Photoshop Studio with Bert Monroy [NOOK Book]


The Technique and Power of Creation"This is a book of techniques. They are the techniques that I have developed in the creation of my fine art. My art is considered photo-realism because the final product looks like a photograph. As a commercial illustrator, I am commissioned to create photographs of products or situations that can't be photographed with a camera. In most cases, the product does not yet exist. To achieve such a high level of realism, I have developed the techniques I share with you in this book. ...

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The Technique and Power of Creation"This is a book of techniques. They are the techniques that I have developed in the creation of my fine art. My art is considered photo-realism because the final product looks like a photograph. As a commercial illustrator, I am commissioned to create photographs of products or situations that can't be photographed with a camera. In most cases, the product does not yet exist. To achieve such a high level of realism, I have developed the techniques I share with you in this book. This does not imply that you will become a photo-realist painter, but you will find that many of these techniques can be applied to many of the imaging problems that can arise in the workflow of anyone involved with the use of images. They are also techniques that might inspire you to explore the outer reaches of your own creativity."

--Bert Monroy

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Maybe you know Bert Monroy’s breathtaking digital art from his amazing book Bert Monroy: Photorealistic Techniques with Photoshop and Illustrator, or his TechTV television shows, or his consulting with firms like Adobe, Sony, and Apple, or even his appearance on the Deluxe CD-ROM version of Photoshop itself. Now Monroy tours Photoshop 7, identifying new features and illuminating neglected gems that can make all the difference in your next project.

For example, you’ve been able to build custom brushes in Photoshop for quite some time, but have you explored the new Brush Presets yet? Monroy shows how to make magic with them. In older versions, Monroy created dense foliage by repeatedly “brushing” the shape of one leaf or leaf cluster; with a Brush Preset, he shows how to create a whole forest with a single stroke.

Monroy’s work is noted for his use of light and shadow. Here, he offers a complete walkthrough of creating shadows, from positioning to final touches such as gentle blurring and reduced opacity. Other highlights: making the most of Liquify; creating realistic reflections; and a whole chapter on textures that focuses on all sorts of wood grains, from bark to weathered old shore town sundecks. All in full color -- and all splendid. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132798266
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 9/19/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • File size: 19 MB
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Meet the Author

Bert Monroy was born and raised in New York City, where he spent 20 years in the advertising industry as an art director and creative director for various agencies as well as his own. Upon discovering computers with the introduction of the Macintosh 128 in 1984, he embarked on a new digital career. He embraced the computer as an artistic medium and is considered one of the pioneers of digital art. Bert's work has been seen in MacWorld, MacUser, Byte, Verbum, Computer Artist, MacWeek, and the comic book Shatter, to mention a few. His work has also been featured in scores of books including Making Art on a Macintosh, The Photoshop WOW Book, The Illustrator WOW Book, The Art of Digital Painting, The Grey Book, and Photoshop A to Z in Japan. His work has also been used to introduce many software products, such as VideoWorks (predecessor to Director), PixelPaint, SoundCap, and ImageStudio. Bert was a founding partner in the New York firm Incredible Interactivity, which was responsible for interactive multimedia presentations as early as 1986¿before the terms had been coined. Presentations were created for such clients as General Motors, American Express, and Knoll International. Bert co-authored The Official Adobe Photoshop Handbook, which was the first book on Photoshop and the only one for almost two years. It won various awards. He also co-authored Adobe Photoshop: A Visual Guide to the Mac, which was published in 14 languages, and Photoshop 4, published in Japan by Agosto and BNN. A current book, Photoshop Channel Chops, co-authored with David Biedny and Nathan Moody, concentrates on the most advanced features of the program that are not covered anywhere else. His most recent book, released in 2000 by New Riders, is called Bert Monroy: Photorealistic Techniques with Photoshop and Illustrator. It concentrates on the techniques he has established over the years in the creation of his fine art works. Bert is an accomplished teacher and lecturer who has served on the faculty of The School of Visual Arts (NYC), Center for Creative Imaging (ME), Dynamic Graphics Educational Foundation (IL), and California College of Arts & Crafts (CA), and lectures at many other institutions and conferences around the world. He currently teaches at San Francisco State University. Bert now lives in Berkeley, California. He continues to serve his installed base of clients, which include Apple Computer, Adobe Systems, Pioneer Electronics, Fujitsu, SONY, AT&T, Chevron, and American Express. Bert has also done a considerable amount of film work for Industrial Light & Magic, Pacific Data Images, and R/Greenberg Association. © Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

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Table of Contents

1. Off to a Good Start.

File Browser. Photoshop Layers. The Alpha Channel. The Illustrator-Photoshop Connection. In the Beginning... The Sketch. Walking a Thin Line. Realistic Text. Tiny Details. Creating a Chain with a Pattern Brush. Spring into Action with Transform Again. The House Blend. Perspective. Putting Things into Perspective.

2. The Art of Brush Making.

Putting the Brushes to Work. Up in Smoke.

3. A Greener World: Creating Foliage.

Creating a Lifelike Tree. Turning Over a New Leaf. Redwoods.

4. Lights and Shadows.

Shadows with Layer Style. Distorted Shadows. Creating Shadows. Double Your Pleasure. A Shadow from Glass. Shadows on Angled Surfaces. Let There be Light. A Bright Spot.

5. What's It Made Of? Creating Textures.

Creating Realistic Wood Textures. Weathered Wood. Wood Bark on a Tree. Hard as a Rock. Creating Stucco. Creating Concrete. As Thick as a Brick. Heavy Metal. The Best for Last.

6. Creating the Elements.

A Rainy Day. Standing Water. A Drop in the Bucket. Let it Snow. Where There's Smoke, There's Fire. Feeling a Little Foggy?

7. Reflections.

A Need for Change. Easy Stuff. A Well-Rounded Understanding. Getting a Handle on Things.

8. Bending Things a Bit.

Shadows Cast on a Rough Surface. Flag Waving.

The Gallery.

The Subway Inn (1989). Objects on Cloth (1989). Lock (1990). Sam's (1990). Height's Deli (1990). Sphere Chamber (1990). Nail Enamel (1991). Zanzibar Motel (1991). Hayden Orpheum (1991). Peter's Ice Cream (1991). Abraham's Automotive (1992). Parkers' (1992). The NY Deli (1993). Akihabara (1994). Bean Bins (1994). Pic-n-Pac (1995). Miller (1996). View 2 (1996). Subway Seat (1998). Window in Krakow (1998). Studio Theater (1999). The Raven (1999). Hotel Arcata (2000). Little Church (2000). Streetlight (2000). Tower with a Weathervane (2000). AnyM (2001). HAMBURGERS (2002).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2002

    Want to learn to paint in Photoshop?

    Then this is the book for you! Bert Monroy shares techniques on how to create realistic digital paintings in Photoshop 7.0. This book has a wealth of information demonstrating techniques such as smoke blazing off a red stiletto shoe, weather precipitation such as fog hanging in trees and rain pouring down on buildings. In chapter 5 you will learn how to create weathered wood, bark on a tree and metal objects along with a host of other realistic textures. The chapters are well thought out and organized with corresponding screenshots throughout. This book will best be served by the novice or intermediate user. Nonetheless, novice or expert you'll come away with a new fresh perspective on digital painting and an ability to express yourself in those paintings like never before.

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