PhotoShop Type Magic
COMPUTER BOOK REVIEW
Title: PhotoShop Type Magic; David Lai and Greg
Simsic; Hayden Books; ISBN: 1-56830-220-7;
softcover, 233 pages, US$30.00 CAN$40.95
Reviewer: Raymond St. Arnaud, "I would recommend
this book to every serious imager and graphic artist."
The Magic Of Photoshop
A recipe book. In its simplest form, PhotoShop Type
Magic, is simply a recipe book to enable the user to
create some very ingenious and exciting effects on
or with type faces. The variety of uses is limited only
by the readers needs and imagination.
As all good recipe books should, Type Magic gives
you a large sample thumbtab along the outside vertical
edge of each page. This makes it very easy to browse
through Type Magic looking for inspiration or a practical
The recipes are well laid out on two facing pages for the
simpler choices, four pages for the more complicated variety.
The book also gives a brief introduction on using Adobe
PhotoShop tools and the pull down Menu items relevant
to using Type Magic.
Included with the book is a CD ROM whose contents will
vary whether you are a Mac or PC user. Generally you
get some sample special effect filters, fonts, images
and demo working copies of some popular software.
I would recommend this book to every serious imager
and graphic artist for two reasons. First, you will get some
step by step instructions to some very effective special
effects you can apply to typefaces or other objects.
Second, you will learn some fabulous new skills on how
to use selections and layers. The creative uses of
selections and using layers are where the most interesting
new work is being created with Adobe PhotoShop today.
Type Magic will give you a good workout on both.
I recommend this book in spite of finding the recipe
instructions occasionally obscure with some confusion
created by typographical errors. Where I encountered
difficulty, I was able to figure out the recipe, especially
after some success with simpler examples.
I also had problems loading, some of the filter samples
and accessing some images from the CD-ROM. The
documentation in the book is sparse. The documentation
and setup procedures provided for the different samples
or demos varies from poor to excellent and is dependent
on the individual vendor.
But I wouldn't worry too much about it. The strength of this
book is centered on its use of selections and layers.
Type Magic stands on its own quite successfully with
or without the bonus CD.
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