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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.
Painter is a big application. There are a lot of options that you can set for different kinds of behavior and different ways that things are going to work in it. How do you even know where to begin? Fortunately, the first time you launch Painter, you are going to see a welcome screen and let's go through this. So I am going to go down and I'm going to launch Painter. And we'll see here as soon as it starts up that you're presented with a welcome screen. The welcome screen gives you a bunch of easy options that you can do before you even know how to do it within Painter's own interface.
For example, if you want to create a new image, simply click here and this will allow you to create a new image. Same with Open an Existing Image, if you have recent documents, you really wouldn't see any recent documents in here the first time you've opened it up, because you've never opened any documents in it. Since I've been using it, it's showing me other documents that I've been working with in the last session that I had. You can also open image templates, and what these do is it allow you to have a preset template that opens up to a specific set of parameters that you've inputted and by default they have one in here, to always open a file at 810 pixels by 500 pixels at 72 dpi.
Later on in the templates video, I will show you how you can create your own templates that will show up within this particular element and it's also in the File menu as well. So once you start using templates, you will find that they're very useful. Now in terms of setup, right now we only have the Default workspace. But again, some people rely on this welcome screen and they will change a workspace from this exact spot. Another thing you can do is, you can click on Get Workspaces, which will lead you to Corel's web site and from there you can go into the Painter section and they have a bunch of optional workspaces that you can download and install into Painter.
Brush Tracking is important because this is going to let you set up how your pen tablet stylus responds in Painter and exactly how it works. All you need to do in here is go in and just draw a sample stroke, and if you just saw those values changed and what that does is, it gives a base setting for the way that the pen is going to be treated when Painter is using it. You also can go into Color Management. This gives you a way to go in and actually set up how you want your color management to be set up.
You can also do this later on once you get into Painter and I will be talking about this later on as well. So I won't go into detail, but just know that you can adjust your Color Management settings from here. In the Assistance section you can go to What's New in Painter 12, which Corel will give you an outline of the new features available in this release. You can also go and get online training and help, so you've got a lot of different options here for just getting yourself oriented to the Painter universe.
You've also got a nice set of artwork that shows up in here, and it will automatically go through it, or you can just click and advance through it to get inspired by different artists that have done artwork in Painter. I know sometimes before I start an image I like to look at good artwork, and that always helps me in preparing for how I'm going to approach a particular image. So you've got a whole library right here that you can use to inspire yourself. Finally, I want to show you right down here in the lower left corner is the Show this at startup option.
If you tire of seeing this start every time, you can easily just click on this and this will no longer show up. And if you want to return to it, all you'll need to do is go to the Help menu and go to Welcome and that will bring this screen up. The welcome screen provides some training wheels for Painter. You can remove them as soon as you get comfortable.
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