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Complete Digital Painting Techniques [Paperback]

David Cole

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Dec 10 2010
From oils and watercolor to pencil and charcoal, many of the media and techniques associated with painting and illustration have remained unchanged for decades. But advances in software and hardware have seen many artists, move to the digital arena.

Graphics tablets are now easily affordable and high quality painting programs are available to suit all budgets. But how can these new tools be used to replicate the traditional effects of paint on canvas or pencil on paper? Complete Digital Painting Techniques explains how. Whether you're an experienced traditional painter or a beginner just starting down your creative path, this book will show you how to replicate real-world painting techniques with amazing results.

Covering essential tools and explaining the capabilities of the leading programs, the book features step-by-step demonstrations on re-creating traditional painting and drawing techniques, from impasto to line and wash, pointillism to sumi-e, to nontraditional techniques like airbrush and graffiti.


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (Dec 10 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600617662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600617669
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.3 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #245,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Also a traditional watercolorist whose paintings have been exhibited in the Mall galleries in London, David Cole is now absorbed in the simulation of natural media using digital painting software and publishes tutorials with Corel Painter Official Magazine. Visit his website at www.davidcolepictures.co.uk.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Digital Manipulation Techniques Dec 21 2010
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is more of digital manipulation than digital painting. The difference is, here, most of the lessons start with a photo, and then proceed on to turn that into a painting of a certain style, be it watercolour or oil.

If you want to learn to paint by eye, just like a non-digital artist, this book is not for you. It doesn't teach you how to create a colour palette from life, instead it teaches you how to create a colour palette from a photograph. Yes, you can then use that as a reference but the lessons are really on replicating, not creating.

Some of the effects are nice so you could still pick up a few interesting tips. But ultimately, this book is more suitable for those who want to work on photos, or have something to work with in the first place.

The software covered are Photoshop and Painter.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Impressed Dec 7 2010
By ChaoticEdge - Published on Amazon.com
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I was a little disappointed with this book. The techniques are all very basic and I did not learn much from it. If you are completely new to digital art and photoshop this book might be a good buy but only if you don't know how to create your own brushes and use layers. A lot of the information is simply how to modify a photograph to make it look like a painting with tools such as cloning and filters.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This one is a keeper! June 18 2012
By K. Noble - Published on Amazon.com
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David Cole is a terrific artist whose book gives lots of ideas, methods and approaches to creating digital painting that truly looks like "natural media" paintings (I won't say "real" because what is shown on these pages IS real; just not real watercolor or oils or whatever, as it is all done digitally). This book is like taking a painting class, so expect to work for your results, but he covers many different processes, and once you've looked through the book I think you could easily pick one medium to pursue and stick with that. It's not "push button" art, and your work won't look like everyone else's. He has been developing his methods and instructions for several years and writes articles for a British digital photo magazine, so his lessons are clear and easy to understand. If you are looking for a book that just shows you which filters to use and which buttons to press, keep looking, but if you really want to learn to paint digitally using all the tools that are out there right now, this is a keeper.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for Digital Photographers and Artists! Feb. 15 2011
By Mitchell Bell - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a must have for any digital photographer who wants to simulate their work into fine art paitings. Dave shares his years of experience of tips and tricks. Even for the digital artist there are many tips and tricks to get your underpainting started from a digital photograph. Great price point for what you get. Look foward to seeing more books or dvd's from you David. Thanks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Digital painting Feb. 27 2013
By Rene F. De Groof - Published on Amazon.com
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A great guide for those who wish to take their photography to another level! Creativity is enhansed with this book.

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