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Photoshop Fine Art Effects Cookbook: 62 Easy-to-Follow Recipes for Creating the Classic Styles of Great Artists and Photographers (O'Reilly Digital Studio) Paperback – 3 Mar 2006
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John Beardsworth (http://www.beardsworth.co.uk) is a writer, photographer, IT consultant, and the author of several books on Photoshop and digital photography. He currently resides in London, England.
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Perhaps part of that is because technique must carry out a vision, an image that exists within the artist. It must have a purpose other than just to see if you can do it. A limp clock does not a Dali make. There is vastly more to pointillism than painting in dots. So get the book cheap. Work through the methods. You'll learn something about Photoshop, and what you learn will help you do something artistic IF you happen to be an artist. The artist learns techniques to realize his vision. Got a vision? Okay. Plan on tons of work to realize it. No particular vision? Develop some artistic sense before you worry about these methods.
Pictorial was a movement active starting about 120 years ago and lasting up to about the 1920's although some still practice it today. Frex, one may argue that Sally Mann is a pictorialist especially in her latest work using the wet plate processes. Pictorialsm promoted that photography should imitate the look of fine art painters. It was superseded more or less by the photography as pure photography promoted most famously by Ansel Adams and today practiced by masters such as Clyde Butcher.
Taking a photograph and converting it to look like an impressionistic painting may go against the grain of some pure photographers but it's not only fun, but it can leave you with a darn good image. This book will give examples of how to convert a typical standard photo into one of over 60 fine art or pictorial styles. It's a lot easier than trying to figure this stuff out on your own.
The book does better on taking modern digital or digitized photos and converting into other photo styles than it does in fine art painters, but it succeeds in both areas giving the reader either a complete recipe or at worst, a good stepping off place.
The book adds one more valuable volume to this O'Reilly series. Well worth the purchase and a good reference read.
However, in many cases the author does not explain very well, lacking a bit of teaching. Not all users have the same level of knowledge on all subjects covered. I am a teacher and I know what that is.
Anyway it was a good buy, recommend.