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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.
If you find yourself reusing the same file dimensions, formatting, or resolution, you may want to take advantage of Painter's templates feature. This facility lets you save commonly used file sizes for quick recall. So let's take a look at how we do this. Basically, you need to create the file that is going to become a template. Let's open up New, I'm going to create a file, let's say quite often I use something like 1500 pixels by 1000 pixels, and I'll keep it at 300 ppi.
And now we've got our file. So we have the size that we want, but there are some other things we are going to want to do here. What I may want to do, and this is optional, but if you work with a specific color profile all the time, for example, I tend to work in Adobe RGB, I can specify that as part of the template. Not only can you have color management set to that, but this way, when you open up a template it will defeat whatever settings you may have, if you intend to open it and get an Adobe RGB file. What I want to do there is just quickly go into my Color Management Settings here and I want to go to Assign Profile.
I am going to set this, let's say, I want you to use Adobe RGB to this particular document. Now, let's go ahead and we are going to save this. You can see now it's got Adobe RGB associated with it. What I want to do here is I want to give it a name that makes some sense as a profile. So I am going to tell it that it's 1500 X 1000 @300PPI, and the other thing I might say on here is ARGB for Adobe RGB.
And you want to save this, it has to be in the RIF format. If we go into Applications, this is on a Mac. I'll tell you how to do it in Windows in a second. Let's go down to Corel Painter 12 > Support Files > Templates, and this is where I want to save this. And it has to be in the RIF format, or it will not recognize it as a template, but just as we had earlier here, I've now got information in the title that will make sense when I open it up as a template. So let's go ahead and say Save. So if you are on Windows and you want to save this in Windows 7, you are going to have to go to Appdata/roaming/corel/ painter12/default/templates, and that's where you'll put it in a Windows 7 installation.
Now that I have saved this in the Templates folder, I can go ahead and quit Painter 12, which I need to do in order for it to recognize that template file because it's got to reload to find it and know that it's now there. We will go ahead, launch Painter, go to File and go to Open Template, and there now is our new template file. So when I open this up, it's going to open it up at those dimensions in the Adobe RGB color space and that's how you create a template.
I think you'll find that templates are another useful little extra in Painter that you can take advantage to streamline your workflow.
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