Painter 6 F/X and Design Paperback – 1 Apr 2000
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Now that I've been able to actually work through more of the book, I'd modify my total star score to a two (hence my three stars on this review to average my one star below). This text attempts to be helpful, but it is extremely disorganized--the first chapter jumps around haphazardly and does not make obvious connections between ideas. In the section on layers, for example, the authors leap into masks (a related but different topic) without warning, launching into a tirade about all the things the program can't do that they think it should; only after a couple pages do you get to what masks *can* do and how to use them.
The authors are trying, and I have picked up a few useful tips. Except for a meager center section in full color, the entire text is in black and white, making it hard to see what's going on in many of the screen shots. I don't think the book is as thorough or as well organized as it could be, and there are numerous mistakes that left me scratching my head and having to decipher the authors' meaning (even menu commands are incorrectly listed!); however, it has some uses.
If I were to choose a book to learn Painter 6, I'd use the user's manual that comes with the program and the Painter 6 WOW! book--the latter is incredible, in full color throughout, and overflowing with useful tips and hints. Rather than giving you formulaic, step-by-step lessons, the WOW! book shows you real art and describes the process and techniques for getting there. It treats you more like a creative individual. If it wasn't too late, I'd be returning my Painter 6 F/X & Design book for a refund.
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