Join John Derry for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting preferences, part of Painter 2017 Essential Training.
- [Instructor] The first stop on our customization tour is preferences. Preferences provide options to adjust how Painter handles specific tasks. I divide preferences up into two categories: convenience and performance. Convenience preferences are specific to your particular workflow, so there is no right answer. Like convenience preferences, performance preferences are specific to your unique hardware configuration. Think of my suggestions here as starting points, which you may need to experiment with in order to find the sweet spot for your particular workflow and hardware.
So, we'll go up to the Painter menu, and then go to Preferences, and we'll start off here with General. This is where you can make a few generalized preference settings. One that I will point out that you want to know about is Create backup on Save. When this is enabled, Painter not only saves the file that you have asked to save, but it also creates a second backup file. Same exact everything, except it just has a backup on the end of it, to let you know that it's the duplicate file.
If you have a lot of space on your machine, then, by all means, save this. On the other hand, if you're working in a rather constricted storage environment, you may want to shut this off, because it will decrease in half how much you are saving each time that you do save an image in Painter. Brush increment is connected to using the left and right bracket keys to adjust your brush. By default, it's at one, and I found that to be too small of an increment change, so, two, for me, works.
However, I can tell you now that with keyboard shortcuts for an onscreen adjuster, which we'll see elsewhere in the title, you probably don't even use this that much anymore. So, two, I recommend, but you may or may not even use it. Let's go to Interface. This is where anything about how Painter looks is where you would change it. One that's important to talk about here is the Enhanced brush ghost for your cursor. This actually shows you the tilt and bearing of your cursor, which can be very useful.
I will tell you, though, that I have found instances, and I can't tell you which brushes this happens on, but some brushes seem to slow down when Enhanced brush ghost is enabled, and by switching to the simpler Brush ghost, those performance lags will go away. And because I can't tell you what brushes may do this, one of the things I would check, if you are seeing lagging behavior on your brush, go into Preferences and switch to the Brush ghost and see if that helps.
There could be other things that are causing it, but this is a likely candidate. If you're seeing slow brush strokes, Enhanced brush ghost could be the culprit, and you want to switch it. Also, right here, Default View Mode. If it's on Default, what that will do is, your image will appear in a window, and you will see your screen desktop behind the image. If you switch it into Single Document View, which I recommend, then the limits beyond your image will be in whatever your background color is.
I have it set it to black here, but you can adjust what that background color is. Also, because of the screen resolution we're working at here, I have the tool palette set up to be a Vertical Double Column. However, when I'm working on a high-resolution display, I find that the Vertical Single Column works better. If I were to switch it to this now, however, what would happen is that single column would actually run off the bottom of the screen, and then you wouldn't have access to certain tools, so. In this situation, the double-wide version of the tool palette makes a lot of sense.
Performance is where you can adjust certain things to enhance performance, possibly. These are the factory settings, and to be honest, I really don't change them. I used to play around with them to see if I could make any difference to the performance, but I haven't really seen one. So, you can play with these if you're having performance issues, but I don't necessarily find them to really make a lot of difference. Undo Levels is another area. There are 32 un-levels by default, and of course, you can crank this up.
It used to be more problematic, but because machines have more and more memory these days, you can probably safely increase this without memory issues, but just keep in mind, as you increase this, you are eating up more and more memory, which then ultimately impacts performance. Shapes is a Bezier-curve-based set of tools in Painter, and this just controls how the various aspects of that interface looks. If you want to change it, this is where you would do it.
Cloning is something you will probably be using a lot, and these are where you can make some changes to how cloning is going to work. Quick Clone is a command that you'll find in the File menu that just is a fast way to generate a clone without going through the actual photo tools and the cloning that begins over there. This is just a quicker way to do it. And this gives you some options as to how you want the clone image to appear when it is generated. So, those are for your Quick Clone.
Tablet, this is if you have a Wacom tablet with Multi-touch. This is where you would enable Painter to work with the Multi-touch gestures that are compatible with the Wacom tablet. And then we get to Connections here. This is related to a iPad app called Cinco, and it's C-I-N-C-O. I have been looking to see if it's even still available. I think it is, but for some reason, the iPad I'm working with here, I can't get to it.
And so I don't know if that means it's really not available. If I look in the App Store on my Mac, it seems to be available. What it is is it's a way to take your fingers and use them to make certain combinations of finger motions in order to cause certain things to happen interface-wise in Painter. Once it's set up, it can be a useful tool. But again, it's several years old, and I think it came out in 2012, so it's four years old, and as I said, I can't even verify that the app is still available.
But if it is, this is where you would go through this process of allowing a connection to Painter, so that it can talk with the Cinco app. And I presume in the future, Corel could come out with some other apps like that. This would be where you would go in to make those connection adjustments. So these are my recommendations. But keep in mind that there are many, many hardware variations that Painter runs on. Your specific system may or may not benefit from these recommendations.
If you are seeing performance issues with the suggested settings, experiment with adjusting the settings to improve your performance.
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- Identifying safety nets
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