Join John Derry for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Welcome Screen, part of Painter 2017 Essential Training.
- [Narrator] Upon launch Painter 17 provides a Welcome screen of useful information, as well as a place to start a new painting. Presuming this was the first time you opened it this is what you'll see. So here we are and what's new in here is that Painter actually now has a learning tab within the welcome screen, and before they didn't have this directly embedded within the Welcome screen, so that makes this really nice. You've got several tutorials on new features in here, and I'm not going to play one now, but if you click on this you'll get a tutorial that gives you some insight into the new tools.
So definitely the learning panel for someone new or even a current Painter user that wants to find out about the new tools can use this learning panel to get access to that. This is also new, Get Content. Painter now sells packages of brushes that each one is kind of oriented towards a certain kind of subject matter. And so right from within the Welcome screen here, you can purchase new brush packs, and so this is yet another way for you to get more content for Painter.
Let's next go over to Get Started and this is set up to basically be several common functions that you do in Painter. I would imagine when you first start using Painter you'll probably come in here to do some of these, but as you get used to the application everything that you see on here is actually in Painter itself, so at some point you'll probably realize it's easier to just do it within the Painter interface, rather than go to the Welcome screen, but for just getting started this is a great place to go to for all kinds of basic starting with a new document, a new project kind of functionality that you have embedded within this Get Started panel.
And then finally we have the Get Inspired panel. This is art work done by Painter artists, and so just like it says get inspired. Often times you can just look at some other good art work and it will elevate you to do better, and so I find looking at these a lot of the time is a great way to get yourself excited about getting started on a project. The other thing you can do here is if you like an artist's work in particular, you can click on their name here and it will take you to their website, so it also gives you an access to these artists that you see within the Get Inspired tab.
And then finally I want to just mention down here at the corner you have this little check box. Now right now this is checked so every time you start Painter you're going to see this Welcome screen, and as I said as a new user you're probably going to use this a lot. But as you get more and more into the application you'll probably won't need this all the time and so you can click on this to turn it off and that way it won't come up. Now let's say you do that, and you're in Painter you can just go up to the Help menu and go down right here to Welcome, and you can get it from there.
So even if you're in Painter and you've already started, that's another way to get to this. The Welcome screen is a great set of training wheels if you're just getting started in Painter. Once you get the hang of things though, you can easily take the training wheels off.
- Working with a pen tablet
- Installing custom content
- Navigating the Painter interface
- Customizing your work environment
- Working with the temporal color palette
- Identifying safety nets
- Resetting brush properties
- Troubleshooting when a brush won't paint
- Drawing with Painter
- Working with bristle, special, and hard media