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Photoshop for Artists: A Complete Guide for Fine Artists, Photographers, and Printmakers by [Covey, Sylvie]
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About the Author

Sylvie Covey was born in Paris and attended the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs, majoring in printmaking and is a leading innovator in the visual arts, renowned for her developments in combining printmaking and photography. Her work is included in numerous collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her work has also been exhibited in Paris, Sloevnia, Poland, Germany, New York and other cities worldwide.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 101107 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (2 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00985DXNE
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #961,800 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As the title implies this is a book showing the reader how to use Photoshop filters, brushes, textures and patterns to give your digital images a more artistic look. The author explains her Photoshop techniques very well and the book is full of her wonderful creative imagery. As another reviewer mentions, it is not about free hand art and making graphics but it is very valuable for the creative digital photographer. I think it is an excellent book and have recommended it to my friends in the RPS Scotland Area Creative Group.

William Hogg ARPS (Visual Art)
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I use Photoshop CS6 for post-exposure photographic processing and found this book to be ideal as an introduction to some of the more "creative" techniques. It is well written, has been adequately translated (I presume) from the French and takes an interesting view on many of the more advanced techniques.
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not bad, but n0t great either
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This book is based on using the filters which are built into Photoshop.
Not really a book for people who want to develop skills in Graphic Art
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9098d6d8) out of 5 stars 18 reviews
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HASH(0x90bc5cfc) out of 5 stars Express your artistry via Photoshop 29 Oct. 2012
By Mark Mattson - Published on Amazon.com
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Digital photography has radically changed the way we capture the images and memories of our lives. Freed from the limitations of film and the processes needed to bring those images to the light of day, we can now shoot to our heart's content, and not have to worry about the costs involved with showing off our work.

In addition to making everyday photos easier to produce, digital imaging has also made it easier to produce artworks form those images as well. With the advent of Photoshop, Lightroom, and many other image editors and associated plug-Ins, you can now take your photographs and transform them into something totally different and unique.

Photoshop for Artists was written to help you take advantage of the tools that are found in what has become the most popular editing application around. Over 25 years and 13 versions, Photoshop has become the standard on which professionals rely upon to produce their art.

Author Sylvie Covey presents her techniques in this well-illustrated volume. It's 304 pages are filled with screenshots and explanations on how to produce the artistic styles presented.

Part One: Understanding the Vocabulary and Logic of Photoshop touches on the basics of Photoshop, such as the workspace, toolbar and palettes among others, giving a brief overview of what they are and how they work and relate to use by an artist.

Part Two: Tutorials for Drawing and Painting Digitally presents a series of tutorials aimed at teaching you how to just that. Tutorials presented include drawing digitally, painting a digital landscape, digital oil painting, using digital pastels and dry media effects, and others. Using these methods allow you to transform an image into a digitally painted scene that looks as if it was painted using old-style methods and materials.

Part Three presents a series of tutorials on Creating and Developing Fine Art Digital Photography. The concepts presented in this section include classic wet darkroom methods such as sepia toning, split toning and solarization, progressing up to adding HDR effects, creating a digital montage and others. Many of the traditional old time darkroom effects can be translated into digital processing techniques, allowing you to achieve vintage looks and feelings. There is also a section on hand coloring photographs and doing a color to monochrome conversion.

Part Four, which is the final section of the book, presents a series of tutorials on Combining Photoshop with Printmaking.

Topics covered in this section include photo-etching, making lithography separations, combining mixed-media painting and printmaking, and creating digital transfers.

This book definitely is not for a beginner to Photoshop or to digital image processing. Many of the techniques are time and skill intensive. Even if you have experience with Photoshop Elements, chances are many of the techniques won't be able to be done in that version...but, as I do not use Elements myself, I am not sure of this point.

As mentioned, there are full color illustrations used liberally throughout the pages of this volume. There are also numerous screen captures of various elements of Photoshop also used to help illustrate a procedure. The author definitely does not let you hang for vital information. Everything you need to accomplish a task is spelled out in detail throughout.

Photoshop for Artists is published by Watson-Gupthill, a division of Crown Publishing. The book carries a retail price of $35 and $41 Canadian. However, you can find it on Amazon for $22.98 or, if you prefer the Kindle edition, for $21.99.

Start with your favorite photos. Select one of the tutorials from this book, and see what happens when applied to the photo. If it works, try another. If not, go back to the beginning and try a different route.

That's the true beauty of digital imaging. You can try many different ways of enhancing the images you shoot, and all it costs you is some time until you get it the way you want. If you've been trying to achieve the results of what is presented in the tutorials found in the pages of this volume, you now have a guide to make your journey shorter and more satisfying.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x907b51bc) out of 5 stars A guide mainly for amateurs and artists 28 April 2013
By Russell Workman - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book expecting tuition on how to create very realistic artistic effects via Photoshop. While several are very good such as creating photo-art using Wet Brushes & Dry Media, other effects such as Split Toning and Solarization look gauche. Some of the images used are not great examples of photographic composition and even with the effects applied still look awkward. I did however find four creative methods that made it worthwhile purchasing the book and I will be using those in my photography.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90af21b0) out of 5 stars Amateur? 12 Mar. 2014
By Christopher R Madsen - Published on Amazon.com
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Maybe an amateur would enjoy the book? As a fine art photographer I thought I would learn some cool new techniques and was really looking forward to the print making. The images she uses are horrible, like she did a search on Google for the worst images she could find. The finals looked awful and the entire process of her work is scattered. It looks like she made a book to make a quick buck. Maybe someone who has never used Photoshop would learn something. I was horribly disappointed.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9223b960) out of 5 stars Not for advanced skill levels 3 Sept. 2014
By Tanya Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is very amature. Maybe people who's design skills are at the beginning stages will like this, but for advanced skill levels you should pass on this. I flipped through this book and felt like I needed to to correct a lot of things that were wrong, or could have been done better.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90af22b8) out of 5 stars Lots of self promotion for the artist, not much ... 13 Oct. 2014
By Cynthhia L. Gilbane - Published on Amazon.com
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Lots of self promotion for the artist, not much specific how tos for us learning guys. I had wanted more specifics. How did he get those colors on those layers? Go to layer, mask, color or whatever, that kind of stuff was what I was looking for.
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