Digital Expressions: Creating Digital Art with Adobe Photoshop Elements

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Express yourself on a digital canvas

Imagine flying through an inky night sky tethered to a red, heart-shaped balloon. Now imagine expressing that dream artistically. With Digital Expressions you can take ordinary photos and, with the help of Adobe Photoshop Elements, voice your flights of fancy.

Digital Expressions guides you through 25 digital art projects created with Photoshop Elements. With this easy-to-follow guide, you'll get inspired to...

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Overview

Express yourself on a digital canvas

Imagine flying through an inky night sky tethered to a red, heart-shaped balloon. Now imagine expressing that dream artistically. With Digital Expressions you can take ordinary photos and, with the help of Adobe Photoshop Elements, voice your flights of fancy.

Digital Expressions guides you through 25 digital art projects created with Photoshop Elements. With this easy-to-follow guide, you'll get inspired to tackle all kinds of digital mixed-media techniques using stock photography, custom brushes, textured backgrounds and your own digital photos.

Use your digital palette to:

  • Manipulate single images by adding texture layers, color fills and text
  • Re-create the look of traditional art like drawings and abstract paintings
  • Build collages using transparent layers and photo filters
  • Blend seamless montages with various effects
  • Incorporate your own traditional art into digital works
Mixed-media artists, art journalers and scrapbookers alike can turn the ordinary into extraordinary! Express yourself in digital form as you learn to master creative digital art techniques.

Please note that the digital version of this book does not include the bonus CD.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600614545
  • Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/11/2010
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 360,746
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Tuttle is the author of Exhibition 36 (North Light, 2008) and a self-taught mixed-media artist whose work has been exhibited in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. In addition to authoring her own book, she is a contributor in Kaleidoscope and has appeared in numerous issues of Somerset Studio.

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    Clear, concise, well illustrated with easily understandable instructions to get you painlessly into creating great art with Adobe Photoshop Elements

    This new book by Susan Tuttle takes all of the fear and confusion out of creating art using your own photos, those on the included CD or the online sources she freely references.

    Photoshop Elements can be a very confusing program to the uninitiated. Susan first explains the different tools and techniques and what they will accomplish. Then she tells what you will need to do the projects.

    This is followed by progressively difficult projects, each listing what is needed, as well as referencing the page where the description of each technique can be found. Some use resources from the enclosed CD, some online photos and others photos from your own files.

    She has a gift for simplifying instructions, and before you know it, you have completed the project and added a new element of the program to your skills - all in a relatively painless manner.

    If you've ever taken one of her online Visual Poetry workshops, you'll recognize they work in this same way. She has you conquering skill after skill, adding more complex projects as you progress through the book.

    At the end of each project you will find an example by a guest artist with a variation of the technique for you to experiment with and expand what you just learned.

    The only flaw I have found in the book is the image for the first project which is listed as on the CD (doll's head) is not there. All of the rest are on the CD as listed for the projects, along with some additional images to experiment with.

    I like the way Susan documents everything you will need for the project, references (in the book and online) where to find everything, and the pages with not only instructions, but good illustrations of what you are to do step-by-step. She makes it about as painless as learning PSE can be. Your skill level goes up almost effortlessly. I found if something doesn't work like it's supposed to, just back up a few steps and try it again - almost always with success - whoops - what did I do wrong?

    The book is a good reference book to refer back to once you are working well in PSE and hit a snag. I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in working in this relatively new art form. The possibilities are endless. Her book encourages you to try new combinations - What IF? EXCELLENT!

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