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Painter 6 f/x and Design [Paperback]

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Pages   400
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.94" Width: 8.1" Height: 0.89"
Weight:   2.44 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2002
Publisher   Paraglyph Press
ISBN  1932111581  
ISBN13  9781932111583  

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More About Sherry London

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Sherry London is a graphic designer, fiber artist, teacher, and author of a number of books on Photoshop, Illustrator, and Painter including Photoshop 7 Magic (with Rhoda Grossman), Photoshop Textures Magic, and Photoshop Special FX How To. Her Photoshop-designed fiber art has been featured in Fiber Arts magazine and exhibited at juried Embroiderer's Guild of America Fiber Forum group shows nationwide.
Sherry is the owner of London Computing: PhotoFX, a digital art studio. She has taught for the prestigious Thunder Lizard Photoshop Conference and the Professional Photographer's of America seminars. She currently teaches a number of Photoshop courses via the Internet through colleges and universities worldwide. To find a college or university near you, go to Education To Go's website at
Sherry writes for a number of magazines. Her articles and reviews have appeared in "MacWeek, MacUser, MacWorld, Computer Artist, Electronic Publishing, Desktop Publishing," and "Pre-" magazines. She currently writes the QuickTips column for "Photoshop Users" magazine as well as feature articles and reviews for both "Photoshop User" and "Mac Design" (now "Layers" magazine). Sherry's web site is

Sherry London currently resides in Philadelphia, in the state of Pennsylvania.

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Painter 6 F/x & Design  Mar 17, 2004
I am frankly surprised at the bitterness of a few of the previous reviews. I have found this book excellent for me, a novice on Painter 6 (mac). It is true enough that in the first chapter, the CD lacks Mac versions of the "projects." However, the other chapters all work from .tif, .riff or .psd files and are fully supported by Mac. The topics discussed are the things I need to get going with this software.
As for the comments regarding the style of one of the book's writers, I can only say that she makes frequent and clever allusions to literature, history and culture. The fact that the previous reviewer does not recognize these references says more about the reviewer than the author.
Worthless!  Sep 23, 2002
The contents of this book should be focused on the functions and wiz-bang attributes of Painter -- you'd think. Instead, we are made to sit through the endless harangue of Rhoda Grossman (a name Dickens would have approved of!). Sherry London's opinions aren't as blatant, but when have you ever had to endure a bashing to find out how to use a product? Painter is an incredible product. Thank goodness I already know this or I might feel embarrassed about my choice, based on the commentary in this book. The book is a total waste of money. It gets one star only because zero isn't allowed.
Useful but dispensable  Jul 1, 2000
There are definitely a few problems with this book. I suspect most people who buy it are not that proficient with Painter. But the book expects you to fill in so many gaps where its explanations are lacking. Later on in the book you are presented with that same lacking infomation in a context where it isn't as absolutely crucial. So it can be an aggravating text to learn from. Sometimes I found items in different menus to that indicated in the text. Some of the material on the CD provided was simply inaccessible. Save your pennies and instead of this text get the Painter 6 Wow! Book which is truly excellent.
A Follow-Up on Mac/CD Issues  Jun 24, 2000
Since expressing my frustration (below), I have since gotten some satisfaction from the publisher. I contacted The Coriolis Group's Technical Support Dept. (1-800-410-0192;, and they indicated that defective disks were included with "some" of the books. If you have any problems with the CD, contact them, and they will send you a replacement. So far, it seems to work fine--and it includes Mac files that work in Painter! (So five stars for the tech support team.)

Now that I've been able to actually work through more of the book, I'd modify my total star score to a two (hence my three stars on this review to average my one star below). This text attempts to be helpful, but it is extremely disorganized--the first chapter jumps around haphazardly and does not make obvious connections between ideas. In the section on layers, for example, the authors leap into masks (a related but different topic) without warning, launching into a tirade about all the things the program can't do that they think it should; only after a couple pages do you get to what masks *can* do and how to use them.

The authors are trying, and I have picked up a few useful tips. Except for a meager center section in full color, the entire text is in black and white, making it hard to see what's going on in many of the screen shots. I don't think the book is as thorough or as well organized as it could be, and there are numerous mistakes that left me scratching my head and having to decipher the authors' meaning (even menu commands are incorrectly listed!); however, it has some uses.

If I were to choose a book to learn Painter 6, I'd use the user's manual that comes with the program and the Painter 6 WOW! book--the latter is incredible, in full color throughout, and overflowing with useful tips and hints. Rather than giving you formulaic, step-by-step lessons, the WOW! book shows you real art and describes the process and techniques for getting there. It treats you more like a creative individual. If it wasn't too late, I'd be returning my Painter 6 F/X & Design book for a refund.

Better for beginners than the Wow! book  Jun 20, 2000
As a new Painter user, I picked up the P6 Wow! book for tips and tutorials, based on my experience with the excellent Photoshop Wow! book. But I found many more tips than tutorials in the Painter Wow! Book, and I needed something to help me learn the program -- closer to a "Classroom in a Book" for Painter. This book has more tutorials/projects than the Wow! book. It also speaks frankly about Painter, its good and bad points, and lets you know where the program is buggy or could be improved. The examples are not as inspiring as Wow!, and the book is entirely in B&W with only a small (maybe 15 pages) color insert, but I think the tutorials and general approach are better for the beginning Painter user.

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