as we are doing here with Preserve Transparency, that can happen. The way I get around it, I just make sure I paint outward rather than in from the edge, and that's how you can get around that little hiccup that may happen. And let's do another one. Let's go to the yellow and I'll get kind of an orange, and we will do some painting in here. But you can see how adding more strokes in here starts to build up the character of this image, and I can see purple needs another little hit here, maybe a little bit darker purple.

So I will just draw in here, maybe it needs a little bit more. In fact, another thing we could do this it's kind of fun. I'll select a yellow to show you this. I am going to go get the airbrush. We will just use the Digital Airbrush here, but it will probably work here as if I -- and this is another important cue for you all, when you're in the Brush tool if you hold on the Option or Alt key, it changes it to the Eye Dropper tool.

So in this case I want to use yellow, but I want to be a little darker. So I have selected basically the yellow that's being used in that area and I am just going to darken it down a bit. And I've got my Digital Airbrush, so what this lets me do, and I am going to make it much smaller here, more like that. I can go in here and kind of -- again, because this is sort of a poor man's mask, I can give it a 3 dimensional illusion to this just by painting in here and then if I go very close to white, I can kind of put a highlight on this other edge.

So this is yet just another way you can take advantage of Preserve Transparency. As I said, if you just think of it, it literally is a form of a mask that's exactly what it's doing, and it lets you do things like this that would be otherwise kind of difficult to isolate. So I would imagine that if Preserve Transparency was a police department, on the side of the police cars would be the inscription to preserve and to protect.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Painter 12 Essential Training .

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Q: When I double-click the John's Smart Brushes.brushcategory file as shown in the Chapter 8 movie "Understanding the Underpainting palette," the brushes do not install. Instead I get the message "There is no application set to open this document."
A: This is because your operating system does not recognize the .brushcategory file type.  This can be circumvented by selecting the file, right-clicking, and choosing "Open With…".

If Painter 12 is not in the list, use "Other…" to locate and select Painter 12.

The file will be read by Painter and the brush category will be installed.





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