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The Painter 6 Wow! Book [Paperback]

Cher Threinen-Pendarvis
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25 May 2000 0201354497 978-0201354492 4

Get artistic inspiration and practical, step-by-step examples in one book: The Painter 6 Wow! Book. Over 100 of the world's most accomplished Painter artists contributed stunning, full-color artwork, accompanied by detailed techniques, helpful tips, and expert tricks on how to re-create the effects you see. It's the ideal companion for fine artists,designers, photographers, and illustrators who use Painter to work in print, multimedia, and on the Web.

Thoroughly updated, The Painter 6 Wow! Book explores the major new features of the program: its streamlined interface, enhanced integration with Photoshop, easier export to page-layout programs, and more realistic natural media. It also includes expanded chapters on Web graphics and printmaking, a revised chapter on painting using the new high-performance brushes, and a brand-new chapter on special typography effects, geared toward designers. The CD-ROM is loaded with custom tools, stock photos and video clips, demo versions of MetaCreations and Adobe programs, and much more.

Check out the following excerpts from the book:
Painting an Expressive Color Study
Creating a Montage Using Masks and Layers


Product details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 4 edition (25 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201354497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201354492
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 19.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,598,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's corny, but when you first see this book, you have to resist the urge to say, "Wow!" Part of a long-running series, this one has to be the prettiest: the outstanding artwork is extremely inspirational. Like a kid in a sweet shop, you can't wait to get your hands on the techniques.

This is the fourth edition written by Threinen-Pendarvis, and her experience shows. The chapters have a logical structure that offers the basics first and then a variety of techniques shown step by step, with tips sprinkled throughout and galleries of work by talented artists (including the author herself). After an introduction to the application, the book covers working with colour, brushes, selections and masks, layers, working with photographs, special effects, type, working in conjunction with Photoshop, creating animations in Painter, creating for the Web, and printing and archiving images.

This edition has been completely revised, with new material covering the latest features in Painter, like the industry-standard level masks and layers, a more versatile magic wand, editable Dynamic Text (with live drop shadows and other effects), and the ability to make sliced GIFs, image maps, rollovers, and animations. The companion CD-ROM includes custom brushes, textures, and other effects and scripts, demo software and stock images and, best of all, QuickTime movies where you can watch the artwork as it is made, stroke by stroke--very Wow!--worthy stuff.

The layout is clean and easy to read. You can glean a lot just by reading the detailed captions and tips in the slim left-hand column on each page. The writing is clear, detailed, and to the point--no conversational digressions get in the way. And, printed in full colour throughout, the book almost glows.

Although this Wow! book isn't meant to replace the Painter manual, a beginner will get a good handle on all the tools as well as quite a bit of painting and colour theory. Intermediate and advanced Painter users will add a wealth of new tricks to their palettes. --Angelynn Grant, amazon.com

Topics include:

  • Basic instruction, tricks, and techniques in Painter 6, including building brushes (coloured pencils, pastels, oils, watercolours, gouache, washes, thick paint, and custom brushes)
  • Working with masks (embossing, airbrush, colour masks)
  • Working with layers and shapes (drop shadows, melting text into water)
  • Photo enhancement and montage/collage (sepia-tone photos, simulated motion, solarizing, tinting)
  • Special effects (distorting, impressionist looks, terrain maps, mosaics, draping effects on a weave pattern)
  • Working with type (over a photo, graffiti style, glows, beveled chrome, ice and stone effects)
  • Working in conjunction with Photoshop
  • Working on Web images and animations
  • Printing and archiving images

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Get artistic inspiration and practical, step-by-step examples in one book: The Painter 6 Wow! Book. Over 100 of the world's most accomplished Painter artists contributed stunning, full-color artwork, accompanied by detailed techniques, helpful tips, and expert tricks on how to re-create the effects you see. It's the ideal companion for fine artists,designers, photographers, and illustrators who use Painter to work in print, multimedia, and on the Web.

Thoroughly updated, The Painter 6 Wow! Book explores the major new features of the program: its streamlined interface, enhanced integration with Photoshop, easier export to page-layout programs, and more realistic natural media. It also includes expanded chapters on Web graphics and printmaking, a revised chapter on painting using the new high-performance brushes, and a brand-new chapter on special typography effects, geared toward designers. The CD-ROM is loaded with custom tools, stock photos and video clips, demo versions of MetaCreations and Adobe programs, and much more.

Check out the following excerpts from the book: Painting an Expressive Color Study Creating a Montage Using Masks and Layers Platform: MAC WIN


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I am a traditional artist, accomplished in the fields of acrylics, crayons and pencil work in particular. I have long been drooling over what can be accomplished with Photoshop and Painter and their likes, in terms of building artwork and illustrations from scratch. However making the jump to computer graphics has proved to be quite difficult or complex at best. I have purchased nummerous books on those programs but they have all been 99% about image editing and touching up or making graphics for the web. Not exactly what I needed. Till now! This volume has with one fell swoop fulfilled all of my above wishes. In here I have found detailed explanations of every technique imaginable from gouache to coloured pencils. It is wonderful! The explanations and learning aside, the book is also chokefull of inspirational work from master painters and illustrators.
And this is not all. All the primary focus of the book is on illustration and painting, the book also covers the programs abilities in touching up photos and creating web graphics.
I am very impressed, and consoled that I will soon enough be able to master computer graphics as yet another artistic outlet thanks to this volume. I believe it offers just as much for both beginners, intermediaries and advanced artist.
If you have any of the same aspirations as I did, don't hesitate to buy this book. Not only is it one of the few books that can teach you what you need to know, but it is also excellent value for money, as the pages are jammed full of tips, instructions and vivid colour images. Wow! indeed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars for the core desktop artist 25 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
this book is one of the best in the subject but beware, this is neither for the faint hearted nor the begginer. the techniques exposed here with nice finish details is mostly assumed knowledge and some of them will have you reaching for other resources such as the application's web site or other in-detail type of books in order to piece the steps together, depending on your level. Still this book is great if your looking at results after you mastered the how-to's. Check out the look inside this book link to get an overall idea. don't get it if you are a begginer or you'll be a frustrated painter.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Think out of the box 17 Nov 2000
By Marc Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Painter 6 Wow! Book is a must have for 2 reasons: It will explain the application in simple steps, and it will inspire you with it's examples of how others use Painter. The value in a book like this is seeing Painter applied in real world situations. These examples caused me to go back and learn sections of the program that I'd never used before. I highly recommend the book, the author is an excellent writer and teacher.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Painter 6 WOW! Book (with CD-ROM) 7 Nov 2000
By David R. Purnell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Disclosure: At the author's request, I submitted for the book, gratis, several illustrations I had done for clients, and as part of those contributions, I described how I created them with Painter 6. I have no financial association with the book. I am unquestionably a Painter advocate; it is the workhorse of my medical illustration business. In my estimation, this application is peerless in the area of computer 2D graphics applications that simulate natural artistic media -- whether used for commercial art or for fine art. REVIEW: The Painter 6 WOW! Book has taught me how to make use of many of Painter's features that I hadn't yet explored -- and I've been using it since 1994! As was once aptly stated in a MacWorld review, Painter doesn't have a steep learning curve; it has a steep experiential curve. It has SO MANY artistic effects waiting to be experienced by the user who takes the time to delve its depths. There are certain of its features and capabilities that I've made use of, but was unaware of how to use those features even more fully. Cher Threinen-Pendarvis' inspiring, informative and well designed book has helped me to maximize my use of Painter, and has greatly helped to extend my knowledge of what it is capable of doing. It is a digital artist's dream come true. My opinion.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Art Atelier: Mode d'emploi 6 Nov 2000
By aljen@mac.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Let's face it: Painter is everything but an easy-to use application. This probably most beautiful graphic program even is known to make new user try-and-abandon it. This results, though, from misunderstanding Painter as an image processing app, while Painter is what it is: A 'Natural Media Painting' tool, a well-equipped art studio, with every tool you'd even dream of directly at your fingertips.
Considering the above and the fact that the original Painter manual explains most of the technical aspects almost perfectly, there'd be a question: What such a 'Painter Wow!' book could be about?
Well, Cher's book is about techniques, too. But, first of all, it's about the art. There were many Painter artist involved, giving detailed, step-by-step instructions and tutorials, revelating their secrets to you. This is a book from an artist for the artists. The computer-technical aspect is reduced to the minimum; instead, the esthetic aspects are pushed. This statemend will be accented by the precious book layout: there is no one noting-saying place in the whole book, even the bage backgrounds try to tell you something - without overload.
Of course, you can go and follow the tutorials, working them through step-by-step. But you can just read in the book as well, and let youself inspire by the variability of artowrk, of problems and solutions. Just go on and look how the other people are "doing this".
I have been using Painter since version 1.6, but The Painter Wow! Book made me upgrade from Painter 5 to 6 and go and try what I missed as far :-) If you like Painter, you will also like Cher's book.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible wealth of information 25 Jun 2000
By Judy Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Painter 6 Wow book is incredible in its' depth in detail of the features, tips and hidden gems of Painter. The first thing to do is flip through the book a few times to build up the anticipation of working through it, and then start to read it from cover to cover. The tutorials are practical and are also non restricting in that you are not learning projects but techniques that you can expand upon. There are new things to learn on every page, and you will find yourself saying, "Ah, so that is how to do that", over and over again. This book makes learning the software a fun and wonderful adventure. Also, the book is expanded from the previous edition with 80 full pages, and ALL of the information is updated for Painter 6. This book is a MUST have.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am VERY impressed! It deserves every bit of "WOW"... 9 Aug 2001
By Marque Pierre Sondergaard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am a traditional artist, accomplished in the fields of acrylics, crayons and pencil work in particular. I have long been drooling over what can be accomplished with Photoshop and Painter and their likes, in terms of building artwork and illustrations from scratch. However making the jump to computer graphics has proved to be quite difficult or complex at best. I have purchased nummerous books on those programs but they have all been 99% about image editing and touching up or making graphics for the web. Not exactly what I needed.
Till now! This volume has with one fell swoop fulfilled all of my above wishes. In here I have found detailed explanations of every technique imaginable from gouache to coloured pencils. It is wonderful! The explanations and learning aside, the book is also chokefull of inspirational work from master painters and illustrators.
And this is not all. All the primary focus of the book is on illustration and painting, the book also covers the programs abilities in touching up photos and creating web graphics.
I am very impressed, and consoled that I will soon enough be able to master computer graphics as yet another artistic outlet thanks to this volume. I believe it offers just as much for both beginners, intermediaries and advanced artist.
If you have any of the same aspirations as I did, don't hesitate to buy this book. Not only is it one of the few books that can teach you what you need to know, but it is also excellent value for money, as the pages are jammed full of tips, instructions and vivid colour images. Wow! indeed.
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