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We have been taking a look at safety nets, and so far the ones that I have shown you are things that you can build into Painter. For example, Undo. It's actually already built-in. It's just taking advantage of the knowledge that you have multiple undos available to you. Layers is another way to put a safety net in place. So you can try things out that you would otherwise be a little fearful of doing, where it not on a separate layer. So those safety nets are kind of built-in. Once you apply them, or start working with them, they are just built into Painter.
However the third one I'm going to talk about here is one that you have to ingrain up here. It's only going to work up here. There's nothing in Painter that's going to make it work for you. And that is save often, save early. Unfortunately, most people have to have gone through a bad experience or two for this to hit home. It's likely at some point you are going to encounter a long project that you've worked on and all of a sudden, for whatever reason, you lose the file or something untoward happens.
And it's immediately at that point that you will go, oh, if I just would have done John's Save often, save early, I wouldn't find myself in this situation. I have actually developed a little sort of mental thing that I use to remind myself when it's time to do that. You can think of every project as kind of a set of designed decisions that have to be made. So you have got this branching structure that just keep branching out over time. And the ultimate image you create is the one path through those designed decisions that you have made that give you your final product.
So what you need to do is each time you reach one of these designed decisions, you have to say, do I want to paint it red, do I want to paint it blue? That's where you plant your save often, save early sign. So that it's time now to save. That way, I can always get back if I need to go the other direction. If you use that as the kind of a way to keep yourself on track with saving often and saving early, you can avoid big long redos of things that you wish you didn't have to do again, because it's never as exciting the second time.
I can tell you that from my experience. So really try to ingrain save often, save early in your workflow. The best advice I can give you is to get a magic marker and write save often, save early backwards on your forehead. So every morning when you get up and look into mirror, you'll see it right there and that will remind you once again to save often, save early.
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