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Introduction

Introduction

This Fast & Easy book from Premier Press will help you understand, use, and explore the world of Corel Painter 8. Through its lifetime, Painter has gone through several owners and seen some wholesale changes to the way it looks and works. Historically, Painter has been a very intimidating package with a complicated, confusing user interface. In this latest version, many changes have been made to simplify the user experience, increase the functionality of different tools and brushes, and mimic real-life painting as closely as possible.

Painter offers the user an experience in painting different from any other. It comes as close to real-life painting as possible within a digital environment. In many cases it goes beyond what you could do with a traditional canvas and brush. In real life, it would be very difficult to change the way the wind is blowing in order to dry a water color. It would be almost impossible to have your canvas made up of different pieces of paper or weave a pattern to fill an object. All of this and more is possible in the world of Painter—you are really only limited by your imagination.

Obviously no book can teach you everything there is to know about one topic. The goal of this book is to give you a solid introduction to the world of Painter and teach you how to use most of the different tools it has to offer. Along the way you’ll learn a variety of tips for creating your work faster and some creative tricks to make your artwork stand out.

The battles between good versus evil, wrong versus right, Coke versus Pepsi, and Big Mac versus Whopper are trumped only by the age-old debate of PC versus Mac. To avoid getting in the middle of the conflict, Corel Painter 8 rides the fence by being available on both platforms. The program works almost identically on both operating systems, with the exception of keyboard shortcuts. Throughout the book, whenever a keyboard shortcut is mentioned, both the PC and Mac versions of the shortcut are mentioned.

Who Should Read This Book?

If you are ready to explore the world of digital art, then this book is for you. Whether you are a seasoned veteran of Painter or you are just getting started, this book will benefit you. New users can take advantage of the step-by-step, illustrated instructions for common tasks, while veterans can use the book as a reference for new tools and old ones they might have forgotten.

Some Helpful Hints

In addition to the step-by-step instructions, you’ll notice that there are two other elements designed to help you.

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Tips provide you with quick methods or shortcuts for performing certain tasks.

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Notes prove you with additional information or background on a particular topic.

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