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Save early, save often

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One of the things that can happen is you'll be working away and lightning strikes your house or the power goes out or something untold happens that causes you lose work. That happens to all of us, there is no way around. Nature sometimes gets into the way of our creativity. So one of the pieces of advice that I have offered over time is what I called save early, save often style of working. I tend to save my work fairly regularly and it really takes you losing your work once to quickly adapt to the save early, save often scenario because you learn it's like boy if I just would have saved five minutes ago, I wouldn't have lost hardly any work.

Save early, save often

One of the things that can happen is you'll be working away and lightning strikes your house or the power goes out or something untold happens that causes you lose work. That happens to all of us, there is no way around. Nature sometimes gets into the way of our creativity. So one of the pieces of advice that I have offered over time is what I called save early, save often style of working. I tend to save my work fairly regularly and it really takes you losing your work once to quickly adapt to the save early, save often scenario because you learn it's like boy if I just would have saved five minutes ago, I wouldn't have lost hardly any work.

And so it's a habit that you need to ingrain into your workflow is that you regularly save your work. So Painter doesn't have any automatic save or anything that does that for you. It's a manual process. However it does have a process called Iterative Save that will automatically number your work as you go and it's not quite the same concept but it is one way to keep track of your work, especially as you are working on a project, I find it's very useful to keep iterations of the work as it's progressing.

Even if you have got your layers Safety Net in place and even if you are undoing another safety net that you can put into place is to as you work on a project have iterations of that image along the way. And some times if it's a client-based work or whatever, you'll get asked, can you change this, or whatever it is and you realize if you have been saving iterations of an image that what, if I go back four or five versions there was a point there where I was working on that and it may offer you a layer or something or if you have to go back just that far in work, you'll find that having iterative savings of the image as you go offers up possibilities that would not exist had you only just worked on the image all the way to finish and it's all in one image file.

It's one way of working that can help you avoid sometimes some untold results. So I am going to just do very simple thing here. I am just going to go in and paint number one, OK. So let's say I am working on my image and this is around where I want to save, so normally you'd go up and you would say save as and we'll just call it My_File. OK, so we have got an image and we save it.

Now I go ahead and I do some more work. So we'll just put in number two for another period of time has passed that I have done some work. Now I could go up and say save as and give it another name. However you'll notice there is this option here Iterative Save. If I save that, look what just happened, it's saved it under My_File but it's added a 001 after that file for me. Now I don't have to go in and type or anything, it just saves as a new name, a new iteration of that file for me.

So I continue to work and now I have got three. Now what you can do also is also is if you use the Option or Alt+ Command and save, you can even do it easier, all I have to do now is just hit Option or Alt + Command S to save and now it's just saved it. So now I have got My_ File.002. And so a good practice is to learn how to quickly use those keyboard combinations. So when you save, once you have a started a name convention on a file, all you need to do is just hit the option or Alt and Command and Shift to save it and it will automatically append that number designation afterward, and I don't know that you're going to go this far which can go up to 999 iterative saves before it would rollover again.

So I find this a really great way to build several images, even if we back and close this now. I will go to My Exercise files in Chapter 13 here. You see there is My_File then there is 001 and 002. So that is a very nice way to save a series of files without renaming and possibly misnaming it or whatever, this just automatically appends those number on their for you. So this is yet another Safety Net that lets you get back to the earlier versions of an image where you may have made changes in images after that and you'll realize, "Oh there is a layer on that second iteration that I still have that I could pull out of that image and put into the later image and I'd be OK, I wouldn't have to redo all the work".

So this is another Safety Net and the more safety nets you have in place, the more times you can bounce before you are going to hit the hard cold earth.

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Painter X Essential Training

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  1. 2m 9s
    1. Welcome
      51s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 18s
  2. 14m 31s
    1. Understanding what Painter X can do
      1m 54s
    2. Emulating natural media
      3m 37s
    3. Auto-painting
      2m 28s
    4. Painting from scratch
      1m 56s
    5. Painting from a photo
      2m 38s
    6. Using RealBristle brushes
      1m 58s
  3. 55m 58s
    1. Understanding the Painter interface
      2m 32s
    2. Using the Tool palette and the Property bar: Two sides of the same coin
      2m 42s
    3. Using art material selectors
      5m 57s
    4. The Color palette: Visual color selection
      2m 35s
    5. The Color Info palette: Precise color selection
      2m 20s
    6. Color sets: Choose 'n' use color
      1m 8s
    7. The Mixer palette: Traditional color mixing
      4m 55s
    8. The Brush Selector bar: An art store in a palette
      3m 7s
    9. Zooming in and out
      5m 26s
    10. Scrolling
      3m 5s
    11. Rotating an image
      5m 17s
    12. Full Screen mode
      2m 8s
    13. Keeping your palettes organized
      7m 5s
    14. Using workspaces
      7m 41s
  4. 23m 27s
    1. Creating a new image
      1m 35s
    2. Opening an image
      1m 32s
    3. Saving an image
      4m 58s
    4. Setting preferences
      1m 26s
    5. Defining cursor appearance and behavior
      5m 13s
    6. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      6m 1s
    7. File-saving preferences
      2m 42s
  5. 24m 25s
    1. What is a Wacom tablet?
      5m 38s
    2. Understanding the six axes of motion
      5m 54s
    3. Maximizing your tablet's pressure response
      5m 18s
    4. Customizing your Wacom tablet
      7m 35s
  6. 48m 10s
    1. Understanding brush categories and variants
      5m 4s
    2. Adjusting brush size
      4m 32s
    3. Managing brushes and paper texture
      6m 8s
    4. The Papers palette
      6m 24s
    5. Making basic brush adjustments
      10m 53s
    6. Custom palettes
      5m 51s
    7. The Tracker palette
      9m 18s
  7. 27m 39s
    1. Introducing the Brush Creator
      3m 59s
    2. The Randomizer
      5m 54s
    3. The Transposer
      8m 5s
    4. The Stroke Designer
      9m 41s
  8. 20m 38s
    1. Warming up: Exercises
      4m 12s
    2. Warming up: Calisthenics
      8m 4s
    3. Less is more: Too many brushes spoil the stew
      8m 22s
  9. 20m 45s
    1. Nozzle files
      4m 11s
    2. Creating a nozzle file
      9m 32s
    3. Controlling the Image Hose
      7m 2s
  10. 18m 32s
    1. Using compositional aids
      7m 29s
    2. The Layout Grid composition tool
      3m 37s
    3. Understanding the Divine Proportion tool
      3m 20s
    4. The Perspective Grid
      4m 6s
  11. 25m 18s
    1. The benefits of working with layers
      6m 10s
    2. Creating and deleting layers
      4m 55s
    3. Using the Preserve Transparency function
      5m 28s
    4. Using the Pick Up Underlying Color command
      8m 45s
  12. 32m 42s
    1. Cloning basics
      8m 24s
    2. Using Tracing Paper
      4m 16s
    3. In-document point-to-point cloning
      2m 17s
    4. The Underpainting palette
      5m 0s
    5. The Auto-Painting palette
      7m 23s
    6. The Restoration palette
      5m 22s
  13. 34m 51s
    1. Applying surface texture
      13m 23s
    2. Using the Match palette
      6m 16s
    3. Creating woodcuts
      6m 55s
    4. Creating custom tiled surfaces
      8m 17s
  14. 15m 26s
    1. Undo, undo, undo
      4m 7s
    2. Painting on layers
      6m 23s
    3. Save early, save often
      4m 56s
  15. 19m 45s
    1. Using each application for its strengths
      5m 6s
    2. The PSD format: What's compatible and what's not
      6m 18s
    3. Color management compatibility
      8m 21s
  16. 7m 31s
    1. Using the Shift key restart
      6m 3s
    2. My brush won't paint
      1m 28s
  17. 37s
    1. Goodbye
      37s

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