Join Tanya Staples for an in-depth discussion in this video Painter files in Photoshop, part of Getting Started with Corel Painter 8.
- [Voiceover] One of the most important workflows for digital artists, illustrators, and anyone who's using Corel Painter 8 is the ability to take your files that have been created natively in Corel Painter 8 and take them into Adobe Photoshop without losing any of your information that's on-screen, such as layers, layer masks, and channels. Now we've already talked about in other movies the importance of taking Painter-specific layers, such as Watercolor, Liquid Ink, and making sure that you convert those to default layers.
What I'm gonna do is I'm just gonna show how smooth it is to go between Corel Painter 8 and Adobe Photoshop 7. What I have right here is a file that was created by one of our user interface designers, Steve Sozzi, and this is an interior shot from the 1960s. It's a really fun illustration that he did for some of our Corel Painter 8 marketing materials. You can see right here in the Layers palette that the file is made up of a number of layers. In the interior, we have a number of elements that are grouped together.
There's also a number of layer masks that are applied to the files in the interior group. There's one here, as well as there is a layer mask applied to the architecture layer, and also if you look down in the Channels palette, you can see that there's a number of masks that have been saved, which is how Steve created, really cleanly created a number of the elements in the composition such as the pillows, the chairs, the table, the light. So what we're gonna do is we're gonna save this file as an Adobe Photoshop file, and then we're gonna open it up so we can take a look at how smoothly and how easily it is to go between Corel Painter 8 and Adobe Photoshop and keep all of the information that you need in the files.
Right now, we have TechIllustration.rif, and I would always recommend before saving as a Photoshop file, that you save as a .rif. I'm just gonna hit File, Save, because it's already the file name and the extension that we want on it, so make sure you save your original file as a .rif, and that way in case anything happens, you can always come back to that original file format that you had before you went into Adobe Photoshop. The next thing we're gonna do is we're gonna save this as a Photoshop file, and you can do this from the File menu, File, Save As, and we're gonna change the format to Photoshop, and I'm just gonna go add a .psd file extension, which is the native Photoshop file format, and then I'm gonna click Save.
Now what this does is, this Export Options, is it allows me to decide if I want to export the file as an RGB file or as a CMYK file. Painter natively supports RGB only, but when you save you have the option to save as RGB or CMYK when going back to Photoshop. I'm just gonna leave this as RGB, and click Okay, and now my file is saved. I'm gonna quit Corel Painter 8 and close that file, and then I'm gonna launch Adobe Photoshop 7, which I have right here, and I'm gonna go ahead and I'm gonna open the file that I just saved, which is called TechIllustration.psd.
There you can see the nice preview of the file. I'm gonna go ahead and open this up. You can see it right up here in the Info palette. You can see that just like in Corel Painter 8, we have our layer masks, we have all the individual layers that we had. If I open up this group, you can see again that the layer mask has been retained on this particular layer, and you can see all the files. They have the exact same names, they have the exact same content on them. Likewise, if I go into my Channels palette, you can see I have all the masks that I saved, the Alpha channels that I saved when I was creating this file, or sorry, when Steve was creating this file, and you can see everything here is kept intact going right back and forth between Corel Painter 8 and Adobe Photoshop.