Join John Derry for an in-depth discussion in this video saving images, part of Getting Started with Corel Painter IX.
- Now that we've taken a look at how to create new files and how to open the files in Corel Painter IX let's take a look at how to save files. Just like any other application I can simply go to the File menu and choose Save As and that's going to open up our Save As dialog box. Basically, I'm going to navigate to the folder where I want to save my file, here I am in the interface folder and I can simply click the Save button. Now before we actually save our files, it's important to take a look at the different file formats that Corel Painter supports, you can see that you can save your files as a RIFF file which is the native Corel Painter file format, a TIFF, a PICT, a Photoshop file which actually keeps its layers, a Bitmap, a PCX file, a Targa, a GIF, a JPEG or an EPS file.
Now sometimes it's going to be desirable to save your file in a different file format, for example if you need to share the file with somebody else who doesn't have a copy of Corel Painter, you may need to save a JPEG or a GIF or a Photoshop file for them to take a look at. Likewise, you may want to take your file and go into Adobe Photoshop and do some work in that application. Let me just caution you before you actually save your file in a different file format. It's always in your best interest to keep a copy of the file in the native Corel Painter IX file format which is the RIFF file format and then save a copy of that file in a different file format.
The reason for that is that with the exception of Photoshop files, all the other file formats will flatten your files meaning that you won't have access to the layer information. You can see in this particular example I have a number of layers in my file, if you're not too sure what layers are all about we are going to talk about this in depth, but for right now just remember that RIFF and PSD are the only two file formats that will maintain the layers in your file. While you may think that you're done with a file and you're never going to work on it again, I can guarantee there will be a time when you're going to have to come back make some changes or you're going to want to lift an element of one image and put it into another.
So always keep your layered RIFF file in the event that that happens. Now when you're saving a Photoshop file I would also suggest that you save a copy of your file in the RIFF file format, and the reason for that is that Corel Painter has some types of layers, specifically media layers that are only understood by Corel Painter. You can see here I have a water color layer with this little blue drip and I also have a liquid ink layer with a little gray drip. While Photoshop can understand that those are layers as soon as you bring that file into Photoshop and save it as a PSD file format they will no longer be special media layers in Corel Painter, they will automatically be converted to a default layer.
Some of the functions that you have access to with liquid ink layers and water color layers will be lost. As you start to work with those mediums and start to understand a little bit more about them you'll realize that keeping them in their native media layer format, whether it be a liquid ink or a water color layer is really in your best interest. Again, before you save your file, whether you save it as a Photoshop file or anything else, always save a back up copy in the native RIFF file format and then you're always guaranteed that you will have your file and access to all of your layers when you need to work on the file again.
That's pretty much the basics about saving. Let me go ahead and click cancel and before we wrap up I just want to show you a new feature in Corel Painter IX which is called Iterative Save. Iterative Save is a really useful feature because it allows you to save your file in stages as you're working. For example, let's say I was building this file. I'm actually going to turn some of the layers off here in my layers palette. I'm just clicking the eye to turn it off. Here's my first step, I have a blank canvas.
I'm going to go to my File menu and I'm going to choose Iterative Save. And you can see that what it did is it saved the file called eat fruit_001, that's the first file. Second step would be to make that water color layer. I'm going to do Iterative Save again, I'm going to choose File, Iterative Save. Now look, we've got 002. Let's continue, I'm going to turn on the little bubbles and I'm going to turn on the fruit, File, Iterative Save.
Now we're up to number three, let's turn on the liquid ink layer and this layer number three, File, Iterative Save, now we're up to number four. I'm going to turn on the group and we're going to turn on the text which is going to give us our eat fruit logo, File, Iterative Save. Now you might be wondering where those files went, well if we go File, Save As, you can see that it automatically saves it where that file was saved originally. If we look here in our Save As dialog box we can see eat_fruit_001, 002, 003, 004 and 005.
Basically what's happened is Corel Painter has saved a copy of this file at each stage each time I choose Iterative Save. Now why would you want to use this feature? Well, sometimes when you're working you know you're going to want to save your file at different stages so that, let's say for example I added, I'll turn off the visibility, these two layers. Let's say I add this lemon slice and I decide that I don't like it, well sure I could go ahead and delete that group, but sometimes it's not that easy, sometimes going back to a previous version of a file is easier, so I could go back to the version that just had these elements in it.
It's also a nice way to sort of see a progression of how your work has evolved over time. As you're working in Corel Painter IX using Iterative Save will basically allow you to save in different stages as you're preparing your files. As I mentioned Iterative Save is a new feature in Corel Painter IX.