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ISBN-13: 978-1435459885 ISBN-10: 1435459881 Edition: 1st
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About Digital Painting Fundamentals with Corel Painter 12

From the Publisher

  • Provides coverage of all the latest features of Corel Painter 12.

  • The author worked closely with Corel on the development of content for the book.

  • Covers the fundamental features of Painter with step-by-step instructions and full-color illustrations.

  • Maintains an informal tone that makes following discussions of each topic easy and fun.

  • Full of hands-on projects that encourage readers to develop and strengthen their skills as they practice each new technique.


Part I: THE BASICS. 1. Welcome to Painter. 2. Basic Drawing. 3. Working in Layers. 4. The Great Outdoors. 5. Painting People. Part II: BEYOND THE BASICS. 6. Painter Advanced Controls. 7. Project. 8. Wild, Weird Stuff! 9. Pixel-based Animation. 10. Advanced Projects. Appendix: Resources for Digital Painters.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (July 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435459881
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435459885
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Zetau on November 23, 2011
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I'm disappointed. I wanted to like this book. I expected to like it. I expected to learn the fundamentals of the new Painter 12. It just wasn't meant to be. What I realized is that Rhoda Grossman Draws is a talented illustrator, and this book may be just what you need if you want to create drawings similar to Rhoda's.

"Digital Painting Fundamentals with Painter 12" should have really been titled: "Digital Caricatures and Still Life with Painter 12 and the Wacom Tablet."

You can use Painter without a tablet (though I would not recommend it), but the author assumes you have a Wacom tablet. She covers the Wacom tablet almost as much as she covers Painter.

After reading the introduction, I downloaded the necessary files (+300MB) -- a procedure that was not at all straight-forward. The book provides a URL for the downloads, which redirects to another URL, which provides a search screen to look for the compressed zip files.

From the very first page in lesson one, it refers to an online file by name, but not which zip file to find it in. There are parts that a novice may think they're just not getting it, but some of "it" is confusing in the way it's written, or it's short on information. For example ...

Page 22, "Size Matters": all you really need to do here is zoom out, not reduce the size of the file.

Page 23 "Clone-and-Trace" The author states that the program "... deletes the image ..." -- False. Don't worry, Painter will not delete any of your images, whew! "Cloning" is actually very different than "Tracing" so don't be surprised if that topic is confusing as written.

Page 206, quote: "... a Painter or Photoshop file that's 8" x 10" at 300 ppi weighs in at 20MB." -- False.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By P. B. Sharp TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 18, 2011
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Although I have used Paint Shop Pro for years, I was daunted by Painter 12. The CD comes with a 112 page help guide, but it wasn't enough to cheer me on the way to learning cool art techniques. "Digital Painting Fundamentals" will hold your hand and with baby steps you progress from one technique to the next. Unless you are well grounded in digital art techniques you can't simply plunge into the deep end and swim. Other artists, especially those well-versed with Photoshop, may find this how-to book elementary, but for me it was just what the doctor ordered. You learn how to use the individual brushes, pens and paints in hands - on exercises, in hands - on experiences. You set the pace. Painter is very complicated and even with the book right in front of my nose, I creep along and often it takes me a while to locate the menu item author Draws is talking about.

"Digital Painting Fundamentals" is not for the dilettante but for the artist who is willing to put in a lot of time to learn this craft. Right away I was flummoxed by the Wacom Pen since I had never heard of such an item. With a Wacom pen and an accompanying tablet the artist is able to draw directly onto the tablet and the strokes will imitate many different brushes and pens, all of which you control. I feel that to work well using this book I will have to get the pen several of which are offered on Amazon.

Author-artist Draws will propel you along in a breezy non-bookish way, and I'm confident I'll become a Wacom expert somewhere down the road as well as a digital art creator. But bear in mind that the purchase of a Wacom pen which you use instead of trying to draw with your mouse is a necessity for performing most of the exercises in the book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Thomas VINE VOICE on September 15, 2011
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This book is less about learning to use Corel Painter 12's software and more about learning how to draw and paint with digital media. I have Ms. Grossman Draws previous edition about working with Painter X and I must say this is a step up for me. That book had us drawing and painting women's shoes (which I have, confessedly) absolutely no interest in. There is more diversity in the subjects that one uses in the lessons; the only thing I didn't particularly care for is having to go to the web and download the files for the exercises instead of having them available on a CD as in previous editions. If you are a veteran artist who wants to learn all the ins and outs of the Painter 12 software and all it's myriad tools, then this book is not for you. I might as well add at this point, if you are a photographer who wants to learn the ins and outs of photo painting--then I don't believe that this book will meet your needs either--the subject is touched upon, but it is definitely not a photo painting book. If you want to learn to draw and paint with digital media and learn the basic rules of drawing and painting I reccomend it highly. A lot of things are stuff I did in high school art class, but to be honest never did them well, so I can definitely benefit from reviewing the basics. My best advice, if you are uncertain, is to download the sample chapter and browse the "Look Inside This Book" option and you'll get a better idea whether it is suited to what you want to learn. I believe most of the negative reviews to be read on regarding this book are the result of people not being aware of what they were getting. If you really want to learn all about the software you'd be best off reading the User's Guide that comes with Painter 12 or watching some of the many video tutorials available on the subject.
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