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Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book, The: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting Using Wacom and the iPad, 2nd Edition

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Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book, The: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting Using Wacom and the iPad, 2nd Edition


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  • Copyright 2014
  • Dimensions: 9" x 9-1/2"
  • Pages: 288
  • Edition: 2nd
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  • ISBN-10: 0-321-90335-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-90335-8

Artists today use digital tools that allow them to work as naturally and spontaneously as if they were using traditional artist tools such as pastels, watercolors, oil media, and gouache. With the recent growth of the tablet market, there are more tools and more sophisticated features available now than ever before and an increased desire by artists to learn how to use them. As much art book as guide, The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book uses traditional drawing and painting theory exercises, coupled with reallife projects, to show readers how they can use Painter and Photoshop with pressure-sensitive tablets for beautiful results.

Award-winning artist and author Cher Threinen-Pendarvis takes readers through a variety of projects designed to improve their drawing, composition, and conceptual thought processes while exploring different uses of the many brushes available in Painter and Photoshop.

Among many valuable concepts and techniques you’ll learn to:

  • Create tonal, gestural, and contour drawings with a pressure-sensitive tablet and stylus
  • Use the iPad for sketching out ideas and use related software including Brushes, ArtStudio, Sketchbook Pro, Procreate, Adobe Ideas, and Adobe PS Touch
  • Translate traditional color theory to digital color tools
  • Incorporate scanned artwork into digital paintings and use photos as a reference for illustrations

Sample Content

Online Sample Chapters

Creative Techniques in Digital Painting Using Wacom and the iPad: Enhancing the Focal Point

Creative Techniques in Digital Painting Using Wacom and the iPad: Paintings by Cher Threinen-Pendarvis

Creative Techniques in Digital Painting Using Wacom and the iPad: Setting up Your Intuos5 Tablet for Your Non-Dominant Hand

Drawing Rounded Forms Using Wacom and the iPad

Foreword to The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting Using Wacom and the iPad, 2nd Edition

Sample Pages

Download sections from chapters 3 and 6 here

Table of Contents

1 The Digital Art Studio
Setting Up the Digital Art Studio
The Power of Color
Pixels and Image Resolution
Fine Art Printmaking in the Studio

2 Art with the iPad
Overview of iPad painting tools, finger-painting vs. stylus and favorite paint apps
Warming up, doodling and sketching
Making a study with Brushes
Drawing and painting with ArtStudio
Sketching and painting with Sketchbook Express and Sketchbook Pro
Tips about touch apps from Adobe (Photoshop Touch) and Corel.

3 Photoshop, Painter, and Tablet Basics for Artists
Anatomy of a Tablet and Stylus
Getting Started with Your Tablet
Getting Comfortable with Your Tablet
Drawing and Navigating with the Stylus
Choosing Your Settings for Your Stylus
Customizing the Stylus Buttons
Customizing Buttons on an Intuos5 Tablet
Using the Airbrush Stylus
Photoshop Basics for Painters
Customizing Brushes
Customizing Your Photoshop Workspace
Painter Basics for Artists
Customizing Brushes
Customizing Your Painter Workspace

4 Assembling Brushes and Paint
Exploring Brushes and Paint in Photoshop
Exploring Brushes and Paint in Painter

5 Drawing and Tablet Exercises
Warming Up and Sketching
Sketching in Photoshop

6 The Illusion of Volume
Sketching a Cube
Drawing a Textured Round Object
Drawing Rounded Forms
Drawing a Hollow Rounded Form

7 Sensitive Tone and Modeling
Using Sensitive Tone and Blending
Using Interesting Strokes to Build Tonal Variations

8 A Sense of Atmosphere
Building Atmosphere Using Hatching
Achieving Sparkling Light

9 Starting with a Scanned Drawing
Scanning a Pencil Drawing
Using Photoshop to Work Over a Pencil Drawing
Using Painter to Work Over a Pencil Drawing
Adding Washes to a Drawing Using Painter
Adding Washes to a Drawing Using Photoshop

10 Using a Photo Reference for Painting
Using a Photo Reference While Painting
Making Brushes for Sketching and Painting
Using Painter’s “Digital Lightbox”

11 Designing the Focal Point
Strengthening the Focal Point in a Painting

12 Simulating Paper and Canvas
Creating a Painter Image that Has Rich Texture
Embossing Texture on an Image
Using Distortion and Surface Texture
Achieving Texture in a Photoshop Image
Adding Texture with the Texturizer Filter
Adding Texture with the Lighting Effects Filter

13 Retouching, Tinting, and Painting
Retouching and Adding a Vignette
Painting with History in Photoshop
Working Over a Portrait with Chalk
Building a Rich Paper Surface
Painting a Portrait Using the Artist’s Oils

14 Composing from the Imagination
Compositing Sketches and Scans in Photoshop
Adding Colored Brushwork in Painter
Enhancing Lighting

Resources Appendix
1. Reference materials (supplemental reading and web sites)
2. Vendors (hardware and software, and substrates such archival papers and canvas)


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