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About the Author

Susan Tuttle is the author of Exhibition 36 (North Light Books, 2008), a self-taught artist and photographer, and an online digital art and photography instructor who resides in a small, rural town in the state of Maine. In addition to authoring her own books, she is a contributor in various North Light publications like Jenny Doh's Art Saves and Liz Lamoreux's Inner Excavation. Susan has appeared in numerous issues of Stampington & Company publications, including Somerset Studio. You can visit her website at

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books; Pap/Com edition (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160061454X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600614545
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Susan Tuttle resides in a small, rural town in the state of Maine. Her studio, although tiny, has a marvelous view of the woods, which provides countless moments of inspiration as she works -- she enjoys immersing herself in photography, iPhoneography, digital art, and abstract mixed-media painting. Susan has a passion for blogging, where she attempts to capture through photographs and the written word, the beauty of all things simple and ordinary in her life. You will also find a number of DIY projects, crafts, and thrifty fashion ideas on her blog.

Susan has authored four books: Art of Everyday Photography: Move Toward Manual & Make Creative Photos (North Light Books, August 2014), Photo Craft: Mixed Media and Digital Approaches to Transforming Your Photographs (North Light Books, November 2012, co-authored with Christy Hydeck), Digital Expressions: Creating Digital Art with Adobe Photoshop Elements (North Light Books, April 2010), and Exhibition 36: Mixed-Media Demonstrations and Explorations (North Light Books, 2008). Her work can also be seen in a variety of other North Light Books publications, Somerset Studio magazine, and several Stampington & Company special publications.

Susan's iPhoneography has won several awards and recognitions and has been displayed in exhibitions in London, Paris, New York City and Prague. She was recently named Technical Advisor for Somerset Digital Studio magazine

She teaches online photography, iPhoneography and Photoshop classes. Visit Susan's website/blog at for more information.

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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer White on April 24, 2010
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One hit wonder? Not a chance! Susan's second book on creating digital art and she's out done her first book in so many ways! Not only is her second book filled to the brim with detailed lesson after lesson, but the quality of the book itself is amazing. From the page design and layout to the quality of the paper. I can be a bit obsessive about how a book "feels" as well, and this is top notch.

Five chapters with 25 lessons in how to deconstruct the amazing pieces of art that I've admired in magazines and books for years. Being someone that has been intimidated with Photoshop & Photoshop Elements in the past, Susan has laid out step by step instructions that even the hesitant can appreciate. If it wasn't enough that the step by step instructions are simple to follow, she's included a CD full of photos and textures so you don't have to worry about having the "right" picture in your personal stash.

I know I'm gushing here, but I've always been in awe of these types of manipulated photographs and am now able to produce my own. Susan's teaching her secrets this Fall at Valley Ridge Art Studio ([...]) in Wisconsin and I cannot wait to meet her in person and dig deeper in to the art of digital art.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Bob on June 9, 2010
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My name is Shelley Ellis, and ever since I got a digital camera, I knew there was more I could do with it than just shoot pictures of pretty flowers. Then, I discovered the world of digital art. I was in awe, like seeing the works of Picasso or Dali for the first time. However, like those great artists, they seemed magical and unattainable...that is until I found Susan Tuttle's book, Digital Expressions.

Seriously, I am not at all exaggerating when I say that she combines the best of both of these worlds. Her book could simply be thumbed through and enjoyed by viewing the stunning digital art inside, but the best part is her clear and concise, step-by-step instructions so YOU can create your own piece of art based on the sample. And I truly do mean clear and understandable instructions. As a retired teacher, I know how to give instructions in small steps - so a 2nd grader can follow them - and Susan (a former teacher herself!) does an excellent job of foreseeing and explaining any trouble spots or questions that may come up along the way.

The first 20 pages of Digital Expressions are devoted to a review of how to use Photoshop Elements. Susan says it's not to be used as a replacement for the instruction manual...but, if you're like me, you probably never really took the time to actually read through the entire manual. Or if you did, after a while it all ran together. The first 20 pages in Digital Expressions made it all clear to me. I especially loved her yellow "Digital Detail" boxes where she highlights information or tips that come in particularly handy.

Oh! Just in case all of this isn't enough... Susan is generous enough to include a CD with the book loaded with images to get you started and help you along the way. I am so happy I bought this book.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Tammy Pruitt on April 26, 2010
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What makes this book so special? It actually teaches you how to create amazing digital art. Susan Tuttle is a great teacher. I am so impressed by her teaching methods, her willingness to answer questions, and her encouragement.

In this book, you will see amazing examples of extraordinary digital art and step-by-step instructions on how to create it. You will learn so much in 5 chapters. You will also gain confidence enough to try these techniques on your own photos. Honestly, of all the books I have about learning to create digital art THIS IS TRULY THE BEST.

If you are going to get one book about digital art, this should be the one.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Seth Apter on May 24, 2010
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Digital Expressions focuses on the ever expanding area of digital art. Susan takes what can be a very complicated and often daunting process and presents a series of projects using Adobe Photoshop Elements in a highly accessible manner. The books starts with a description of essential tools and techniques which, as a novice in this arena, I found to be extremely clear and helpful.

The majority of the book is dedicated to presenting 25 digital art projects, with step-by-step text and images used to explain the process. These projects are presented across 5 sections of the book: Manipulating Images, Painting & Drawing, Pasting Pieces, Seamlessly Blending, and Altering Art. In addition to her own projects, Susan also presents the digital work of many other artists, each of whom share a very helpful Technique to Try. The artwork that Susan has chosen to present is quite varied in style and approach and includes some of the absolute best digital creations I have ever seen.

The book ends with a very short section highlighting Susan's own work in which she has used a combination of the many techniques from the book. As a bonus, she has included a CD that holds photos, brushes, and textures, many of which were used in the projects from the book.

I think Digital Expressions manages to be one of those rare publications that will be useful for and inspiring to both beginning and more advanced artists in the area of digital art.
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