Introduction to the Painter Essentials 6 User Interface

Introduction to the Painter Essentials 6 User Interface

Download a free trial at Hi there, this is Cher Pendarvis artist and author of the Painter Wow! books and Artists Tablet books. In this video we’re going to get started with Painter Essentials 6. When you first launch you’re greeted with the Welcome Screen and as you can see, there’s a lot going on here that’s helpful. You have Documents, Layouts, What’s new which is what we’re looking at right now, an upgrade path to Painter 2018 information about Wacom Tablets Essentials tips and tricks learn from the experts updated user interface and as we scroll down below more links to artist interviews, more tutorials technical support, brushes and webinars here we have a link to tutorials here we have a link to images that were created with Painter Essentials and an information about more brushes. To exit the Welcome Screen, press the Escape key. When looking at the Welcome Screen I mentioned layouts at this time we have the laptop layout chosen and if I go to the Window Menu and we choose layouts you see the laptop layout is chosen and there are two other layouts, tablet right-handed and tablet left-handed. Let’s have a look at the interface. When you launch Painter, by default the interface is set up like this. Across the top we have the Menu bar. Underneath the Painter Essentials menu you’ll see the Preferences which includes Brush Tracking that helps you set up Painter to work better with your tablet. This is very important. And some other items, the File menu, Edit menu Canvas menu Layer’s, the Select menu Effects, the Window menu where you’ll see other panels and options and the Help menu where you can display the Welcome Screen again if you want to. Press escape to close it. In the upper left-hand corner you’ll see the Brush Selector and if we open this you’ll see recent brushes at the top and the Painter Essentials 6 Brush Library Blenders is chosen and Wet Oily Blender The Brush Selector is set up with brush categories and they reflect media like the Acrylics and Oils Airbrushes, Blenders, Chalk, Pastel & Crayons Pens, Pencils and Markers and so on. Right now Blenders is chosen and you see the Wet Oily Blender variant of the Blenders brush is chosen. Directly below the Brush Selector we have the Toolbox and right now the Brush tool is chosen. Here we have the Property Bar and the options in the Property Bar will change depending on which tool is chosen In the toolbox we have the Brush tool is selected and the Eyedropper tool the Paint Bucket the Text tool, the Eraser the Crop tool, the Rectangular Selection tool and you can do an oval selection or different shapes of selections by clicking this arrow Rubber Stamp tool and other options the Dodge and Burn for working with photos the Mirror painting tool or Kaleidoscope the Grabber Hand allows you to move around your image the Zoom in tool Zoom Out tool and the Rotate Page tool Here we see the Current color and the Additional Color and then in the bottom of the Tool Box you’ll see the Paper Texture picker and click here to view the other Paper Textures Here we have the Color Wheel on the outside is the Hue Ring and the value and saturation triangle Right now we have a peachy color chosen. If we wanted to instead choose a blue we would click here in the hue ring and once we have our blue hue chosen we can make it brighter or more saturated by moving to the right in the Triangle or make it less saturated by moving to the left Make it lighter by moving up or darker by moving down. To begin your own painting, choose File, New I’m going to accept the default size. Click OK. Here we have our file. We have a nice green color, I’m going to change it to more of an aqua. Make it lighter just for fun. Now I’m going to click on the Brush tool and I’m going to go up to the Brush Selector Click on the arrow, and I’m going to choose the Acrylics and Oils and the Opaque Acrylic. That’s how you get started. I’m going to hide this image, and here I have a variety of images that I’ve painted. All were painted from scratch. Painter Essentials has a great variety of brush looks. The sketches on the left of my cat little doll I created with the Cover Pencil. To choose a brush you click here to open the Brush library and you see Pencils, Pens and Markers is chosen and the Cover Pencil is chosen If I want to choose a different variant like the Thick and Thin Pencil, I would just click on it like so. The sketch in the center Shell study, was created with the Pastels To choose the Pastels I would click here on the arrow and I would choose Chalk, Pastel and Crayons and the Sharp Charcoal Pencil is a good one to do the initial sketch. And then I used the Square Chalk and the Tapered Large Chalk and Tapered Pastel for the Shell Study. And on the right, View from Point Loma, for this painting, I used the Acrylics and Oils brushes, for instance the Fine Camel Opaque, Acrylic Real Oils Filbert and Wet Soft Acrylic and Wet Oily brush. I wanted to bring back these panels, we have the Color Set. Also the Mixer Panel. And here I’ve dabbed a little bit of the yellow green we can choose the Dropper Tool and choose the Brush again and we can make a combination of these two greens and blend down into the black and the Photo Painting panel if you’re interested in painting with your photos. You can achieve a variety of brush looks with the media available in Painter Esentials 6. Happy creating and happy painting. Download a free trial at

8 thoughts on “Introduction to the Painter Essentials 6 User Interface

  1. how do you flip a painted image in a layer? not the whole canvas. I tried the selection tool but when you go to edit you do not have that option. I mean it is a simple transformation although I cannot figure out how to do it.

  2. how do i make the layers visible, you can only move them down ur up or add one but there is no option to see them or make them invisible

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