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Photoshop Classic Effects: The Essential Effects Every User Needs to Know

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Inspired by the column of the same name in Photoshop User magazine, Photoshop CS Classic Effects show you exactly how to do the same special effects you see every day in magazines, on TV, in the newspaper and on the Web. These are "The Classics"--those tried and true effects that are every where--and for a lot of professional photographers and designers, these effects are their bread and butter (as you'll ...

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Overview

If you've ever wondered "How'd they do that?" you're about to find out!

Inspired by the column of the same name in Photoshop User magazine, Photoshop CS Classic Effects show you exactly how to do the same special effects you see every day in magazines, on TV, in the newspaper and on the Web. These are "The Classics"--those tried and true effects that are every where--and for a lot of professional photographers and designers, these effects are their bread and butter (as you'll see inside the book). It's not the wild stuff, it's not the weird stuff--it's the stuff you can really use--the stuff clients always ask for (and expect that you'll know).

How it works

Scott Kelby, Editor of Photoshop User magazine and author of a string of bestselling Photoshop books (including Photoshop CS Down & Dirty Tricks, and The Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers) takes these classic techniques and shows you how they're used by today's industry's leading professionals. You'll learn step-by-step how to build complete projects, from start to finish, so you can put these Classic Effects to work for you today. You'll learn classic photographic effects, type effects, commercial and advertising effects, and the special effects the pros turn to first to get the job done fast!

What Makes it a "Classic"

Over the years certain Photoshop special effects have become so popular they've become classics, much in the same way certain songs, or certain cookbook recipes have become classics. For example, if you bought a book of "Classic Recipes" you'd expect that it would include some kick butt recipes for spaghetti sauce, apple pie, buttermilk pancakes, meatloaf, tomato soup, and a wide range of classic dishes, right? Right. So would you expect to find some wild new culinary explorations from Wolfgang Puck in a Classic Recipes book? Not a chance. Instead you'd find the "meat and potatoes" recipes that are used every day by great cooks all over the world. Well, my friends, that's what you're holding--a book of kick butt "meat and potatoes" special effects, the same ones used by great Photoshop photographers and designers all over the world.

MTV or CBS?

Here's the thing: if your client is MTV, you can go out and do all the latest, wildest, weirdest effects and they love it. But what if your client is CBS or CNN? Try that stuff and they'll show you the door. They need a professional, clean look, and they'll expect you to know the classics and how they're used today. That's what this book is all about--teaching you the handy bag of tricks that you can use again and again.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321272256
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 6/25/2004
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Kelby is president of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) and is editor-in-chief of both Photoshop User magazine and Mac Design magazine. Scott serves as training director for the Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour and is the technical chair for the PhotoshopWorld expos. Scott is the author of the best-selling Photoshop Down and Dirty Tricks books, The Photoshop Book for Digital for Photographers, The Mac OS X Conversion Kit, and other titles.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Hooked on classics : the absolutely essential classic effects 1
Ch. 2 Shadows of the night : soft shadow effects 31
Ch. 3 True confessions : tried-and-true special effects 57
Ch. 4 Classic rock : Rockin' special effects 85
Ch. 5 Time passages : timeless effects 115
Ch. 6 Serious side effects : effects that didn't fit anywhere else 145
Ch. 7 Dangerous type : classic type effects 181
Ch. 8 Freeze frame : classic photographic effects 233
Ch. 9 Almost famous : classic effects you've seen a million times 267
Ch. 10 Cut to the chase : this isn't really a chapter 299
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  • Posted June 20, 2009

    Great book for any level Photoshop user.

    Although I've bee using Photoshop mainly for editing photos, I really wanted to do more. This book really helped me with that, and the tutorials are so easy to follow. With some other books I have, they tell you to go to this or that tool, but if you are not experienced, you're not going to get far. With this book, I didn't find that to much of a problem, and the effects are so useful.

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