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Painter 12 Essential Training
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Re-importing a workspace


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Painter 12 Essential Training

with John Derry

Video: Re-importing a workspace

In the last video, we looked at when things go bad, you can use Shift+Restart to reset a corrupted or unruly workspace back to default. The downside of that is you are going to lose all of the customization that you had done. And I know for myself, over time, I spend a lot of little tweaks getting the interface in Painter to work just like I want it. I have keyboard shortcuts that I like, I arrange palettes a specific way.
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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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Painter 12 Essential Training
5h 28m Beginner Feb 15, 2012

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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
Subjects:
Design Digital Painting
Software:
Painter
Author:
John Derry

Re-importing a workspace

In the last video, we looked at when things go bad, you can use Shift+Restart to reset a corrupted or unruly workspace back to default. The downside of that is you are going to lose all of the customization that you had done. And I know for myself, over time, I spend a lot of little tweaks getting the interface in Painter to work just like I want it. I have keyboard shortcuts that I like, I arrange palettes a specific way.

All of those things are part of my working methods and even brush libraries, all of these things are contained in part of a workspace. So in this video, we want to talk about using the ability to save a workspace, so that you don't find yourself in a situation where you find yourself without any of these materials or special settings that you have done. And if you remember earlier in the title, I did show you and gave you a Painter 12 Essentials workspace.

So essentially that's what we need here and I'm letting you know that you should make a habit of creating a workspace backup when you do get to a point where you like a particular workspace that you've been working in, and it has content and materials and keyboard shortcuts and all of these things are a part of it. Go ahead and save it and you won't be able to see the actual command here, but if you go to Window menu and you go to Workspace here, if it would pop open, there is one command there, Save Workspace.

You need to do that in order to ever get back to it, and when you save that workspace, you're taking essentially a snapshot of the way the Painter environment and all these settings were at that time. As you continue to use the workspace, you're likely going to update things and make changes and that will be assimilated into the workspace as you move forward. But it's at least better to have a workspace at some snapshot in time that you took of it rather than have to laboriously try to reconnect and reset everything the way it was.

And so I want to do that for you. We are going to go ahead and close our Startup panel, and I am going to go to Window > Workspace, and here is where I want to import a workspace. Now there is one on here already, but we were just playing around with it before we did this segment and this one actually got reverted back to default. So, even it right now wouldn't help me. So what can I do? Well, I gave you that workspace, so we actually have that over in our exercise files. So if I go to Import Workspace, and we go to chapter04, right there is the Painter 12 Essential Training workspace.

So if I launch this, I am now going to get the workspace that I had saved with all of those changes in it. So here's my special settings, the way I like to put the Tool palette, the way I like the Brush Selection bar; all of these things are now back to the way I want it, but you won't have this if you don't promise yourself and develop a habit of saving workspaces. Sometimes I just get into a mode where it's like, right now I'm not painting, I'm not doing anything I am just going to sit here and work on my workspace and work on the layout of it.

Maybe I realize, oh you know what, there's a couple of Photoshop keyboard shortcuts that I want to put in here. So I'll go over to keyboard shortcuts and change those out. I may have libraries that I want to have in my Brush Selector bar, so I'll make sure that those are imported and installed into this workspace. And then once I kind of get everything set up, I'll go ahead and save it. In that way, I at least have that snapshot that I've been talking about, and I can at least get back to it. And that's the way really to keep yourself from really falling off a cliff and finding out that it's going to take quite a long time to crawl out.

So, be sure you take advantage of saving and being able to import a workspace as a last-ditch backup if all else fails.

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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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