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Digital Painting Techniques: Practical Techniques of Digital Art Masters (Digital Art Masters Series) Paperback – September 16, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0240521749 ISBN-10: 0240521749 Edition: 1st
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"[O]ffers a range of digital inspirations and techniques from some 25 professional artists. More than just a gallery of images, this features step-by-step techniques that beginners through intermediate users can easily follow, inspired by world computer graphics artists. Photography, computer and arts collections alike will relish this."---BookWatch

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Product Details

  • Series: Digital Art Masters Series (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (September 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240521749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240521749
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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82 of 82 people found the following review helpful By T. Adlam TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 29, 2009
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Digital Painting Techniques is a compilation of tutorials written by various talented digital artists. It is broken up into eight chapters with roughly five to seven tutorials apiece, and a gallery at the end. The physical book itself is well bound so that when open it lies flat for easy reference while you work.

The chapters are: Custom Brushes, Speed Painting, Matte Painting, Creatures, Humans, Environments, Sci-Fi and Fantasy, and Complete Projects.

The tutorials, with the exception of a few, use Photoshop; the noted exceptions also use Painter. (In the final chapter, one artist also uses Artweaver and Gimp, while another uses Cinema 4D. But for sake of argument, assume this is a Photoshop digital painting book.) And some of the tutorials also come with assets available to download from the book's website.

As for the content, let's say that some tutorials were more thorough and useful than others. While the visuals that went alongside them were stunning, a few of the brush tutorials amounted to little more than how to save a new brush in Photoshop. But the remaining brush tutorials delved into the why and how of creating a custom brush for useful application and saving time, then illustrated its use.

Some of the subsequent tutorials were vague; one example step stating "use a textured brush"--with no indication or example of the texture, only a screenshot of the elapsed painting. Luckily that didn't happen too often.

Most of the tutorials provided screenshots of software settings, brushes used, and picture progress with clear explanations. Creature Concept 101 by Mike Corriero, Paint Luscious Lips by Anne Pogoda, The Human Face by Nykolai Aleksander, and The Environmental Series by Carlos Cabrera immediately spring to mind.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A. B. King VINE VOICE on December 9, 2009
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A professional artist and friend said that one could not make original art in Photoshop. Here is the book that proves her wrong.
Gifted artists take the reader step by step, predominately in Photoshop, through their technical process. Practically speaking this is a reference book, not a series of lessons, each one building on the previous lesson.
The first chapter is custom brushes. Six artists describe their technique.
The second chapter is speed painting, how to quickly lay out your painting. Again several artists share their approaches. The third chapter is on matte painting, at which point I realized that I could not read and comprehend everything in every tutorial.
The chapter on creatures had several approaches. Probably the most valuable lesson was "Creature Concept Design 101," which illustrates the practical considerations when creating your own creatures.
The chapter on humans applies to almost any 2-D medium. "The Human Face" is a magnificent tutorial. "Painting Realistic Skin" was amazing, with surprising techniques.
The next two chapters are "Environments" and "Sci-Fi & Fantasy" that show techniques for overall painting. Carlos Cabrera takes one painting and modifies it into five different weather conditions.
The final chapter shows complete projects, followed by a gallery of paintings that exemplify the techniques of the book. Sometimes the word awesome is a cliche and sometimes it truly applies to what one sees.
This book assumes that you either already are proficient at Photoshop and/or you have a manual handy. Or you can simply leave this book out as a coffee table book.
One word of caution: Because of the number of illustrations in color, the book has a heavy chemical smell. I have had this book for several weeks and it still is off-gassing.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By S. Jenkins on December 13, 2009
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This book assumes you have experience in the programs it refers to (which is mostly Photoshop) and doesn't give step by step approaches, but rather a summary of each featured artist's thought process in each section. The paper quality of the book is good, light glossy pages and is softcover so it may be easier to lug around despite the size. The book also offers downloads (through links) such as brushes presented in this book.

This book starts off with a very good chapter on brush creation and building. It gave me some tips on how to create my own brushes, rather than just a thorough step by step. I prefer the former since it leads to more individual thought process on creation of my own brushes.

Some sections like the Speedpainting section I found a bit weaker due to the fact that the constraints with how many pages each person was given didn't allow for as much information as I'd like. I'm getting something of a "step by step" in speedpainting, but not much on what makes the process so different from any other step by step of any other painting (Speedpainting is just a digital form of Ala Prima. Many people think it has to do with a time constraint, but that's just dependent on how each artist decides to set up his/her personal challenge). However, saying that I did like some of the inspirational art advice given by artists in this section. That advice doesn't leave you empty handed.

I also liked the creature design, human and environmental sections.

If you are familiar with 2d Artist PDF magazine (which is from the same company), the tutorials are mostly of the same setup. Another good comparison would be Imagine FX.
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