As a fairly experienced user of Corel Painter I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, or what I'd get from it. I was amazed when I started reading it. I learned something new, and more importantly, useful every couple of pages. I've found it invaluable, both as a resource to dip into to cover specific tools or techniques, as well as a source of inspiration.
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.