Canvas Presets and Templates


Let’s say you’re always working on similar canvases, it’s probably worth looking in to leveraging some of the customization options in Painter.

Here are two options I’d like to point out:

Tip #1: Create your own Canvas Preset

Painter will remember your most recently used settings automatically. But, if you’re frequently switching between different image sizes, you should save custom presets for your most commonly used choices.

Here’s how:



  1. From the File menu, select New...
  2. Enter your preferred values for Width, Height, Resolution, Color and Paper texture.
  3. Click on the (+) button next to the Canvas Preset: dropdown.
  4. Enter a name for your preset. (Ex. 8 x 10 @ 150 dpi)

From now on, your preset will show up in the Canvas Preset dropdown. You can quickly switch between your favourite canvas sizes

Tip #2: Create your own Template

Presets are great, but I’m a bigger fan of using Templates. Templates are something we’ve had in Painter for several versions, but they don’t seem to get a lot of attention. I think templates offer a significant upgrade over presets because they can contain actual content. For example, you can create templates containing your watermark or your preferred cell arrangement for a comic strip. Templates provide a really convenient way to set up your base canvas.

Here’s how you can create your own template:

  1. Create a new canvas (from File > New), or open any existing document on your computer.
  2. Select Save As... from the File menu
  3. Set the file type to Painter RIFF
  4. Save the file to one of two locations on your hard drive:
    1. Your current workspace
      • On Windows, this can be found by typing “%appdata%\Corel\Painter 12\Default\Templates” in to Window Explorer.
      • On MacOS, this can be found by navigating in the Finder to "UserAccount>Library>Application Support>Corel>Painter 12>Default>Templates".
    2. Your installation folder
      • On Windows, this can be found by typing “%programfiles%\Corel\Painter12\Support Files\Templates” in to Window Explorer.
      • On MacOS, this can be found by navigating in the Finder to "Applications>Corel Painter 12>Support Files>Templates"

If you save the file to your workspace, the template will only be included in the selected workspace and will only be available in your current user account. If you save the file to the installation folder, all users of your computer and every workspace will have access to the templates. However, you need to have administrator privileges to save your templates files there.

Now, the next time you start Painter, you’ll find your templates added to two locations: the Welcome Book and under the Open Template flyout in the Filemenu.



If you open a template, you’ll find that it creates an exact duplicate of your original document with all the content maintained, but the canvas will be named “Untitled” and will not overwrite your original template.

I’ve attached a couple of templates to this post for you to try out. Hopefully you’ll find this feature useful.

Give it a try and let me know what you think.




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