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Book Review - Advanced Photoshop CS2 Trickery & FX by Stephen Burns

Author: Stephen Burns
ISBN: 1584504471
Publisher: Charles River Media
1st edition
Book and CD
9.2 x 7.4
352 pages
Published: Nov 2005

Have you ever wondered how to create great Sci-fi digital art? Did you ever want to create a human with animal features, flying spaceships with glowing exhaust or tornados with swirling debris? This book by Stephen Burns will show you how to create this type of digital art with AdobeR PhotoshopR CS2.

The first two chapters cover the Photoshop CS2 interface and the techniques you will use in the tutorials that follow. You will learn how to create animated brushes, use layer blend modes to create composition images, advanced selection techniques and layer masks, and the new Photoshop HDR 32-bit High Dynamic Range merge techniques. You will also use third party filters such as nik Multimedia Color Efex Pro (on CD) for adding visual FX effects to your compositions.

Photo compositions and Sci-fi filter effects is the theme throughout this book and the step-by-step project tutorials in each chapter give you hands-on practice using techniques for manipulating your digital photos. The projects I enjoyed the most were the night scene of a futuristic architecture, Sci-fi droid in a nature setting, and non-human textures and features added to human subjects.

Stephen Burns has been a photographer for over 25 years and a digital artist for 10 years. He also works in 3D animation and digital video. He teaches beginner to advanced workshops on his Photoshop digital manipulating techniques and has written the previous version of this book. He has won the Seybold International Digital Arts contest and is the president of the San Diego Photoshop Users Group.

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