Photoshop CS Trickery & FX

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Digital art is often thought to be as easy as a few button clicks on the computer but in reality, digital artists need to have just as much artistic talent as traditional artists. To truly master the digital realm, you need to master your software (in this case Photoshop CS), and be fluent in the "digital language" it provides. This allows you to intuitively apply the artistic principles and techniques needed to create dynamic images. The goal of this book is to teach you how to blend technical skill with ...

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Overview

Digital art is often thought to be as easy as a few button clicks on the computer but in reality, digital artists need to have just as much artistic talent as traditional artists. To truly master the digital realm, you need to master your software (in this case Photoshop CS), and be fluent in the "digital language" it provides. This allows you to intuitively apply the artistic principles and techniques needed to create dynamic images. The goal of this book is to teach you how to blend technical skill with artistic talent through the creation of a variety of interesting and fun images. If you're already using Photoshop CS, you can jump right in and get started. If you think you could use a quick refresher, there is a brief overview of Photoshop essentials you'll need to know to be successful with this book. With the ideas covered here, you'll learn how and why Photoshop does what it does, and gain an intuitive understanding that will help you progress to the next level of digital creativity. In the process, you'll apply what you learn by creating and working through a wide range of fun, practical tutorials, and learn the skills needed to create your own digital masterpieces!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584502975
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/7/2005
  • Series: Charles River Media Graphics Series
  • Edition description: Book with CD-ROM
  • Pages: 349
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Burns' passion for the digital medium as an art form is as great as his passion for photography. His background began as a photographer 28 years ago and, in time, progressed toward the digital medium. In addition to being the president of the prestigious San Diego Photoshop Users Group, of which there are currently 3,000 members, Stephen Burns has been an instructor and lecturer in the application of digital art and design for the past 13 years. He has authored several books, including the first two editions of this book, and has written numerous articles, including some for HDRI 3D magazine about using creative digital techniques with Photoshop and 3D applications. His work has been shown at fine art galleries worldwide and at www.chromeallusion.com.

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Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1: Introduction
What this book covers?
What kind of equipment is needed?
CHAPTER 2: Digital Fundamentals
Digital Basics
Optical vs. Digital zoom
35mm vs. Digital
How a digital camera works?
What is an LCD?
CHAPTER 3: Concept and Planning
Before you start
Planning the Project
Using the Internet to locate images
Other sources to acquire photos
CHAPTER 4: Scanning Techniques
Introduction to the Scanner
How the scanner works.
Scanning basics
CHAPTER 5: Photoshop Techniques
Introduction to Photoshop 7.0.1
Photoshop Toolbox
Color Palettes
History
Cropping
Filters
CHAPTER 6: Photoshop Elements
Introduction to Photoshop Elements 2
Comparison between Photoshop and Photoshop Elements
Hint palette
Recipes palette
Photomerge
Filter browser
Red eye brush tool
Adjust backlighting command
Fill flash command
CHAPTER 7: Repair and Reconstruction
Planning the repair
Clone tool
Heal tool
Torn and Missing Pieces
Water Damage
Scratches and dust
Color restoration
CHAPTER 8: Elements of Fire and Smoke
Introduction to fire
Combustion
Accelerants
Organic Fuels
Wood: How the Fire Burns Smoke Effects
Coal: How the Fire Burns - Smoke Effects
Wet Vegetation: How the Fire Burns - Smoke Effects
Sulfur: How the Fire Burns - Smoke Effects
Flesh: How the fire burns - Smoke Effects
Inorganic Fuels
Rubber: How the Fire Burns - Smoke Effects
Gas/Oil: How the Fire Burns - Smoke Effects
Iron Shavings: How the Fire Burns - Smoke Effects
Plaster: How the Fire Burns - Smoke Effects
CHAPTER 9: ANATOMY OF AN EXPLOSION
Introduction to an explosion
Explosions:
Airborne (Missile - Vehicle) - How Gravity Affects the Explosion -
Smoke effects Surface (Missile -Vehicle) - How environment Affects the Explosion - Smoke effects
Miscellaneous
Jet Exhaust
Missile Exhaust
CHAPTER 10: Deconstructing Weather
Heavy Sunlight
Hard Rain
Fluffy Clouds
Snow Blind in the Snowstorm
Fogged In
CHAPTER 11: Wind
How to Build an F5 Tornado
Tornadoes in Downtown Los Angeles
CHAPTER 12: UFOs
Choosing the Type of UFO
Placing Those Pesky UFO's Over the Hollywood Hills
Creating Your Own Crop Circles
CHAPTER 13: Creatures
Deciding What Kind of Creature to Create
CHAPTER 14: Safariof Heroes
Putting Friends and Family Into a 1890s African Safari
CHAPTER 15: Fairies
The Cottingly Fairies
Fairies in the Woods
Fairies of the Modern Age
CHAPTER 16: Spooky Stuff
Ghosts
Ghosts in the Hall
Civil War Boys
CHAPTER 17: Aging Techniques
Printing the Image
Antiquating the Image
Getting Those Wrinkles and Yellow Look
Appendixes
Glossary
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