Photoshop 7 Down & Dirty Tricks
||Author: Scott Kelby|
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Publisher: New Riders (23 April, 2002)
Sales Rank: 2,102
Average Customer Rating: 4.07 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 5 out of 5
A must for any serious Photoshopper's library
"Down and Dirty Tricks" by Scott Kelby is more than just a collection of tutorials on how to get dynamic effects with Adobe Photoshop's plethora of options, it is a way for PS users to familarize theirselves with all the program has to offer through these step-by-step recipes for creating eye-catching effects in digital art and graphics. While naysayers make the point that Kelby has simply rehashed many frequently seen tutorials from the Web, that is not true. Many tutorials to create similar effects to the ones found here can be seen on different sites, such as teamphotoshop.com, but Kelby's instructions and well-rounded use of the program through the book's tutorials should give even an inexperienced PS user a good time learning the program and a good variety of skills. This book is a valuable addition to the library of any graphic artist or desiger or just anyone who is interested in doing things with Photoshop. Highly recommended.
Rating: 5 out of 5
This book opened Photoshop up for me
I love this book, bottom line, I've spent hours creating special effects. Its very important to carefully read each paragraph. You can miss a few steps, however, as you get more comfortable with the tool, the special effects are amazing and empowering. For the most part the book provides step by step examples and pictures to verify your at the correct stage. The visual aids were very helpful when I missed a step. Here are the following techniques I liked: Gel Characters, liquid Gold and Chrome Characters, Glass pills, Carved in Stone, Glass tabs, Full metal jacket, Studio Tarp, ultimate chrome, Going for the Gold, and saturday night effects. The book covers alot of the Photoshop functionality in under 300 pages.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Pretty darn good.....
Some tricks are a bit redundant, but there were many times that I found myself saying, "So THAT'S how they do that." The depth of field FX, the "Matrix" and "Band of Brothers" type FX and the Interface Design FX are all very good.
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