Tips about Arrange Palettes, Hide Panels, and Hide Application Ui in Corel Painter 12

Hey Friends,

I really hadn’t planed to post today.  But I thought we needed to take a break from kitties and start working.   I started playing with the new thick brushes, and I decided to record it.  After recording, I thought, this is silly…I’m not telling anyone about anything.  It is just me blathering away trying to create single stroke petals and leaves for a flower.

I guess I got inspired.  I thought about doing a video on Window > Arrange Palettes > Save Layouts.  I did the recording.  Then I did another one.  This one is about Hide Panels and Hide Application UI.  I like to do both when I am painting by myself…not demonstrating or making a recording.

Just for fun, I decided to let you view the silly recording of me playing with the brushes.  Don’t spend a lot of time with it unless you want a boring few minutes.   The other two videos I think you may like.

The next one is about making multiple layouts for your Workspace.  It is very handy to have several.

And the final video is about Hiding Panels and Painter’s UI.  This is very useful because you can get a lot of extra space for painting and your workspace is not cluttered at all.

OK…time to go.  Hope you enjoy the videos,

Have fun,


16 responses to “Tips about Arrange Palettes, Hide Panels, and Hide Application Ui in Corel Painter 12

  1. That was great thanks for more tips,
    I couldnt stop laughing in the first Clip, very entertaining you should do more 😉

  2. Good Morning Skip,

    A problem! I admit I just love the “Oil” filter in Photoshop. However, I would simply like to be able to paint by hand with the same bush effect in Painter 12. I have tried impastos, oils, rakes etc and just can’t come close to matching that filter effect. Any help? J Vee J Vee Graphics

    • Hi J Vee,
      Wow, that is some goal. I wouldn’t begin to know how to paint like a filter, which is what you are trying to do. If you were trying to paint traditionally, I’m guessing you couldn’t get that same sort of texture with a brushstroke. Well, let’s say you could get a brush to work with the same sort of look as the filter, you would need to practice a very long time creating the strokes correctly.
      Why do you want to paint like the filter? If you like the filter so much, why don’t you continue to use it? What is missing in the filter that you think you can find in Painter? These are good questions and if you can answer them, it will give you a better idea of what you are wanting.
      Tim Shelbourne at TAQ has classes on using impasto in Photoshop. I think his results are great…it isn’t painting dynamically like Painter, but it is close. I also believe John Derry has done work with impasto in Photoshop. John always does wonderful work, so I can suggest him. I took Tim’s classes and so I know first hand that they are right on target and I can endorse them easily. I don’t have a link for John, but you can find the link to TAQ in my blog roll.

  3. Skip, thanks for this info on arranging the panels. For some reason I’ve been thinking I had to do this with a new work space. Can you explain the difference between the work space and arranging the panels?

    Thanks for all the things you do for free!!

    Marty Hannon

    • Hi Marty,

      A workspace contains everything…all of your custom stuff, brushes, etc. Saved layouts are also contained inside of a workspace. You design how you want your User Interface to look in a particular workspace. There can be a number of saved layouts…each defining a different preference for the User Interface. All of them are part of your workspace.

      You can have multiple workspaces, too, but it is simpler to rearrange the panels and stuff.

      Does that explain it? If not, let me know and I’ll see if I can do better. 🙂

  4. Love it when I go to your site-very frequently and see the new info. Can’t wait to see those brushes. And the tips are amazing. I know how to dock my similar palettes, but you stack yours and I could not figure that out in Painter info. Thanks, you made my New Year reorganization. Of a newbies Painter in 2011, cleaning up the mess, getting out all the multiple libraries, making a palette brush from each on it. This typing has a mind of its own this morning. I gig up. See what I means. It spells for me . Really disturbing. Adios, thanks.

    • Hey Sandy,
      You are going to have to drop the moniker, “Newbie.” 🙂 You did a lot of work in 2012; you are definitely at the intermediate level.

      Glad you are reorganizing your stuff. It will make a difference. I need to do some myself…but I hate it. 🙂

      Have fun on the beach,

  5. Hi. First time poster and your website is just so fantatic and helpful to total newbies like me. So, could you tell me where I can get the palette knife brushes you used in the video? Thank you very much!

    • Hey JJ,

      I haven’t finished them, yet. I’ve actually started trying a different approach. That’s what happens with me. I start making the brush for a certain purpose and I think I’ve got it. I paint with them…and still think they are working fine. So I try a couple of more paintings and find I am tweaking the brushes to death trying to get a particular look. That tells me I haven’t gotten them quite right. So I start playing with them again. That’s where I am now.
      Give me a month or so, and I’ll be finished with them and make them available to anybody that wants them.
      Sorry it takes so long…I want them to be ready, too,

      • Thanks for the reply! I’ll be looking forward to your new palette knife brushes. With the existing Corel 12 palette knife brushes, I can’t seem to really do anything that resembles traditional p knife strokes. But then again, I’m a total newbie. Thanks for everything you do!

        • Hi JJ,
          The palette knives in painter are tough. I find them hard to use, too, and I don’t know many who can. If you go to the Menu Bar and select Window > Brush Control Panel > Angle and change the expression from none to another expression, then try it. You may find a setting that is easier for you. If you have the Art Pen, Rotation is probably the best setting, but it still is difficult to use. So, the difficulty isn’t about being a newbie…it is difficult for anyone. Enjoy, Skip

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