customizing the interface
customizing the interface
- In the last movie, we took a look at the main elements that make up the user interface in Corel Painter IX. In this movie we're gonna take a look at one of the ways that you can customize the interface. Specifically, we're going to look at how you can customize your palette configurations for different work flows. Here you can see, I have the default palette configuration opened in Corel Painter IX. You can see that we have one palette group with the Colors, Mixer, and Color Sets palette, and we have a second palette group that has the Layers and Channels palette inside it.
Now, this particular palette configuration may work for you, or you may find that you're turning on and off other palettes to use when you're working in Corel Painter IX. One of the great things about Corel Painter IX is, first, the ability to create custom palette groups and custom palette configurations. And the other benefit is that you can actually save any layout that you create, so that you can always go back to it when you're using Corel Painter IX. So let's take a look at how that works.
Let's suppose that I want to create a palette configuration to use when I'm using the new Artists' Oils Brushes. There's a number of palettes that I might want to use in that case. The first thing that I would want to use is definitely my Layers palette. So I'm gonna click and drag that out of the palette group that it's in, and create a group on its own. Then I'm gonna go ahead and I'm going to close my Channels palette. Another palette that I often use when I'm working with the Artists' Oils, is the Mixer palette. The new integration with the Artists' Oils and the Mixer palette is an excellent new feature and one that I like to use quite often.
So now you can see, I have this palette group with both my Mixer and my Layers. I'm going to turn off my Colors and my Colors Sets palette. I find that using the Mixer is the best way to choose color when I'm using the Artists' Oils Brushes. So I'm gonna leave it with just those two palettes. Now, when I am using the Artists' Oils Brushes, I often like to work with the Brush Controls palette so that I can make some changes on the fly to my brush. The first thing that I need to do is turn on that palette. I'm gonna go up to the Window menu and you can see I have this item called Brush Controls.
And under that fly-out menu you can see that we have all of these different show commands, and those show commands are basically going to allow me to turn on the Brush Controls palette with a particular panel open. So for example, I'm gonna choose Show Artists' Oils. And you can see that that opens up the Brush Controls palette and the Artists' Oils panel is automatically opened. I'm gonna click and drag and just move that up to position at beside my other palette group. Now, when I'm working with the Artists' Oils Brushes, as much as I like to customize some of the controls on the fly to make some changes to my brushes, I don't need to have all of these palettes or all of these panels inside this palette group.
I find that having this many controls sometimes is a little bit cumbersome to work with. So what I like to do, is just keep the panels in a separate palette group that I like to work with and close up the rest. So the ones that I find the most useful when I'm working with Artists' Oils, and this is just my preference. Your preference is going to vary. The purpose of this exercise is really just to show you how the customization works in Corel Painter IX. The palettes that I like to work with are the General palette. So I'm gonna click and drag so that it's its own palette.
I'm gonna do the same with the size. I'm gonna click and drag and position it with the General palette. And I'm also going to grab our Artists' Oils panel. Click and drag. You can see that when we have that little hand icon, that indicate that we can drag the palette from one palette group to the next. I'm just gonna position it on top of the size. Now that didn't quite go into the palette group. So let's try that again, I'm gonna click and drag. And release my mouse and now you can see that those three palettes are all part of the same palette group.
Now those are the three palettes that I like to work with. So I'm just gonna go ahead and turn off my brush controls. Now I can do a couple of things. I can position my palette underneath with my Layers and my Mixer, or I could position it up here at the top beside them. If I wanted to, I could also put my Layers and my Mixer palette inside this palette group. I actually find it easier to have them as separate palette groups so that I can have them both open. You can see that the Mixers and the Layers are actually quite long when they're both stacked vertically like that, and to add other palettes into that palette group, would sort of make it cumbersome to work with.
So I typically like to set it up as I have it here. So now that I have my palettes set up and configured in a way that I want to work with Artists' Oils Brushes, I can go ahead and save this as a custom layout. And the benefit of doing that, is that if I rearrange my palettes later, sure I can go back and go through the process of setting this up again, but being able to save a custom layout just basically lets me get back to this palette configuration with an easy click of the mouse.
So let's take a look at how to set that up. I'm gonna go to the Window menu and I'm gonna choose Arrange Palettes, and you can see I have this option called Save Layout. If I choose that, it gives me the option to name it. So I'm gonna call this Artists' Oils. And I'm gonna click OK. And now I'm just gonna rearrange my palettes however I like. I'm just gonna sort of make a mess here of that palette configuration that I created.
I'm gonna show some of the palettes and group a few together that weren't grouped together before. And move them around. There we go. Now if I go up to my Window menu and choose arrange palettes, you can see that I have this option here underneath the Default that says Artists' Oils and if I choose that, that's the one that I saved, It will go back to that configuration, that I created, when I set up the Artists' Oils Layout. So this is a really useful feature for you because it basically allows you to always get back to a customize configuration that you've set up, without having to go through the process every time of moving your palettes around.
Now if you find that you're creating a lot of palette configurations and you're not using them all, you can also delete your Layouts. You can see that, under the Arrange Palettes menu, I have this option called Delete Layout. If I choose that, it opens up the Delete Palette Layout dialogue box. I can click whichever Layout I'd like to delete, in this case I'm gonna delete Artists' Oils. Click delete. Now if I go up to the Window menu you can see that it's gone. That item has been removed because I deleted it.
Now, often when you go through the process of customizing your palettes, whether you're just dragging them around on screen, and changing the configuration, or whether you've gone to the trouble of actually saving a Layout, there are gonna be times when you wanna return to the default workspace that you had when you first opened Corel Painter IX. And it's really easy to do that. To get back to the default, we're gonna start by going to the Window menu, choosing Arrange Palettes, and you can see there is this option here called Default.
If I choose that, you can see that it automatically returns the interface to the palette configuration that was set up when I first opened Corel Painter IX, which is the same as what it was at the very beginning of this movie. So as you can see, there's a number of different ways that you can customize the interface in Corel Painter IX, specifically with the palette configuration. In addition to just being able to customize them, you can also save them as custom layouts for future use.
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