On this we agree, Ray:
If you have painting skills - there are all kinds of watercolor, acrilic and pencil tools within Painter. You end up using the photo as the underlying guide - and you can mix the results - which sometimes produces a very nice look or painted reality.
I applaud PS User
for including an article on Painter
(Who would have ever thunk it?), but after reading this article I was somewhat disappointed. IMO the content was long on "what's possible," but fell short on providing sufficient usable information (as in specifics for a Painter
rookie) describing how to achieve
the effects illustrated. In all fairness there's no way to adequately cover such a broad topic in the few pages this article was alotted.
My suggestion would be that one look into books like Painter IX for Photographers
(Addison) or the Painter 8 (not IX) edition of Jeremy Sutton's Painter Creativity.
Although one of these books is approx. twice as expensive as a single copy of PS User
, each has hundreds of pages of content with specific instructions and tutorials suited for those just getting started with Painter