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Setting preferences

From: Painter 12 Essential Training

Video: Setting preferences

The first stop on our customization tour is preferences. Preferences provide options to adjust how Painter handles specific tasks. I divide preferences up into two categories: convenience and performance. Convenience preferences are specific to your particular workflow so there is no right answer. Like convenience preferences, performance preferences are specific to your unique hardware configuration. Think of my suggestions as starting points, which you may need to experiment with in order to find the sweet spot for your workflow and hardware.

Setting preferences

The first stop on our customization tour is preferences. Preferences provide options to adjust how Painter handles specific tasks. I divide preferences up into two categories: convenience and performance. Convenience preferences are specific to your particular workflow so there is no right answer. Like convenience preferences, performance preferences are specific to your unique hardware configuration. Think of my suggestions as starting points, which you may need to experiment with in order to find the sweet spot for your workflow and hardware.

So to get to Preferences let's go to the Corel Painter menu, and drop it down to Preferences, and we are going to go to General, and here is our Preference panel. So in the General panel we have a bunch of things we can do here. I normally leave most of this as is, but the one thing I will tell you that I do change, is right here, Brush size increment. It's set by default to 1 pixel and that means that when you use a keyboard shortcut like the Command or Ctrl key, and then your left and right Bracket keys, this is how much it's going to change each time you click that.

Now if you're doing very precise work changing one pixel at a time is fine, but I find for a lot of work I do, I want to increase my brush size much more than this in a shorter amount of time. So by simply changing this to 2 rather than 1, if I want to go from a 2 to 10 pixel, I only have to do my keyboard shortcut four times and I'm up to 10. Otherwise you can leave everything on in here, it's pretty standard. Next, let's go to Interface, and one of the things you can play with here is, what the cursor looks like.

It automatically is set to the Enhanced brush ghost. What this does, in fact, let's just temporarily go out of here and I'll open up a new document, so you can see what exactly we're talking about here. See how this looks. If I get my pen, and I happened to have the 6d pen here, this shows me all different kinds of things. Like right now, I have my pen straight up and down perpendicular to the tablet. As I tilt it, you can see I get the look of tilt, as I change bearing it indicates bearing, and as I rotate the barrel, you'll see there is a little dot on that circle, that as I rotate the barrel it changes.

So I am getting feedback from this Enhanced brush cursor that tells me a lot of information about what's happening with my stylus in my hand, and you may not think that it's important, but seeing this as feedback can be very useful while you're working. Now here is the gotcha about this particular setting. Some systems will have a reduction of performance when this is on. I would say keep it on by default, but if you find some of your brushes seem to be acting slowly, and I can't even tell you which brushes it happens on, but some brushes will suddenly just seem to act slower when this is on.

And so what I have found works very well is, in this Interface tab, you can just change it to a standard brush cursor. So now it shows much less information. I can no longer see tilt or bearing or anything, but it still functions the same. I am just not getting the visual feedback. So that's one thing to keep in mind. Also, the Default View mode. I showed you this earlier, that you can have Painter automatically want to open up in Full Screen as I've done here, so I get the gray background rather than any particular desktop that I have.

So I like to have this on, and once this is on, each time I open a new document it will come in with Full screen mode rather than the Window mode. Then lastly, we did this earlier for this particular resolution screen, the Vertical Double Column Layout as you see on the side of the screen here works to fit in this screen resolution, likewise for the Media panel layout we have the Vertical Single Column, and that's how I've got it set up in this particular workspace.

But if you have higher resolution displays you may want to play with these to find out what suits you. Next, we will go to Performance. Painter 12 is the first version of Painter that understands Multicore Usage. So most modern processors now are working with multiple cores and they even have virtual cores. So the machine I happened to be working with here has eight cores, but it's able to mirror those eight cores and actually it has a total of 16 cores that it works with.

When you're working with any multicore setting you want to set this down at least one less than the total number of cores you are working with, and as they indicate here if you use all those cores you may see a performance loss, because if you have multiple applications running they're taxing some of those other cores and you may run into a little bit of a traffic problem and see a slowdown in Painter. Memory Usage, you can play with this trying to turn it up or down, the general default of 80% is a good place to keep it.

Also you have the ability to set what your scratch drive is going to be. Undo Levels, Painter will do a huge number of undos, but keep in mind as you increase the number of undos, it's going to have to use more and more in the beginning RAM space and then if you go out beyond your RAM, it's going to have to start using virtual memory, which once again will start to impede performance. But if you do start to see a performance hit, this is another area where reducing undo levels can be a helpful way to reduce taxing on your processors.

Same thing goes here. I would leave these on, not having the object smooth out when zooming, that just means the character of the zoomed out or zoomed in display is going to look better when these are on. When you turn them off, you are going to get a more jaggy, a little less accurate display of what the image actually is. Shapes, I just keep it at the default. Quick Clone, we are going to get into that later in the chapter on cloning and I will come back to this and talk about the whys and wherefores of how you set this.

And finally, there is a new feature, Connections, that Corel is introducing that has not yet been activated, so go to the Corel web site for more information about Connections once this is online. These are my recommendations, but keep in mind that there are many, many hardware variations that Painter runs on. Your specific system may or may not benefit from these recommendations. If you're seeing performance issues with the suggested settings, experiment with adjusting the settings to improve your performance.

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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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