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Painter's Tool palette and property bar are essentially two faces of the same functionality. The Tool palettes enable quick selection of key functions and the property bar reflects the current tool selection by providing extended control over that tool. Let's take a look at Painter 12's approach to this functionality access. Well, we have the Tool palette on the left here and one of the changes they've made is, you'll see that now it's a single row, similar to what you can do in Photoshop.
The good news is you can switch between either a single or a double row of tools. So let's go in here, and you'll see for Toolbox Layout, it currently is set to a single vertical column. However, I can do a Vertical Double Column, for example. So let's open that up, and this is much more like you're used to the arrangement in Painter 11. I tend to be a fan of maximizing my screen workspace so that I have as much of that space dedicated to the image as possible.
That combined with the fact that in Photoshop I've gotten used to a single tool palette layout, I'm comfortable with it. However, for the particular resolution that we're using here to record this title with, the screen resolution is so small that I can't even have the full Tool palette visible on this particular resolution. Depending on your screen resolution, you may want to go with the dual tool layout, just so that you have access to all your tools.
And you may have noticed when we were in there, let's go back to the interface control, that I also can actually now do these in horizontal. Now this is a very different layout than Painter users have ever had in the past, but it is another way to minimize how much of the screen is being taken up by these tools. The fact that it's there, offers to you the user, the option of trying this out and seeing if it works. You can even have this as a double row, I won't go to show it, but, it would start to take up some more space, and from my thinking, I probably wouldn't like it.
But this could be an acceptable alternative to setting up your Tool palette. Now let's go back and set it up to the double set up here. I am going to go back to a Vertical Double Column, and that's probably the way we will be using it throughout the title now. As I mentioned at the beginning, the Tool palette and the property bar are really two faces of the same thing. But you'll also notice something that's different in Painter, I am only going to move it out of the way here right now, and then we will talk a little bit more about how to deal with its placement later, and that's the Brush Selector bar.
Now Painter has always had the Brush Selector bar over on the right side, and we will address that in just a little while, so let me go ahead and move this out of the way right now. And let's concentrate on how the Tool palette and the property bar really are connected to one another. If I select the Brush tool, for example, notice that the contents of the property bar just changed. And what it is going to show up in here are going to be the most likely controls that you're going want to use to control the brush for whatever particular variant you have selected.
For this particular brush, I have the ability to go in here and change Size; change Transparency, the Grain setting, and once again, these are all things we are going to get into later on. The gist of it is that these controls are going to change based on whatever tool you select. If I go, for example, to the Layer Adjuster, you can see now I've got a much more succinct set of tools. Let's try something else like text. And once again, you have seen it's updated now to provide you with some key functionality for that particular tool.
They are usually are going to be more controls than this in other panels, just keep in mind, that whenever you switch tools, the property bar is the first place you should look when you want to make a quick adjustment for that tool.
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