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Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes takes a deep look into the variety of mark-making tools found within Corel Painter, a software application that allows you to create painterly images that look like they were made with natural (non-computerized) painting media. Through a comprehensive demonstration of different brushes, Corel Painter guru John Derry shows how to adjust multiple variants to achieve desired results. Just like an artist who holds a paintbrush or piece of chalk at a particular angle to create a specific mark, John demonstrates with both live action and within the application how to modify brush variants for maximum expressive impact. From bristle media to ink media, watercolor to utility media, he explains how to get the most out of this drawing and painting application. Exercise files accompany this course.
I am going to talk about the fact that Painter actually has what appear to be two of the same library on your system, and I am showing it to you on Mac, but we will also show you the Windows path for both of these libraries as well. The concept is that there is a master library and a user library. The master library is the factory settings of all of Painter's brushes and if we look at the bottom here, if you go to Applications and to Corel Painter and Brushes, and then finally Painter Brushes, here's what you'll find the library of brushes.
However, you can also go to your user folder and go to Library / Application Support / Corel / Painter 11, this is a little longer here. Then we will go to Brushes, finally Painter Brushes and it looks like we've basically got the same list. There is a difference however. The master library as I said actually contains all of the factory settings. So it's got a complete library of brushes that come with Painter.
It's like a read-only disc or a read- only folder that you can't change and you wouldn't want to change it because this is where the source of the brushes always resides untampered. However, as a user you may go in to a library like the Captured Bristle here and I may decide to make some changes to it. If I even do something so simple as to change the size of it, I have altered that brush from its factory setting, or I may additionally change something like the Opacity, but any changes I've made need to reside somewhere.
So if we go into the Acrylics category we'll see that unlike the actual original file, Captured Bristle.xml, there is the file in the User folder for Acrylics that has a little c preceding it. That stands for cached and what this information is, is the changes you made to that brush. And Painter is smart. Whenever you go and select a brush in Painter it will first check to see is there a changed brush. If there is it will use this file so that your changes are automatically encoded or are part of that brush when you open it up.
If you've never changed it before, this won't exist. So the next thing it does is it goes to the master library and loads up the original file. Then if you make any changes to it, well, that's where these changes will be made. So the user library is really a list of differences of what has been done to the master library. The other thing that will happen is in the case of the John's Brushes that we created, they are not part of the original library, so they won't show up there. They are going to show up in the User library.
So any new categories that get added will get added to the User library and it is the User library that contains all of your brush modifications and new categories. And for that reason it's important to realize that this folder, within a specific workspace, is very important to know about because if you are going to have to reinstall Painter or do something, you want to go and save this library. Because if you don't do that Painter when it reinstalls, it's going to get rid of all of the differences that you did and you are back to square one.
So another reason to know that this library is here is to understand that all of your sweat equity that you've put into changing brushes is in this folder, and by putting it aside when a update or a reinstall or a new version happens, you can preserve all of your work by knowing where those brushes are.
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