Saturday, October 3, 2009

All Things Painter Webinar Followup: Q&A

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Yesterday's All Things Painter webinar went well other than an unexpected glitch that caused me to temporarily go "off the air" for 3-4 minutes. Karen and I are going to do some troubleshooting to eliminate this issue from future webinars.

There were several questions asked during the Q&A session following the watercolor demonstration that we didn't have time to answer, so here are the Q's and the A's...

Q: Is it true that Painter 11 brushes can cause problems in Painter X, and if so, how can I tell which version your or any Painter brushes are?
A: Yes, Painter 11 brushes can potentially be problematic when installed in earlier versions of Painter. This is due to new brush features in Painter 11. If a P11 brush utilizes one of these features (and not all P11 brushes do) and is then installed in Painter X, an error message results. My brushes come in 2 sets: Painter 11 and Painter X compatible. Other than brushes identified as such, there is no easy way to know what version of Painter they originated from.

Q: Sometimes when doing a collage or watercolor painting I like to sand off some paint to reveal whats underneath. Is there a way to get that look in Painter X?
A: If you are working on a layer, the Eraser Tool can be used to erase both the layer's pixels and visibility mask. The effect is like "sanding off some pixels".

Q: Please ask John how he got that spattered watercolor background on his Painter desktop.
A: I am on Mac OS X (Snow Leopard). I used a utility, SpaceSuit, to cover up my desktop during the webinar. Alternatively, any image can be used as the desktop background.

Q: Hi, if you print the image after it is done, which paper or method would you use?
A: I have an Epson 7600 24" inkjet printer. I have been printing on Arches Infinity. However, Arches was purchased and Infinity is no longer available. I am currently researching potential replacements, which include Hahnemuhle, Epson, Breathing Color, and PremierArt.

Q: Why do you group before dropping layers?
A: I was grouping, then collapsing layers. This combines multiple layers into a single layer. It is a technique for keeping an image's layer count low.

Q: What was the "convert to shape" message you got? I get it too and never understand what's going on.
A: Sometimes Painter will save an image with a selection in a state that prompts the Convert to Shape message when opening the file. If you say No, the file will close. I routinely answer Yesand continue on. You may end up with an empty Shape layer, which you can delete.

Q: Will there be a a recording for those who missed it?
A: Yes, I am editing it down and will post a link as soon as it is finished.

Q: I took this Webinar recently...but I have had zero luck installing the brushes...they end up in the correct folder but don't show up in the selector bar. What is wrong?
A: Brush Categories—like John's Watercolors—are made up of a folder containing the brush files (John's Watercolors) and a same-named JPEG file (John's Watercolors.jpg). Both of these items must be in the user's Painter Brushes folder (not with the John's Watercolors JPEG inside the John's Watercolors folder, but at the same hierarchy level). Otherwise, you'll have the problem you describe.

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