Painter 9 Books

I received these two books via mail from Amazon today: The Painter 9 Wow! and Painter 9 Creativity. I’m not one to buy trade books but my husband suggested it might be valuable to have these for reference, etc. A good idea, really (and a tax write-off, of course). I have Painter 5-9, but primarily use 7 (something about the brushes and how they ‘feel’ in 7 that isn’t the same for me in the later 2 versions. Maybe something in these books can help me figure out how to adjust that). If I learn something that I think would be especially helpful or exciting, I’ll be sure and post.

9 Responses to Painter 9 Books
  1. lorigrace
    May 14, 2005 | 8:37 am

    Hi, I have the Painter ix creativity book and I love it (the Wow book wasn’t officially out yet when I ordered mine). You might also want to check out “The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting” by Cher Threinen-Pendarvis (the same author as the Wow series). she has excepts from this book on her website:

  2. Maggie
    May 14, 2005 | 10:19 pm

    I cannot wait to get the new Painter program. Being a newbie to the program, I won’t notice the feel of the brushes as you do.

    I just recently bought the Illustrator 10 Wow! book. It is so much more intuitive than the book that comes with the program. And, I am a visual person so it helps a great deal.

  3. Fox In Socks
    May 16, 2005 | 8:43 pm

    Hi Paula, I would like to possibly add some computer art to my portfolio as a second style. How did you learn to use painter so darn well?! I’m a total beginner, did you take a class? Could you recommend some books? I love your stuff, you’re one of my favorite digital artists (along with talented gals in my pbj crit group). Thank ya!

    So what should I do first? :0)

  4. paula
    May 19, 2005 | 9:48 am

    lorigrace: Thanks for sharing your info on the various Painter books you’ve read and the link to Cher’s website. I was able to spend a few hours perusing the creativity book yesterday. A lot of information on manipulating photographs, which is nice to know, since some of my work is collage and, well, I like playing with photos.

    Maggie: I can’t say it’s the upgraded programs that are the problem. It’s probably a flick of the switch somewhere and it will feel the same. I’m sure it’s on my end.

    Fox: I thought a response by email would be best to answer your question. I hope you received it.

  5. Jacque Davis
    May 19, 2005 | 4:09 pm

    Hi I really loved the Lynda .com Painter 8 CD it showed me a great deal and I learned very quickly.
    THere are free samples of the movies on the cd at the site below.

    My web site talks a little about how I draw in Painter
    Best Regards
    Jacque Davis

  6. kit
    May 26, 2005 | 1:53 pm

    Hi Paula,
    I love your site, really like your use of colors, and your illustrations always make me smile.
    I haven’t any experience in working with digital art. But I would like to learn. I’m looking for a job so don’t have much money but, I was wondering if there is an illustrator program you could recommend for a newby.
    I have photoshop elements three which I got from my husband last month (He bought me a digital camera for my birthday). It’s not an illustration program but it’s a start.


  7. paula
    May 28, 2005 | 12:39 pm

    Jacque: Thanks for the link to see video of how-to-use Painter. I’ll check that out. I did check out your section on how you go about drawing in Painter. I’ll have a re-look at that. Don’t you have problems with Painter crashing if you have too many layers on a large piece? I know that from my own personal experience (and from some of the reading in the new books) it’s best to keep the layers to a minimum.

    kit: I don’t know what to recommend as a low-end paint program, but I know there are several out there. Painter Classic comes bundled with tablets, and to get something to begin on shouldn’t run more than $100 US. I’m afraid I just haven’t had the need for software such as that so don’t know what to suggest.

    Hope that helps a little. 🙂

  8. weber
    September 27, 2005 | 5:48 pm

    hi. intresting post

  9. ulujm
    November 20, 2006 | 12:00 pm


    I have painter 9. I am not ahppy with the yellow color from the palette.
    it look dirty. when I want to mix e with whit to make it yellow light it end up being creamy light.
    this is not fun when I want to paint a sky with very bright yellow color.
    any advice