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Understanding workspaces

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Video: Understanding workspaces

Workspaces are the master container for fully organizing your workflow. Everything is preserved in a saved workspace, preferences, layouts, custom palettes and keyboard shortcuts. Workspaces used to be somewhat flaky and could unexpectedly crash Painter, but thankfully they've been beefed up in Painter 12 and are now much more bulletproof. Not only are workspaces an excellent means of saving your own preferred interface and content setup, they can also be used to provide other users with an exact mirror of a specific setup.

Understanding workspaces

Workspaces are the master container for fully organizing your workflow. Everything is preserved in a saved workspace, preferences, layouts, custom palettes and keyboard shortcuts. Workspaces used to be somewhat flaky and could unexpectedly crash Painter, but thankfully they've been beefed up in Painter 12 and are now much more bulletproof. Not only are workspaces an excellent means of saving your own preferred interface and content setup, they can also be used to provide other users with an exact mirror of a specific setup.

In fact, I'm going to go through showing you the Painter 12 workspace that I've created, I am going Hide Painter 12 here temporarily, go to Exercise Files, and if we go to Chapter04, you will see that there is a Painter 12 Essential Training PWS, which is just short for Painter Workspace. You can simply double-click on this workspace, and I will do it right here, and it's going to load this workspace into Painter 12. So now I have not only the default workspace, but I have the workspace that I've been showing you and adapting as we've gone through some of the previous exercises.

You are free to load this up and use it as you wish, or you may just use it as a starting point, or you could totally ignore me and not load it up at all. So let's go through some of the various characteristics of workspaces, and if you go to the Window menu and go down to Workspace, this is where we can create a new workspace, we can delete workspaces as you saw, we can import workspaces, which you can use this same command to get to do what I just showed you, but I find it far simpler to just double-click on that workspace file in order to get it.

Now in order for me to make that workspace, I had to export it. So once I constructed this workspace, all I had to do is hit Export, and now I can name it, and then save it to wherever I want, since I have already done it, I'm not going to do it here. Now some of the things you want to know about workspaces, for one thing, they are cross-platform compatible. So if you created a workspace on either Mac or Windows, you can take that file and put it on the other operating system and Painter will still recognize it.

Workspaces act as a backup for time intensive setups. If for any reason something goes south, you can always re-import the saved workspace. So it actually also acts as a backup to your workspace that you've previously saved. Workspaces are also a great resource for Painter in a classroom environment, enabling students to all have the same exact work environment, that way everybody is exactly in sync with how the interface is laid out and what content is in it. Workspaces save user changes made while using Painter.

For example, I've just put in this workspace, but if I go in and say, change to that displaying or move this, that's all part of a workspace now. It adapts those changes to the workspace. So if I want to get back to where I was after some changes and a few sessions that I've worked in, I can go back in here and I could say, Import Workspace, I'd want to go to my desktop, in this case the exercise files, Chapter04 and re-import that workspace, and we will see here, once it's imported, everything is back just the way I had it.

Now previously, I described how sudden changes in a user interface can cause disorientation and confusion. This is exactly what I encountered when I initially started using Painter 12. Fortunately, one of 12's big changes is beefed up user customization of the user interface. This expanded capability enables you to significantly work around many of the interface changes introduced in Painter 12 that may not suit you.

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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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