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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.
One nice feature of Painter is the ability to save custom layouts of the way you have your palettes set up. And what we see on the screen right now is just this is the default layout. This is what comes from the factory basically. It is a set up similar to this. I have removed the layers and channels but otherwise, this is basically your default setting. But what if you have other arrangements you want to work with. For an example, I'll go to my Arrange Palettes here and I have got one I've made and I'll show you in a moment how to do your own. But I'm going to load this up and I tend to use the Artist's Oil a lot and normally, the Artist's Oils palette is in Brush Controls but I like to have it out right here on the top of the interface when I'm working with Artist's Oils.
I also like to do a lot of mixing. So I have set this up so that everything is right here that I need when I'm working in Artist's Oils and I don't have to start spending time moving the furniture around the room to get the arrangement that I want. So, with this set up, I'm instantly able to go in and start using my brushes and if I want to mix new paint, I can go in and do it. If I want to select new colors to work with, I can do that as well and I can adjust my brushes here. So, if I want various types of control over my brush, I can do that as well.
So, I have everything I need to use my Artist's Oils right here when I'm creating from scratch and that makes for a very nice common setting that's very easy for me to get back to. Now, let's come up with another scenario here, where we want to create something a little different. So, I'm going to close Artist's Oils here and I'm going to close the Mixer for now and basically, we are going to build a layout we like and then we'll save it. So, it might make sense here to open up this and look at it at some different things I might want to open. For example, I might want to put Layers in there.
So, I'm going to open up Layers. I also might want to put Channels in there. That's another one that I often use in concert with Layers. So, we've built those in here now and what else might I do here? Let's just take a look in Windows. Here is one some people like in Brush Controls. The Size is kind of important because it lets you see a real-time preview of what's happening with the brush size as well as clicking on this little preview. I can also see any other thing about it.
Now, there is not a whole lot information of this one but particularly, in capture depths, for example, you will see how useful that can be. If I go here and we enlarge that up, you see there is lot of information there. So, being able to see the current size is very useful. Now, depending on how big of a monitor you have resolution wise, it's going to be dependent on your monitor size just that how much real estate you want to dedicate to the interface. If you have a two-monitor system, you can actually put these on the other monitor and Painter will remember that placement, so that when you re-open a custom palette layout that you made that includes both monitors, it will restore that.
So, that's the another way to maybe not have all of this stuff right on the same screen with your painting activity. But I'm constrained here by the monitor and resolution. We are working at to tape all of this. But you will still get the same idea in either case. Let's go ahead and open this up and say Arrange Palettes and I'll say Save Layout and I'll just call this My_custom palette. So, it's My_custom. I'll say OK. Now let's say I want to switch back. I'm using this brush for whatever.
It's like, oh you know, I want to do some more Artist's Oils work. So, I'll go in here and I can go into Arrange Palette, say Artist's Oils and here is my tools again. So, the only thing that's left to do at this point is grab my Artist's Oils brush and I can go to work. If I want to get back to the other one we just made, I go to Arrange Palettes and say My_custom and here I'm set up. The only thing it doesn't do is change the brushes but being able to get all of the palettes arranged that you want on screen is a step towards that and in a little bit here, I'll show you how you can actually have the brushes you want on screen all the time as well.
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