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Join John Derry, one of the original Corel Painter authors, as he shares the creative techniques that will get beginners up and running, and shows old hands the new features that can get a creative vision out of your head and on to your canvas. The course demonstrates how to create projects, use Painter brushes and painting styles, build templates, and work with layers and channels. John also shares pointers on setting up a Wacom tablet to interface with Painter.
Color sets are yet another way to manage and get access to color in Painter. Of all the things we've looked at, this is the most organizational way for you to track color, because what it lets you do, and if we look at the Color Set panel, you can see, it organizes colors in small chips that give you a way to very quickly visually get at colors. And I will show you here in a moment, you can actually also get to them if a Color Set happens to have color names, as you can see in this one, it uses a set of traditional paint color names.
We can even set this up so that we can see those names. So whether you're doing this visually, or you want to do it via a list of names that are familiar to you, that will tell you what the color is, you've got both of those options available to you in color sets. So let's look at some of the controls that we can do to change the view of the color set. I am going to go up to the flyout menu for Color Set Libraries. And one of the things I want to show you here are some of the views we can do.
For example, we can change the size of the little swatches, so we just have a larger visual view of them. Obviously, the larger they get, the less of them you're going to be able to see, particularly if it's a very large list. And to be honest, unless you really need to, for most cases the smaller one is totally usable. But sitting here and looking at this, I can't see like what's the difference between that color and that color. It's hard to tell. And if we do enlarge it up, even to one size larger, I believe they're right here.
Those colors are now a bit more identifiable as individual colors on screen. So that is a case where you may want to enlarge the size of these. And once again, like the other color palettes we've looked at, you can take this off of here, and it is also expandable. So you can make this as large as you want, either within your palette stack or as a separate panel on a high resolution display, or on a second screen. Now, the other way we can look at this as I mentioned, is if I go in here and go to the List View, because this particular color set has naming conventions attached to traditional colors, this for some people will be the best way to get at it.
You want Prussian Blue, well you're going to find it by name. It would be very hard to identify Prussian Blue out of all of these blues, by color alone. So being able to see the name is another way that will help you get at colors that you want to work with. Another thing you can do, is you can organize the sorting order that these show up in, and I will show you what I mean here. If we go down to Sort Order, you can view them as Saved, which is the original way that these were organized, or you can look at them in what's called HLS, LHS, or SHL.
Now, what does that mean? Well, it stands for Hue/Lightness/Saturation. It's basically the same as hue value and saturation, it's a slightly different model internally, but you can think of it as hue, saturation and value. And what it does is it just prorates the colors looking at their hue, lightness, and saturation values, and in the case of HLS, it's going to prorate it. So when I click it, it's going to do it through the hue. So it's actually doing it from black and then working its way through blues and spectromatically basically, going through the colors.
If we change it to something like lightness, well now we're going to get from the darkest value color all the way to the lightest value. So you've got different ways to slice and dice the organization of colors within a color set, just depending on what you're doing, one of these different sort orders, may make a difference to you in terms of how you want to be able to select related colors. Another thing that's new in Painter 12 is that you can now have multiple color sets in your panel simultaneously.
Previously in Painter, you had to swap out one color set for another, and now you can have multiples open. So if we go here and say, I want to have Spectrum open as well, it will open that. So these aren't that different, but if I go to say, yet a third color set here, something like Gray Range, now I've got a different set of very different kind of colors in it. So you can actually load these up, multiple sets, and have them available to you simultaneously, which just goes a long way towards enabling you to be able to get at more color in an organized fashion than you've been able to previously do.
I am going to turn off the additional color sets here. So let's go back, and go back to Color Set Libraries. I am just going to disable a couple of these, we're down to a single set. And what you can do is you can add new colors to a color set. I can create a new color set in fact. If I say New Color Set, we'll just start with the default. It has to have a color in it. So it's just taking whatever color was active at the time in the other color set. So if I want to add colors to this, the first thing I want to do is make sure I've selected this color set by just highlighting the single color in that set, because whatever is selected in here, that's the set it's going to address assuming you have multiple color sets open.
So now that I've set that, I can go ahead, and let's get kind of that peach color, and we'll add that. And what I might want to do in this case is, I am just going to slide through the spectrum, and just add a few colors in here as I go. So this is one way I can kind of keep the saturation value the same and just put changing hues in there. But you can see it's very easy once you've set up a new color set to go in and just add new colors. And you know, however much radically I want to change, and whatever is current in the main color, that will be the color that is added to the set.
Conversely, we can remove color. So if I don't like a color that's in there, I can delete the color and whichever is highlighted, like that one, I'll put the highlight around it, I delete it, it will remove that particular color from the set. So this gives you a way to build your own color sets, and just as I showed you before, I can sample colors from images, I can get it from the Color palette, anyway you want to have a source color, you can get it into a color set to organize it.
So color sets basically give you a very organized control over sets of colors that you're going to repeatedly use or in the case of the Painter color set, it actually gives you a range of colors that are based on traditional oil paint colors. So people coming from a traditional background who are familiar with those color naming conventions, will feel very comfortable with the Painter color set in this case, because it uses those same conventions when the colors were all sampled in a manner so that, relatively speaking to one another, they are all going to be very similar to the same environment you have with the traditional colors.
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