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Using the Tool palette and Property bar

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Video: Using the Tool palette and Property bar

In this video, we are going to start taking a look at the components of the on screen interface in Painter and I'm going to begin by taking about the toolbar, which is right here, the Tool palette and I'm going to also discuss the Property Bar. So, this is normally where you wouldn't put them but I'm just pulling them out so you can see the components I'm talking about. Interestingly, the Tool palette and the Property Bar are almost two faces of a coin and the reason that is, is that you will notice if I switch from my Brush tool by clicking over here on the Layer Adjuster you will notice that the Property Bar changes and in fact, every time I click to a different tool the contents of that Property Bar update.

Using the Tool palette and Property bar

In this video, we are going to start taking a look at the components of the on screen interface in Painter and I'm going to begin by taking about the toolbar, which is right here, the Tool palette and I'm going to also discuss the Property Bar. So, this is normally where you wouldn't put them but I'm just pulling them out so you can see the components I'm talking about. Interestingly, the Tool palette and the Property Bar are almost two faces of a coin and the reason that is, is that you will notice if I switch from my Brush tool by clicking over here on the Layer Adjuster you will notice that the Property Bar changes and in fact, every time I click to a different tool the contents of that Property Bar update.

Why is it doing that? Well, one way I think about the Property Bar, it's almost like the dashboard on your car. When you are driving down the road, you don't spend 20%, 30%, 40% of your time looking down at the dashboard. In fact you would probably spend less than 1% looking at it. But at the same time it gives you vital information about the status of your car, so you know how much gas you have, you know how fast you are going, you can tell what radio station you are listening to, the time, they are all there but they are laid out in such a manner that you can pretty much glean that information from a single glance.

And that's exactly how the Property Bar works in conjunction with the Tool palette. So, each one of these tools has bits of information that is very useful to be able to almost in a glance be able to find out. We'll begin with the Brush because that's literally the heart of Painter. You will be in these other tools at various times but you are going to spend the majority of your time in Painter in the Brush tool since that what Painter is all about. And so, the Property Bar reflects the fact that you are using the Brush tool.

What you will find up here are various elements that tell you the status of that brush at the current time. Now, it's not my intent in this video to go through and describe for you what every component of every Property Bar setting is going to look like for every tool but the idea here is to let you know that you can get the key information you need about a tool from the Property Bar. And the way the Brush tool is set up in particular is it gives me some very vital information.

For example, I can find out right away what size brush I'm working on right now and it's listed in pixels. So, this is a 20 pixel brush. I also can find out what's the Opacity of this brush at the moment. It's a 70% Opacity. Finally, and we'll talk about this in greater detail in a later video but the Paper Grain interact with some tools, and this gives me a indication of what's the current setting of the Paper Grain. And then you are going to get into some more a little bit esoteric things here like Resat, Bleed, Jitter.

You know they are not common word that you encountered in everyday conversation, but to the brush they are important. For example, Resat is a contraction of re-saturation, and re-saturation and bleed as we'll find out later are two components of the brush that very much control how color comes off of the brush. And you can adjust them to get a wide variety of looks with the color that's coming off the brush and once again, we'll investigate that in depth at a later chapter. Jitter is another one.

It allows me to play around with the stroke that is made by a brush. In fact, let's just temporarily switch to a different tool and I'll show you a little bit of this. If I draw with this brush right now you will see that it in fact draws us a very nice straight line. However, if I go in and adjust my Opacity down and this is an important feature to show you, you can adjust the Opacity or any these boxes in several ways. I could go in here and this is an editable field.

I want to do 90% and you can see that the brush is not quite 100% opaque anymore. Another way to adjust it is to click on the little down arrow on the rectangle on the right side, if I click on that you will see what pops up here is a slider and I can now use this slider to adjust very coarsely or I can actually use these little right and left arrows to very precisely adjust exactly the level I want. Now, I have a brush that is 55% transparent. The other thing though that is very useful to know about the way this little drop-down menu that brings the slider up is you don't have to go through one, two, three actions in order to adjust opacity.

I can instead just click and drag, just clicking and dragging instantly make this adjustable so that you are not having to do three clicks. The only time you would use the three click method, the one and then two and then finally three to slide or to adjust this when you really want to make very precise adjustments. Normally I don't, especially with opacity. It's not something you necessarily need an exact level of Opacity. Many of the sliders in Painter employ what I call season to taste. There is no particularly correct Opacity level.

It's all in what your intention is and what kind of expression you are trying to make. So like a chef many of these sliders are really season to taste, you just get into roughly where you want. So, if I'm not at 50% exactly that's close enough for me. I don't need to spend the time threading the needle here to find exactly 50%, I can just basically click and drag and get to a percentage within a range that I want to work with. So, that's one way to very quickly work on these. Another way to do this what's you are going to happen to do when you are in the Brush tool is the 1 through 0 keys, work in 10% increments.

So if I want to get to 80% right now, if I just click the 8 key you can see it immediately moves up. So I can go like 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 and so on just by using those numeric keys. So you do have one way to quickly kind of move in 10% increments and often times that's totally useful. So what I'm talking about here that's specific to the Brush Property Bar is going to apply in basically any one of the palettes you are in. So if I want to change the Brush Size clicking and dragging is a way to do that.

The basis, as I said though, is that the Property Bar acts as if it were a dashboard for the particular tool that is active in the toolbar. So, you want to use this two sides of this coin to be able to give yourself a instant status check on what a particular tool setting is at any given moment.

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Painter 11 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 49s
    1. Welcome/demo
      54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      55s
  2. 3m 45s
    1. What Painter can do
      1m 15s
    2. Let's paint!
      2m 30s
  3. 23m 16s
    1. Starting Painter for the first time
      6m 39s
    2. Creating, opening, and saving files
      4m 52s
    3. Sizing image resolution for output
      6m 16s
    4. Extending the canvas
      2m 36s
    5. Creating and using templates
      2m 53s
  4. 37m 46s
    1. Navigating Painter
      8m 46s
    2. Rotating the canvas
      3m 3s
    3. Using the Tool palette and Property bar
      6m 41s
    4. Understanding Tool palette selectors
      8m 58s
    5. The Brush Selector bar: an art store in a palette
      4m 2s
    6. Configuring palettes
      6m 16s
  5. 28m 37s
    1. Accessing and controlling color with the Color palette
      8m 27s
    2. Mixing color in the Mixer palette
      10m 41s
    3. Color sets: choose 'n' use color
      9m 29s
  6. 37m 13s
    1. Understanding the six axes of motion
      3m 19s
    2. Introducing tablets: Intuos3 and Intuos4
      8m 6s
    3. Introducing tablets: Cintiq
      7m 49s
    4. Customizing your Wacom tablet: part 1
      4m 57s
    5. Customizing your Wacom tablet: part 2
      9m 25s
    6. Maximizing your tablet's pressure response
      3m 37s
  7. 14m 56s
    1. Understanding the selection tools
      2m 16s
    2. Making selections using the Lasso tool
      3m 20s
    3. Making polygonal selections
      2m 51s
    4. Making selections using the Magic Wand tool
      6m 29s
  8. 42m 34s
    1. Understanding layers
      8m 1s
    2. Using the Preserve Transparency control
      2m 50s
    3. Using the Pick Up Underlying Color control
      4m 36s
    4. Resizing and rotating layers using the Transform tool
      5m 45s
    5. Making selections using channels
      4m 23s
    6. Working with layer masks
      9m 52s
    7. Adding text
      7m 7s
  9. 37m 40s
    1. Understanding the Brush Creator workspace
      6m 11s
    2. Exploring brush properties using the Randomizer
      8m 15s
    3. Exploring brush properties using the Transposer
      4m 45s
    4. Using the Stroke Designer to create custom brushes
      9m 39s
    5. Managing brush variants
      8m 50s
  10. 38m 24s
    1. Adjusting brush size: three techniques
      3m 3s
    2. Fine-tuning your stroke in the Brush Controls palette
      5m 12s
    3. Working with texture-aware media
      8m 59s
    4. Painting with Artists' Oils brushes
      10m 45s
    5. Painting with RealBristle brushes
      3m 39s
    6. Working with hard media
      4m 57s
    7. Painting with markers
      1m 49s
  11. 20m 21s
    1. Understanding the Image Hose
      3m 26s
    2. Controlling the Image Hose
      8m 32s
    3. Creating a nozzle file
      8m 23s
  12. 22m 11s
    1. Warmup exercises
      7m 54s
    2. Draftsmanship: drawing media
      10m 56s
    3. Doodling
      43s
    4. Creating outline sketches utilizing the conceptual squint
      2m 38s
  13. 17m 28s
    1. Understanding cloning
      3m 1s
    2. Tracing a clone's source using Tracing Paper
      3m 27s
    3. Painting a cloned image
      5m 55s
    4. Creating a Quick Clone
      2m 46s
    5. In-document cloning
      2m 19s
  14. 25m 51s
    1. Understanding the vocabularies of paint photography
      8m 51s
    2. You must destroy detail
      6m 20s
    3. Focusing on the subject
      4m 1s
    4. Adapting color in a photograph for photo painting
      6m 39s
  15. 28m 16s
    1. Under-painting
      6m 26s
    2. Auto-painting
      5m 25s
    3. Using manual controls for auto-painting
      11m 53s
    4. Restoring detail using the Restoration palette
      4m 32s
  16. 18m 44s
    1. The photo as wet oil paint
      6m 47s
    2. Cloning the canvas and building detail with multiple layers
      11m 57s
  17. 25m 57s
    1. Applying surface texture
      6m 53s
    2. Matching the color palette between two images
      4m 10s
    3. Marbling
      9m 27s
    4. Exploring the Growth effect
      5m 27s
  18. 25m 10s
    1. Understanding frame-by-frame animation
      2m 9s
    2. Creating an animation with onion-skinning
      11m 51s
    3. Using a movie clone source
      11m 10s
  19. 17m 47s
    1. Using each application for its strengths
      4m 24s
    2. Working with Photoshop's PSD file format in Painter and Photoshop
      4m 52s
    3. Configuring color management
      8m 31s
  20. 33m 25s
    1. Setting preferences
      7m 37s
    2. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      5m 5s
    3. Saving and restoring palette layouts
      4m 3s
    4. Creating custom palettes
      3m 36s
    5. Accessing favorite brushes using the Tracker palette
      5m 55s
    6. Organizing custom workspaces
      7m 9s
  21. 8m 17s
    1. Undo, undo, undo
      3m 33s
    2. Painting on layers
      1m 57s
    3. Save often, save early
      2m 47s
  22. 10m 7s
    1. Resetting brushes: Painter's panic button
      2m 0s
    2. Resetting workspaces with the Shift key restart
      6m 12s
    3. Troubleshooting brushes with the brush checklist
      1m 55s
  23. 16s
    1. Goodbye
      16s

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