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Working with the Brush Selector

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Video: Working with the Brush Selector

The Brush Selector is most likely Painter's single most used palette, and anything that streamlines it is a welcome addition. Corel has done just this. Let's go ahead and take a look. So we have up here in the upper left the new default position for the Brush Selector. In the later chapter on the interface, I will show you how you can relocate this if you're used to it having been on the right side, and I want to open this up, just clicking on the icon, will show us the Brush Selector and how it's now organized.

Working with the Brush Selector

The Brush Selector is most likely Painter's single most used palette, and anything that streamlines it is a welcome addition. Corel has done just this. Let's go ahead and take a look. So we have up here in the upper left the new default position for the Brush Selector. In the later chapter on the interface, I will show you how you can relocate this if you're used to it having been on the right side, and I want to open this up, just clicking on the icon, will show us the Brush Selector and how it's now organized.

There used to be two dropdown menus, and now they have combined both of those into a single palette, which is a really smart move. So now I can go to a category and instantly see in the same view what particular brush variants are associated with that category. So right there, that's a big win. We've now got a quicker way to get at a variety of brushes than before. The other thing that's new is, you can start to edit and move this list, as well as the categories very easily.

For example, if I want to move Variable Splatter in this list, all I have to do now is click and drag, and I can relocate it to a new location. The reason you may want to do this is some brush that you use all the time, you may find it far easier to access it, if you just quickly put it up at the top of the list. It's alphabetized by default, but sometimes the most used brushes make sense to just be right up at the top and that's something that we can do. Another thing that's new is, I can now create new categories right from the Brush Selector.

So if we go in here, I can say I want to create a New Brush Category. So we will go in here and we'll call this My Brushes, and we will click OK. Open this back up, and right down here at the bottom is a new category, with an icon associated with it. As a previous user, you may remember, it was kind of dicey creating a new category, because you had to come up with an icon for it, that's all now automatically taken care of. There is a provision in here if you want to create a custom icon for it, but the fact that it actually creates one by default that goes a long way towards making this a much easier process for people.

So now that I've got this new category, how do I populate it with brushes? Well, this is another new feature. Let's say we go into Acrylics, and let's say I want the Wet Acrylic there. I can just click and drag that into this new category. It's no longer here, and there maybe times where you do want to aggregate various brushes from various categories into a new category, particularly in a workflow where you need these brushes and you want to quickly get to them, it makes sense to move them.

However, let's just go to something like Impasto, and we will take Fiber. If you hold down the Option or the Alt key, this will make a copy of it. So you won't lose it from the library it's in, and it will just add it to that library. So if we open this up now, you will see that we have got a couple of new variants in there that we have just added. Another new thing that's really great is, I can just by right-clicking, do things like hide a variant. If I decide in a list I don't want to have the Fiber brush there anymore, I can say Hide Variant.

It's still there, but in order to get it back, you are going to want to go down to your Variant Display and say, Show All Variants, and there it is back in our list. Finally, the other great thing you can do with this now is you can export these libraries very easily. The same will be true of an individual brush if you want to. All you have to do is go in here, and say that you want to Export, and in this case I want to export my, My Brushes category, so I am going to go ahead and hit that.

I'm going to do My Brushes, I am going to say OK, and let's take it right to the desktop and we will say Save. And just to show this all the way through, I am going to take My Brushes as it is in there now, and I'm going to go ahead and I want to remove this brush category. So I will say Remove My Brushes, yes, I am going to remove it. I know I am, and now we go back in here and that library is gone. How do I get it back in there? Well, that's the beauty part.

So here is, on the desktop, the My Brushes category, and think about what you can do with this. You can email this to someone, you can save it for backup, put it on a thumb drive and give it to somebody else. But here is the coolest part. All I have to do is take this, and assuming you have a copy of Painter 12 on your system, just double-click it, and we have now just installed that category into our copy of Painter. It's that easy, and that really makes a huge difference in how easy it is going to be now to trade brushes in the Painter community.

It's always been somewhat difficult, and there's always been a lot of confusion about what directory it goes in and all that, that is now history. It's in the rear view mirror, because that's been made so easy now that it would be crazy if nobody took advantage of it. The last thing I want to talk about is the Recent Brushes display. That's right up here at the top and I can turn that on and off, if we go right here. We don't have to see it, but it is nice to have it. What it is, is essentially a cookie crumb trail of brushes that you have used.

So you can see here, these are the brushes that I had earlier. I had the Bleach Runny, and then I have the Bristle Brush. Let's say I go to the Image Hose and I try it out, and if we look back on this list now, we'll see it. Anytime you touch the canvas with a brush, it will be added to the Recent Brushes list, and there are two ways to view this. One is embedded right in the Brush Selector; the other one is a floating list, which happens to be set up right over here.

It's kind of going to go off the edge of the screen. So once again, depending on the resolution of your display, you may or may not want to use this, but you have two choices. Normally, I would say, you probably either want this visible here, and you don't need it visible here then, so you can go ahead and turn it off, or you might want to go the other way. You may not want to have this visible, and you just go to the Window, and go ahead and hide that, and then turn it on right here.

So you have got a couple different ways workflow-wise that you can set this up for getting at your little cookie crumb trail of brushes you have used. So this is the new Brush Selector. I think it's way improved and the fact that they have now made sharing brushes so much more easier is going to benefit all Painter users. I would think in a few months, all of the Painter users are going to be literally swimming in an ocean of customized shareable brushes.

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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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