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The follow up to their hugely popular first book: Photoshop Most Wanted. All-new effects with even more hints and tips than before, plus a CD this time around, at no extra cost!

The best, most requested effects that you've seen on the Web and elsewhere, explained by two Photoshop experts: Al Ward and Colin Smith. In response to feedback from their popular web sites and their first book, Al and Colin have teamed up again with friends of ED to answer your questions. They've packed in lots of useful information, not just how to create a certain effect, but other tips too, like how to improve your workflow, variations on effects, and creative suggestions to help you express yourself further.

The book is divided into three main sections. In the first two,Al and Colin work individually to create the most wanted effects, and in the third section, Al and Colin combine their skills in two different design projects. These projects were selected to demonstrate how designers tackle a variety of tasks when working with others, the questions and issues that may arise, and how the final product is achieved.

The focus is on tutorials and how to create effects rather than lengthy descriptions of individual tools. The majority of requests that Al and Colin receive are about producing stunning images, not explaining the tools, so that's what they've concentrated on. We've kept one thing in mind during the making of this book: what do our readers really want?

What you’ll learn

Who this book is for

This book is for both the enthusiastic amateur and experienced pro alike—it's full of techniques and advice that will help Photoshop users from intermediate to advanced. This book will help you to stock up your armoury; you'll have a range ofweapons for all occasions and be able to deploy them faster and more effectively.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590592625
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 9/29/2003
  • Edition description: 2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.08 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

A certified Photoshop addict and webmaster of Action FX Photoshop Resources (, Al Ward hails from Missoula, Montana. A former submariner in the U.S. Navy, Al now spends his time creating add-on software for Photoshop and writing on graphics-related topics. Al has been a contributor to Photoshop User Magazine and a contributing writer on Foundation Photoshop 6 and Photoshop Most Wanted: Effects and Design Tips, Inside Photoshop 6 and Special Edition Inside Photoshop 6 from New Riders. Al was also a panelist at the Photoshop World 2001 Los Angeles Conference, and contributes to the official National Association of Photoshop Professionals website as the actions area coordinator.

Colin Smith is an award-winning graphic designer who has caused a stir in the design community with his stunning photorealistic illustrations that he composes entirely in Photoshop. He is also founder of the popular PhotoshopCAFE web resource. He has won several design contests and awards including: first place, illustration, Photoshop World Guru Awards 2001, Los Angeles; finalist, Macworld Design Contest 2002, New York; and first Place, illustration, Photoshop World Guru Awards 2002, San Diego. Colin has coauthored six books for friends of ED, including From Photoshop to Dreamweaver, Photoshop Most Wanted 2, and Photoshop 7 Trade Secrets. His latest book is How to Do Everything with Photoshop CS (McGraw-Hill Osborne, 2003). Colin writes weekly columns for Planet Photoshop and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals member site, and is a contributing writer for the Photoshop User and Mac Design magazines.

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Table of Contents

Intro 1
1 Metalworking 3
2 Glass, Plastic, and Transparencies 17
3 Eco-friendly Effects 33
4 Electronic Effects 51
5 Pattern Generation 69
6 Magic and Monsters 83
7 Type Madness 95
8 Layer Styles and Actions for Cool Effects 109
9 From Clip Art to 3D 129
10 Exploring the 3D Engine 141
11 One Hit Wonders 157
12 Web Tricks 167
13 Photo Manipulation 187
14 Transparency Effects 199
15 Collaging Secrets 213
Design Project I 221
Design Project II 255
Index 277
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2004

    An Unsatisfactory Mess

    A $49.99 incomplete book. The files for this book are somewhere, just not on the CD. So, you must WASTE time trying to find a replacement. The instructions for the tutorials render a poor version compared to the book's outcome, regardless of how closely you follow instructions. Again, one must WASTE time trying to figure out what you have already paid for. To conclude, if you have time to WASTE, buy this book. Otherwise, you can get more detailed information/results by internet tutorials & save $49.99.

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