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Painter X Essential Training

with John Derry

Video: Welcome

Delves into Painter X's tools, palettes, materials, and brushes; conveys artistic concepts like simplicity and proportion.
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  1. 2m 9s
    1. Welcome
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 18s
  2. 14m 32s
    1. Understanding what Painter X can do
      1m 55s
    2. Emulating natural media
      3m 37s
    3. Auto-painting
      2m 27s
    4. Painting from scratch
      1m 56s
    5. Painting from a photo
      2m 38s
    6. Using RealBristle brushes
      1m 59s
  3. 55m 54s
    1. Understanding the Painter interface
      2m 33s
    2. Using the Tool palette and the Property bar: Two sides of the same coin
      2m 42s
    3. Using art material selectors
      5m 56s
    4. The Color palette: Visual color selection
      2m 34s
    5. The Color Info palette: Precise color selection
      2m 20s
    6. Color sets: Choose 'n' use color
      1m 8s
    7. The Mixer palette: Traditional color mixing
      4m 55s
    8. The Brush Selector bar: An art store in a palette
      3m 7s
    9. Zooming in and out
      5m 26s
    10. Scrolling
      3m 5s
    11. Rotating an image
      5m 16s
    12. Full Screen mode
      2m 7s
    13. Keeping your palettes organized
      7m 5s
    14. Using workspaces
      7m 40s
  4. 23m 25s
    1. Creating a new image
      1m 35s
    2. Opening an image
      1m 32s
    3. Saving an image
      4m 57s
    4. Setting preferences
      1m 25s
    5. Defining cursor appearance and behavior
      5m 13s
    6. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      6m 1s
    7. File-saving preferences
      2m 42s
  5. 24m 27s
    1. What is a Wacom tablet?
      5m 40s
    2. Understanding the six axes of motion
      5m 54s
    3. Maximizing your tablet's pressure response
      5m 18s
    4. Customizing your Wacom tablet
      7m 35s
  6. 48m 7s
    1. Understanding brush categories and variants
      5m 4s
    2. Adjusting brush size
      4m 32s
    3. Managing brushes and paper texture
      6m 7s
    4. The Papers palette
      6m 23s
    5. Making basic brush adjustments
      10m 52s
    6. Custom palettes
      5m 51s
    7. The Tracker palette
      9m 18s
  7. 27m 35s
    1. Introducing the Brush Creator
      3m 58s
    2. The Randomizer
      5m 53s
    3. The Transposer
      8m 4s
    4. The Stroke Designer
      9m 40s
  8. 20m 37s
    1. Warming up: Exercises
      4m 11s
    2. Warming up: Calisthenics
      8m 4s
    3. Less is more: Too many brushes spoil the stew
      8m 22s
  9. 20m 43s
    1. Nozzle files
      4m 10s
    2. Creating a nozzle file
      9m 31s
    3. Controlling the Image Hose
      7m 2s
  10. 18m 30s
    1. Using compositional aids
      7m 29s
    2. The Layout Grid composition tool
      3m 36s
    3. Understanding the Divine Proportion tool
      3m 20s
    4. The Perspective Grid
      4m 5s
  11. 25m 15s
    1. The benefits of working with layers
      6m 9s
    2. Creating and deleting layers
      4m 54s
    3. Using the Preserve Transparency function
      5m 28s
    4. Using the Pick Up Underlying Color command
      8m 44s
  12. 32m 39s
    1. Cloning basics
      8m 24s
    2. Using Tracing Paper
      4m 15s
    3. In-document point-to-point cloning
      2m 17s
    4. The Underpainting palette
      4m 59s
    5. The Auto-Painting palette
      7m 22s
    6. The Restoration palette
      5m 22s
  13. 35m 50s
    1. Applying surface texture
      13m 22s
    2. Using the Match palette
      6m 16s
    3. Creating woodcuts
      6m 55s
    4. Creating custom tiled surfaces
      9m 17s
  14. 15m 26s
    1. Undo, undo, undo
      4m 7s
    2. Painting on layers
      6m 23s
    3. Save early, save often
      4m 56s
  15. 19m 48s
    1. Using each application for its strengths
      5m 7s
    2. The PSD format: What's compatible and what's not
      6m 20s
    3. Color management compatibility
      8m 21s
  16. 7m 30s
    1. Using the Shift key restart
      6m 3s
    2. My brush won't paint
      1m 27s
  17. 37s
    1. Goodbye

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Painter X Essential Training
Video duration: 0s 6h 33m Beginner


Expressive brushes. This is instructor John Derry's two-word answer as to why Painter is such an effective tool. When used with a Wacom tablet, Painter can elevate digital mark-making to a form of creative self-expression. Combining the aesthetics of traditional media with the freedom to experiment, Painter X Essential Training not only delves into each tool, palette, material, and brush, it also speaks to the artistic concepts of simplicity, stroke, proportion, and perspective. Exercise files accompany the course.

Download John's instructions for alphabetizing your brushes and his troubleshooting checklist for brushes from the Exercise Files tab."

Topics include:
  • Understanding and customizing a Wacom tablet Creating brushes Painting with compositional aids Working with layers Cloning and using effects Using Painter and Photoshop effectively
Painter Wacom


Hey! Hi there. I'm John Derry and I'm one of the original authors of Painter and so I guess that means I've been around the block a couple times in terms of moving pixels around. So what we're going to do here is Painter Essentials X and we're going to be covering things like how to organize your brushes, understanding the interface, being able to use layers to paint, for example, or even using Auto-Painting, which is the way you can just basically take a photograph and have Painter apply its smarts to it to make a finished painting for you.

We're going to do all that and more and as you can see here we're going to be having a lot of fun as we go through this. So I hope you'll join me and at the end of this my hope is that you going to be a really excited about Painter as well as expressing yourself through this amazing mark making tool. So come join me.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Painter X Essential Training .

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Q: In the “Understanding brush categories and variants” movie, the author mentions that there is a video on alphabetizing your brushes, but I cannot find that video anywhere in Online Training Library.
A: Alphabetizing brushes was mentioned in the tutorial, but the movie was never added to the course.
To compensate for this oversight, we added a PDF file with the course materials that describes how to alphabetize brushes. The file,, is free for all subscription levels, and is available under the Exercise Files tab of the Painter X Essential Training course.
Additionally organizing brush categories (including alphabetizing) is covered in Painter 11: Mastering Brushes, in the chapter 9 movie “Customized Brush Library Organization: Pruning a Library.”





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