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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.
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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