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Have you ever considered using Photoshop to create fine art?
Photoshop is usually used for enhancing photos, but this extremely powerful software package is capable of so much more. Every feature, from brushes to background, can be customised and optimised for artistic effect. With a little guidance from a pro, your photoshop results can go from competent retouching of images to visually stunning re-interpretations of them, turning everyday pictures into breathtaking works of art.
In this beautiful and inspiring book, acclaimed artist, author and lecturer Susan Bloom shows you how to do just that. Starting with the fundamentals: creating your own artistic brushes and textured papers virtually, she goes on to demonstrate how to create a variety of classic artistic styles in Photoshop, with chapters on watercolours, pastels, charcoal and oil. Further chapters cover illustration techniques in photoshop, and using third-party software to create painterly effects.
While the results are highly polished and realistic, this is not a book written specifically for artists. The techniques are aimed squarely at the Photoshop user looking to broaden their pallette, with emphasis on altering photographs to create artwork, rather than creating artwork from scratch.
Beautifully written, clearly laid out, and guaranteeing inspiring results, this book is a must-have for every Photoshop user.
Chapter One Introduction to the Concept of Digital Painting
Chapter Two Basic Tools for Painting in Photoshop
Chapter Three Charcoal Drawings in Photoshop
Chapter Four Pastel Drawing in Photoshop
Chapter Five Painting with Watercolors in Photoshop
Chapter Five Painting with Oil Paints in Photoshop
Chapter Six Illustration Techniques in Photoshop
Chapter Seven Painting effects using Third-Party Software as Photoshop Plug-ins
Posted August 14, 2009
This book is great in the sense that it turned what I thought I could do with photoshop on it head. I was amazed at how you can use a digital tool to make fine art.
The book is laid out nicely. It gives you an extensive lesson on brushes but, it is otherwise is very efficent and tight in its presentation of these artistic methods. The only problem with the book (and most photoshop books) is that on a couple tutorials there seems to be a disconnect inbetween a couple steps and I got lost. The author made the process interesting and simple. The photo you use as a base for this technique matters. Some photos don't work as well for some techniques and better on others.
I would have probably rated this book higher but, I received it as a gift and the techniques aren't as useful in the field I am in but, this book is amazing to play around with. Overall though I really felt like I learned something from this book.Gift this book a try it is a ton of fun!
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Posted June 8, 2009
This shows Photoshop being used to imitate charcoal, pastel, watercolor, and other art media techniques with photographs. I would have liked some more ideas, rather than background detail. For instance, pp. 9-22 simply are screenshots of the Photoshop brush palettes, and probably just a page would have sufficed. Some of the techniques were hard for me to follow, such as the impasto technique. It may be that I am a much more visual learner, and the author has the difficult task of describing brush movements and Photoshop setting changes with only text and accompanying photos. Generally she does that well. A companion CD, DVD, or website link would have been very helpful.
Overall, this is a great introduction. I was able to create some interesting effects with my photos. Yes, I would have liked some more ideas, but probably the author struggled with "Should I describe half a dozen techniques in depth or '50 Wow Effects??!!'" I think the half dozen techniques are memorable, and she gives plenty of ideas to expand on the basic techniques. I also use Corel Painter a lot, but Susan Ruddick Bloom suggests many ways that a person can stay with Photoshop alone. I'm looking forward to Ms. Bloom doing future books on this theme, and would likely eagerly buy them.
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