Adobe PhotoShop Creative Techniques,
A Visual Guide to Mastering PhotoShop
COMPUTER BOOK REVIEW
Title: Adobe PhotoShop Creative Techniques,
A Visual Guide to Mastering PhotoShop; Denise
Salles, Gary Poyssick and Ellenn Behoriam; Hayden
Books; ISBN: 1-56830-132-4; Softcover, 286 pages,
Reviewer: Reviewer: Raymond Saint Arnaud, "While Creative
Techniques is easy to read and understand, it's a
delight to browse and admire the wonderful imagery."
The recipe for wonderful images on the World Wide Web
So, how do they create all those fancy images in Adobe
PhotoShop? If you really want to know, Creative
Techniques is a good place to start.
The book is nicely laid out with each technique described
over two facing pages. On the left hand page are some
stunning images by some of the best users of Adobe Photo
Shop. Below the image are three columns of information
called Comments, Studio Usage and Related Techniques.
Comments refer to the more global issues that confront the
visual artist. The column entitled Studio Usage suggests
opportunities and situations where the particular technique
would be useful. Related Techniques refers the reader to
other parts of the book that will interest the reader.
The second page details the illustrated technique. It is broken
down into major steps and includes a text explanation as well
as screen shots of the relevant menu selections and dialogue
While the Creative Techniques is directed to Macintosh users,
I found no difficulty following the examples with a Microsoft
Windows version of Adobe PhotoShop. Just remember the
following key strokes; Alt instead of Option and Control instead
Another nice feature is how the authors have grouped and
identified the various examples. They have placed a color bar
at the top and bottom of each page that identifies a grouping
of similar techniques or the use of similar tools. The Table of
Contents is color coded to match.
Also included is a glossary of PhotoShop jargon. Even a
casual user can quickly look up definitions or get that little bit
of extra detail to solidify their understanding. The reader who
tries these techniques in their own projects will find the
examples clearly written and illustrated.
Creative Techniques will also serve as a directory for those
readers that may be buyers of graphic art. A Listing of Artists
presents a brief biography of all the visual contributors.
The authors have selected a very interesting cross section
of art to illustrate Creative Techniques. The illustrations and
manipulations of art and photographs will provide the reader
with a fountain of ideas and open up new possibilities. Many
of the techniques were invented by the various artists to
solve unique problems.
While Creative Techniques is easy to read and understand,
it's a delight to browse and admire the wonderful imagery.
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