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The Painter 8 Wow! Book [Paperback]

Cher Threinen-Pendarvis

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14 July 2003 Wow!

Looking to trade in your paintbrush for a mouse? Or a pressure-sensitive tablet and stylus? The Painter 8 Wow Book is the definitive guide for making the transition from traditional to digital art using Corel Painter 8. Author Cher Threinen-Pendarvis, an expert and instructor in both Painter and Photoshop, translates traditional artistic techniques so you can apply them using Painter¿s natural-media brushes and effects. Beyond that, she demonstrates exciting new media mixes and special effects that would be nearly impossible to accomplish without the computer. Clear, step-by-step instructions, hundreds of full-color illustrations, and inspirational galleries of painterly works by top artists, designers, and, photographers make mastering Painter both fun and easy. The book is bound to boost your creativity with Painter 8¿s powerful tools, as you learn from the artist who created more than 400 new brushes included with Corel Painter 8. The Painter 8 Wow! Book includes expanded chapters focusing on:

  • The new, streamlined, easier-to-use interface
  • New high-performance brushes for more creative painting
  • Cool special effects for type and graphics
  • Web graphics and printmaking
  • Improved portability to and from Adobe Photoshop, with tons of real-world tips to help you build on your Photoshop experience to get the most out of Painter
Some people buy the book just for the accompanying CD-ROM, which comes loaded with over a hundred custom brushes and papers built by the author, recorded scripts for applying effects, stock photographs, and video clips, and a trial version of Corel Painter 8. On the CD-ROM you¿ll also find the Painter 8 Wow! Study Guide, an instructor¿s guide designed to help you use the book for self-study or as a textbook for classes in computer imaging, digital art, and design using Corel Painter. The book also provides a companion Web site at, which offers valuable supplemental information, including cool tips and techniques and a Painter art gallery featuring work by some of the medium¿s most talented artists.

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Award-winning Corel Painter has long been a favorite among fine artists and illustrators, who love the way it emulates the experience of working with traditional media such as watercolor, pastel, pencil, and ink-yet with all the advantages of a digital technology. Whether you're an experienced digital artist or an artist who needs a bridge from traditional media to electronic art, there's no better way to learn Painter than from longtime Painter artist and instructor, Cher Threinen-Pendarvis. The Painter 8 Wow! Book has something to spark every reader's creativity. Beginners will love the clear, step-by-step instructions, which assume no prior knowledge of the program. Intermediate and advanced users will gain valuable insight from the author's savvy explanations of a wide variety of cool, creative, and productive techniques, and inspiration from the example artwork that graces the book throughout. Inside this book, Cher gives you:

  • Inside knowledge on Painter's tools, functions, and preferences, including Painter 8's exciting new brushes, its ability to blend paint interactively, and its faster, easier-to-use interface.
  • Dazzling images and inspiring techniques by renowned Painter artists worldwide.
  • Step-by-step descriptions of ways that prominent professionals use painter in commercial illustration, fine art, design, photography, mulitimedia, film, and on the Web.
  • A guide to tools, images, and other resources that will let you take better advantage of Painter's power and efficiency.
  • A CD-ROM containing a demo version of Corel Painter 8, stock photos, video clips, recorded scripts, a study guide for instructors, and over 100 new custom brushes, plus new papers, patterns, and lighting effects built by Cher herself.

About the Author

Cher Threinen-Pendarvis, award-winning designer, fine artist, 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. Cher teaches the use of digital tools in various workshops around the United States and in Europe, and is often a featured speaker at graphics conferences.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference 2 Oct 2003
By Erik Stell - Published on
I am new to Painter 8 (or any of the Painter programs for that matter), but not new to painting, particularly in oils. I spent over 2 weeks getting frustrated with the program and the brushes that it comes with by default. No matter how much I tried, I could not get the program to behave in the same manner I was accustomed to with conventional painting.
The book was excellent at explaining and illustrating the various different styles of painting, and how to do them. The presets that come on the CD to me are worth the price of admission. The "Wet Oily Blender" and "New Totaly Oils" work near perfectly in accordance to what I was accustomed to with regular oils.
With the help of this book, I am now able to do what I set out to do in the first place: Enjoy the process of painting without having to have a studio and a ton of expensive supplies. I highly recomment this book.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 30 DAYS??? 8 Feb 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Please don't base your decision to buy this book on the review below. The brushes and CD are NOT on a 30 day trial. The actual Corel program is a 30 day Demo. It's a shame that reviewer gave this book 1 star because of this.
That being said...the brushes are fantastic. The CD-Rom even comes with movies, stock libraries of images and a bunch of other extras.
This book is indispensable as a resource for both inspiration and new techniques. Plus it's nice to see how other artists go about creating art.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Combines inspiration with instruction 15 Sep 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Upon opening the Painter 8 Wow! Book by Cher Pendarvis, you will be captivated by the beautiful computer artwork splashed across its pages. While you may forget you opened the book to learn about Painter, eventually you'll find yourself reading the concise, detailed descriptions of producing the artwork and the tips that show you how to get the most out of Painter.
The artwork ranges from impressionistic landscapes and oil portraits to precise scientific illustrations and maps. Topics covered will get you started and move you along with Painter. The Wow! Book shines by teaching you how to create traditional-looking watercolors, acrylics, oils, and how to make unusual images like woodcuts.
One area that shouldn't be overlooked is Painter's tools for manipulating photographic images. The Wow! Book has a chapter devoted to changing and correcting color, turning photographs into watercolor and pastel images, and making collages from images.
Even though this book is focused on Painter, you will learn enough about making artistic images that your time with the Painter 8 Wow! Book will be repaid not only when you work with Painter but when you create art in Photoshop and other programs.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW book fills learning experience with EXCITEMENT 10 May 2004
By Deb&JohnW - Published on
I have about five years of computer graphics experience and have purchased quite a few reference and 'how to' books along the way to help me better understand the use of the programs I own. Without a doubt this has been the most helpful book I've ever come across.
Put together with consideration for the Painter beginner like myself, this book has been FILLED with beautiful, full-color examples so that each step was easy to follow and understand. While it also explored more of the Painter 8's functions than the user manual Corel packaged with the program, many other accomplished Painter artists contributed their techniques which made this book very rich.
Cher's WOW book filled my learning experience with excitement instead of frustration and will remain a useful guide even after I'm more experienced. Thank you Cher and everyone for all the hard work and talent that went into its creation!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 14 Oct 2003
By "rbriosso" - Published on
I paint with Painter since version 5.5 of Metacreations, and I
have the Painter 6 Wow Book too, this new book of Cher is
excellent and much better than the former.
It was a pleasure to learn new tecniques and tips, and also
the fortunate owners have a lot of goodies in the Cd.
I highly recommend this book.
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