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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.
No matter how many safety nets you put in place you are still going to run into the unavoidable accident now and then, there is just no way to get around it. I'm going to show you a few things that I can offer you that will help you get out of the situations that may seem like there is no way out of here, please help me. I'm going to show you just exactly how to get out of those situations. One of the things that can commonly happen in Painter because it's got such a sophisticated brush engine is that you can start playing around with a brush and all of a sudden feel like I have lost what that brush does. I mean, I'm just going to like kind of diddle with all these settings and I don't even know what it's going to do, let's see.
Okay so that kind of works, okay there is a problem, but if you have been doing this and not really keeping track of how the different settings are adjusting anything you can get into situation here what's like this brush doesn't work right anymore I have ruined it what do I do. Well there is a Panic button for brushes to reset them and its right up here in the upper left corner, the Reset tool. What happens in Painter is as you make adjustments it actually creates a second file.
It's called a Cache file and that saves the changed version of the brush that you have created, but Painter always maintains an untouchable library of the pristine brushes as they came from the factory that you cannot change and when you hit the Reset tool, it puts it back in its initial state. So this is part of playing around with brush design, if you just want to play in and not be really thinking about it or in the heat of creativity, all of a sudden you come up with something that just one slider of whatever made it not work anymore, you hit the Reset button and you will back to working exactly as it was before.
So the Panic button is right in the upper left corner when you have got the Brush current, take advantage of it.
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