Beyond Digital Photography: Transforming Photos into Fine Art with Photoshop and Painter Paperback – 3 Jun 2009
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Named #5 of the Top 10 Best Photography Retouching Books
Austin Chronicle (2010)
"Working through the pages of this book was a wonderful adventure in exploring new ways to use Photoshop and Painter to transform photos into art. I give it a definite 'thumbs up' recommendation for anyone interested in furthering their artist's eye and skill set with the Photoshop and Painter digital toolboxes."
Austin Chronicle (2009)
"Even if you're very familiar with these programs, you're still bound to learn a lot (I know I did!). Highly recommended."
Digital Image Magazine
"Even those who can't paint can benefit from this book, thanks to some of the chapters' focus on filters and/or automatic conversion. If you want to create digital art from your digital photos, then you should look at Beyond Digital Photography for your next purchase. I highly recommend this book."
"Beyond Digital Photography offers inspiration and exciting creative techniques, and ideas for creative expression that cannot be found elsewhere."
About the Author
Cher Threinen-Pendarvis, an award-winning fine artist, designer, and educator, has influenced thousands of artists in her many years of teaching and writing about electronic design tools. Her paintings and photography have been exhibited worldwide, and her work is featured in numerous books including The Painter Wow! Book and The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book. In addition to creating hundreds of brushes for Corel Painter, Cher teaches at workshops and conferences worldwide.
Donal Jolley has been a freelance designer since retiring from the commercial printing field in 1996. A master of Photoshop since version 2.5, his artistic ability, design versatility, and Photoshop expertise have been featured in many publications, includingThe Photoshop CS/CS2 WOW! Book, The Painter WOW! Book, and Photoshop User magazine. Donal has taught Photoshop and Illustrator courses for students and professionals and has consulted on several prominent publications.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
This is a well-written book that says it was written for people who already have a working knowledge of Painter and/or Photoshop. (It even says so several times!) A great thing about it is it is written for both Photoshop and Painter users both. Someone with Photoshop will get a lot out of it, and someone with Painter will also. Some projects use Photoshop exclusively and others use Painter, but the authors seem to know what program to use when for the very best effects. Jolley works in ways that are innovative and there are quite a few tips I've never seen anywhere else while he pushes Photoshop further than any other art how-to book out there. Pendarvis is at her very best and shows how to do things with Painter that go beyond her Painter WOW series.
Chapter One sets a lot of groundwork, then chapter two goes straight into novice and intermediate methods. As the chapters progress (there are eight), the material gets more difficult. Each project is well developed and painstakingly moves readers through the workflow. The authors don't expect you to know everything, but they do expect some proficiency in the programs. If you have that the methods they write about are really helpful.
It is obvious the authors took into consideration that non-artists and artists alike would be able to get a lot out of the book, and there just is not another book like it on the market. And if that weren't enough, it is truly a gorgeous printing.
Highly recommended to any photographers seeking to take their skills and photos to the next level!
Thankfully, if we already have a basic knowledge of Photoshop, Painter or both, the answer doesn't hinge on whether or not we can paint and draw. Instead, Cher and Donal show us how to create a variety of fine art looks using those applications alone. Looks including woodcut, watercolor, oils, acrylics and pastels. In styles ranging from the old masters to contemporary.
But, what if we do know how to paint and draw? Well, I fall into that category and have been a digital artist for over a decade. Yet I'm still gleaning plenty from the art projects in this book. They've introduced me to filters I've neglected and to the proper way to use those filters. And for my money, the Pop Art section alone is worth the price of the book because of the nifty effects I find there.
Finally, like all of Cher's books, this one has a logical design that makes emulating each art project super easy. And it's like being in a classroom, because I find that a lot of my questions have already been anticipated and answered. This is another book by Cher that is a welcomed addition to my creative library and one that I highly recommend.
Advanced beginners all the way to professional Photoshop and Painter users can benefit from some (but not all) that this book has to offer. And that is as it should be...a decent review and maybe a new slant for more advanced people, as well as some new and (in some cases) very impressive things to learn for everyone.
Anyone who can't find several new things to learn in this book should probably be writing their own. In fact, there's one Photoshop tip alone about masking groups and applying effects that's more than worth the price of the whole book because the results are so extraordinary.
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