a Custom Palette Effectively When Working With Nozzles in Painter 6 &
Custom palettes are
much like Painterís standard palettes. You can move, resize, or close
them to save screen real estate and Painter keeps custom palettes from one
session to the next.
You can save a custom
palette to a file if you wish to remove it from the program and load it
again. This feature is useful when you have to reinstall Painter in case
of a program crash. Saved custom palettes cannot be used in another
version of Painter.
To Create a Custom
Choose Window > Custom Palette
> Add Command.
File > Save As. This command is one I use all the time so
a mouse click is saved each time. You donít need to add it in version
8.1 because you can use the shortcut keystroke Ctrl + Shift
+ S to access the Save As dialog. It may not seem like much
of a difference at the moment. This menu command is loaded into a custom
palette when you click OK. You will see a Custom Palette in your
workspace named Custom-1.
Window > Custom Palette > Organizler. This is
where you edit and delete unwanted palettes.
The Custom-1 palette is highlighted in the Custom Palettes
window. Click on the Rename button. Rename the palette to Nozzle
Production or whatever you wish it to be. Click on the Done button.
Now you are ready to add more items to the palette.
Add brush shortcuts to the palette by selecting the brush category
icon and dragging it onto the palette. I added the Image Hose and Airbrush
icons because they are the ones I use most often.
Choose Window > Custom Palette > Add Command.
I suggest you add the following commands from the Nozzles command menu:
All commands except Make Nozzle From Movie unless you plan to do a lot of
those types of nozzles.
Go to the Layers
palette and add these commands from the Layers menu. New Layer, Group,
Select All, Collapse, and Delete Layer.
From the Masks command menu, add New Mask,
Auto Mask, and Delete Mask.
You can arrange the icons and buttons the way you want them by
holding down the Ctrl key as you drag them.
I arranged mine using the ones I use most often. I placed the two
brush icons at the beginning of the first row followed by the Load
Nozzle and Set Nozzle Scale buttons.
b) The second row
consists of 3 buttons, the New Layer, Select All, and Group
c) The third row buttons
are Drop and Select, Collapse, and Delete Layer.
d) The fourth row
contains the New Mask, Auto Mask, and Delete Mask
e) The fifth row has the Make
Nozzle From Group button, followed by the Add Nozzle to Library,
and Check Out Nozzles buttons.
f) The final row of
buttons are the Nozzle Mover and Save As buttons.
palette looks like the example on the right. This arrangement works for me
but you might like them another way. If you wish to delete a command
button or icon altogether, first drag it out of the custom palette. A new
custom palette named Custom-2 will appear in the work- space.
Go to Windows > Custom Palette > Organizer
and select the name of the custom palette that corresponds to the newly
dragged out icon and then hit the Delete button in the Custom Palette
example there are 7 command buttons that are grayed out. They appear this
way because they are inactive. For instance, if you were to drag the apple
layer from the Image Portfolio onto the empty canvas, the Select
All, Group, Drop And Select, and Delete Layer
buttons would become active. If you drag the orange layer onto the canvas
and click on the Select All button, and then the Group button,
all but the mask commands are now active. You can easily see by following
this example that you will increase your graphics production, help fine
tune your workflow, and aid the longevity of your physical well being.
Less clicks or mouse/stylus movement means less stress and longer pain
free moments in you work day.
To save the finished custom palette choose
Window > Custom Palette > Organizer. Highlight Nozzle Production in
the Custom Palette list and click on the Export button. Navigate to the
folder you want to store your palettes in and click on the Save button.
Whenever you need to install the palette again in the case of a
catastrophic program crash just click on the Import button and select the
custom palette file.
version works the same way as 6 & 7. Unfortunately none of the nozzle
commands can be added to a custom palette. The best you can do is to add
the brush icons and the layer and mask commands. Even with these minimal
commands you will, not only save time, but also see the results in