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Book Review - Design Graphics Photoshop Studio Skills For Photoshop 7 and Photoshop CS

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Author: Design Graphics
ISBN: 0-7645-4176-5
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Book (Paperback)
317 pages
December 2003
A Great Compilation Of Tips And Techniques

If you are a fan of Design Graphics magazine then you already know that it is one of the best magazines for digital publishing and the Studio Skills series from the magazine covers a wide range of techniques. Now, you can find the best of these useful and cutting edge techniques compiled in a new book that every PhotoshopR professional will want to keep close at hand.

What makes this book such a good choice for your reference shelf? The techniques are organized into topic areas and each technique is fully illustrated and updated for Photoshop CS. Although many of the techniques are for working with photographs, the digital artists will also find some useful information. There are techniques for every skill level and the step-by-step instructions are easy to follow.

The first section is Palettes and Tools. Some of the techniques you will find in this section are how to create special effects with the Art History Brush, ways to use the Crop tool and Photoshop's automation features. Photographers will find the technique for automating and customizing Photoshop's Picture Package feature a time saver. Digital artists will enjoy the techniques for using Photoshop's natural media brushes and for making custom brushes.

The second section is Paths, Selections, Channels and Masks. In this section there is a very good technique for removing the background from a photograph and replacing it with another. A technique everyone will find useful is manipulating selections with the Transform command.

There is a section devoted to Layers which has some interesting techniques for controlling how layers interact. You can get some great special effects with Photoshop's Pass Through blend mode.

Colour Effects and Correction is the fourth topic area. There are techniques for creating a digital master, removing color casts from a photograph and adding sepia tints to a photograph.

Section five, Light and Shadow Effects, has techniques for creating realistic shadows. You will also learn how to use Photoshop's Lighting Effects filter.

The Helpful Hints section has a useful technique for scanning line drawings. There is also a great technique for removing the moiré pattern that occurs during scanning and in certain photographs. Those who work with web graphics will find the technique for removing artifacts from a JPEG image very useful.

The last section is Special F/X. Among the techniques you will learn is how to distort text and how to use the Clouds filter to create textures such as woven fabric and rust.

Twelve Photoshop professionals contributed their techniques to this book. They are Rita Amladi, Daniel Brown, Russell Preston Brown, Katrin Eismann, Bill Fleming, Julieanne Kost, Brian P Lawler, Michael Ninness, Carl Stevens, Daniel Wade, Ben Willmore, and Colin Wood.




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