Join John Derry for an in-depth discussion in this video creating custom keyboard shortcuts, part of Getting Started with Corel Painter IX.
- One of the new features in Corel Painter 9 is the customize keys feature which basically lets you customize your keyboard shortcuts in any configuration you like. Let's take a look at how it works. To access the customize keys dialog box, I'm gonna go to my Corel Painter 9 menu to preferences, customize keys. Now I happen to be using Mac OS 10. If you're using Windows, you're gonna go to the edit menu and choose preferences, customize keys. Here you can see we're in the customize keys dialog box and automatically it's set to the key set of default which are the default keyboard shortcuts that's shipped with Corel Painter 9.
Now if we look at this shortcuts pop-up menu, you can see that we can customize our keyboard shortcuts for the application menus as well as the palette menus, the tools and a series of other commands in Corel Painter 9. We're gonna start with the application menus. Now before I actually start customizing, what I always like to do is create a new set and that's just basically so I don't make any changes to my default. I'm gonna click the new set button.
You can see that it's automatically gonna open this save new key set dialog box and this is where I'm going to name my key set. I'm gonna call it custom and by default you can see it automatically goes into your documents folder. I typically leave it here so that I don't have to browse around and try to find it. I'm gonna go ahead and click save and now you can see we have custom in our key set pop-up menu, as well as the default.
We wanna make sure that custom is selected before we start making any changes. The first change I'm gonna make is under the painter menu. You can see that basically there's this little triangles beside each item and as you click them you can expand them to see the contents inside. The first keyboard shortcut that I'm going to apply is to brush tracking. I find that's a dialog box that I use quite often and it's one that I want to assign a keyboard shortcut to. I'm gonna click brush tracking. You can see I get this blue rectangle over on the right side underneath the word shortcut.
All I need to is type the shortcut that I want to apply to this particular item. In this case I'm going to use the keyboard shortcut command option B. You can see I just pressed command option B. It automatically appears in this little shortcut area so that I can see that that's the keyboard shortcut that I applied. Gonna close up the painter menu and now I'm gonna go to the file menu. The next keyboard shortcut that I'm going to assign is to the item called quick clone. I'm gonna click that.
Quick clone is a new feature in Corel Painter 9. We're gonna take a look at how to use that in upcoming movies. For right now I want to assign a keyboard shortcut to it. I'm gonna assign the keyboard shortcut command option Q. If you're on Windows, that would be control alt Q. I just pressed command option Q and now you can see I have that keyboard shortcut right underneath that shortcut item beside the item called quick clone.
Now I can go ahead and customize as many of these application commands as I want. Ultimately you can change an existing keyboard shortcut so for example if we wanted to, we could actually change the keyboard shortcut for file new to something else or we can add a keyboard shortcut to an item that doesn't have a keyboard shortcut already such as the brush tracking dialog box and the quick clone command which we just customized. Next I'm gonna go to the tools menu, and I'm gonna assign a keyboard shortcut to the toggle snap to path option.
This is another new feature in Corel Painter 9 and again we're gonna take a look at that in an upcoming movie. I'm gonna click it to select it and I want to assign a keyboard shortcut the period to it. I'm gonna press the period and you can see I have this little message down at the bottom. The combination period is already in use by the perspective grid command. Accepting change will remove the shortcut from the perspective grid. What this is telling me is that basically the keyboard shortcut that I selected in this case pressing the period key is already assigned to the perspective grid tool.
I have two choices at this point. I can click accept and that will automatically accept the change or I can click accept and go to conflict. What that's gonna do is it will leave the period as the toggle snap to path and take me automatically to the perspective grid keyboard shortcuts that I can change it. I could also click undo if I wanted to undo that change but for right now I'm going to choose accept and go to conflict. You can see it takes me to the perspective grid command.
Now I'm going to assign the comma key to the perspective grid. You can see I just pressed the comma key and now that's been assigned to the perspective grid. Now that I'm finished customizing my keyboard shortcuts, I'm just gonna go ahead and click okay. Let's take a look at how they work. Our first keyboard shortcut was to access the brush tracking dialog box which was command option B and you can see as I press command option B, up pops the brush tracking dialog box.
Gonna go ahead and click cancel. The next thing that we customize was the quick clone command which is command option Q. You can see I just pressed command option Q and now we have the clone of our pepper plant image. It automatically executed that quick clone command. If I go up to the file menu, you can see that it also added the keyboard shortcut right in here beside the quick clone menu command. The next item that we customized was the snap to path toggle which is this little button right here.
With my brush tool selected, if I press the period, you can see that it automatically toggles it on. If I press it again it toggles it off. There you can see the keyboard shortcut for that particular control. The last one that we customized was for the perspective grid tool which was the comma. If I press the comma key, you can see that it automatically changes my active tool from the brush tool to the perspective grid tool. That's how easy it is to customize your keyboard shortcuts.
Let's just go ahead and do that customize keys dialog box again. I'm gonna go to Corel Painter 9 preferences, customize keys. Again if you're on a Windows computer, you're gonna wanna go to edit preferences, customize keys. Now sometimes after you spend a lot of time customizing your keyboard shortcuts, you might tend to forget what they are and something that's really helpful to do is to be able to print out a full list of the keyboard shortcuts that you've created. Corel Painter 9 gives you an excellent way to be able to do that.
This button right here basically lets us save a breakdown of our keyboard shortcuts into a TextEdit file on Mac OS 10 or into a text file which can be opened in Notepad or WordPad on Windows. I'm gonna go ahead and click this little button. It's going to ask me where I wanna save my summary and to give it a name. It automatically goes into the documents folder and I'm gonna go ahead and leave it there. I'm just gonna type the name custom_summary, I'm gonna click save.
Now click cancel in this customize keys dialog box. I'm gonna go to where I saved that file which was on my hard drive in my documents folder. You can see we have the custom which is the actual set of keys themselves then we have this custom summary file. I'm gonna double click it and you can see Corel Painter 9 keyboard shortcuts. As I scroll through, we can take a look at the keyboard shortcuts I set up. Here's our one for quick clone, command option Q.
Here's our one for brush tracking, command option B. If we go all the way down to the bottom and get to the tools, our toggle snap to path is a period and our perspective grid is a comma. It's basically kept all of the keyboard shortcuts that we created and put it inside this summary. Gonna go ahead and close this file and close the documents folder and return back to Corel Painter 9.
Let's just review one last thing. I'm gonna go up to my Corel Painter 9 menu to preferences, customize keys. Again if you're on Windows, you're gonna go to edit, preferences, customize keys. Let's just talk about what you would wanna do if you wanted to return to the defaults. You remember that when we created, when we started we had this option here called default. When we started we created our new key set which was called custom. If I ever want to return back to my original keyboard shortcuts, all I have to do is click this default option.
By doing that, you can see that here our toggle snap to path no longer has a keyboard shortcut. If we go back to the application menus, you can see that the keyboard shortcut for brush tracking has been removed and likewise the one for quick clone. It's very easy to return to the defaults if you need to. You basically just need to click that default button. I'm just gonna click cancel. As you can see the ability to customize keyboard shortcuts in Corel Painter 9 is a really useful new feature.
If you want to be able to customize your keyboard shortcuts so that they match other applications or if there's commands that don't currently have keyboard shortcuts that you wanna setup, this is an excellent way to do that.