New Book from Course Technology PTR Grants Readers Exclusive Access to Techniques of Top Digital Artists

Secrets of Corel Painter Experts Offers View Into the Creative and Technical Process of Professional Artists Working With Corel® Painter™

Course Technology PTR, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of professional, technical and reference materials, today announced the publication of Secrets of Corel Painter Experts: Tips, Techniques, and Insights for Users of All Abilities by Daryl Wise and Linda Hellfritsch. The book brings readers behind-the-scenes with some of today’s top digital artists, illustrators, designers and photographers using Corel Painter, digital painting software offering a full art studio with the tools necessary to create digital artwork.

Secrets of Corel Painter Experts is organized into chapters according to the artist’s area of expertise. Each chapter details the professional background of an individual expert and includes techniques, insights and resources accompanied by an image gallery highlighting their personal and professional work. Secrets of Corel Painter Experts features detailed, step-by-step demonstrated techniques that cover illustration, fine art photography, concept art, comic book illustration, manga illustration, concept design and fine art.

Co-author Daryl Wise has a long history with Corel Painter, working for several years with the original creators, Mark Zimmer and Tom Hedges, to help promote the software and its artists. He used his knowledge and background of digital art to write the book.

“This text provides both inspiration and practical advice for professional and aspiring digital artists,” said Wise. “With guidance from today’s top digital artists, Secrets of Corel Painter Experts helps readers to successfully navigate Corel Painter and provides them with the tools and resources necessary to create innovative, original digital artwork. The book’s unique step-by-step format makes it easy for artists of all experience levels to master the techniques of Corel Painter.”

“Corel has been working closely with co-author Daryl Wise to ensure that Secrets of Corel Painter Experts will showcase some of the finest Painter artists in the industry,” said Gérard Métrailler, Senior Director, Product Management Graphics, Corel Corporation. “The artistic style and expertise featured in this book do a beautiful job of reflecting the amazing things you can do and accomplish with Painter.”

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About the Authors

Daryl Wise has worked for the past 15 years as the owner/operator of StreetWise PR, a small public relations and marketing firm near the Silicon Valley. Some clients include or have included Macworld Expos, the artist Peter Max, HP, Ambient Design, Adesso, Pixelmator, GLUON and e frontier. He was director of the Santa Cruz Digital Arts Festival for three years and is a member of Cabrillo College’s Digital Arts Advisory Committee. He is the author of Secrets of Award-Winning Digital Artists and Secrets of Poser Experts.

Linda Hellfritsch holds degrees in traditional art and graphic design. She is a fine artist, freelance commercial artist, Web designer and writer living in La Selva Beach, California. She has curated and hung both traditional and digital art exhibitions in San Jose, San Francisco, Monterey, San Clemente and Santa Cruz. Her areas of expertise include art, design, art history and arts education. Linda works primarily with traditional mixed media although her work has required her to design and develop digital graphic arts products. This exposure to digitally produced art has awakened a curiosity and hunger to learn more about digital art tools. She has spent the past several years talking to digital artists, experiencing their work and learning their secrets. Linda’s background in traditional fine art gives her a unique perspective as a traditional artist in a digital world. In her spare time, she works as a scenic painter and props builder at the new Crocker Theater in Aptos, California.

About Cengage Learning and Course Technology PTR

Cengage Learning is a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide. Course Technology PTR (Professional—Technical—Reference) was formed in 2001 as the retail division of Course Technology. The Course Technology PTR imprint provides learning solutions for hobbyists and professionals interested in learning more about digital photography, business, music technology, game development, animation, graphic design, programming, certification and a variety of other how-to and technology topics. For more information please visit or