Advanced Painter Techniques Kindle Edition

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Turn Your Virtual Canvas into a Digital Masterpiece

It's one thing to learn the basics of Painter's painting and illustration tools. But to move your skills to a higher level, you need to understand how traditional artists think, too. Renowned Painter master Don Seegmiller reveals the professional secrets to creating stunning digital artwork with a distinctively fine-arts flair in this hands-on, thought-provoking guide to Corel's Painter.

You'll find inspiration from the author's brilliant and detailed paintings, then walk through the creative process as he deconstructs his finished examples so you not only learn to use the Painter techniques and tools he chooses, but you also gain a clear understanding of why he makes the artistic decisions he does. This beautiful, full-color book is your stroke of creative genius and is sure to guide you toward painting perfect portraits, dramatic landscapes, and stunning still lifes in no time at all.

  • Create the 3D look of traditional oil painting with 2D software tools

  • Paint with Impasto brushes and add Oil Splatter for intriguing effects

  • Create clouds, water, and cliffs, and combine them into landscapes

  • Easily create small multiples such as pebbles or leaves with the Image Hose

  • Build your own array of custom nozzles from the art you paint

  • Learn how to paint night scenes, including moonlight, candle glow, and dark backgrounds

  • Use the Liquid Metal plugin layer to create brilliant jewelry and other shiny objects

  • Progress from concepts to completed projects with step-by-step instructions

  • Download support files for the book's tutorials, sample brushes and textures, and more from the book's companion website at www.sybex.com/go/painter

About the Author

Don Seegmiller, BFA, is a professional artist, author, and instructor. His traditional paintings are on display at Wadle Galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and his work is also featured in several editions of The Painter WOW! Book. He teaches senior-level illustration, traditional head painting, figure drawing, and digital painting courses at Brigham Young University, as well as online undergraduate and graduate courses at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Product Details

  • File Size: 12324 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (February 2, 2011)
  • Publication Date: February 2, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NY9ARS
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By J. C. Georgia on January 25, 2009
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This is far and away the best Painter instruction book I have ever seen. I admire Don Seegmiller's style for combining technical expertise with a touch of whimsey, so when "Advanced Painter Techniques" came out I got it by overnight express and read it cover to cover. I learned something new in every chapter - really every page. Patterns, paper textures, painting shiny metal - I was fairly familiar with them, but Seegmiller takes them to new heights. Of all my digital painting books I have never seen one that explains so clearly how so many esoteric Painter techniques work, including fractals, tesselations, liquid metal, and the image hose. I have never seen, anywhere, a source that even begins to explain the use of layer Composite Methods as well as Seegmiller does. And the different methods for painting reflections in water alone were worth the price of the book. All of this is coupled with good, solid painting instruction. It also provides a wealth of custom brushes, paper textures and tutorial materials for download.

This book is just what it says it is: ADVANCED. It is not for people unfamiliar with the program who need to have every step spelled out. It is also not for those who want to turn photos into paintings with one mouse click. But for those really interested in clear instruction in complex features, and in taking their digital painting to the highest level, it is the best.
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I just finished lesson 3 and I picked up some new tips which is good. I also like the step-by-step instruction format which is a nice change of pace from the "Painter Wow Book" (which is actually a good book too but it's a bit more chaotic in its presentation).

What really prevents this book from getting 5 stars is the editing. There are some moments when steps are missing and you have to figure out it out for yourself. There are other times when I could use some clarification; I find myself scanning the text over and over again at certain times. Don Seegmiller is a pretty good author though. He has a certain style to his artwork so you won't see anything wildly different chapter to chapter but thats ok.

I recommend this book if your really truely are advanced in Painter and you want to study another artist's style. This is more of a 3.5 rating to be honest.
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The Painter program allows you to use traditional artist tools, such as brushes, ink pens, colored pencils and more with mediums such as oils, acrylics, tempura, etc. to create original art work. To someone new to the program, the possibilities are truly dizzying. While a main Painter ability is turning photographs into digitally painted equivalents, I wanted to create original work.

This book appealed to me because it was presented as a way to learn Painter's features as part of the process of creating a finished work. That's exactly what it is. Each chapter is a different project. As you walk through the steps, from empty canvas to completed painting, new and different techniques are presented. Follow the steps, and at the end of the lesson you not only have a completed painting, you have a new understanding of Painter.

Almost every lesson begins with an initial sketch (provided in the download). This was a major saving grace. While my final result rarely duplicated the author/artist's completed version, working through each one gave me new insights into the program. I learned a myriad of new ways to work with the program, from working with patterns for paper and brush to creating my own brushes and other resources.

This is an excellent way to learn. You know what your final results is supposed to look like. From the moment you open a new canvas, each step in the process is given. You're told which brush, which paper pattern, which nozzle to use and when. All the resources you're told to use are provided. It took several days to complete each project (or to get as far as I could) and every time I felt like I'd learned a great deal.

My main difficulty stems from a personal shortcoming - I'm not an artist.
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If you are serious about using Painter X, by all means buy this book. Don`s easy way of teaching makes this book very useful and informative. However, this book is not for beginners. You must have some knowledge of the software in order to make the most out of this book. I`d give it ten stars if I could!!
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There are very few books that teach one how to USE Painter. The WOW books snowed me with techniques, but Don's tutorials showed me how to actually transfer my painting skills to the digital world. This is a must-have for aspiring Painter artists.
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This book really helped me get a handle on the power of Corel Painter. I learned how to make my own brushes, load those brushes into a nozzle and use those tools in creative ways. I also learned how to use the Make Fractal Pattern in the Pattern palette. I happened to be doing an illustration with a windblown puddle so the fractal reflection tutorial in chapter 2 was timely.

I also finally understand when to use a layer and when to just paint right on the canvas. This is a concept that when it becomes intuitive saves a lot of time. I also learned how to generate fractal based textures as well as photo derived or hand drawn textures (to make papers). I never really realized how important textures can be until I read this book.

If you enjoy Painter but have been struggling trying to put it all together this book will be a great help. Each tutorial is sprinkled with great shortcuts and tips. I can't wait until the next installment.
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