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4x4 Photoshop and 3D: Geometry/Chaos Paperback – 1 Nov 2001
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Where do you see geometry? Where do you see chaos? These questions might sound abstract and the concepts elusive, but order-out-chaos is a primal artistic motivation. Equally, recent developments in Chaos theory point to macro-chaos being a natural outcome of micro-level geometric change. Four digital artists use the same industry standard tool, Photoshop 6, used every working day by graphic designers. Deploying pattern tools, actions and behaviours, batch processes and noise filters to create original experimental effects, the initial-sketch-to-finished-work goal of this project exemplifies the theme of evolving order from chaos, or indeed its opposite. This book, one of a set of four which explores the creation of original Photoshop artwork, is structured in four parts per author: art theory; technical tutorial; pictures and illustrations from sketchbook to finished project; peer review (where the other 3 artists working on the same theme review the work).
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The GFX are amazing and it's nice to read the creative thinkpad of these 4 artists.
Don't expect detailed 3D or photoshop tutorials it's more concentrated on pre-production.
Anyway, I hope to see something similar in the future with video!!
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with that much said, if you are looking to learn, training manual style, this book will not help you. If that is what you want,buy a New Rider's 3DMax book and a Photoshop classroom in a book, study art and design for about a year, get cozy with the software, terms, etc, then come back and make this purchase, at $34.99 it is a steal.
So, if you are interested in reading how some of the most creative(Brian Taylor is awesome - - check [...]) minds in the design/graphic industry function, get this book quick. It is a book done buy creative folks for creative folks, it is not written by software technicians.
IT IS NOT A USERS MANUAL!!!!
I found the writing style of this book, like most Friends of Ed books (I have two others) to be extremely personal and inviting, I couldnt put it down. Add to that the gorgeous look, and HIGH QUALITY of the works displayed, it is truly a treasure. As a graduating design student working on my SeniorProject, this book could not have come along at a better time.
chaos theory, nanotechnology, geometric analogies, awesome!!!!
the CD which accompanies the book is also excellent, it comes with fully editable Photoshop files, etc, so the tutorials are in there, and they are excellent!!!
remeber all design/art students and admirers, the learning process behind the creation is more valuable than the software which carries it out. concepts..........................
this book is steroids for the designers mind.
The authors are good designers, no doubt, but this book won't help you improve your own work. There is no concept behind this book, the authors don't even know why they are writing this book. There already isn't much text in this book and about a third of that is being wasted with the authors wondering what the publisher and the readers actually expect of them and what the other three authors will come up with.
And about chaostheory and nanotechnology and all that: you'll learn more by reading an editorial review on the back of a book on these...
Do yourself a huge favour.
If you have ever downloaded any wallpapers in this style, and admire these types of images, as well as like futuristic ideas, you will treasure this book!