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Save often, save early

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Video: Save often, save early

We have been talking about safety nets and another safety net you can take advantage of in Painter is just simply saving. One of my phrases I've said for years is, save often, save early. You want to get into a habit of saving an image while you're working on it, and the more often you save, the more you're unlikely to encounter the unfortunate circumstance of, the power goes out, you know, or a meteor hits. Whatever it is, those kinds of things you don't have under your control do occasionally happen.

Save often, save early

We have been talking about safety nets and another safety net you can take advantage of in Painter is just simply saving. One of my phrases I've said for years is, save often, save early. You want to get into a habit of saving an image while you're working on it, and the more often you save, the more you're unlikely to encounter the unfortunate circumstance of, the power goes out, you know, or a meteor hits. Whatever it is, those kinds of things you don't have under your control do occasionally happen.

You want to adapt almost a second sense where you can save regularly and almost not even think about it. But let's just imagine that I'm in here and I'm painting for a little bit. As I'm painting I'm doing one of my safety nets here, I'm working on layers, for example, and as I get to some point in the image, I'm certainly going to decide that it's time to make another layer. So, at this point I might go ahead and just Shift+Command+Save or Shift+Ctrl+Save on Windows, to bring up the Save dialog and I'll just go ahead and save that image. So, I'll say Save.

Okay, well, I happen to be replacing it here which sometimes you'll be doing. If anything happens, I can always get back to this point. So, let's say I go on and I create another layer, and now I go in here and I'm doing something else. Again, I'm going to think I should save at this point. Now you can enhance the ability to save regularly by using Iterative Save. So, if I just go up to File > Iterative Save, when I save this now, it saves my image but it also adds a three number ending to it. So, now it's 001.

Let's create another layer, and we'll get yet another exciting color for our image here. And so, I'm painting and once again I decide yup, I want to make sure I save this. So I can just go right up to Iterative Save, on Macintosh it's Option+Command+S, on Windows it will be Alt+Ctrl+S, but when you hit that it now has saved a new version of my image numbered 002.

And so we continue working on our image and once we're done with it there's another thing you can have enabled in Painter that is just another little safety net. If we go up to Preferences > General, you'll see right here, Create backup on Save, and what that will do is save the file, but it will also save another one with a appended on it that says backup. You'll not only create your file but you'll create a backup of it, and I'm sure we've all at least once encountered corruption on a hard disk.

If you've saved two of these, at least there's a chance that if one gets lost or corrupted you still have a second one. It doubles your disk space but unless you're really stingy about disk space I would recommend having this enabled as yet another safety net on our way to being able to create images is the best practice.

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Painter 12 Essential Training

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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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