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Ok, Here's a capture of teaching Sasha how to use Veggie tales (vt), paint watch (pw), and practical paint(pp).
It's not for complete beginners, but hopefully some of you find it helpful.
Ofalot: is a good start.
Ofalot: There's a macro I put together that works with veggietales. It makes it a little easier to work out the reactions. From http://www.atitd.org/wiki/tale6/Paint
Ofalot: first, download and add the files from the above link into veggietales.
Sasha: I have paint watch already on my vt
Ofalot: cool :)
Ofalot: so gather a bunch of the differnt materials, and a load of red-sand :)
Sasha: I have a window with all the mats on it
Sasha: I have everything except srooms
Ofalot: ok, you need to size the bottom of vt larger, so you see everything.
Sasha: I have it a;; npw
Ofalot: ok, do you have 'practicalpaint' ?
Sasha: No I don;t have practical paint
Ofalot: ok, probably should get that next :)
Sasha: I have it now
Ofalot: hehe.. I uploaded it, then found it there ;)
Sasha: Do i check all those mats on it
Ofalot: ok, dont run it yet... you're looking for the reactions file first to edit :)
Sasha: ok I am there lol
Ofalot: ok, so the first line.. Cabbage - potash ?
Sasha: Cabbage Copper
Sasha: Cabbage Potash is half way down
Ofalot: ok, I probably moved mine around...
Ofalot: so the first number is the reaction you get when you put cabbage, followed by copper
Ofalot: so in vt paint_watch, click cabbage, (wait) then click copper.
Ofalot: cool, I see colour :)
Sasha: Slate Gray
Ofalot: ok, but what numbers are showing up at the bottom of vt?
Sasha: Should i have practical paint running now also
Sasha: On the reactions
Ofalot: pp comes later. yes on reactions.
Sasha: 4, 4, -21
Ofalot: ok, might need to try again... add another 8 redsand and take the paint.
Ofalot: (can't take the paint until it's done ;)
Ofalot: "exit" the paint macro, and re-start it.
Sasha: ok back up
Sasha: So cab and cop again LOL
Ofalot: ok. just click cabbagej, and let me know what it says :)
Ofalot: reactions should read 0,0,0 ?
Sasha: Yes it doess
Ofalot: ok, cool. Now click copper.
Sasha: 4, 4 , 3
Ofalot: ok, that's better :)
Ofalot: The first number after cabbage|copper is now 4
Ofalot: (or 3, it's kind of approximate)
Sasha: So change that number
Ofalot: now, close the paint_watch macro, add redsand until you can remove the paint.
Ofalot: now, there is a different reaction when you add copper, followed by cabbage.
Sasha: so do copper then cabbage
Ofalot: just make sure you get 0 reaction afer you add the first ingredient
Sasha: 0 0 0
Sasha: 24, 24, 24
Sasha: So put the 24 in the next number place right
Ofalot: ok, so the last number after cab|cop should change to 24. Yes :)
Ofalot: That's it... repeat that ad-nausium.
Ofalot: "R" means red. Only the first number will be the reaction.
Ofalot: "G" is the second number in the reaction.
Ofalot: "B" is the third.
Ofalot: so, if you get a reaction like 0,-15,1 . and the reaction is "G", then use -15.
Sasha: oh ok
Sasha: on this one it is B
Ofalot: so once you get through the list, you should have a set of reactions for this tale, and tales to come... unless of the rules change.
Sasha: Reaction is 0, -1, 0
Sasha: so I use 0 right
Sasha: So when i am done do I copy and paste the reaction to practical paint
Ofalot: just save reactions.txt back to overwrite the original, then re-run practical paint.
Sasha: oh ok
Ofalot: you can save and run it now if you want, I can talk you throught that (for when you do finish)?
Sasha: oh ok ty
Sasha: ok i have it up now
Ofalot: ok, the defaults are good. I sometimes change depth6, full 5, and max q 16.
Ofalot: If there's one or two ingredients that you haven't worked out reactions on, then untick those. (I still haven't worked reactions for silver).
Ofalot: (for now, leave most of them ticked)
Ofalot: Then just click "execute analysis"
Sasha: I uncheck carrot Right silver and then sulphur, salt, lime and pot
Ofalot: yep... the thing is, you might not get every colour, especially the more that you haven't worked out
Ofalot: So you get a list of how to make each colour. This is updated as it finds one that is "cheaper".
Ofalot: The longer you let the program run, the more colours it finds, and the better recipes it finds.
Sasha: Black Cabage 1 Iron, 4 lead. lead 1 Copper 1 and red sand 4
Ofalot: (the recipes won't be right for you yet until all your reaction numbers are set)
Ofalot: Though you were in luck there ;)
Sasha: THat was good
Ofalot: one last hint...
Ofalot: In the ingredients.txt file, there's a list of costs. (Edit all these files with pp closed)
Sasha: oh ok
Ofalot: So, if you have an excess of lead that you want to get rid of... then you'd reduce the number against lead (single number in the middle of the line)
Sasha: on here
Sasha: there is alot of stuff lol
Ofalot: hehe, that should get you started painting :)
Sasha: cabbage, 128, 64, 144 8 Y Bulk 10
Sasha: So which do I change on pp
Ofalot: Yep, that "8" is how hard an ingredient is to find
Sasha: oh ok
Ofalot: It's just fiddly fine-tuning, changing these numbers can give you different recipes.
Sasha: oh ok
Sasha: THank you so much
Ofalot: you're most welcome :)
Sasha: What percentage of these should work you think
Sasha: Cornsilk doesn;t work but then again how much will I need of that lol
Ofalot: With the ones that don't work, either try a slight variation of ingredients, or check your reactions for the ingredients that make it up.
Sasha: oh ok
Ofalot: Like a few of mine weren't working, and I found I had a -9 instead of what should have been 9.
Sasha: I know what it is
Sasha: it has potash and sulphur back to back
Sasha: When you have a W and 3different numbers which do you use
Sasha: This is without earthlight and silver
Ofalot: You should get three similar numbers for W.
Sasha: I did
Sasha: maybe 1 off
Sasha: Like 4 3 4
Sasha: so i used 4
Sasha: can you do all the colors
Ofalot: mmm, it's approximate, so it might take some tweaking to get everything.
Ofalot: I haven't tried all the colours... 141/142 listed for me (includes earthlight)
Sasha: I am up to 137 no earthlight
Ofalot: Also, try swapping some of the weights around, that can give you a different recipe for the same colour (that might work)