Optimization & Organization Pt 2
Now to kind of categories and this whole business off you know, how do we cope with all these brushes? There's one thing that we can do and that is we can create a single category where we just put our own favorites you know, at the moment we have this huge long list of categories and we're going back and forth between different brushes what about one category where everybody's gonna have different favorites? You know, I like sergeant and denzel and but you know, you're gonna like the one that's good for the animal hair and you know, everybody is gonna have their own favorites so it's almost like makes sense that you create your own category for your favorites. Now what I've done is that I have actually done that for you in my workspace, so and I've purposely put it the very top now when you create anything new as we discussed it's always going to end up at the bottom and but the wonderful thing here is you could drag any categories on move them around in order on dh back and forth on ...
dh similarly with the variant so you could take, you know, one variant and move it above another. I've tried to get my variants listed alphabetically, so they easy to find and I should also acknowledge one of my students deana know dean from iowa who actually helped me because she was using all my custom brushes that jeremy I just wish they were all alphabetically ordered and she did it all for me so I really appreciate that but so what I've done is created my faves category on dh it's just got one or two brushes in at the very top on dh this is why this is so cool so let's go down and someone shot out one of their favorite brush parents anybody what's your favorite um pro quill pen o c in the pans and its crew cool that that has um well, I got to try that out hold on a moment and let me just zoom in here uh, very nice actually, this would be good for lime work now notice what I'm doing is I'm purposely varying the quality of mark so we talked about all these things that echoing back and resonating right from the very beginning of the morning I talked about variation on dh so one of the things that I'm very purposely doing is working with variety of mark and the crew quill pen gives me a really nice sharpe mark that's very different to all the other sort of mohr bristly marks that I have um so I like that ooh, I'm gonna put that in my favorites you don't mind if I call your favorite no okay, so oh oh that's a great one let me first of all save this one into my favorites so how do we do that can you one morning take again to save variant uh she copy very income a copy very uncertain as always is in various places copy variant here now the reason I say copy very um first of all we're not saving a customer and we just want this very because we like it and we want to have easy access to it and this is exactly addressing julie's question we're leading tow what's an easy way to cope with all the brushes because this is one of the key things with mastering painter and mustering in a way where it's simply is a pleasure to use and that's michael way I want to computer to disappear and I want to just be in the zone of painting to do that I don't want to be struggling trying to find brushes all the time so we're doing a copy variant on dh it's this easy o guess what because I put my faves at the top is the first variance you don't even have to pick the first category you don't even have to pick the category so you know that's something to remember that the first the top category is always the one that appears here so that's where it is my face click let's go have a look see if that works on dso we're going to go up here to my faves there it is crow quill pen on dh let's just do a bit of mishmash stumble on dh let's tab away everything on you know I'm sure it's a mishmash changing the color let's get a little blue green going on down there and then say I want to go the croque whoa uh what was that short cut for the other variants that come up on your canvas it was right click on a pc and control click I'm not going to put that into the back button right now on my working to grip in yet um put it right now into my back button because actually now I'm sort of getting all excited it's like I'm keen to use that so here we go welcome tablet grip pan so it's a modify ality control I think it's a modifier there it is and that's the back button not the front button and so now I'm gonna test it see if it works click uh uh perfect on there it is so we could go back and forth on the one I have there when when you see me use a word x c v means extra color variability on so I just have made a bunch of variation it's where I add a bit more on the slightest by the inn in my palate arrangements I always bring color variability a something that's right on my they stopped there because I really like tohave mohr color variation available okay so let me just address the question from cam was that right asking extra canvas it's a really good point and in fact when you go to galleries and museums you see tons of artists who added cameras they a ll the time so and I'm just gonna do a quick save as on dh this will be number six they were just number six and say them and so let me just uh shrink everything out on dh would just have a look so if I wanted more space honestly I probably add some to the top andi I probably wouldn't want to just add white I'd had blue so I'll just show you how to do that it's really easy so the first thing you're gonna want to do is decide what color you want to add because the default is going to be adding well the default paper color is white or let's try and get this huh thank you so I'm gonna pick the light blue like that I could do option click there and now have that light blue selected there it is then I'm going to go here to canvass on in order to set the color that's going to be added I simply go set paper color now the funny thing about this is there's no feedback mechanism there's nothing to tell you that you've set the paper color nothing changes so just be aware that I do that everything looks the same nothing changes so this is one of the things in terms of the digital non digital I'm not changing the color of the paper in my cameras and I think this is a little confusing because of the terminology all I've done is a set of color so that if we added more cameras that's the color it's going to be great for adding borders you know with color so now we go back to campus on we go to canvas size not to be confused with resize I know I know it's it's like these words that so confusing right resize campus eyes what's the difference what is the difference and you don't wantto take a ticket yeah times if you go to resize doesn't it just, um deal with the d p I have a correct and then campus eyes let you add or take away correct exactly. So resize is where you're going to add the density change the density of pixels affect the dp I canvas size in painter you just add pixels uh in any of the four directions now I should I should mention here that there's you know, the photo shop canvas size adjustment is much, much more powerful and versatile than this so if you know and again this actually addresses cam's question if cam you know, wanted to do something very specific in terms of a certain number of inches and fit the campus into something there's no doubt that the photo shop canvas sizes is more powerful but if you just want to add some pictures to the top say and I do on dh I know it's one hundred fifty picks was an inch so allied two inches three hundred so I just go at three hundred and say okay, dokey there is on dh usually when I do that I do a save as they make a note of the new size and let's just bring back bring that the pallets and pick a brush we better do something with that get that out there and let's look for another interesting brush to share with you here um I think I'm going to go to the oils on the really, really clumpy broad purse or I'm going to make it its default prue who this's interesting it's given a very nice effect so we're going to bring that up here on dh maybe work a little bit with the orange on. By the way, I think in terms of a trail off and in terms I'm gonna zoom in here as you can see a bit better and that's so what you'll notice is, you know, I just did three experts key operations so it's sort of like playing the piano is I mean what once you get used to this is like it really is addictive actually in terms of economics why would you want to go to a keyboard or anything else when you can just click click click here we go so this one another one that might be good for for it's got a very bristly feel to it and you found another one that was mentioned was big wet, luscious and that's always a really nice one um luscious on and turn and there we go big wet luscious this one eye's action an old one from an earlier version of painter so my extra brushes here a real mixture you know, many of them I've made some of them people have very kindly allowed me to share and look at this big white luscious is is really luscious um and then some of them I just golden oldies they're ones that were in pain a that disappeared that is like I mean, because I've had every version of painting I never throw anything away I'm like, you know packrat so I just go you know, fished about, uh brew breed life into them um so I thought that I want to show shoes just a fun little thing that's really uh, something you could I think enjoy on dh it's not really totally related to uh, painting but it is so need I just want to share it with you on duh so what we're going to do is we're going to go to a very odd lincoln symbol which gets largely ignored in painter and it's called a dynamic plugging who what on earth can we have sitting in the dynamic plug ins? We have some really weird and interesting stuff now some of you who have explored painter will be aware that there's various mirror painting and kaleidoscope access mirror painting available in painter on I'm not really going to go there anybody who's working with pattern making there's amazing facilities in this program for pattern making but I just want to share this one thing it's so it's just so fun andi you always get an interesting result so we're going to go to not the mirror painting kaleidoscope which is in the tools were going to go to the plugin kaleidoscope on were going to say five hundred by five hundred and say okay dokey and they were gonna just move it around now I did warn you right isn't nothing I know is not to do with further painting, okay, but still it is so fun to do this and you can get some really interesting results and so whenever you get something that you really like, you can save it and there's a way to save it with non destructively so you don't harm your painting and I'll just show you that real quick because if if I'm going to show you this I might as well show you how to save it so you can actually do something with it so let me just find find something that's much more interesting okay, so what we're gonna do is we're going to go teo let's see, we're going to go to a part of the program where we can drop and select so let's have a look in the layers and here it is drop and select click on then we're going to copy that selection edit copy and then one of the things I love in pain and I used you know I end up using this surprising amount on whenever I'm in photo shop I really missed this and you know I'm not I don't use photo shop that much, so I'm sure with all the millions of photo shop experts out there who are watching this, if this exists and let me know because I love it in painting and it's a facility called paste into new image and it's so convenient so whatever you've got in your clipboard instantly it just creates an image and then you save it and then you just go back andi go back to your original image on you just do you undo and now it's a layer, move it around or deleted um so we address the question of any other way I have a painting that I recently uploaded to my favorite latte a photo and they said it was too low resolution can I re size it? Can I raise it up? Yes say it again you you gave a painting to a lab and they said you need to have it shopper higher they said it was too low the resolution was too low for the size canvas I was ordering can raise it up with that speak with the sizing well, I wouldn't raise it up. I mean, I would probably do that more info to ship on dh without I mean, if I probably need to see the image may be off line we can, uh, chat about it because you know it's amazing with painterly things you've got a huge amount of flexibility with resolution and you can re size up and things can still look good but maybe resize up and maybe you will need to work on the details but I just need to see the image and maybe we can chat more specifically later I just wonder if that's what shall we start that other sizing thing? Yeah, I mean, you can resize up and some things will get softer if you do a huge recife any questions are things coming in from the online audience? They're odd by the kaleidoscope by the class got your it was one earlier about how do you make your change your brushes from the middle of the screen? How do I change my brushes? So I think what they're referring to and mars will take this opportunity to change brush so I can find something else really fun to show it's funny, I've made so many funny brushes I actually don't even remember what all of them look like but one that's actually pretty need is I have, uh, one called, uh semi public splash let's see, that comes up, um, expressive pullig let's have a look at this one. It's interesting. So what? I think I've always getting surprised myself have noticed that I don't test that out. I just put it right in the painting and just go for it. Um and then, you know, look at that. Wow. Well, like it. Okay, um, so I think the questioner is asking about this short cut. What he asked is how if you could review how you copy your favorite brush category and how you access the preferred brushes ron from the middle of the screen, okay, how you access your preferred brushes? Oh, does he want me to make a custom category and show you how to do that? Is that the question it sounds like you were not clear on it either it's not about a custom category it's more how do you how do you stole things? It appears to be how you store things in your favorite brush category and then how you access the proper brushes from the middle that perhaps you didn't x system from the middle of no idea what you're trying to its control on a mac and right click on a p c s o and now I've got a programme to look at me reaching for my keys for this yeah, so that so that that was the answer there I'm gonna show you one other plugging because you know well well we're researching plug ins some of you may at some point I want to do a little signature in the corner of your artwork and you know, like a lot of people when they print out something, they go get their nice gold pan or silver pan do that really nice silvery or gold signature in the corner well, guess what painter has a pretty neat thing built into it and it's called liquid metal it actually uses the same engine as the liquid ing it's using the same technology but liquid metal is his own little thing so what it is it's this strange thing and I'll just tio uh let's see ha ha it's getting a little bit of ah here we go so what it allows you to do is literally paint with liquid metals were just like mercury andi it's really need it's very memory intensive this is definitely where the minimum requirements on memory and speeds like you can't have two powerful a computer for this stuff on dh for anybody out there who is a sort of physicist chemist biologist astronomer a cosmologist I mean, look at this it's like you've actually got surface tension isn't that weird weird, weird and wonderful what's more you can actually change what's reflected in the metal after the heights so you know you can actually have different metal and I mentioned gold you know it's always nice to have a bit of a gold signature do you think anyway so so what we can do is go to the patton's palate on one of the things I've done here is I lumped together in this particular palate layout all the pears that comedy accused of papers with their libraries patterns with their libraries and flow maps with their libraries and so what we'll do is we're going to open up patterns double click on a tab toe open and double click on a tab too close and we see that little, uh hens and chicks again oh my god, can we get rid of that any kidding? I've actually grown very affectionate to the hands and chicks I've known the hands and chicks there for like twenty years I think hank is being that over dinner anyway now I'm actually you know, quite attached to it on these were the patents I created for paint extra that were inspired by justin poos on dh there's a special patent brush we're going to show in a moment you can use that but what I wanted shows you've got environmental maps this is one of my uh j faith patterns on dh so with the environmental maps if I picked the one called honey the this now becomes in painter wherever the current pathan is is what's called a clone source until you define something else now we're going to deal with photo painting workflow tomorrow on we're goingto be making a photo clone source for right now we don't have a photo open we haven't defined a photo is a clone source so opana always there is always a source of clone color and painter and what's this clone color business well it's simply this magical source of color that is used in various aspects of the program one of the aspects whenever it's his clone source or source it's used one of the aspects is the liquid metal and so if I want gold I now go to clone source and I have gold so there we go that's that's your christmas card taken care of now do a nice little gold writing and write pretty neat stuff and it is a layout. It moves around once you've closed that, uh, segment of the program it's just like a regular layer, so it looked like a mickey mouse on it. Uh, yeah. It's a layer and I could, uh just save it. I can convert it to a default layer and then copy and paste it anywhere. So yeah, absolutely. And actually, for so for instance, you want supposing you want to take it in a photo shop as a layer and put it in something else in another program? First of all, if you first of all, you'd want to say this is a riff and that preserved the edit ability and there was a question, by the way, about the saving format so it's, very simple. Watch your painting and painting unless there's a reason not to always, always, always saves a riff um, because that preserves everything that's, editable, light these layers and uh when we get into a photo painting it's even more important, as you will discover tomorrow because the information of the clone source is contained in the rift file on when you see if there's any other format, you lose it. But if you convert teo a regular later convert to default layer here we go and then save this file as a photoshopped file you can open it in photo shop and that that layer is still there and in fact besides the fact that adjustment layers and certain special layers in each direction don't get recognised by the other program you can go back and forwards I tend to use photo shop as my initial incoming sort of adjustment place opening my raw files then I worked painted, painted, painted, painted, painted painted and then I go back into photo shop at the end and there is a question I tend to save a tiff at the end go back in the photo shop and print from photo shop so for me I'm ninety nine percent of the time in painter doing almost everything in painter but you can go back and forth and there is compatibility except for certain compass it method and certain special layers yeah on that do you ever do un compressed um you know what if I notice it but I've never noticed any difference you probably I mean you might have compressed on the tip yep um I did want to also point out that I talked about the effects menu on dh there we looked at the a place surface texture effect which by the way I use that to put that canvas texture on a plane campus there's another option here which I think you'll find interesting and there is called image luminant by the way were talking about before the clone come in you know big source coming into play and many bits of the program gets what that word original wherever you see the word original means that it's going to look at the clone source for that information original luminant it's going to look at the clone source lights and dogs and when it looks at the image luminant is looking at the current image and the lights and dogs and what's gonna happen is uh long as you're not dealing with the layer I'm going to actually flatten this at this point because I personally don't worry about that being late I'm gonna flatten it I'm going to go to surface control apply surface texture and I'm going to use image luminous and what it does it gives this really nice and pastor and bossing to everything based on the luminous the light and darkness of the image and so when I do this it's sort of probably too subtle for you to see I'm gonna zoom in I could have exaggerated it but it's created a light in the shadow so that she sometimes especially when you're doing something that's ah a bit more thick oily that can actually be quite need let's just go and have a look you can see a little bit of you know the pastor but something to think about another thing that can really help as a final boost to a painting is equalized on that water equalized sometimes has some effect you know sometimes it doesn't if there's a lot of grey's it'll pump it up on dh er there you're just pump that up did increase the contrast and we've only got a few minutes left so I wanted to say something about the ability to import plug ins so you can import black and very easily into painter so and you know I love the new collection I think it's a fabulous collection use that in photo shop on dh you can use it in pain and out so the way to import that is very simple with nick collection you would install it in the normal manner as you download from the web site it'll ask you to install it in a photo shop you install it in photo shop and then you simply go to the photo shop app folder and you go to the plug ins folder and you're see the it's now a google for order called google and it's got all the knick effects in it and then all you do is you copy them into the following folder I'm just going to show you so for anyone out there who's working with plug ins and wants to use them in painter save yourself going back and forth this is how you do it so um we go to the karol painter application folder I've dragged into here for convenience for showing you but it's in the applications fota and when you look in the application photo of paint, you'll see brushes for order and a support files board at plus the app she opened support files and you'll see the plug ins and all you do is you drag the contents into that and there they are andi that's it you then open you do have to close pain and reopen it for them to take effect now with other plug ins like you may have seen the flaming pair set of plug ins you just download them on just drag him into the painter plug ins photo is very simple I had a discussion earlier today in the chat rooms and we thought now being that it's the coming on the end of the day might be a good time for you to address it t carl started off by saying I've been dying asked him when the question from an artistic acceptance viewpoint is it appropriate to mix different types of media and painter or would this be rejected by an art buying public for example? What if I mix charcoal oils, acrylics, oils and watercolors? And we had a blowup and middle met idea of contentious there is that classic one that this has been divided old I online I'm so just take one summary and that is the definition of art in the digital age, so pj says I'm curious about the digital pining debate and is it really hot? I hear a lot from so called artists that reject the digital aspect I have had word rejected because it's digital and I'm looking for a way around, okay, so I do have opinions on all of this and it's really funny? Uh, first of all it eddie mars is very simple two questions that first question, you know, does it matter about mixing the physical, where artists were just goingto explore whatever media we lay our hands on an experiment? Of course I'd say go for it on dh I think one of the beautiful things about painter is that you can mix things in a way that you can't always do is easily or at all on in the physical world, so definitely I go for it in terms of the should shouldn't or what people think first of all, I think is an artist, you just you've worked with your media and you don't worry about oh, should I be mixing this and that, in fact, the best discoveries always when you do the things which you shouldn't do so there's no doubt about that, so just go for it and have fun. This is ah wonderful world don't don't worry about it just mix it all together and that is one of the great things with this medium you really can do things which you know, unique and not possible to do otherwise and I'd love to see what you create who is a rose that question it was two actually we had pj and we had a car but it was just a summary yeah, so I love to see you know, my e mails on my website I'd love to see what people do with this mixing and stuff from this you know, workshop this helps him and then the other question I think is really, really interesting and of course it's it's very important and it was it really reminds me oh, something that when I was the hockney and when I was listening to that conversation hug me you know what is finger right on it so some of you may know that david hockney spent a two or three years where he was investigating optical devices and they're used in renascent thought on dh he built camera lou cedars and camera obscura is and in case you're not sure what these are the loose edo has a little lens and it's like a prison and you can still get him today you said look through the prism and you see the person it's an optical illusion but projected as you draw that's a loose eder and the obscura is there's a pinhole camera, so he was criticized roundly by some people who said, are you saying these artist didn't have any talent they were just cheating, they were just using these devices. Vermeer you saying that, you know? And he wasn't saying that at all, but his response, I think, is very pertinent to that question about digital art. Is it re alarm, isn't it riel art it's like, is it cheating? Is it too easy? So this is what he said, and I think, hey, it's, uh, hit exactly on the head. So david hockney said if you need to use the device to draw its of no use on if you don't need to use the device it's useful people, I mean, that really sums it up that's it and, you know, obvious will use whatever medium we saw the forty thousand year old spray paint around the hand so that, you know, they were using whatever they could lay their hands on, you know, the earthy charcoal in the fire that the pigments, they found implants, whatever they could lay their hands on literally became the mark making tool. And we just have in this exciting age the most amazing mark making tool of pain and it really is a cz you all know, I mean it's a phenomenal, amazing tour for making marks, and I just encouraged you to go out there and make marks and have fun with it