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Creative Photoshop® Lighting Techniques: Master the Art of Creative Lighting Effects Using These Clearly Explained Photoshop® Projects (Digital Photography Expert) Paperback – 15 Mar 2004


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: ILEX (15 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904705235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904705239
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 22.5 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,086,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Creative Photoshop Lighting Techniques gives you the know-how you need over 43 in-depth examples. -- Digit Magazine, July 2004 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Barry Huggins developed his skills during the early Internet years when he saw the medium as a golden opportunity to marry his passion for art, photography, design and creativity with the new emerging technologies.

He now has his own training and consultancy company in London, Matrix Training, where he specializes in graphics and multimedia applications for both the Internet and print. He has also taught photography and advanced Photoshop

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Shaw on 17 Nov 2004
Format: Paperback
Creative Photoshop Lighting Techniques
ISBN 1-904705-23-5
Barry Huggins
ILEX
Review by John Shaw, Timeless Digital Imaging
One of the most powerful and useful techniques that Photoshop has to offer is the ability to change lighting. This subject, however, is one of the most neglected amongst Photoshop books I have reviewed.
Well, here is a book that changes all that. This new publication by ILEX books concentrates solely on lighting techniques, packed with useful projects that will transform your photographs. The book discusses the various types and qualities of light, showing you how to create warm and cold hues, High and Low key images etc. It also includes a very useful chapter on using the Lighting Effects Filter and includes an explanation of its many settings, vital if you are to create a realistic lighting effect.
Each project is neatly covered in a chapter tackling a particular type of lighting. Examples include creating reflections on water, metal, glass etc, a chapter showing how to manipulate lighting and weather to make an overcast day appear sunny, create sunsets from daylight scenes including realistic rainbows and so on.

The layout is refreshingly easy to follow with minimum use of technical jargon and short step by step guides, accompanied by photographs and illustrations, showing the result of each manipulation of the picture. The projects are short and snappy, so you can work through different techniques quickly and efficiently.
A nice touch would have been an accompanying CD containing the photographs used in the various projects for you to practice with, as some techniques required a specific subject matter, which some people may not have in their collection e.g. a jet engine to show heat haze.
Overall a well presented and intuitive book, which allows you to experiment with new techniques in whatever order you choose. A must buy for every enthusiastic Photoshop user.
Highly Recommended
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Shaw on 17 Nov 2004
Format: Paperback
Creative Photoshop Lighting Techniques
ISBN 1-904705-23-5
Barry Huggins

One of the most powerful and useful techniques that Photoshop has to offer is the ability to change lighting. This subject, however, is one of the most neglected amongst Photoshop books I have reviewed.
Well, here is a book that changes all that. This new publication by ILEX books concentrates solely on lighting techniques, packed with useful projects that will transform your photographs. The book discusses the various types and qualities of light, showing you how to create warm and cold hues, High and Low key images etc. It also includes a very useful chapter on using the Lighting Effects Filter and includes an explanation of its many settings, vital if you are to create a realistic lighting effect.
Each project is neatly covered in a chapter tackling a particular type of lighting. Examples include creating reflections on water, metal, glass etc, a chapter showing how to manipulate lighting and weather to make an overcast day appear sunny, create sunsets from daylight scenes including realistic rainbows and so on.

The layout is refreshingly easy to follow with minimum use of technical jargon and short step by step guides, accompanied by photographs and illustrations, showing the result of each manipulation of the picture. The projects are short and snappy, so you can work through different techniques quickly and efficiently.
A nice touch would have been an accompanying CD containing the photographs used in the various projects for you to practice with, as some techniques required a specific subject matter, which some people may not have in their collection e.g. a jet engine to show heat haze. P>Overall a well presented and intuitive book, which allows you to experiment with new techniques in whatever order you choose. A must buy for every enthusiastic Photoshop user.
Highly Recommended
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Udy on 24 Oct 2004
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I bought this, looking for something that was as inspiring, and as informative as some magazine tutorial articles I've read for people like me; imaginative, not happy with "ordinary" photos, and eager to run before I can walk.
Although not just for beginners, by any means, it did just that ...... inform, and instruct. It does this in easy to follow, tutorial style, chapters which can be dipped into for any given result. In no time at all, you will be enabling realistic but larger than life results, which draw the extraordinary from the ordinary and mundane.
As is often the case, ........... it's (relatively) easy when you know how.
Buy it! You won't be disappointed!
Skip the walking, and just run with it.
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Depending on your level of Photoshop experience depends on your requirement for this book. In my opinion ideal for the novice/beginner. Straight forward examples of before and after with the technique to back it up. Overall a good intro into the PS world.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
An educational and interesting read with one irritating flaw 1 Mar 2005
By Matthew D. Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
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I will explain in simple terms the benefits and the single greatest shortcoming of Barry Huggins' book.

The Pros:

This book explains in detail the concepts of the varying sources and types of light.

It contains many thought-provoking tutorials, each of which explains how to render a specific lighting effect using Adobe Photoshop.

Each tutorial features a plethora of illustrative diagrams that show the original digital photograph, the final transformed photograph, and the various states of the photograph in between the two states. It frequently provides diagrams of how to edit Photostop's layer blending options and filters.

It is written in an easy-to-read, easy-to-follow format.

The Con:

The book is not accompanied by a CD-ROM that contains the digital photography that is employed in the book's tutorials. While this is an annoying inconvenience, all of the digital photography can be downloaded at no cost from the Ilex Press website ([...] It is unfortunate that so many readers do not realize that these images are available online.

It is also important to note that this book was written for the users of Photoshop CS. While it is possible to complete many of the book's tutorials with older versions of the software, a number of layer blending modes (and their options) and a few filters that are described in the book are only available in the latest release of Photoshop.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Very good: But they skimped. 30 Nov 2005
By Shadow Raven - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
First off, if you are a seasoned PS user who understands light and color theory and color correction then you are probably not going to get much out of this book. If however, you are new to PS or still in the long learning process than you most likely will benefit from this book. It covers a wide range of lighting techniques that can be used to create just about any effect you need to.

There are two cons to this book however. The first being that a few of the effects could have been done better. For example; In one image the smoke and steam look like they were in fact painted into the image instead of being very light and wispy. But overall the effects are very well done and clearly explained. This leads us to con number two...the explanations. Yes I said they are clear. But read on.

The explanations, though clearly written, are sans digital file. I would have gladly paid another $5-$10 for the book if they had included a CD with all the images used in the examples. On the one hand the files are available at [...] but they do not even mention this in the book. But then the problem there is not all of the files are available for download. Most of them are but not all of them. To make matters worse they are low res images with a copyright mark in the middle of the image. So I find the publishers process very confusing.

At any rate this is still a good book for any PS user looking to push their skills further.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Not a Bad Book, but... 25 April 2005
By New Yorker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is not a bad book, but the downloaded images are of very low quality. It is difficult to see the before-and-after effect with such as low quality images.

I like the section on Creating Reflection and Converting Overcast Days and Sunny Days, but the chapters on Light Sources and Using the Lighting Effect Filter is not very completed. You might be disappointed if you were a photographer like myself looking for a book on improving outdoor/studio lighting on the photos. The book caters more to a digital artist who like to create rather dramatic lighting effects. The techniques such as adding fire, thunderbolt, refraction, and neon colors might make photos look "fake" to photographers who are interested in making a more subtle lighting improvement to their photos.

All in all, it is a pretty good book for someone who is interested in learning special lighting effect. I will not hesistate to give the book a better rating if the downloaded images are of higher quality.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Good techniques but frustrating execution... 26 Dec 2004
By CreativeEye - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
You'll find this title an excellent and focused resource regarding digital lighting. Each tutorial takes on a different type of lighting style and details the various steps necessary to achieve the look including cold, sunny, night etc. Despite the overall good writing style and content, however, there is one major problem with this product. Although written like a step-by-step tutorial with instructions relating to very specific types of images, the downloadable tutorial files are small, low-resolution images with HUGE watermarks advertising a stock photography website running across them. This makes it difficult and *not* very fun to follow along with the book. A more well-thought out execution of this book would have included a CD-ROM with better copies of the tutorial images *or* a better website that included more information and support for the book. I would not review this book so harshly if the written tutorials were not so closely linked to the type of images you are meant to work on and if I did not already own several other photoshop tutorial books that were more generous with the tutorial and example files included on CD-ROM or on the publisher Website. You'll feel like you bought half a product with this particular title.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Save your money and learn to light... 5 Jun 2006
By Michael Long - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Looking at the images in this book is akin to watching a bad magician at work: the secret "moves" are anything but. Some of the effects like fire and smoke are obviously fake. Others, like casting shadows from blinds and plants are less so, but still "feel" wrong in the way the shadows often have the wrong density and falloff, or fail to follow the curves and shapes of foreground objects.

If you're serious about your photography, I'd advise getting a good book on lighting by someone like Barrister, and learn to light for real. Many of the "effects" presented in the book can be done in seconds with some rudimentary equipment and a little practice.... or you can spend hours in PS "perfecting" an image that, like the magician's tricks, fools no one but himself.
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