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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Course Technology PTR; 1 edition (Oct. 14 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143545720X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435457201
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 23.3 x 18.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #266,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Arlene Babad on Jan. 28 2013
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This book had clear pictures and most sections were well written. I would prefer to see more steps and information on specific variant brushes.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Good Selection of Artists, But the Book's Size Makes it Clumsy Jan. 2 2011
By S. Jenkins - Published on Amazon.com
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I just want to say it's nice to see someone putting out more books of this sort. Painter touted as the most natural digital painting program - because of its ability to emulate more traditional media, ironically has a problem. Most books show you how to paint and create digital art in Photoshop, but most tutorials I have encountered teach you how to edit a photo to look like something painted traditionally in Painter. This leaves many illustrators interested in the process looking long and hard for Painter tutorials and the likeness.

This book is actually somewhat small, but thick. This makes it a bit awkward to read, even more so if you haven't taken out the DVD in the back. The DVD is protected in a cardboard sleeve located in the very back of the book. I personally find these DVD jackets irritating because it's far more likely you'll end up damaging the book if you're not careful removing the sleeve.

The other problem with its size is that the screenshots in the book are rather small. Although you're provided with the a gallery on the dvd, unfortunately, screenshots not so much. Sometimes you'll find something in a screenshot that the artist doesn't mention in his/her brief process tutorial.

The book I received had a small hole/tear on the last page. It didn't affect anything I was reading fortunately, but I am upset about the handling of the book. What I should also mention is that it's likely you may also receive the blurry print run as I have on pages 251-266 it's not illegible but it is obnoxious. The fortunately didn't seem to carry to the images on these pages.

So... let's talk about the content. Content is pretty much what I expected it to be. There are 17 artists featured in this book, each gives a small tutorial along with a brief bio and captions that give you tips. They also feature educational levels which I don't exactly find important. You don't need a degree in art, but lots of dedication so you can practice and improve - so personally I'd love to see more info on how many years was it till an artist felt comfortable in his/her craft.

As I mentioned previously there is also a companion DVD. If you bought an e-book version, you can also contact the authors and receive the accompanying DVD. The content of the DVD could be worked on. While it was easy to run, the content could use a bit sprucing up. Pop the DVD in, and there is no "autorun" you just hit the "start.html" and get a silly "agree/disagree" dialog. Once you agree you are taken to a very plain white page link listing of each artist featured. While I don't mind the simple setup, the other problem I had is that you need to explore the DVD to get to the other content like brushes or videos. So it makes the "start.html" rather pointless. You can just simply browse to each artist's folder.

Of the 17 featured, only 5 of those artists have additional content. Mike Thompson having the most goodies contribution to the DVD. I'm a bit surprised since John Derry had nothing - who is a longtime partner in creating Painter.

I actually enjoyed the content of most of the artists, save the "generic anime art" in this book. I really think they could have chosen someone more representing of this genre. When I saw that artist's work the colors were off - like they were were either overly saturated, or poor color palette choices, other times looking chalky. That artist could work more on color theory. Other than that, there was a very good and wide variety of styles so something for everyone can be found in this book. You can find a fantasy painter, someone more modern, comic book style, concept art, etc..

I really hope Corel decides to push out more of these kinds of books because there really is a shortage of illustrative content and their process and considering Painter's great amount of useful tools it needs to promote itself as a digital painting medium that illustrators and photographers alike can use and not just a "Digital painting medium that can do nifty things to your photos"

Overall, I'd give this about 3 1/2 stars but Amazon only lets you grade in whole stars.
No that is not me in the video just a couple of noisy co-workers!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
expected more, dvd really not good March 6 2011
By BettyBoop - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
im so dissapointed. i just bought this book FULL price and i put the DVD in, and im completely dissapointed. The dvd has nothing useful. I was expecting an abundance of video tutorials, but i dont see any, nor 'painter movies' like it states on the back of the book.

I've recently purchased painter, and ive been searching the web for days now. All ive found are tutorials on how to make a picture look like a painting. I'M NOT INTERESTED IN THAT! ARGH! It's becoming very distressing to me. I see that people work in painter and can produce great work, but where are some step by step guides??? Even the corel website is lacking, and when i have gone through the tutorials, they're either inaccurate or not in depth enough for me.

all in all, im just really dissapointed with the whole experience...maybe i should have gotten photoshop, there is a plethora of info regarding that. :(
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great Book But........... April 17 2012
By D. Ridgeway - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent book for anyone wanting to advance in Painter. Being able to see just how the Pro's do it, fascinating and enlightening. I'm not completely through the book, but far enough to be able to recommend it. Plenty of people here have described it in detail, so I won't add to that. One comment I would make. Some have criticized the size of the book, saying the size is too small. My own comment is that, yes it is small for what it is, and although that worries some people, I personally don't have a problem with that, but, because of it's size, I found the illustrations of the software windows too small, making it difficult to see what the artist is referring to. Yes he/she describes their action, but as this is a book for all artists, experienced and not so experienced, it would have been helpful to have that larger and clearer. Fantastic book though, and purchasers will love the galleries.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Tim ONeill Review of Secrets of Corel Painter Experts April 5 2011
By Tim V. ONeill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Review: Secrets of Corel Painter Experts

As a voracious reader of books in the digital painting niche I found this book to be refreshing in its approach. It is nice to read the profiles of a number of different artists from various genres all in one book.

The book has very high quality printing and showcases the artist illustrations extremely well (I had no blurry pages in mine like another reader mentioned). Each 17 of the chapters covers an artist and has an artist statement and about the artist section as well as influences and insights from each artist. I found the personal questions and answers to be a sneak peek into the creative process of each artist. The area in each chapter that has favorite features, customizable tools and timesaving tips was also a great addition. I picked up several things from looking at the workflow of a number of different artists that I may not otherwise have discovered. Finally the step by step tutorials from the artist were chock full of various tidbits that revealed a few aha moments for me.

This book is an awesome resource for reference and inspiration. If you are one who has a handle on the basics of Corel Painter you will definitely find a few gems that will flesh out your work flow as well as a few new techniques to add t o your bag of tricks. If you are a total novice to Corel Painter and looking for a step by step book on how to begin this would not be your best choice.
Good book, inspiring Sept. 22 2013
By Neftali Centeno - Published on Amazon.com
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I like the book so far still reading about the different artist and their techniques. I have tried some of the techniques from the artists that I have read about so far. It's helping me develop my own style and techniques. All in all, it's a good book the art in the book is amazing and inspiring.

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