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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect book to get you started, 31 Aug. 2012
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This review is from: Beginner's Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop (Paperback)
Digital painting is becoming more and more popular, but the problem with many tutorial books is that you need to have working experience of software like photoshop in order to make sense of what you are reading. This book however assumes that you do not know anything, and this is its strength.

The first section of the book is more about how to actually set up photoshop to be suitable for digital painting, something that is very simple, but often not considered by many users. This quickly moves into covering the most commonly used features such as setting up brushes so that they can be used for painting.

From this the book starts covering the basic areas of art theory such as colour mixing, composition, atmospheric perspective etc, but not in any great detail. Some may criticise the lack of information in these sections, but you have to remember that this is a beginners guide intended for people have little to no experience of these subjects. They are still illustrated and written in a complete enough manner to convey the points and principals in question.

Beyond this the book starts to bring all these things together in the way of tutorials, that some people might find a bit challenging at first, but how so would depend upon a specific individual and their desire to progress forward. The main focus of these early turorials is more to give people an idea of the workflow involved in creating a piece of digital art, while also revealing quite a few techniques to get the job done.

The final set of elements cover the painting of specific things such as trees, clouds, planets, reflections etc. These tutorials are much shorter, than the earlier ones, and may be confusing to new digital artists since they gloss over the processes so quickly. However like with all such short tutorials, the idea is for people to actual try the principals for themselves rather than just copy what see. From here they can then adjust and apply the method to whatever they are painting.

Since this book is marketed towards beginners, artists from a moderate skill level or above would actually not benefit that much from owning this book, but again, its not marketed towards them, its for people who want to learn the basics fast. Anyone who is interested in more advanced techniques but explained in a simple way would be better off looking at the 'Digital Painting Techniques' series of books that are also published by 3dtotal.

The 3dtotal website also has additional support and resources for people who are reading this book with a free download package that includes video tutorials, custom brushes and even a fibonacci spiral (read the composition section for use) to help new artists get started.
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