The Painter Wow! Book Paperback – 1 Mar 1996
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I've always found Corel's Painter manuals to be very good, whether in printed form, PDF or online from within the program. The Painter Wow book doesn't try to be a replacement for the manual. It covers much of the same ground, but in a completely different way.
The pleasingly thick and full colour book is broken down into eleven chapters covering: Getting to know Painter, The Power of Colour, Painting with Brushes, Building Brushes, Selections, Shapes and Masks, Using Layers, Enhancing Photos, Montage and Collage, Exploring Special Effects, Using Painter with Photoshop, Animation and Film with Painter and Printing Options. Each chapter deals with its subject very well, and in such a way that experienced users will find it as useful as new users of Painter. The book is very well written and it's laid out very clearly. Everything is illustrated with relevant examples and the list of contributing artists reads like a 'who's who' of Painter artists - and it's great to then go to their websites and discover more of their work.
A wonderful, and very inspiring, aspect of the book the Gallery pages that end each chapter. These feature large colourful prints of artwork by Painter artists, and beneath each is information on particular techniques, workflows and brushes that the artist used to create the piece. It's an excellent way to bring each chapter to a close and very, very inspiring. I found myself having to put the book down often to try specific things out in Painter - which is always a good sign.
I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in getting the most out of Corel Painter. The material in it caters for the full range of Painter user 'types', from illustrators to people who deal solely with photographic elements and everyone in-between.
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"WOW" is very meticulous, very comprehensive, and the book will hold your hand as you progress on your way to becoming a fine graphic artist. The illustrations reflecting many different styles and techniques are inspirational. You're in the big leagues here- Painter is a challenge. But when you see what other digital artists can do you'll be envious enough to learn the mechanics, trust me!
Despite not learning how to use Corel Painter 12 at the low level implementation of creating a digital picture, what I did gain was an overall understanding of the capacity and capability of what Corel Painter 12 could do for me. The book serves as a huge source of inspiration. I look at some of the pictures and think to myself, "With practice and dedication I will create art just like that" and it is motivating.
There are three kinds of people who best benefit from this book:
1) An artist who wants to transition from traditional paper/pencil and paint/canvas art to digital art and does not have an idea where to start. Reading this book and taking in awe what other artist have done, thanks to Cher's hard work of putting together a collection of works from other professionals, you see what the software can do for you and its capability.
2) Any sales person who does face to face sales or presentations on Corel Painter 12 would gain tremendous insight and product knowledge about the product's capabilities in order to sale it to potential customers.
3) Existing digital artists looking for ideas to mix up their draw/paint routines and think outside of the box to come up with something different and extraordinary.
Something to keep in mind for "newbs" like myself in digital art, the book gives you a high level description of implementation of how the artists went about creating their work. In order to understand this high level description one would need to be already well versed with Corel Painter 12 and how to use it effectively. Don't expect to learn how to use Corel Painter 12 at the low level implementation. For that I suggest buying DVD training videos from (or subscribing to) Lynda.com or Marrutt Software Training.
I give the book four stars, keep in my library and reference it frequently for ideas and inspiration.
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