Join John Derry for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the tool palette and property bar, part of Painter 2016 Essential Training.
- Painter's Tool Palette and Property Bar are essentially two sides of the same coin. The Tool Palette enables quick selection of key functions. While the Property Bar reflects the current Tool Selection by providing extended control over the selected Tool. Let's take a look at Painter's approach to this functionality access. So, over here on the left of the screen I have the Tool Palette, which contains obviously all of Painter's primary Tools.
Across the top we have the Property Bar, which is, as I said almost an extact opposite side of coin to these Tools. Notice when I switch for example, to the Layer Adjuster the content of the Property Bar changes. What this does then is supply the most common kinds of things that you're going to want to do while you're in the Layer Adjuster. For example, we've got iconic representations here that let you move Layers up and down through the Layers Stack and you could also enable or disable the Auto Select Layer on and off.
I recommend having this on, if this is off and you have a bunch of Layers. What will happen is you can't click on a visual element on the screen and have it automatically selected you have to have Auto Select Layer on. So I recommend, keeping this on. Now, depending on your resolution the Tool Palette may or may not fit. You can see down here that the Media Selector actually goes off the screen in this particular resolution.
So, that is problematic and how can we address that? Fortunately, Painter has multiple Layouts for the Tools Palette and the Media Selector. So, let's make some adjustments to that. I'm going to go to Preferences and we'll go to Interface and right here is where I can adjust the Tool Box Layout. So, right now it's a vertical single column I'm going to switch it to a vertical double column. And let's, also while we're here change the Media Layout and what i'm going to do is something different here.
Let's go ahead and do the vertical double column so, now you can see we've got these arranged so that they all fit on the screen. Just depending on what your resolution is it's really going to determine how you're going to want to set these up. You can even do something interesting like make them horizontal. Let's go in here and let's take the Tool Palette and let's do a single horizontal row. So, okay now we have it set up so that it's acutally a horizontal column across the top.
And everybody has a different way of working. I have always, for example, kept this Primary Palette Stack always on the right side. It's just traditionally that's where it's always been in Painter, but i've seen users that put it on the other side. So there's nothing that says you have to keep your Tool Palette where you found it when you originally opened Painter. Whatever works for you is the way you should set these up that makes it easy for you to address and get at the different kinds of functionality that you need in your particular work flow.
The Tool Palette and Property Bar are Painter's primary work courses for Tool Selection and customization. The Property Bar is the first place you should look when wanting to make quick adjustments to the current Tool.
First, learn the basics of painting on a computer, and see how to customize your Painter preferences, tablet and pen, and palettes, so they work best for you. John then shows how to mix and manage color; draw with hard media such as pencils and chalk; ink lines; color with markers; and wield Painter's expressive bristles and brushes. He also shows how to paint with special media such as watercolor brushes, clone areas of paintings, and troubleshoot Painter pitfalls.
- Working with a pen tablet
- Creating custom palettes
- Calibrating brushes for maximum stroke quality
- Mixing color
- Drawing and erasing
- Adding tonality and color with the Chalk and Pastel tools
- Drawing with ink media
- Underpainting with bristle media
- Painting details
- Adding texture
- Painting with Dynamic Speckles and Particle brushes
- Exploring Liquid Ink
- Resetting brush properties