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Using media selectors

From: Painter 12 Essential Training

Video: Using media selectors

Besides tools, an artist's stock-in-trade are the art materials applied with those tools. Painter 12's art materials provide a wide variety of expressive variation. In this video, we will take a look at art materials and how to access these expression-flavoring items. Now art materials are the name that have been given to these various materials since early in the dawn of Painter. With this version, they are now kind of referring to it instead as media, and as you noticed, again, if you're a Painter user from previous versions, those art materials, or media, used to be a part of the Tool palette.

Using media selectors

Besides tools, an artist's stock-in-trade are the art materials applied with those tools. Painter 12's art materials provide a wide variety of expressive variation. In this video, we will take a look at art materials and how to access these expression-flavoring items. Now art materials are the name that have been given to these various materials since early in the dawn of Painter. With this version, they are now kind of referring to it instead as media, and as you noticed, again, if you're a Painter user from previous versions, those art materials, or media, used to be a part of the Tool palette.

And what's happened here is they have now created a second little palette that has the media in it. Papers does remain as part of the Tool palette since it's the most commonly-used one, but then you've got Patterns, you've got Gradients, we've got Nozzles, we've got Weaves, and finally we have Brush Looks. You've got all the same materials, they are just now largely in a separate palette with the exception of Paper. Like we were showing earlier, how you can adjust the size of the Tool palette, I can go up to Preferences > Interface, and right here I can play around with the size and orientation of the media layout.

So I am going to go down here, and I will just temporarily change it so you can see it. It makes it rather large and on our resolution display this really isn't going to work for us, because it's just not large enough. So I'll take it back, but I just want you to be aware that you can play with how this is organized just like you can the Tool palette. So let's go back and change this, and for our purposes I am going to tuck it down here, and let's use the Paper Selector as a sample of how these work now.

One of the key things is that it now has multiple libraries, and another key thing that it doesn't have anymore, is a little flyout menu here. What you used to be able to do is open this up, and if you wanted to make an adjustment to any texture, say this one, I could go to the flyout menu and open up the Paper Control panel, but that's been disassociated from these selectors. So what we have to do is go up to the Window palette, and we will go down here and we are going to go to the Media Library Panels, we can pick any one of these and it will just pop up a panel that has a palette.

So here's most of them. The other thing I need to get is the Paper panel, so we will go right here, Papers, and these are together. So I have both the Libraries and the Paper Control panel, so from here I can make adjustments to this, do things like increase or decrease saturation, as well as lightness. This is where I can control all of that, but I've also got the Paper Libraries associated with this here and let's open this up. And as I was saying, we now have multiple libraries open at the same time.

If you want to have multiple libraries you can, I can go right into here, and if I want to turn off the Watercolor Papers for example, I can turn that off and just have that one library open, or I can go ahead and open this other one, Watercolor, and you can even load-in other libraries and have even more in here. And anything you do in here will then effectively be showing up in the Media Selector itself. So this multiple library concept works for all of the various art media.

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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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