first began using Painter version 6, I tried my best to crash the program
while creating very large files (16 X 20 inches at 300 PPI and lots of
As a direct result of doing this, I created a small furry character
that may become our company logo. I
used a part of one of my large test paintings to create the background for
a CD label. I wanted to do all of
this tutorial in Painter so I didn't use a CD template.
Open a new file at 4.62 X 4.62 inches at
I opened my painting and cropped (press the C key) the area
I wanted to use for the background. Press the Ctrl + A keys to select the entire
canvas area and click once with the (press the 'F' key) Layer
Adjuster tool to turn it into a layer.
Of course, you will use your own painting.
It is the techniques you want to learn so you can duplicate them when the
need arises. Save this file with a new name and minimize the window, you will
use it later.
In the Tools palette (1)
click on the Rectangular Selection tool (or press the R key).
To access the Oval Selection tool (press the O key).
Practice using the different keyboard shortcuts as a time saver
while creating your graphics.
Press the M key and use 50% as your
magnification factor in the Controls: palette (2).
With the Oval Selection tool selected, place the cross hairs
in the top left corner of the canvas, press the Shift key, and drag
towards the bottom right corner. Painter
automatically stops at the edge of the canvas so your circle will not move
beyond the canvas edge (3).