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Painter 12 Essential Training

Selecting items with the Polygon tool


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Painter 12 Essential Training

with John Derry

Video: Selecting items with the Polygon tool

In the last video, we looked at the Lasso tool, which is a freehand tool for making selections. And depending on the object you're trying to lasso with it, it can be the perfect tool, but sometimes it starts to get a little touchy. And just by way of introduction, I will use the Lasso tool quickly and just make an obvious mistake here. If I'm drawing with this and all of a sudden I let up, see what happened, it always will auto-complete. And so, that could be frustrating to people. A lot of people will go back and like oh Command+D or Ctrl+D, I have got to start over again.
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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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Painter 12 Essential Training
5h 28m Beginner Feb 15, 2012

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Join John Derry, one of the original Corel Painter authors, as he shares the creative techniques that will get beginners up and running, and shows old hands the new features that can get a creative vision out of your head and on to your canvas. The course demonstrates how to create projects, use Painter brushes and painting styles, build templates, and work with layers and channels. John also shares pointers on setting up a Wacom tablet to interface with Painter.

Topics include:
  • Exploring the changes in the Painter 12 interface
  • Customizing brushes and selecting painting styles
  • Laying out the optimal workspace
  • Controlling color with the color palettes
  • Adjusting brush size and stroke attributes
  • Working with texture-aware media
  • Quick cloning with the Clone Source panel
  • Auto-Painting with the Underpainting, Smart Stroke, and Restoration palettes
  • Preserving transparency in layers
  • Creating layer masks
  • Painting with symmetry
  • Working with the Image Hose
  • Integrating Painter projects with Photoshop
  • Troubleshooting brushes and other issues
Subjects:
Design Digital Painting
Software:
Painter
Author:
John Derry

Selecting items with the Polygon tool

In the last video, we looked at the Lasso tool, which is a freehand tool for making selections. And depending on the object you're trying to lasso with it, it can be the perfect tool, but sometimes it starts to get a little touchy. And just by way of introduction, I will use the Lasso tool quickly and just make an obvious mistake here. If I'm drawing with this and all of a sudden I let up, see what happened, it always will auto-complete. And so, that could be frustrating to people. A lot of people will go back and like oh Command+D or Ctrl+D, I have got to start over again.

Well, actually, oops! There I made a mistake, I didn't want. Actually, if that happens when you're in the Lasso tool and you get that, you don't have to restart. Just remember, you can hold down the Shift key, and I could continue on my way. So even when this isn't necessarily the best tool to do this, you do have the option of just adding to the selection, so that you do grow it into what you want. So that's one way to do it, but I am going to show you the Polygon tool now, and show you how much more facile it is at working with edges.

So let's go back to the same area here, and in this case I am going to click on the Lasso tool and hold it down, and there is where we see the Polygon tool. So I am going to get that. I am going to go down here and I am just going to click and I am going to drag out. You can see this is a rubber banded line, so each time I clicked down, I am creating a new line segment. And so I am just going to use this ability to kind of do a dot to dot selection by going around the edge, and just selecting these.

Now one thing you do not want to do is put these too far apart, especially on an object with a rounded edge like this. If they're too far apart, you will get a visible kind of poker-chipping style edge where you can see the individual facets. So when things are rounded like this, you want to zoom in and you want to do your line segments fairly close together and that will avoid the obvious appearance of faceted edges along this. And once we're done here, you will see like, how do I quit? There is no way to end this.

What you have to do is hit the Return key, and now I've got my finished element. So using Polygon tools is a far easier way with respect to certain types of imagery to be able to make that selection. In the next video, we are going to take a look at the Magic Wand tool which is another way to select an image area by color, and it also works for certain types of imagery that you may work with.

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Q: When I double-click the John's Smart Brushes.brushcategory file as shown in the Chapter 8 movie "Understanding the Underpainting palette," the brushes do not install. Instead I get the message "There is no application set to open this document."
A: This is because your operating system does not recognize the .brushcategory file type.  This can be circumvented by selecting the file, right-clicking, and choosing "Open With…".

If Painter 12 is not in the list, use "Other…" to locate and select Painter 12.

The file will be read by Painter and the brush category will be installed.
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