Mixing pad is a nice feature but falls short of mixing colours for real, and Painter 2021 has not improved this.
This has always fallen short of the real experience. What’s also unfortunate is how I can save the colours created from my own mix is clunky!!!
Currently, saving colours from my mixer pad means putting a number in a dialogue box that pops up. This always amuses me, as I have no control of the colours it saves. It would be helpful if there was a better way for me to save my colours / shades from the mixes I make easily rather than the clunky multi-step that just slows down creativity.
In Painter 2021 I really like the new colour features. I cheered when I saw the new harmony options, finally there was something that was related to colour that improved the creative process when I paint with Painter.
A further improvement would be how the mixer pad works, and making it less painful for me to save my own colours to my own colour sets.
If you use the Dropper in the Mixer Panel you can pick an exact color and then you can add it to a custom set of swatches in the Color Sets panel. Or did you mean something else?
> then you can add it to a custom set of swatches in the Color Sets panel.
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I forgot the "add color to color set" button in "color set libraries" palette was still working, it just worked in a weird way - there's an old comment from skipallen unpacking it.
is there anything you specifically dislike in the color mixing model of the mixer panel?
I find it one of the few remaining pleasing aspects of using painter in general, but anyway, artrage does a similar oil paint simulation in a more evolved way.
True – but I’m not finding this easy.
What I do is
Usually, it takes several goes for this to work – which is seriously disruptive to my workflow.
If you have a different / easier way to do this then pls let me know
Side note: Only recently, the less troublesome way to get around this is to use the custom palette feature – it’s not perfect but at least it’s easier.
Well, it just slows me down but recently found using custom palette feature helps. I also say more to Azstronaut’s reply above – explaining why I find it difficult.
But I’m plsd that this is one feature you like – it’s a nice feature but there’s definitely scope for improvement and room for this to be powerful tool where we can create our custom colour sets efficiently, and has the potential to exceed the real experience – where when you mix a colour there is no way to mix it to the exact shade / tint – but here, digitally you can.
So I’ve always liked this feature – I just wished it wasn’t so clunky to use.