Join John Derry for an in-depth discussion in this video using the welcome screen, part of Getting Started with Corel Painter IX.
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- [Voiceover] When you first launch Corel Painter IX, you'll be presented with the Welcome Screen, which is a new feature. This Welcome Screen is designed to give you access to your files, both new and existing files. To give you access to tutorials, so that you can better learn how to use Corel Painter IX. It helps you set-up some of your settings, such as Brush Tracking, and it provides you with some artwork by some renowned Corel Painter Masters. You can see here on the left-hand side we see an image by Tim Warnock.
So, the first tab which we have open is the Welcome Tab. And, this basically allows me to open and access some of my files. The first item, "Create new document", will allow me to create a new file, which is basically the equivalent of choosing, "File, New". Second, I can, "Open an existing document". This is the equivalent of choosing, "File, Open", from the File Menu. Next, I can choose to "Open a recently opened document". Here, you can see a list of the five most recently used files that I worked with in Corel Painter IX.
And, next we have what's called, "Open a template", and anytime you save a file into the template's folder in Corel Painter IX, which is located in the Application Folder, it will automatically appear here in the "Open a template" pop-up menu. Last, you can see we have an item to allow you to view a "What's New" movie in Corel Painter IX. For this particular item, you'll need to make sure that you have Quicktime Player installed. If you don't have Quicktime Player installed, you can download it for free from Apple's website. The next tab is the Featured Artists tab.
And, every time you re-launch the Welcome Screen, a new artist will appear in here. And this is designed to give you some inspiration and to show you some of the work that can be done with Corel Painter. The next tab provides you access to different types of learning. There's some "Online training", some "Online tutorials", and some "Online tips & tricks". You can also "Sign up to view some free Lynda.com training videos". Now, in order to view these specific types of training materials, you do need to have an active Internet connection because they will launch your Web browser.
The last tab provides you access to a Color Management tutorial. For this, you need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. If you don't have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can download it for free from Adobe's website. Next, you can "Set up Brush Tracking". We're gonna take a look at the benefits of working with Brush Tracking, but for now just remember that you can access it from here, inside the Welcome Screen. There's the Thank You Credits, that provides thanks to all the people that helped out with Corel Painter. And, last we have, "Check for updates", which will allow you to check to see if there's any updates for Corel Painter IX.
Again, with this item you do need to have an active Internet connection because it will take you to the Corel.com website. The last item is the, "Show this dialog at startup", option. If you don't want the Welcome Screen to appear when you first launch Corel Painter IX, you can simply un-check this option and it will automatically open without going to the Welcome Screen. I'm gonna leave that turned on. And, let's just go back here to the first tab, and I'm just gonna click, "Create new document". And, that's gonna open up our New dialog box, and I'm gonna click, "OK".
Now, you may decide at some point when you have Corel Painter IX open, that you wanna access something that's inside the Welcome Screen. Well, that's not a problem, you can simply go to the Help Menu and choose, "Welcome". And, you can see that automatically opens up the Welcome Screen. If you wanna close it, you can simply click the "X" in the top, right-hand corner, and that will close the Welcome Screen. But, as you can see, this Welcome Screen is a beautiful edition to Corel Painter. Not only does it provide access to some really useful features, such as "Creating new documents", "Opening existing documents", access to training materials.
But it also provides access to some inspirational materials, such as the imagery that appears on the left-hand side, and the content that appears inside the Featured Artists tab.