Photoshop 6 Effects Magic

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Contributors provide instruction on how to create a variety of exciting new effects using the techniques available in Photoshop 6. Each project will be from 3 to 10 pages in length and be designed in a 2-column format with step-by-step instructions on the left and corresponding graphics (or code) on the right. In addition, sidebars will be used to provide additional tips and tricks. Any effect, technique, or tip can easily be customized to fit a reader?s own design needs.

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Contributors provide instruction on how to create a variety of exciting new effects using the techniques available in Photoshop 6. Each project will be from 3 to 10 pages in length and be designed in a 2-column format with step-by-step instructions on the left and corresponding graphics (or code) on the right. In addition, sidebars will be used to provide additional tips and tricks. Any effect, technique, or tip can easily be customized to fit a reader¿s own design needs.

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Most graphic designers have an insatiable desire to know how to do cool stuff. If that's your jones, Photoshop 6 Effects Magic is your fix. In this book, Rhoda Grossman and Sherry London -- two of the world's most respected graphics design authors -- stretch Photoshop 6 in every imaginable direction.

Grossman and London begin with six bravura chapters on painting: airbrushing, colorizing greyscale images, brush techniques, light, textures, patterns, plus sparkling coverage of watercolors. Then, in Part II, you get to fix reality: camouflaging flaws in your photographs, retouching and restoring, altering atmosphere, messing with shadows and reflections, and so forth.

Next, Photoshop 6 Effects Magic walks you through several powerful approaches to image manipulation: caricature, portraits from sketch, revealing hidden detail, unpainting, and more. You'll find comprehensive coverage of compositing, from blending to surrealism, 3D type to difference painting. The book ends with excellent chapters on using spot color effectively, and on fine art printing with Photoshop.

When you need a great idea, this is a great place to find one.(Bill Camarda)

Bill Camarda is a consultant and writer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

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Provides step-by-step instructions for completing 23 projects that illustrate advanced painting, photographic, image manipulation, and compositing techniques available with the Photoshop 6 desktop publishing package. Some of the techniques are working with clouds and reflected backgrounds, adding depth to flat images, restoring damaged photographs, and creating patterns and textures. The CD-ROM contains image files for the projects. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735710351
  • Publisher: New Riders
  • Publication date: 2/15/2001
  • Series: Magic Series
  • Pages: 353
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 10.04 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Rhoda Grossman is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist whose work has appeared in numerous publications on digital art. She combines hi-tech and low tech art and refers to herself as “bi-tech.” Sherry London is a principal of London Computing: PhotoFX, a full-service design studio. Sherry has been designing professionally using computer graphics since the 1980s. Her background includes teaching courses in MIS at Drexel University; teaching Photoshop and prepress at Moore College of Art and Design. She is the author of several books on Photoshop and other computer graphic technologies.

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Table of Contents



Introduction.

I. PAINTING TECHNIQUES.

1. Airbrush Techniques.


2. Colorizing Greyscale Images.


3. Brush Techniques.


4. Painting with Light.


5. Photoshop Watercolors—A Skill or Algorithm.


6. Painting with Patterns and Textures.


II. PHOTOGRAPHIC TECHNIQUES.

7. Camouflaging Photographic Flaws.


8. Retouching Effects.


9. Restoration Techniques.


10. Altering Atmosphere (or Enhancing Backgrounds).


11. Shadows and Reflection for Realism.


12. Vignettes and Edges.


III. IMAGE MANIPULATION TECHNIQUES.

13. Caricature.


14. Creating Abstracts with Filters.


15. Revealing Hidden Detail.


16. Texture Mapping.


17. Portrait from a Sketch.


18. Unpainting.


IV. COMPOSITING TECHNIQUES.

19. Blending Images.


20. A Different Composite.


21. 3D Type.


22. Type Graphics.


23. Seamless Compositing/Surreal Life.


24. Difference Painting.


V. PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES.

25. Using Spot Color.


26. Fine Art Printing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2001

    Great ideas worth a GOLDMINE!

    This is a great investment! Buy it NOW! All the ways that they show how to do the task with the pictures of the screen make this book a mastepeice. Fine work to all involved in this well designed book. Quality only, can be seen at Portfolio.com..I Give it A+

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2001

    New Riders does it again!

    I have just about every book New Riders has ever put out regarding photoshop, and once again, they have a winner. All of the tutorials are easy to follow and easy to do. As with most of their work, my biggest complaint is, MORE! Another book please! Also, I am always one to play with 'easy to do' features. Most of the cd's that come with the books have a nice assortment of actions, but now we need to add some cool, easy to apply styles! I would say it is a book worth buying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2001

    A great intro to the new features of PhotoShop 6

    PhotoShop 6 Effects Magic is full of step by step walkthroughs on how to harness the new features in PhotoShop 6 to make graphic work easier and more effective. PhotoShop 6 has loads of new features and this book does a great job applying them to common PhotoShop tasks. From creative ways to create various traditional effects to getting the most out of the latest tools and features, this book chops the power of PhotoShop 6 into easily digestible bites. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2001

    I Can Call Myself A Photoshop Magician Now

    The things that can be done in Photoshop are spectacular. It is a program like no other. Now Photoshop 6 has jumped into warp drive leaving all other programs behind. So how does the average budding digital artist keep up with all of this? May I suggest a good start would be to buy a few books and settle in for the trip of your life. New Riders has just come out with a book of magic; at least in regards to using Photoshop 6. The authors have pulled a few rabbits out of their hats and were nice enough to show us how it is done. The new book, ¿Photoshop 6 Effects Magic¿, is for intermediate to advanced users and that is exactly what it means. If you¿re new to Photoshop you can buy this book and drool over it, but you¿ll need a beginner book first. It will definitely get your juices flowing and inspire you to learn Photoshop quickly. Ten top Photoshop professionals combined their talents into a smoothly flowing educational and visual delight. I know I sound like a pitch man for this book but I just liked it very much. No hype, just facts, this is a really good learning tool. From Airbrush techniques to creating vignettes and unusual edges for photographs- from colorizing to creating all manner of clouds- from painting with light to liquefying faces; it¿s all here and a whole lot more. Add a little magic to your Photoshop bag of tricks; don¿t hesitate to buy this magical book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2001

    Must-buy if you are serious about improving your skills

    Let me start by saying I loved this book. If I had to say something negative, the cover is odd, but beyond that, the book is perfection and well worth buying! This book is set up as a series of projects or lessons. Each one provides pictures of what the final version is and how it will look as you progress. An expert in the field authors each project or lesson. All of the directions are clear and easy to follow. If you are at a intermediate to advanced level, you will love this book. I have listed below the 35 major categories for the lessons with the number of lessons in each category appearing in parentheses: Airbrushing (1), Art History Brush (1), Blending Modes (4), Borders (2), Channels (5), Clipping Groups (1), Colorizing (3), Compositing (3), Custom Brushes (1), Custom Colors (1), Filters (4), Gradients (4), History Brush (2), Layer Effects (2), Layer Masks (9), Layer Modes (1), Levels (2), Lighting Effects (5), Liquify Tool (1), Masking (2), Painting (3), Paths (1), Patterns (4), Perspective & Depth (2), Posterizing (2), Quick Mask Mode (1), Restoration (1), Retouching (3), Selections (2), Sepia Tones (1), Shape Tool (1), Texturing (5), Tiling (2), Type (3) and Warp Text (1).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2001

    Great Companion Book

    Photoshop 6 Effects Magic has a C-D-ROM included with the book that contains all the necessary files to recreate the projects contained in the book. It is written in detailed step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow. The subjects discussed in this book are ideas that can be used in the real world but are more advanced than those in Photoshop 6 Web Magic. They are subjects such as Coloring a Sketch, Airbrush Techniques, Photo Patterns, and Paint with Light. These items are for the more advanced user wanting to create a unique impact on their photos. Photoshop 6 Effects Magic is a book to have in your library when you need a unique idea to display a photo. It will make a great companion book to Photoshop 6 Web Magic and used together you should have the best photos Photoshop has to offer.

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