The Paula Sanders Report
with Sr. Staff Writer, Paula Sanders

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The Paula Sanders Report is a periodic column. Paula investigates and comments on graphic software, techniques, and other relevant material through her reviews, tutorials, and general articles.

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Review of Corel Painter X
Painter is an advanced painting program using natural media materials that simulate traditional painting media such as oils and watercolors. It is a Natural-Media® painting and illustrating program for both Mac and Windows computers.

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What Nature Leaves Behind
While walking on the beach in Galveston, Texas during my recent vacation, I became fascinated with the debris the ocean left behind as its tide ebbed and flowed.

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I will start this article by describing some more features of Vista that I found along the way and I will mention three programs: Vue 6 Infinite, Poser 6 and Poser 7. I know some of you might be saying, "but, if it doesn't work with my program, I'm not interested." Since I cannot cover all programs, I will discuss Vista itself and try to cover programs that I use on a regular basis.

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Windows Vista Ultimate 32-Bit [Part 1]
I agree with the motto, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." However, I like to experiment, so here I am. I am going to begin a series on Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit. What I would like to do in this series is have you, the reader, ask questions, which I will try to answer in forthcoming articles.
Series by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer

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Miss Digital World 2007 Calendar
The Miss Digital World Contest was started in 2003. It was the creation of Franz Cerami who wanted to search for a contemporary ideal of beauty represented through virtual reality. He likened his search to other eras where Greta Garbo stood for the "ethereal and enigmatic beauty in the 1920s" as did others in different periods.
Article by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer

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Fitting Clothes to Sidney in Poser 7
I want to thank Karanta (Kerstin Weihe) for first telling me how to fit clothes to G2 characters such as Sidney and Simon by using the AddDeformers command. I had first tried to use the Conform To command after I changed a pose and I saw "poke-thru's"; it would not work once I had changed the pose from the standard pose.
Tutorial by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer

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Review of Richard Schrand's - Vue 6 Revealed
I have used all versions of Vue by e-on software for many years now, and I consider myself quite proficient in it. When I said I would review this book by Richard Schrand, I did not know what to expect...
Review by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer
  
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Review of e frontier's Poser 7
Poser 7 was released by e frontier in December of 2006. The interface looks similar to that of Poser 6. E frontier has added a lot, and I mean a lot, of content in the form of morphs, clothing, animals, props, and more.
Review by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer

Review of Alien Skin's Snap Art  filter
Snap Art by Alien Skin Software L.L.C. is a set of 10 filters; these filters are really fun to use and allow for a great deal of creativity, as well as allowing the novice user to create effects such as oil painting, watercolor, etc.
Review by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer

A New Outlook
"Learning something new can be scary as well as exciting. I think the initial investment plays a part. I do not only mean money but time as well. I would imagine that most of the people reading Renderosity's Front Page have been using computers for a while. A program might be new or at a new level, but the whole concept is not new."
By Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer

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The Paula Sanders Report:
Review of Alien Skin's Blow Up

"Blow Up is a Photoshop-compatible automation plug-in for enlarging images. Alien Skin states that it enlarges without the stairstep, halo, and fringe artifacts of bicubic interpolation. It works with Photoshop CS or later and Elements 3 or later. It, also, supports 8-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit images and RGB, CMYK, Lab, Grayscale, and Duotone image modes."
Product review by Paula Sanders - Sr Staff Writer - 9 opinions posted

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Download Times - Quality vs Speed
"Whether you are e-mailing a picture to a friend; posting art work to an online gallery; or writing an online tutorial, it is critical to form a balance between the quality of the image and how long it will take that image to download."
By Paula Sanders - Sr Staff Writer - 4 opinions posted

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From a Photograph to a Painting using Painter IX.5
If you read my review on Corel Painter IX.5 Update, you will remember about the new additions to Painter IX of a series of palettes for Underpainting an image, Auto-Painting the image, and Restoring details to the image. This tutorial will lead you through the steps on how to do it.
Tutorial by Paula Sanders - Sr Staff Writer - 2 opinions posted

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Review of Corel Painter IX.5 Update
"Corel, with the Painter IX.5 update, has made some prominent additions to Painter IX. "Innovative" would be a good word to describe this update. This update is free to registered users of Painter IX."
Review by Paula Sanders - Sr Staff Writer - 2 opinions posted

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Is This an Optical Illusion?
"I am not really sure how to explain what happened, but I thought the occurrence was interesting enough to warrant an article."
Join Paula this week, as she confronts a most puzzling problem, and let us know if you've ever had an occurrence such as this.
Article by Paula Sanders - Sr Staff Writer - 20 opinions posted

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Terrains Like No Other
Recently, my husband and I went on a trip to the north west part of Nebraska and the south west part of South Dakota. While I have taken trips before into the mountians of Colorado and New Mexico, as with my other recent trips, it was with a different perspective.
Article by Paula Sanders - Sr Staff Writer - 6 opinions posted

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Using XfrogPlants Billboards and More
"Recently I reviewed the new XfrogPlants Billboards by greenworks. I found these billboards so useful when creating landscapes in either 2-D or 3-D programs that I decided to write a tutorial on some of the methods of using them."
Save 20% on Xfrog Plants Billboards, now through August 22nd!
Tutorial by Paula Sanders - Sr Staff Writer - 1 opinion posted

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XfrogPlants Billboards Review
Join Paula this week, as she reviews a new series of items from greenworks, called XfrogPlants Billboards.
"What are billboards? For those who have not used billboards before, think of alpha planes in Poser that do not require any work."
Save 20% on Xfrog Plants Billboards, now through August 22nd!
Product Review by Paula Sanders - Sr Staff Writer - 5 opinions posted

The Paula Sanders Report:
Working with Poser 5 or 6 and Dynamic Hair in Vue 5 Infinite

"In this tutorial, I am not trying to duplicate the look of Poser hair; what I am, hopefully, demonstrating is that Dynamic hair can look good in Vue 5 Infinite. I treat Dynamic hair as I do any other material on an object or a terrain in Vue 5. I use all the tools available to me to make it look the way I envision it."
Tutorial by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 2 opinions posted

3D Nature's World Construction Set 6
3D Nature's World Constructions Set 6 [a Geographical Information System (GIS) based landscape creation program] is based on a spherical planet using longitude and latitude, and can be used to create still work as well as animations. Paula reviews WCS 6 from an artist’s viewpoint.
Review by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 6 opinions posted

A Door To The World
As a long time suffer from debilitating migraines, Paula knows firsthand how hard it is to cope with daily routines, let alone let get past severe pain to let the creative juices flow. Paula invites the Renderosity community to share and reflect on the challenges and rewards that a physical disability brings to an artist.
Commentary by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 27 opinions posted

A Question of Purity
This week, Paula brings up a most controversial topic:
the question of postwork!
Article by Paula Sanders - Sr Staff Writer - 90 opinions posted

A Review of Wacom's Intuos3 Tablet
Continuing from her review of Corel's Painter IX, Paula gives us a look at the Intuos3 tablet that can be purchased as a bundled item with Painter IX.
by Paula Sanders - Staff Writer - 23 opinions posted

Coming To Terms With Resolution!
This week Paula Sanders continues her series on color, as she explains the terms of resolution as it pertains to printing. This article will use scanners as input devices to illustrate different types of resolution. Paula discusses raster images and resolution, explaining how scanners take "electronic pictures."
Tips and Tricks by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 2 opinions posted

Computer Corruption and how to Avoid it...or Whose Responsibility is it Anyway?
This week Paula addresses a very real issue for anyone who has been faced with the sometimes adverse effects of software installation. Has this happened to you? What is your opinion? And..."whose responsibility is it anyway?"
commentary by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 19 opinions posted

Corel's Painter IX, Reviewed
Corel's new Painter IX, released a few months ago, contains more cosmetic upgrades. Read the review to get the latest information on what's happening with the latest version of this cutting-edge software.
Paula Sanders - Staff Writer - 13 opinions posted

Epson Stylus Photo R2400 Printer
For the past ten years, Paula has produced beautiful prints of her amazing artwork on a variety of Epson printers. Recently she purchased an Epson Stylus Photo R2400. Read on to see if Paula's love affair with Epson continues ...
Review by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 12 opinions posted

How Do You Develop Your Ideas?
Paula asks ... as you create your artwork ... “How do you develop your ideas?” Some artists start with a form on their canvas, drawing board, or screen, and develop the image and its related parts as they progress. Others start with a concept and try to develop it. Join in the fun with this interactive article!
Commentary by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 15 opinions posted

Lighting in Poser 6 - Part II and III
Paula continues her series of Poser 6 Lighting in this special two-part tutorial. This week’s tutorials are Lighting A Figure Evenly and Creating Dramatic Lighting. Both are a must read for anyone wishing to improve their Poser lighting techniques!
Tutorial by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 12 opinions posted

Lighting in Poser 6 - Part I
As a special treat to the Poser community, this week Paula takes the frustration out of Poser lighting, with the first of her Poser 6 lighting tutorial series. This week Paula demystifies Poser lighting as it relates to Image Based Lighting [IBL].
Tutorial by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 7 opinions posted

Maxon's CINEMA 4D R9.5 XL Bundle
Paula Sanders reports on Maxon’s new CINEMA 4D R9.5 XL Bundle. As always, Paula explores the major new additions, as well as reviewing the minor ones that increase CINEMA 4D’s workflow and functionality. Just in time for the holiday giving season, or if you are considering giving yourself the gift of an upgrade.
Review by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 11 opinions posted

MonacoEZcolor Bundle: Calibration Using Hardware And Software
Paula’s previous article on monitor calibration dealt primarily with color modes. This week Paula delves into other aspects of calibration, as she reviews X-Rite’s MonacoEZcolor Bundle, consisting of the MonacoEZcolor software package and the MonacoOptixXR colorimeter.
Review by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 2 opinions posted

onOne Software - Genuine Fractals Print Pro 4.1 and pxl SmartScale
Paula reviews two programs from onOne Software — Genuine Fractals Print Pro 4.1 and pxl SmartScale 1.0. Both programs are Photoshop only plug-ins and are supported by Photoshop CS and CS2. Read on as Paula explores the advantages of using these programs to refine and enhance image enlargements.
Product Review by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 5 opinions posted

Paranoia or Piracy?
"Should you have to choose between Paranoia or Piracy?" Paula explores the necessity to keep software license safe from those who would pirate it, while still allowing the artist ease of loading and running programs! Get in on the discussion ...
Commentary by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 38 opinions posted

Paula Sanders Report - e frontier's Poser 6
The long awaited Poser 6 has arrived, and The Paula Sanders Report is here to fill you in on what's new and why you should, or should not, upgrade. Paula takes you on a tour of all of Poser 6's rooms touching on the new featurs and their functions.
by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 11 opinions posted

Paula Sanders Report - Vue 5 Infinite - Part 2
Part Two - Paula delved deeply into the amazing high-end 3D scenery solution for illustrators, SFX studios, architects, and 3D Computer Graphics professionals ... Vue 5 Infinite by e-on ... and produced a two-part in-depth article that surpasses a mere review, including a few Vue tips and tricks along the way.
Review by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 4 opinions posted

Paula Sanders Report - Wacom 6D Art Pen with Corel Painter IX
The Paula Sanders Report: Reviews the Wacom 6D Art Pen with Corel Painter IX. Wacom has created a new pen for the Intuos3 Digitizing Tablet called the 6D Art Pen. Paula explains how Wacom and Corel have, once again, joined together to increase the almost limitless boundaries of Painter IX ...
Review by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 6 opinions posted

Paula Sanders Report - Corel Painter 8
Paula Sanders returns with her in-depth review of Corel Painter 8. The program had simplified its interface and made the program more compatible to Photoshop. Learn what's new and improved ...
Review by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 4 opinions posted

Paula Sanders Report - Creating a Mustache in Poser 5/6
Do you have Poser 5 or 6? Have you ever wanted to create a perfect mustache for James [or any of your male Poser figures]? Well, want no more ... this week Paula brings an easy to follow, detailed, step by step tutorial that would make a barber weep for joy!
Tutorial by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 5 opinions posted

Paula Sanders Report - Gnomon Workshop's Adobe Photoshop for Digital Production
Once more Paula Sanders reviews another of Gnomon Workshop's classrooms on DVDs. This week Paula reviews Adobe Photoshop for Digital Production, Essential Techniques for Film, Broadcast and Games - Instructor: Dave Pasciuto
Review by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 4 opinions posted

Paula Sanders Report - Gnomon Workshop's Head Sculpting and Texturing
Once more Paula Sanders reviews another of Gnomon Workshop's classrooms on DVDs. This week Paula reviews Head Sculpting and Texturing - ZBrush Techniques with Alex Alvarez, founder and director of the Gnomon Workshop of Visual Effects.
Review by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 8 opinions posted

Paula Sanders Report - Gnomon Workshop's Introduction to ZBrush
Renderosity is very excited to bring you a series of reviews on Gnomon Workshop's classrooms on DVDs. To start out the series, Paula Sanders reviews Introduction to ZBrush, Tools and Workflow by Renderosity artist Meats Meier.
Review by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 4 opinions posted

Paula Sanders Report - greenworks XfrogTunes
Continuing her exploration of greenworks' series of Xfrog software, Paula reviews XfrogTune ... a companion product to Xfrog and/or for any of the XfrogPlant Libraries in which there are trees or models that consist of tree and leaf components. How does XfrogTune reduce polygons? Read on ...
Review by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 1 opinion posted

Paula Sanders Report - greenworks' XfrogPlants - USA Southwest, v2
Rounding-up her greenworks' series of Xfrog software, Paula hops into another review, this time exploring XfrogPlants - USA Southwest, v2 ... one of the many Xfrog collections of Plant Libraries. So jump into the fun with Paula, as she avoids getting her Wacom Tablet stuck on a Prickly Pear.
Paula Sanders - Sr Staff Writer - 4 opinions posted

Paula Sanders Report - LizardTech
Have you ever created an image for the web, and later tried to re-create that same image as a print … only to be frustrated and disappointed with the end result? If so, Paula’s lizardTech’s Genuine Fractals 4 PrintPro review has the solution to your image enlargement dilemmas.
Review by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 7 opinions posted

Paula Sanders Report - Path Styler Pro
Paula reviews the Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator plugin Path Styler Pro by Shinycore. This exciting new plug-in produces extremely sharp bevels that allows the user to instantly create high-quality graphics for a variety of illustrations, and computer graphics.
Paula Sander - Sr. Staff Writer - 8 opinions posted

Paula Sanders Report - Review - Maxon BodyPaint 3D Release 2.5
Paula Sanders Report: This week Paula reviews Maxon's amazing Bodypaint 3D Release 2.5. Check out the new features in this release, with UV tools that could increase your workflow. product review by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer
Review by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 4 opinions posted

Paula Sanders Report - Spiral Graphics' Genetica 2Pro
Paula Sanders takes you on a tour of Genetica 2 Pro, Spiral Graphics latest seamless texture editor. If you are new to texturing, or if you have been texturing for years, Genetica 2 Pro offers exciting new features for all levels of 3D artists.
product review by Paula Sander - Sr Staff Writer - 4 opinions posted

Paula Sanders Report - Vue 5 Infinite
Paula delved deeply into the amazing high-end 3D scenery solution for illustrators, SFX studios, architects, and 3D Computer Graphics professionals ... Vue 5 Infinite by e-on ... and produced a two-part in-depth article that surpasses a mere review, including a few Vue tips and tricks along the way.
Review by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 3 opinions posted

Paula Sanders Report - ZBrush 2
Paula Sanders' explores Pixologic's ZBrush 2. If you have ever longed to work with ZBrush, but felt it was too complicated to tackle, Paula gives tips and tricks on how to feel immediately comfortable with this combination; modeling, texturing, and painting program.
Review by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 5 opinions posted

Paula Sanders Report : Alien Skin - Eye Candy 5 Impact
There is nothing more addicting for an artist than the taste of Eye Candy, and Paula explores one of the three newest versions of Alien Skin’s incredible plugin. If you have a sweet tooth for fun and creativity, you will want to get your fill of Alien Skin’s Eye Candy 5 Impact.
Review by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 5 opinions posted

Paula Sanders Report – Wacom's 6D Art Pen - Part II
Recently The Paula Sander's Report reviewed Wacom's 6D Art pen with Corel Painter IX. Paula continues her review of Wacom's 6D Art pen, and the amazing Intuos3 digitizing tablet with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop CS2.
by Paula Sanders - Sr Staff Writer - 5 opinions posted

RGB and CMYK Monitor Calibration!
If calibrating your monitor to a specific application is driving you crazy — you are not alone. Stop pulling out your hair ... help is on the way! Paula Sanders, once again, comes to our rescue, with her insightful and practical tips and tricks for easy monitor calibration.
Tips and Tricks by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 10 opinions posted

Sharpening using Photoshop's Unsharp mask
Paula gives you an inside look into her secrets for sharpening images using Photoshop’s Unsharp Mask. This step-by-step tutorial is aimed at both the beginner and a refresher for the advanced user. Paula shows you how to minimize the effect of degradation when enlarging.
Mini Tutorial by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 4 opinions posted

The Grass is Always Greener with Vue Color
Paula Sanders makes yard work fun, as she shares her tips and tricks on creating that perfect shade of green [and of course you can also use her techniques for other items within your digital world]. Vue, the Lawn Doctor’s cure for your ailing [and alien] turf!
Tutorial by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 3 opinions posted

The Paula Sanders Report - Xfrog 3.5
Paula is back this week to review Xfrog 3.5. This outstanding 3D graphic program is used for the modeling and animation of organic natural materials, such as: trees, shrubs, flowers, as well as creating unusual abstract models. Don’t wait to “jump” into the Xfrog review!
Review by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 5 opinions posted

The Paula Sanders Report: Eovia's Carrara 5 Pro
"Carrara 5 Pro can be described as a solid, 3D, mid-level package that offers a variety of specific avenues in the field of 3D that one can pursue." Read on to find out why, as Paula gives us an in-depth review of this excellent 3D software package!
review by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 12 opinions posted

The Paula Sanders Report: Greenbriar Studio's CR2 Loader and Morph Tools for Cinema 4D 9
This week, Paula shows her findings while working with the CR2 Loader, Morph Tools, and Conformer Software for Cinema 4D 9. Read on to find out more on loading Poser figures into Cinema 4D, through this well-illustrated presentation.
presentation by - Paula sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 3 opinions posted

The Paula Sanders Report: Review of Maxon's HAIR module
"It is a day to celebrate for owners of Cinema 4D R9.5 who want to create hair, fur, feathers, and even blades of grass." Join Paula this week as she shows how this new Cinema 4D module can have you creating HAIR with ease!
review by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 1 opinion posted

The Paula Sanders Report: Using Deep Paint 3D for Creating a Picture
This week, join Paula as she delves deep into Deep Paint 3D: "I loved Right Hemisphere's Deep Paint and was sorry to see it go off the market even though a free version was available. However, Deep Paint 3D, which is used to paint and texture 2D and 3D models, can also be used to create the same type of art work as did Deep Paint."
tutorial by Paula Sanders - Senior Staff Writer - 4 opinions posted

The Paula Sanders Report: Using Multi-Pass Rendering in Photoshop
This week, join Paula as she shows how it is sometimes better to take the long route for more controlled end results. This tutorial is applicable to any 3D program that can create an image file and a multi-pass file upon rendering.
Tutorial by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 4 opinions posted

The Paula Sanders Report:
The Art of Looking

"If someone had asked me about rock formations, the trees among the rocks, the basic color of the rocks, and the color and texture of the water in the canyons, I would have given a quick and definitive answer. I would have also been at least ninety-five percent wrong."
article by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer - 14 opinions posted

The Paula Sanders Report:
Easy Placement of Objects in Vue 5 Easel and other Vue 5 Products - Part I

"Soon after e-on software's Vue 5 Easel came out, I wrote a series of ten tutorials for beginners that would apply to Vue 5 Easel and the other Vue 5 programs." Join Paula as she embarks on another tutorial series. In this first tutorial, you will learn the use of the Numerics tab. "It is very easy to place objects... if you understand the axes and coordinates."
tutorial series by Paula Sanders - Sr Staff Writer - 5 opinions posted

The Paula Sanders Report:
Review of GeoControl

Join Paula as she reviews this outstanding stand-alone terrain creation program, created by Johannes Rosenberg. Get a closer look at how you can use it for full, precise control over any terrain project!
review by Paula Sanders - Sr Staff Writer - 10 opinions posted

The Paula Sanders Report:
Using Vue 5 Easel...Easily [Part II]

Join Paula, as she continues with Part II: Creating Mountains!
"This is a very basic tutorial on creating mountains for a landscape and moving them to the back of the scene. It is the second in the series on using Vue 5 Easel easily."
tutorial series by Paula Sanders - Sr Staff Writer - 3 opinions posted


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