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ImagineFX is the only magazine for fantasy and sci-fi artists. Each issue contains an eclectic mixture of in-depth workshops from the world's best artists, galleries and interviews, features, community news, software and hardware reviews, and the latest sci-fi and fantasy films and comics.
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  • Series: ImagineFX
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Collins & Brown (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843405784
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843405788
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on August 21, 2011
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The contents of this book actually come from one of the special 'How to Draw and Paint' issues of Imaginefx magazine titled simply as Manga. It was popular and sold out but now you have the book. There aren't much differences except for the layout since this is a square format book, and there's no disc included.

This is not a starter guide to drawing manga so it's not really for beginners. You'll need basic knowledge on manga drawing, figure drawing essentially, if you want to get most out of the book.

The book covers, as the title suggest, digital painting techniques that are used for creating manga. You need to be able to draw first so that you have something to scan in before you can apply the techniques taught, stuff like adding colours and textures.

The first two tutorials feature quick tips to help make your drawings more manga-like. They are presented in a series of points, that you can sort of use as a checklist of ideas to think about when you're drawing.

The other tutorials are workshops that present a step-by-step look at how the artists create their illustrations. The software used are Photoshop and Painter. Again, you should have some basic knowledge of those two software. That way, you can follow along what they are saying. The commentary is clear and also covers the artistic parts like using colours schemes, creating shadows, or creating some special effects like depth of field blur, glowing effects etc.

It's an informative book where artists freely share their digital tricks and tips. The insight will probably come from discovering what you can do digitally.

Recommended to artists who are just past the beginner stage trying to pick up new digital drawing skills.

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I guess i got confused by the words "Ultimate Guide to Mastering Digital Painting"
I expected more...i found it to be very light on digital painting techniques, no real in-depth instructions on how to master any of the few techniques, just light overviews.
The cover illustration of this book is very beautiful, it's unfortunate that there is no step by step instructions on how the very talented artist Stanley Lau created such an awe-inspiring masterpiece, the same goes for the other beautiful illustrations in the gallery section of the book, beautiful to look at, but no instructions on how to achieve it.
If you're going to call your book the "Ultimate Guide to Mastering Digital Painting Techniques" you should have better guides and more digital painting techniques than whats presented here, nothing Ultimate about any of it.
very disappointed.
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This book is more of a TIPS & TRICKS than just a guide. The reason why I called it a T&T is because it has various artist from multiple online sources and most of them from Deviant Art. They all use their preferred software so its not just one software they are talking about so this becomes a problem because what happens if your software you have on your computer does not have the necessary tools you need to accomplish what you want in a drawing. Now there is a pro for this book and that is if you want to learn some necessary techniques than maybe this book maybe your choice.
In conclusion; I feel that this book has some good pointers but in reality I feel that the book is not necessary to have, there are a lot of books or videos out there with ACTUAL guides on using your preferred software of choice for digital art.
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The book itself has a very good quality and is full of images and useful tips by various artists. Some of them I feel are still a bit young and inexperienced to be included in a book that claims to be an ultimate guide to mastering digital techniques (which is of course, an exaggerated description). So in overall, I liked it, but I think it lacks professional and senior illustrators.
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I enjoyed this book. Not only does it have tutorials from the featured artists, but it also shows some mini-galleries of their work. Some may not have any experience with for example, Photoshop, Painter, or any other digital art applications, but they would be pleased with the mini-galleries. A must-read.
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At first sight, i was amazed by the quality of the product.
The artwork and pictures are amazing even if you dont personally like manga-anime style.

For me it was a bit useless actually, but might come in handy later on.
1, It clearly assumes, you know a bit of digital painting, and know how to draw atleast a decent line art.
2, It does NOT detail how and what you should exacly do, but instead it describes
how other (professional) artists do the process.
3, It assumes you are using Photoshop or Painter.
4, It does not detail manga and anime, but it does perfecly describe what is the differance, and
what should you keep in mind to get the desired Manga ish feeling.

Considering, it was not for me, i still found a LOT of usefull things, and gained a lot of insight abaut the process i should know later on.
So dont know how to digitally paint, or to draw, and want to learn form this...dont buy it. If you do know how to digitally paint, and draw, why would you buy it?
So the whole product got me confused a bit, why does it even exist? In the end i assume it offers some decent tips to people who alredy nkow atleast something, and guides them to the path they should take.
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