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Adobe Photoshop CS Down & Dirty Tricks Paperback – 2 Oct 2003
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From the Back Cover
Bestselling author Scott Kelby (Editor of Photoshop User magazine) is back with an amazing new collection of Photoshop Down and Dirty Tricks, including how to create the same exact effects you see every day in magazines, on TV, at the movies, and on the Web. It's more of those eye-popping, jaw-dropping special effects that made Scott's previous version an award-winning worldwide smash hit!
But this isn't just an update to his previous book--these are 100% ALL NEW EFFECTS from cover-to-cover to reflect the latest trends in Photoshop special effects and design. These are nothing but today's real world techniques--the same ones you see used by leading Photoshop photographers, designers, and special effect masters, and its all here in the only book of its kind.
You'll learn the most closely guarded inside secrets for creating the latest cutting-edge effects, including techniques that have never been revealed before anywhere! And the book is written so clearly, and is so easy to follow, that you'll be able to create every one of these amazing effects yourself. You'll learn:
- Tricks professional photographers use to show off their work
- The most popular effects used by the big Hollywood studios
- The latest cutting-edge photographic special effects
- How to fake all kinds of studio shots (you'll be amazed how its done!)
- The type effects that are most in demand by clients
- How to get stunning 3D effects without using a 3D program
- How to turn simple snapshots into museum quality gallery prints
- The most asked for new Web effects
- Plus loads of advanced effects that look hard, but are easy, once you know the secrets
But Down and Dirty tricks is more than just a just an effects book--it's a tips book too, because on every page Scott includes a cool tip, a quick trick, or a timesaving shortcut, making this an invaluable productivity tool too! Plus the whole book is packed with design techniques, creative ideas and stunning layouts that will help you unleash your own creativity. It's all here-- "Just the funk and not the junk" and if you're into Photoshop, you're absolutely gonna love it!
About the Author
Scott Kelby is president of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), the trade organization for Adobe Photoshop users. NAPP has thousands of members in the US and 63 countries around the world. Scott is editor-in-chief of both Photoshop User magazine, the "how-to magazine for Adobe Photoshop Users," and Mac Design magazine. Scott serves as training director for the Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour and is the technical chair of the largest Photoshop gathering, Photoshop World. Scott is one of the leading Photoshop trainers in the country today and trains thousands of Photoshop users across the country each year, and is featured in a series of Photoshop training videos.
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Most PhotoShop books contain murky black and white screenshots. Not so here. All the exercises are presented in full colour making it easy to see what to do and what each step should look like once completed. Additional useful tips are given in the wide page margins so as not to interfere with the flow of the main text.
The chapter on type (text) effects uses commercial fonts in the excercises but the techniques work on any font including the standard Windows ones.
Throughout the book the author's humour helps ease the reader into the complexities of PhotoShop CS. Each chapter reveals the power of CS beyond colour management and photo retouching.
Down & Dirty Tricks is best suited for the knowledgeable designer new to PhotoShop or absolute newbies to graphics. More experienced PhotoShop hands would do better looking elsewhere like the PhotoShop Wow! books.
Those who already purchased a 'Down Dirty Tricks' edition, however won't be disappointed as the tutorials are straightforward, clearly explained and step by step illustrated. It's possible to download some of the images, but a cd with the image files of the book would be nice.
There is an extra focus on Hollywood effects (especially on billboard effects), but the problem with publishing tutorials on common effects, is that this doesn't lead to creativity, only to reproducing cliché effects.
So, some what a mixed bag, but those who want clear tutorials on common Hollywood effects, can't probably buy a better book than this.
If you want a book on PhotoShop CS - save your money.
The CS related material in this book is very hard to find. The "tricks" could might as well be done in an earlier version of PS. The tricks often use fonts that you have to buy to get the full out of it. Half of the tricks are old and not to be found in a "state of the art - all brand new" book on PS.
If you've spent time in PS before and read a book or two on the subj. before then read the Help file and use your imagination insted of buying this book.
Down & Dirty Tricks
Review by John Shaw
It boasts, 'a 100% all cool new stuff' and yes this is not just an upgrade to his previous volume, it's a refreshing look at what's vogue in the ever-changing world of Photoshop effects.
A whole new book that shows you the latest cutting edge Photoshop effects that are being used today. A book that will appeal to anyone that uses Photoshop as the creative medium, whether it be Photographer, Graphic Designer or Web wizard etc.
Its eight chapters are packed with easy to understand, step by step instructions that will enable you to produce a multitude of special effects quickly and efficiently. The chapters cover photographic, text and advertising effects as well as icandy, which show you tricks for creating photographic chrome reflections and realistic neon effects etc. It is pitched at the intermediate to advanced user, as it requires some previous Photoshop experience, but having used the book to create several effects, I can say a novice would also find it very useful and productive.
The most rewarding aspect of the previous book has been retained and that is the ability to 'jump in', pick a page and have a go. You don't need to read several chapters before getting to something interesting, its instant !
This version has a fresh feel with up-to-date images, tricks and tips to show of the potential of the new Photoshop program CS. It exploits the latest tools and shows you how to get the most from them, in easy, well illustrated tutorials. Although it doesn't come with a CD you are able to download many of the images used from a dedicated website and try them out yourself.
If you follow the techniques used in this book you will soon be producing cool, jaw dropping effects and at the same time mastering the intricacies of Photoshop and having the satisfaction in knowing how to simulate the effect yourself with total control over it!
So, take a leap forward and buy this book. A must for any serious Photoshop enthusiast. Highly Recommended
Don't know if he thinks about all this "tips and tricks" himself, but for sure he have fantasy and imagination. Think it's very important for every designer. Think book "Adobe Photoshop CS Down & Dirty Tricks" will help many people to find inspiration in what they wanna do, doing.. or if they don't know from where to begin.
In book you can find a lot of cool and good tricks. Some of them of cause just using some filters, other made with fantasy, third taken from some magazines, but book in common is really great.
Now it's almost published his new book "Photoshop Down and Dirty Tricks" It it will be as good as this one, i definitely wanna have it.
Adobe should be careful who they allow to use there name!
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