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If you're a premium member of the lynda.com Online Training Library or if you're watching this tutorial on a disk, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this title. So all the exercise files are found in a folder which is amazingly named exercise files. If we open this up you'll find all of the various chapters with additional folders and inside each one of these there will be the content that's used along with each lesson. Now I'll open one up and you'll see that this is the file that I would be using for Chapter 1 and if we look over here you'll see that some files are RIF, some are PSD. The RIF format is Painter's native format. The PSD format is Photoshop's native format.
RIF sometimes is used to save very specific information, but I've split the difference here because 99% of the time you can save files in the Photoshop format. This is also important because it allows you to move your files back-and-forth between Painter and Photoshop and use each application for what it's best at. If you're a monthly or annual subscriber to lynda.com, you're not going to have access to the exercise files, but you'll see that in many cases I'm starting with an untitled document so you can follow along that way from scratch or you can use your own assets.
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