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Digital Painting in Photoshop
Digital Painting in Photoshop
by Susan Ruddick Bloom
Edition: Paperback
Price: 19.44

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different perspective on photoshop, 28 July 2009
I found this book offered a new and informed insight into the more unusual aspects of Photoshop. It is obviously written by someone who has great experience of the traditional arts world but is open to, and enthusiastic about, the digital world.

The span of the book is substantial; it covers a lot of ground. I found
it stimulated my imagination and gave me ideas about adapting these techniques, or taking elements of them, and applying them to aspects of my own imagery. Not to produce imitations of paint or other approaches, but to subtly change images whilst retaining the original photographic qualities. I can however appreciate that others will find it invaluable in enabling them to produce outstandingly accurate versions of traditional media. Those who wish to explore this aspect of Photoshop, to recreate the world of drawing and painting, will be delighted by way their personal images can be transformed. The important issue I feel is this books' ability to introduce us to a new way of seeing Photoshop. It has an undoubted appeal both to those who wish to imitate the style of differing media and those who want to create new photographic biased styles All of us can genuinely benefit from the authors' ability to shine a clear light into the darker recesses of Photoshop.


Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 Maximum Performance: Unleash the hidden performance of Elements
Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 Maximum Performance: Unleash the hidden performance of Elements
by Mark Galer
Edition: Paperback
Price: 21.99

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A highly practical book, 16 May 2009
This is a genuinely comprehensive book dealing with Elements. It starts with the factors that affect the quality of the image and how to control them. This can often be a little daunting for the beginner but the author's style of writing is highly readable. The way in which he adopts a step-by-step approach makes even the most complex areas seem logical and easy. This is clearly someone who understands how people deal with practical challenges.

The book then goes on to take you through a series of projects this enables you to build up a range of skills and enthuses you to explore the subject in more depth as you gain in confidence. The accompanying DVD was particularly helpful and supportive in this area.

I would strongly recommend this publication as a very good core reference resource for all who want to get into this subject in more depth and develop their creativity.


How to Cheat in Photoshop Elements 7: Creating stunning photomontages on a budget
How to Cheat in Photoshop Elements 7: Creating stunning photomontages on a budget
by David Asch
Edition: Paperback
Price: 16.45

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The excitment of montage., 14 May 2009
This is just the sort of book you need to stimulate your imagination. The large range of ideas and techniques on offer can't help to excite anyone who enjoys a creative challenge. The style of writing is very accessible and supportive with a clear and logical step-by-step approach. It is not meant to cover all the ins and outs of Elements, others do this already, but is an important supplement to such basic instruction manuals. This is for those who want to go beyond the obvious.


Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop
Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop
by Martin Evening
Edition: Paperback
Price: 23.30

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I agree with the claim of being The Ultimate Workshop, 4 May 2009
This is one of the most valuable publications on Photoshop I have read. Its realistic understanding of the practical issues that all photographers have to face, builds a strong sense of confidence in the authors' integrity.

They have an all-encompassing grasp of the current photographic environment and are able to relate this understanding in a way that enables the photographer to fully exploit the potential of Photoshop. This ensures the book is especially relevant both to the enthusiastic amateur and the aspiring professional.

The layout and explanations are a model of clarity. The structure of the chapters is most effective and logical. They introduce the issues that affect the required quality,the practical creative processes and the challenges of meeting the needs of the art market. They do this in a way that shows a clear grasp of the demands placed on the photographer when producing images that are both relevant and innovative.

This book is the most effective, accessible and intelligent explanation of the photographic experience I have encountered. I can confidently say the term `Ultimate' in the title is not marketing hype.

I cannot praise this book enough and would highly recommend it.


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