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This movie-based tutorial is designed to give new and existing users of Corel Painter IX a basic understanding of the latest version of the program and its new and improved features, including the new Welcome Screen, Customizable Keyboard Shortcuts, Artists' Oils Painting System, Snap-To-Path Painting, QuickClone, and integration with the Wacom Intuos3 tablet. The training begins with an overview of the Corel Painter IX interface, a review of basic tools, and tips on working with a Wacom tablet and then moves to practical sketching and painting exercises, including how to convert digital photographs to drawings, paintings, and mosaics. Exercise files accompany the training, allowing you to follow along and learn at your own pace.
- In this movie, we're gonna take a look at the main components that make up the interface in Corel Painter IX. The first element to the interface is the menu bar, which is up at the top of the application window. This looks and behaves like all standard applications. The next element is the toolbox, which is docked vertically to the top left hand corner of the application window. You can see that I can click and drag to reposition it wherever I like on screen. The toolbox has three components. It has the tools, the primary and secondary color, and the content selectors.
The tools are divided into three subcategories. The creation and selection tools, the vector based creation tools, and the navigation tools. The first tool in the top left hand corner is the brush tool, which is probably the tool you'll find yourself using most frequently in Corel Painter IX. The second tool is the layer adjuster tool, which allows you to reposition your layers on screen. The third tool is the rectangular selection tool, and you can see that it has a little tiny triangle in the bottom right hand corner, as do some of the other tools. Whenever you see that little tiny rectangle, it basically means that there's additional tools underneath in a tool fly-out.
If I click and hold the rectangular selection tool, you can see that I open up that little tool fly-out and that reveals the elliptical selection tool and the lasso selection tool. Next we have the magic wand tool, the crop tool, and the selection adjuster tool, which allows us to reposition our selections on screen. The next section of tools is the vector based creation tools. There's actually an entire chapter dedicated to those particular tools so if you're interested in learning how to work with those you can refer to that chapter.
We start here with the pen tool and the quick curve tool. Then we have the rectangular shape tool and the elliptical shape tool. The text tool, the shape selection tool, the scissors, the add point, remove point and convert point tools. The next section is the navigation tools. We start with the eye dropper tool, which allows us to sample color from the image. The paint bucket tool, which lets us fill either a section or an entire image with a color or pattern.
The magnifier tool, which lets us zoom in and out of our current image window. And then we have the grabber tool, which underneath houses the rotate page tool and the perspective adjuster tool. We're not gonna go into any detail about how these particular tools work. Throughout this movie training, we'll be learning how to use these tools in individual projects, but for right now it's just important to orient ourselves with what the tools are and where they're located in the toolbox. Now I just want to point out that in addition to being able to choose these in the toolbox, there's also keyboard shortcuts associated with these.
For example, if I press the B key, you can see it changes to the brush tool. If I press the L key, it switches to the lasso tool. If I press the zed key, or the Z key, it switches to the scissors tool. If you'd like to have a complete list of the keyboard shortcuts, you can go to Corel Painter IX, Preferences, Customize Keys. If you're on Windows, you're gonna choose Edit, Preferences, Customize Keys. And you can take a look in this dialogue box for the default keyboard shortcuts. Now I want to point out that this is a new feature in Corel Painter IX, the ability to customize your keyboard shortcuts.
We are actually going to take a look at that in detail in an upcoming movie. The next main element of the toolbox is the primary and secondary colors. You can see the first one is our primary color, and our second one is a secondary color. This little swatch set is also repeated right over here on our colors palette. As we choose a color, you can see I'm just moving this little circle around inside the hue saturation triangle, what you can see happening is our color updates automatically.
Now I can also double click this color swatch and that will open up the standard operating system color picker dialogue box. I happen to be using Mac OS 10, if you're on a Windows computer your color picker dialogue box is going to look a little bit differently. The next element is the content selectors, and this basically lets you choose your current paper texture, gradient, pattern, weave, brush look and brush nozzle.
Now all of the content selectors basically work the same way. If I click it, you can see that that opens up this little menu which shows me all of the papers I have in my default paper library. And to choose one, I can basically just click it and you can see that this swatch updates automatically here in the paper selector. Now I can choose to view these in list form, which is the default, which gives me a small thumbnail preview as well as the name of the texture.
If I click the little arrow, I can choose thumbnails. And that basically allows me to view these in a larger thumbnail format. If I position my cursor over top of the thumbnail, you can see that I get a tool tip which gives me the name of the paper. I personally prefer to work with these on list, but it's a personal choice and you can choose however you wish to set these up. As I mentioned, all of these content selectors work the same way. This is the gradient selector, the pattern selector, the weave, the brush look selector, and last we have the nozzle selector.
Now these are the default libraries that ship with Corel Painter IX. If you're interested there are some additional content libraries on your CD which you can take a look at. The next element of the interface is the property bar, which is by default docked right underneath the menu bar. But I can click and drag to reposition it wherever I like on screen. The purpose of the property bar is to provide access to commands based on the tool that you're in. If you notice when I was showing you the tools in the toolbox earlier, as I click on a tool, you can see that the property bar changes and provides controls that are specific to each individual tool.
This really saves you from having to dig through dialogue boxes to access specific controls. Now the brush tool is actually context sensitive a little bit more than some of the other tools. You can see here that I have a artist oils brush chosen, and the section of the property bar from this divider over is context sensitive based on the type of brush you're using. If you think about working traditionally, the types of things that you're gonna want to do to an oil brush are very different than what you would do with a water color brush.
Let's just switch categories here. I'm gonna choose our brush category picker and go down to watercolor. You can see that automatically my property bar changes to reflect the fact that I changed brush categories. So this particular property bar for the brush tool is context sensitive based also on the type of brush that you're using. The next element of the interface is the brush selector, which is docked to the top right hand corner by default. Like the other elements of the interface, I can click and drag to reposition it where I like on screen.
Now there's two selectors here, the brush category selector and the brush variant selector. I like to think of the brush category selector as little jars on my desk. Often if you're in an artist studio, you'll see a jar for pencils and a jar for erasers and a jar for paintbrushes, a jar for watercolor brushes, et cetera. The brush category selector basically works like those little jars. So if I want to choose an artist oil brush, I'm gonna choose the artist oil category. If I wanna choose a digital watercolor brush, I'm gonna choose the digital watercolor category.
From there I can choose a brush from the brush variant selector. You can see that this list changes based on what category I have chosen. So if I switch now to say, the cloners category, can see that the options in the brush variant selector automatically change. Now you can see here that the currently selected brush and currently selected category automatically appear at the top. Let's just switch back to digital water color. Here you can see digital watercolor is our current category and broad water brush is our current brush variant.
Now like the content selectors, I can also choose how I want to view these particular brushes. If I go to the pop up menu here, you can see I can choose thumbnails, which gives us a thumbnail preview, if I position my cursor over top, you can see I get a tool tip telling me the name of the brush. I can also choose to view the stroke. So that basically gives me a preview of what the brush is going to look like when I paint with it. And again, as I position my cursor over these particular stroke previews, you can see that I get a tool tip indicating the name of the brush.
Again, I like to have this set on list view, but that's a personal preference and something that you'll decide what you like best as you work with the application. There's also a little arrow here on the top right hand corner, which gives us access to a menu, and there's a number of controls in here. We're gonna take a look at some of these throughout this movie training. What I wanna point out right here is the Restore Default Variant and Restore All Default Variant options. Sometimes you're going to customize your brush using the property bar or some of the other controls in Corel Painter IX.
But you're gonna want to get back to how the brush was set up originally. So let's say for example we have our broad water brush and we adjust the grain, we adjust the diffusion, and we adjust wet fringe. And we paint with that for a while and then we decide we want to get back to how it was set up originally. I can go to this pop up menu and choose Restore Default Variant, and you can see it changes the settings back to how it was set up originally in Corel Painter IX. Now it's important that you don't confuse Restore Default Variant with Restore All Default Variants.
Restore Default Variant will restore the currently selected brush only, so in this case it will only restore the default for broad water brush. Restore All Default Variants will restore every brush inside the Corel Painter IX default brush library. So any changes you've made you will lose if choose Restore All Default Variants. So be careful when you're choosing that option and make sure that's really what you want to do. The last component that makes up the interface are the palettes. By default, the colors, mixer, color sets, layers and channels palettes are open by default when you first open Corel Painter IX.
You can see that the palettes are made up of a title bar and it has a little triangle right beside the title and if I click those triangles you can see I can open and close the palettes. Now if you want to have additional palettes on screen, you can go to the Window menu and choose any of these options. You can see we have the Brush Controls, if I choose Show General, that's gonna open up the brush controls palette with the general palette open. I can close that up and if I want to turn it off I can just click the button in the top right hand corner.
You can see I can also turn on the Text palette, the Show Scripts palette, Show Info and Show Tracker, Show Image Portfolio, Show Selection Portfolio, these are all palettes, likewise the Library Palettes, the additional Color Palettes and the Brush Controls palettes. So as you work in Corel Painter IX, we're gonna be taking a look at some of these additional palettes. As you become more familiar with the application, you'll get to know which palettes you want to have open on screen. Now if you inadvertently turn a palette off, for example, if I turn off the layers palette and I want to get it back, all I need to do is go to the Window menu and choose Show Layers, and it will automatically appear again for me.
Now there are ways that we can customize the interface, specifically by grouping and ungrouping our palletes and also by creating custom palettes. We're gonna take a look at how to do those two things in the next two movies. But for right now that gives us a good overview of the main elements that make up the interface in Corel Painter IX.
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