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Pruning a library

From: Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes

Video: Pruning a library

In this movie, I want to show you how you can do a little bit of housekeeping with your brush libraries. If we look at Brush Selector Bar and open up the categories, one of the things you could see on this monitor anyway, I have so many categories open that I can't even see them all. I would guess it's most likely that you don't use or will not be using every one of these categories. So I want to show you both how to shut some of these categories off-- They'll still be available but rather than having there everyday, why have them visible if you don't use them? And also I want to show you how we can move this Brush category down here to another location.

Pruning a library

In this movie, I want to show you how you can do a little bit of housekeeping with your brush libraries. If we look at Brush Selector Bar and open up the categories, one of the things you could see on this monitor anyway, I have so many categories open that I can't even see them all. I would guess it's most likely that you don't use or will not be using every one of these categories. So I want to show you both how to shut some of these categories off-- They'll still be available but rather than having there everyday, why have them visible if you don't use them? And also I want to show you how we can move this Brush category down here to another location.

You may want to put it in alphabetically. You may want it at the top, but I will show you how we can do this. So we are going to take a look in the Window menu, at the Customized Workspace command. And this brings up Painter 11's customization of the workspace dialog. We are going to go to Brushes, and we are going to say Painter Brushes here. And here we have all of those brush categories, and you'll see right now John's Brushes is at the bottom. I can click-and-drag this and place it where I want.

I like my brushes at the top, so I am going to put always at the top. But where you place it is totally up to you. You just have to move it and then scroll to eventually get all the way up here. But now that is located at the top, We'll check in a moment. I'm also going to shut off some of these libraries. That's what the little eye icon is for. For example, I don't use the Art Pen Brushes. I am shutting that off. I don't use Cont? Crayons. I don't use Crayons.

What else, I don't use Felt Pens. This is all up to you which ones you want to turn on and off. But you can see here that the ones that you are not interested in can be instantly turned off so that you don't have to see them in the interface. It makes a lot of sense because once you've done this you are eliminating some of the confusion of all of the brushes, so here I can even close this up. So now they all fit within the screen resolution and I don't have as many brushes to look at when I go to select them.

Some people trim these down to a very small amount. But the basic idea here is to just get them a little pruned down. The other thing we can do if we go back to the Customization is we can go in and open this up and go to here. And this is where I can actually go into each of the categories. And one of the things I advise people to do is there are duplications that go on. For example Glazing Acrylic. The little numbers afterwards are just an indication of the size of the brush.

And I find it rather useless to have multiple sizes of the very same brush because I am going to probably be resizing it anyway. So I typically go through my libraries and turn off all of the multiples of the same brush. And I am just going to center on the medium one, so I'll shut off any ones that are 10 and 30 in here. And even here I don't need both of those, so do that one. The idea here is you just want to prune down the number of brushes visible.

It makes navigating the brushes much simpler and quicker in order to get the job done. So a little bit of pruning like this can make life much easier, particularly when you're doing production style work where you don't want to have a lot of distraction. I will say Done, and we'll go to Acrylics, and look how short that list is now. I still have all the functionality but I don't have all of the duplication. And so being able to prune these libraries down is a good exercise to go through.

Should you need a specific brush or category, you can always go back to the Workspace Manager and turn the variants back on. So pruning is a good exercise to go through with your brushes.

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Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes

58 video lessons · 7478 viewers

John Derry
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  1. 2m 2s
    1. Introduction
      1m 0s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 2s
  2. 22m 31s
    1. Defining categories and variants
      2m 14s
    2. Understanding dabs
      3m 35s
    3. Manipulating grain
      5m 34s
    4. Defining brush stroke methods and subcategories
      4m 15s
    5. Modifying stroke behavior with Expression
      2m 37s
    6. Cloning images
      4m 16s
  3. 28m 59s
    1. Understanding the anatomy of a variant
      5m 10s
    2. Modifying a brush with the Brush Creator
      4m 16s
    3. Modifying a brush with the Brush Control palette
      4m 37s
    4. Which is best?
      1m 47s
    5. Setting up a stroke testing palette
      6m 3s
    6. Manipulating pressure adjustments
      4m 37s
    7. Saving a brush variant
      2m 29s
  4. 52m 44s
    1. Bristle Media in action
      3m 55s
    2. Painting with acrylics
      5m 35s
    3. Painting with gouache
      6m 37s
    4. Modifying resaturation and bleed with oils
      8m 6s
    5. Painting with Artists' Oils
      6m 52s
    6. Modifying the bearing expression with palette knives
      5m 59s
    7. Using RealBristle brushes
      3m 23s
    8. Painting with impasto
      8m 5s
    9. Using loaded brushes
      4m 12s
  5. 1h 9m
    1. Utility Media in action
      2m 43s
    2. Painting with airbrushes
      8m 50s
    3. Using an eraser as a mark-making tool
      3m 44s
    4. Using blenders
      5m 34s
    5. Using cloners
      7m 7s
    6. Distorting an image with the Distortion brush
      7m 15s
    7. Simulating artist brush styles with the Artist category
      6m 29s
    8. Making common photo adjustments with the Photo category
      1m 51s
    9. Using sponges and modifying captured dabs
      8m 4s
    10. Using FX brushes
      5m 53s
    11. Painting with pattern pens
      6m 45s
    12. Painting with the image hose
      5m 7s
  6. 27m 29s
    1. Dry Media in action
      2m 53s
    2. Drawing with pencils and colored pencils
      7m 37s
    3. Painting with chalk and using directional paper grain
      8m 16s
    4. Painting with pastels
      6m 19s
    5. Drawing with crayons
      2m 24s
  7. 26m 16s
    1. Ink Media in action
      2m 46s
    2. Configuring the Leaky Pen
      5m 0s
    3. Drawing with calligraphy pens
      6m 12s
    4. Using felt pens and markers
      4m 38s
    5. Exploring surface tension with liquid ink
      7m 40s
  8. 23m 7s
    1. Watercolor in action
      3m 24s
    2. Painting with digital watercolor brushes
      5m 25s
    3. Painting with the traditional watercolor brushes
      8m 28s
    4. Painting with the Tinting brush
      5m 50s
  9. 18m 20s
    1. Selecting and modifying an existing variant
      6m 13s
    2. Adjusting the color behavior of the new variant
      4m 0s
    3. Fine tuning and naming the new variant
      8m 7s
  10. 22m 29s
    1. Creating a new category and copying variants into it
      6m 25s
    2. Packaging brushes for distribution
      7m 54s
    3. Pruning a library
      4m 9s
    4. Understanding the Master Brush Library and the User Brush Library
      4m 1s
  11. 24s
    1. Goodbye
      24s

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