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The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting Using Wacom and the iPad Kindle Edition

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“This book is the art class you never took and wish you had.”
~Bert Monroy, artist, author, and teacher

About the Author

Cher Threinen-Pendarvis, an award-winning fine artist, designer, and educator, has influenced thousands of digital artists in her many years of teaching and writing about electronic design tools. Her digital paintings and photography have been exhibited worldwide, and her work is featured in numerous books and periodicals. In addition to creating hundreds of brushes for Corel Painter, Cher teaches digital arts workshops around the world and is often a featured speaker at graphics conferences.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 2 edition (27 Aug. 2013)
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  • Language: English
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I just got Photoshop CS6 and an Intuos tablet. I thought I would be able to work out how it all functioned together. Wrong! I got one of those books that tells you all about Photoshop but it had only a passing reference to tablets. So I splashed out on The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book. I am so glad I did. I have progressed from basics to working with mixer brush and painting with differing foreground and background colours simultaneously. I have learned how to set up CS6 for variations to colour opacity and stroke width through pen pressure. The explanations are simple to follow, with plenty of illustrations.

I give this book 5 stars.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa0609c60) out of 5 stars 23 reviews
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HASH(0xa06281c8) out of 5 stars Develop painterly expression using digital methods 25 Sept. 2013
By C. B. Gillespie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Most books about digital painting focus either on learning to use the software or on presenting the work of accomplished artists as inspiration. Cher's Artist Tablet does neither. Instead, she focuses on the basics that any painting must begin with--making expressive strokes and mixing colors. The book is aimed at anyone new to painting or experienced with traditional methods, but new to digital painting and using a stylus and tablet.

After warming you up with simple exercises using sketching and painting software for the iPad, the digital equivalent of the artist's go-anywhere sketchbook, Cher starts on the fundamentals of drawing and painting using both Painter and Photoshop. You don't need to have both applications, since each lesson that is developed in one program, also tells you what to use in the other program to produce similar results.

The Artist Tablet teaches just enough of the interface that you can select and modify brushes to make expressive strokes, and select and work with an artist's palette and paper. I like the way Cher purposely keeps this part of the instruction simple so you're focused on the process of creating a painting, rather than on the mechanics of manipulating the software. As you create the many short, but complete compositions in the tutorials, your work grows in complexity. In the process, you learn to add new brushes and new paints to your toolbox, but Cher is not trying to cover all the techniques, nor all the materials and brushes, that the software offers. You're simply learning to master your own hand in the creation of art, so that what you want to paint, you'll be able to, one stroke at a time.

If you're an experienced digital artist, this book will be too basic, but if you have a desire to learn to paint with digital tools, Cher's gentle, straightforward approach to the process of painting will encourage you to start.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa035a684) out of 5 stars Far More Impressive than the VERY Impressive 1st Edition 25 Oct. 2013
By Brian M. Stoppee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
We were extremely pleased to learn that Cher was working on a second edition of "The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book." Her first edition, which is almost 10 years old, got plenty of love from us (translation: it has become a bit shop-worn). For this to become a reference source for us is quite a statement. We go back to the original Wacom SD tablets of 1991. Nevertheless, Cher packed enough into the first edition for us to thoroughly study. We already had her complete collection of the "Painter WOW!" books.

The bar was set pretty high for the second edition to be of great value to us. As with all the reviews we write, they're intended as our personal journals which serve as a guide for us to use later.

CH 1 - THE DIGITAL ART STUDIO - We ordered an iPad 2 the morning it went on sale. That was the start of something very new in our world. We go back to sketchpads in our childhood. The iPad (and even our iPhone) is our portable sketchpad/notebook. The page 1 opener, "Your studio is where you come to be creative..." immediately said to us, "Cher understands us." This chapter is an excellent scene-setter, going forward.

CH 2 - SKETCHING ON THE IPAD - Readers of our blogs know we have an almost 8 year old friend, Monica, who teaches us many undocumented tricks with our iPad sketching apps. This chapter leads us to believe that Cher has been hanging out with Moni. These 32 pages should be available as an updating app, much like this book's publisher, Peachpit, does with adding new materials to their Adobe Press CC Classroom in a Book series. Most iPad sketching app developers do a lousy job of documenting their products. This chapter is a must-have. It's a set of missing manuals for 9 apps.

CH 3 - PHOTOSHOP, PAINTER, AND TABLET BASICS FOR ARTISTS - The name of this chapter is deceptive. It made us think it was going to be about the two apps. At first we thought, "What can we be taught about them? We go back to Photoshop 2.0, Painter 1.0, and are Adobe Community Professionals." We were wrong. The focus isn't on the apps its on the role the hardware plays in manipulating the apps to their fullest.

It's important for many users to not just read this chapter, but to study it. When we got our big 12"x18" SD tablet, around 22 years ago, it came with a little 24 page booklet. A Wacom tablet was quite simple then. That's not the case anymore. We suggest that you do not breeze through this. It's designed to look very approachable, but it's packed with great stuff. Don't think of it as information to read. Approach chapter 3 as if it's a bunch of lessons.

CH 4 - ASSEMBLING BRUSHES AND PAINT - We must confess that we were once in love with Painter. The photos we turned into illustrations became something of our studio's visual trademark. With time Painter became a slow buggy mess (we're told it's better, now). Fortunately, about the same time we had Painter problems, Adobe was showing us their new paint engine for Photoshop CS5. If you favor one app over the other, fear not. There's something to be learned on every one of these pages. It's another, "This isn't a quick read."

CH 5-8 - (DRAWING, VOLUME, TONE AND MODELING, ATMOSPHERE) EXERCISES - At this point the book shifts gears and starts to work on technique more than technology. The clever part about this chapter is that it's constructed much like the Watson-Guptill books of our childhood. Instead of the sidebars listing what papers, paints, pencils, or pastels we'll need, it bullet-points electronic tools.

CH 9 - STARTING WITH A SCANNED DRAWING - From an author's perspective, this is a dangerous direction. Over the past 25 years there must have been well over 100 books published books which advise you to "Start with a scan..." So, was this one a snore for us? We thought it was going to be. We ended up carefully studying every page. In fact, it's amazing this much information fits into 26 pages. It's impressive.

CH 10 - USING A PHOTO REFERENCE FOR PAINTING - In our early Painter days, our illustrations were too photo realistic, once we looked back 10 years later. At the time, photo realism was popular. At this point, we should have no preconceived fears of the book going wrong, but we held our breathe and were once again pleasantly surprised. This is refreshingly old school directions but with new digital tools. Strangely enough, that's innovative in a standardized rush-to-electronic education all around us.

CH 11 - DEFINING THE FOCAL POINT - Initially, a significant number of people were sure our Painter projects were achieved with some sort of quickly-applied Photoshop filter. It surprised them to learn that the stroke-by-stoke look we had was accomplished stroke-by-stroke. There's plenty of instruction available which takes you to the point where you've got a nice illustration. It drops you there. This, however, is a rare to find of educational experiences outside of expensive one-to-one consulting projects which move you toward enhancing an image beyond the basics.

CH 12 - SIMULATING PAPER AND CANVAS -There was a time when even the slightest suggestion that textures could be applied after the fact and we'd think, "Conversation's over." Those days are behind us. How do you do that, and make it work? Here's where Cher does your homework for you. This chapter is her Quick Start gift to you.

CH 13 - RETOUCHING, TINTING, AND PAINTING - If you have no background in working with old photos, the first half of this chapter is important. If you've been around that block once or twice, you can skip the first few pages, but not the chapter. However, once you get to page 218 and find the finished project of some red-head, who looks quite similar to the red-head in the "About the Author and Artist" section, in the front of the book, you won't skip the next 7 pages which explain how it was done, guaranteed.

CH 14 - COMPOSING FROM THE IMAGINATION - Before you start this chapter, ponder the chapter's name for a few seconds. It's a departure from the rest of the book. It's okay to ask, "Why's this here?" The book stops. Your work continues. That's what this chapter is all about. It's supposed to rev you about what to do next.

CONCLUSION - This is no small project for an author to create. Our second book is 504 pages and took 10 months, start to finish. We're impressed with the amount of work Cher put into this book. It's far superior to the first edition. The only thing which is repetitive with the first edition is that soon our copy of the second edition will be as shop worn as the first one.

It's an easy 5-star must-have.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0c21240) out of 5 stars Hugely Beneficial for Artists and Designers 27 Jun. 2014
By Elizabeth A. Meyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I worked through the majority of this book and found it to be extremely helpful on many levels. Firstly, if you are looking for a book to teach you the best way to paint and design with your software and tablet - this is the only one that ranks. The tutorials are succinct enough to keep you interested, but robust enough to give you all the info you need to be able to develop your own paintings once you have finished. The brushes and techniques for both Photoshop and Painter (I prefer Painter, but who's asking) are extremely accurate and had me feeling confident quickly.

The artwork is beautiful.

Secondly, the tablet info made me feel immediately comfortable with the device and how it relates to the software. After working through this book I had an innate understanding of how to use the software and the tools together seamlessly.

The info on current apps was great and very helpful. I am amazed at what I can accomplish when my tablet and computer are not handy.

Definitely for both new artists and designers as well as seasoned professionals due to the fact that it ranges in scope from basic concepts to advanced ideas. Being familiar with other books by this author, the ability to reach through all ranges of experience is one of her specialties. All in all, the best book in its genre and I look for more to come from this author.
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0433c30) out of 5 stars What is this book about? 19 May 2014
By fnmc - Published on Amazon.com
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I really wanted to like this book but several things made it less than the book it could have been.

There was minimal information on tablets. It would have been so helpful to not only list the tools she uses in her studio (Ipad, Wacom Intuos 5, and the Wacom Cintiq 13 inch) but to explain exactly what each tool can accomplish, in words. I would have liked to have had more information on what made one tool (in her opinion) the best for certain tasks. After this section, then she could actually show us why she felt one is better than another for certain things. There were a few pieces of artwork done by others in the very back, but I would have liked to have seen examples by several different artists. Hers tended to get stale especially since she tended towards a beloved color palate that she paints so many things in this book.

As far as including drawing with an Ipad...that's a topic for another book entirely. I would recommend the book Ipad for Artists by Dani Jones (2013). There is too much ground to cover than can be humanly possible in a book that already has too many topics.

I noticed she tended to favor the Wacom Intuos...and that is fine...lots of artists love them. I could not get the hang of an old version a friend gave me simply because it resembled nothing like drawing directly onto my sketchbook. This author includes a picture of her Wacom Cintiq 13 inch pen display and that is what I would recommend at the minimum for a serious artist.

However, if you are looking for that perfect portable pen display (rather than the Wacom Intuos...which isn't bad at all but it does require the use of a monitor and computer with paint and photo programs loaded onto them), I would highly recommend checking into the Wacom Cintiq Companion (which is a 13 inch pen display tablet that uses Windows 8) or the Wacom Cintiq Companion Hybrid (which is an Android based 13 inch pen display tablet). Plan to spend a few shekels but both are fantastic!

I think what made me most sad about this book was that the author couldn't decide on what to really focus on. Was it how to use Painter and Photoshop? Was it to explore the digital tools of the trade and the basic things one needs to know so they can make an informed decision? Was it to show how to use an Ipad? Was it to show off her artwork?

Because I couldn't find a true focus, this made this book one I can't recommend. What this book turned out to be, to me, was what this one artist uses in her studio, her artwork (less than impressive according to the majority of the examples in this work), and the beginning of every Photoshop and Painter book ever printed. You know the ones that show the tool bars and different brushes, etc. that are available.

If you are looking for a great book on digital painting (especially for beginners) I would recommend Digital Painting for the Complete Beginner by Carlyn Beccia. She goes into great detail on Photoshop and Painter...side by side...so you will be able to do just about everything with either program. The organization is really good and there are so many very different examples it is very interesting.

As far as a book on tablets and pen displays...I can't say I have found a good one yet. Technology changes every day, but that's not what made this book fall flat. If you are a serious artist I would save my money and invest in the best choice for you in the Wacom family of tablets and pen displays. If you settle for less, it's like buying student grade artist supplies verses professional artist materials. It makes a difference.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa050924c) out of 5 stars Beautiful and User Friendly 30 Sept. 2013
By L. King - Published on Amazon.com
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Cher Pendarvis has produced another beautiful and user friendly book. I own the first edition of the Artist Tablet Book along with a couple of Cher's Painter Wow! books. Her writing style and information layout is pleasant and easy to follow. She is a master at making information user friendly. I have not finished this edition but very impressed with it. I like to highlight parts that I can come back to later.
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