Opening a picture in Painter

Painter X can open and 'save as' a wide variety of photographic files, including JPEG (JPG), TIFF, CMYK TIF, BMP, PCX, PSPIMAGE, FRM, TGA, GIF, Adobe Photoshop (PSD), and RIFF (Corel Painter native format).

*Adobe Photoshop formats (PSD) — Corel Painter preserves layers, layer masks, alpha channels, and composite methods. Layer effects and adjustment layers are not supported and should be merged or flattened in Adobe Photoshop.

**RIFF — Corel Painter native format (RIF) — The benefit of using this file format is that it is uncompressed and will preserve all the native layers and features of Corel Painter X (for example your paint will stay wet).

It is generally desirable not to use very large image files as they will slow the program down and some of the complex brushes in particular can be very slow.

If the image is to be printed then a resolution between 150 and 300 dpi is preferable which means a file size of between 10 and 20 Mb. For web use a much smaller file size can be used, in most cases around 1 Mb. More information on file sizes and printing can be found in Chapter 14.

Figure 1.3 shows the first picture on the DVD which is opened from the file bar by going to File> Open> DVD> Step-by-step files> '01 Stained glass window'. You can use this or if you prefer use your own photograph.

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