New Masters of Photoshop: Friends of Ed Designer to Designer Paperback – 15 Oct 2003
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New Masters of Photoshop concentrates on the creative process rather than Photoshop techniques. If you've always wanted to understand layer masks, or are itching to know the ins and outs of channel mixing this is probably not a good place to start, but if you want to learn the art of visual communication from recognised masters look no further.
The 19 contributors are artists first and foremost. Most started out using conventional materials and some even admit to technophobia and an initial reluctance to embrace digital methods before being won over by the freedom and versatility that Photoshop provides.
Images, rather than the technology used to create them, are the focus. Josh Fallon is heavily influenced by the graphic work of MC Escher, Catherine McIntyre is inspired by Vera Lehndorff's nude images in which she is painted to blend, almost imperceptibly with the natural environment. Mike Cina is well known for his ground-breaking work on testpilotcollective.com, much of which is based on design principles developed by the Bauhaus school. According to Paul Sinclair "In art, the only thing that should matter is the final image, not how it was created". Thankfully he, and the other contributors then go on to ignore this, by providing detailed explanation of the techniques that have enabled them to create unique, striking and often beautiful digital images.
These provide insights into, not just how to achieve a particular effect, which you can discover more or less anywhere, but the process by which ideas become reality--a much rarer resource. --Ken McMahon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Creating a Photoshop image is a process that occurs as much in the head as it does on the screen. Uniquely, New Masters of Photoshop documents it all, from the seeds of an idea, to the outcome on screen, paper, or canvas.
The projects include examples of collage and montage that involve manipulation of whole images and tiny fragments - working on a grand scale, and at a pixel-by-pixel level. Layers and masks, with all their subtleties, are used in fascinating ways; and filters are treated with the sensitivity and discretion they require.
The CD contains:
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Audio, video, and written interviews with the authors
Source files for the tutorials
Unflattened Photoshop files for closer inspection
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
The techniques are very versatile, ranging between cartoon-styles, abstract art, website design, futuristic effects, and much more... GREAT BOOK!
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The book contains over 500 full-color pages and is beautifully organized, making it as engaging as it is informative. New Masters of Photoshop is not a manual: it will not teach you how to use Photoshop. It will, however, engage you, inspire you and motivate you. The book is also accompanied by a CD that contains interviews, source files and unflattened Photoshop documents.
Even after you've read the entire book, tried all the tutorials and mastered all the techniques, you'll still find it to be a tireless repository of creative ideas and a great source of inspiration.
This is the book that the Photoshop community has been waiting for! If you buy just one book this year, make it the New Masters of Photoshop.
NB - I'd drop it a half-point as the CD is pretty useless. But that would be unfair - think of the CD as a candy accompanyment. The book is worth its weight alone.
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