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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: 3DTotal Publishing; Slp edition (31 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955153077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955153075
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 29.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nykolai Aleksander A UK-based freelance character illustrator and portrait painter, Nykolai Aleksander has been working in the CG field for the past eight years, with publications in several Ballistic Publishing books and 3DTotal's Digital Art Masters series, as well as numerous magazines around the world. Richard Tilbury Richard Tilbury has had a passion for drawing since being a couple of feet tall. After studying Fine Art, he was eventually led into the realm of computers several years ago. Rich's brushes have slowly been dissolving in white spirit since the late nineties and now his graphics tablet has become their successor. He still sketches regularly and now balances his time between 2D and 3D, although drawing will always be closest to his heart. 3DTotal Publishing 3DTotal was founded in 1999 as a simple 3D resource website. Over the last decade the site has evolved into one of the premier CG art websites in the world, offering a variety of training products, an inspirational gallery, a free texture library and hundreds of free tutorials on a variety of subjects. In 2006, 3DTotal entered into partnership with Focal Press and launched the popular book series Digital Art Masters and Digital Painting Techniques. The premise for these books was to provide high quality content that would inspire and educate the next generation of digital artists. Featuring the work of top industry professionals, detailed tutorials and image breakdowns, these series have become firmly established as indispensible resources for any digital artist. After five successful years working with Focal Press, 3DTotal Publishing was launched in early 2010. As well as self-publishing the next volumes in the pre-existing Digital Art Masters and Digital Painting Techniques series, 3DTotal Publishing has launched a number of new titles including: The Art of Atomhawk Design: Volume 1, Photoshop for 3D Artists: Volume 1 and Beginner's Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop.


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This is not a cheap book and I nearly decided not to purchase it based on the price however I'm glad I changed my mind.
From page one this book is incredible. I've been using various incarnations of Photoshop for years and was shock when I realised after only a couple of pages that I don't even know how to set up a canvas properly!
This book will take you though the basics of setting up and using Photoshop and then move on to creating artwork and how to obtain professional effects. The book is written in an informative but fast paced way that covers what's needed but never gets boring or muddy. As a person which has serious problems with my attention span when reading text books I was surprised to find that I just couldn't put this one down.
If you are new to digital art you need this book because it will set you on the right path and explain professional techniques that will make your life a whole lot easier and reduce your learning curve time dramatically.
If you think you know how to use Photoshop you need this book because within 10 pages you will likely realise that you have been missing some seriously cool tricks.
I can't rate this book highly enough, you should buy it!
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Digital painting is becoming more and more popular, but the problem with many tutorial books is that you need to have working experience of software like photoshop in order to make sense of what you are reading. This book however assumes that you do not know anything, and this is its strength.

The first section of the book is more about how to actually set up photoshop to be suitable for digital painting, something that is very simple, but often not considered by many users. This quickly moves into covering the most commonly used features such as setting up brushes so that they can be used for painting.

From this the book starts covering the basic areas of art theory such as colour mixing, composition, atmospheric perspective etc, but not in any great detail. Some may criticise the lack of information in these sections, but you have to remember that this is a beginners guide intended for people have little to no experience of these subjects. They are still illustrated and written in a complete enough manner to convey the points and principals in question.

Beyond this the book starts to bring all these things together in the way of tutorials, that some people might find a bit challenging at first, but how so would depend upon a specific individual and their desire to progress forward. The main focus of these early turorials is more to give people an idea of the workflow involved in creating a piece of digital art, while also revealing quite a few techniques to get the job done.

The final set of elements cover the painting of specific things such as trees, clouds, planets, reflections etc. These tutorials are much shorter, than the earlier ones, and may be confusing to new digital artists since they gloss over the processes so quickly.
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Just finished this book. I definitely recommend it to aspiring photoshop concept artists. Lots of explanation on how to use photoshop and how to use compositional techniques. I would recommend you have at least some drawing/painting familiarity first i.e. understand the fundamentals of art. Like most books, not 'everything' is explained of course and the artwork in the book will be pretty difficult to pull off if you have no artistic knowledge of lighting and depth etc.
Very experienced artists may need something more advanced with regards to developing their skills.
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After reading all the great reviews I thought I'd give this book a try. I was sorley dissapointed. Although the artwork is stunning, all this book does is give theory lessons how to be a general artist i.e the proper use of light, depth perception, vanishing points, using complementry colours etc. Which is all very good if you didn't already know any of this. It doesn't give clear instruction on how to use anything in photoshop properly at all. There is one useful chapter at the very end that shows you how to paint trees, fire and other such things but it's a very small section and doesn't go into alot of detail. I found that Imagine FX magazine is much better. Not what I expected at all :(
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I've only worked through a small part of the beginning of this book and as someone who is a beginner and was looking for a gentle introduction I found that this was pretty challenging. The jumps from step to step are quite large and I found myself unable to progress along with the example which was pretty demoralizing for a beginner.

Since buying this book months ago I have been watching tutorials on youtube etc and found I have learnt more from doing this (in addition to simply practicing), hopefully I will be able to come back to the book and make more use of it now I have a bit more experience under my belt.

I wouldn't recommend this to an absolute beginner to be honest so 3 stars for the learning curve at the beginning of the book.
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The title doesn't describe the book very well... it should have been called the BEST Beginner's Guide to Digital Painting!

I haven't read another book where it provides so much information and in-depth analysis of how to prepare your drawing and what you have to consider what you are doing, You've got the standard perspective and composition but also lighting, colour combination, filters and a few final touches which will make your drawings really stand-out.

Further in to the book, it will introduce some advanced techniques but I felt that they weren't described anywhere near as well as the beginners part of the book.

There's a lot of content in this book and you will get your money's worth.
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