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If you care for your craft, you'd be foolish indeed to let this opportunity slip away. Book of the year. -- DT & G Magazine - www.Design-Bookshelf.com

If you use Photoshop and want to progress your skills, this book will open your eyes -- Computer Arts Magazine, Dec 2001

Not just a book about graphics, it's a work of art in itself. -- CGI Magazine, February 2002

The variety of artwork and approaches is a definite plus. -- Photoshop User Magazine, January 2002

This book is a tempting, friendly design gigolo, and will do absolutely anything you ask of it. -- www.pixelsurgeon.com

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Creating a Photoshop image is a process that occurs as much in the head as it does on the screen. Uniquely, New Masters of Photoshop documents it all, from the seeds of an idea, to the outcome on screen, paper, or canvas.

The projects include examples of collage and montage that involve manipulation of whole images and tiny fragments - working on a grand scale, and at a pixel-by-pixel level. Layers and masks, with all their subtleties, are used in fascinating ways; and filters are treated with the sensitivity and discretion they require.

The CD contains:

Audio, video, and written interviews with the authors
Source files for the tutorials
Unflattened Photoshop files for closer inspection

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Product Details

  • Series: Friends of ed Designer to Designer
  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox Press; 1st edition (August 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903450624
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903450628
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 8.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,094,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the book that the Photoshop community has been waiting for!
Trevor Morris
The artists share what and who influence their work in detail, and share their views on how they bring their own voice to their work.
Todd Groves
If you aint any of those right now, or even if you are, you will benefit from this book.
Matt Garcia

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Todd Groves on September 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
In-depth interviews with several Photoshop artists, well-planned tutorials and graphical screen grabs, and source-packed CD-ROM are just but a few of the features this great book offers. I have just scratched the surface, and I am very pleased with purchasing this book. The artists share what and who influence their work in detail, and share their views on how they bring their own voice to their work. I buy many books on Photoshop, and this has to be one of the most useful and inspiring books on Photoshop. Worth every cent.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Morris on October 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
As the name implies, New Masters of Photoshop is a prolific resource that combines the unique talents and techniques of 19 modern masters of Photoshop.
The book contains over 500 full-color pages and is beautifully organized, making it as engaging as it is informative. New Masters of Photoshop is not a manual: it will not teach you how to use Photoshop. It will, however, engage you, inspire you and motivate you. The book is also accompanied by a CD that contains interviews, source files and unflattened Photoshop documents.
Even after you've read the entire book, tried all the tutorials and mastered all the techniques, you'll still find it to be a tireless repository of creative ideas and a great source of inspiration.
This is the book that the Photoshop community has been waiting for! If you buy just one book this year, make it the New Masters of Photoshop.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Karmen Flemming on July 18, 2002
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This book is not a step by step tutorial of Photoshop. It requires basic knowledge of the program and is aimed at people who work with Photoshop regularly and would like to learn how different designers produce and enhance their works in Photoshop. Design inspirations may come from many different sources, including fine arts, photography, drawing, other grafix packages, you name it. This book teaches you about that inspiration and how to take your work to a next level, using Photoshop as the medium. Photoshop is an image manipulation program. It is where and how you find your inspirations and initial material for designs that will determine how efficient you'll be using the program.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By chuck sanchez on December 3, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is very helpful to people who know something about Photoshop already. What makes it different is that you are designing through the eyes of a usually good designer and learning step by step how to acheive interesting results by recreating their own works. Each designer is different so you learn to attack the same type of problems from different angles. Some of the designers ramble on in their introductions, but once you get past that it's smooth sailing. This is not your usual tutorial book so try to do 2 to 3 exercises per week. I leaned alot about Photoshop from this book and I use it as a reference for techniques quite often.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matt Garcia on February 28, 2003
Format: Paperback
There is really not much to add to the positive comments already posted. This book really is extremely useful. Whatever level you are you can find some inspiration here. There is an assumption you have an intermediate-level knowledge of the app, but that's ok, cos even if you dont you can just pick up your manual/power PS up and work it out. The key to this book is its insight into the processes of seasoned, acclaimed, professionals. If you aint any of those right now, or even if you are, you will benefit from this book.
NB - I'd drop it a half-point as the CD is pretty useless. But that would be unfair - think of the CD as a candy accompanyment. The book is worth its weight alone.
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Firstly, there are possibly 4 of these artists whom I would call "masters" of Photoshop. Judging by the tutorials, most don't know Photoshop nearly as well as they claim.
Secondly, the book itself is a terrible representation of graphic and book design. Practically every page has pixellation, and some pages are just laughable. If this is a book about the "masters" of Photoshop, all of the images in it should at least be in the correct resolution. Any Photoshopper, or Adobe CS enthusiast would know that. Not to mention the bad page layouts.

If you are a beginner, good for you. Buy this book. It will give you a few good tips and ideas. But if you are already heavily into the Photoshop world, avoid this book. It will make you cringe.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Anderson on April 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
ignore anyone who said the people in this book are not masters...people like jens karlsson, mike cina, and derek lea produce some beautifully inspiring art in photoshop and this book is a great guide for anyone seeking a profession or hobby involving the best use of photoshop possible. it is not meant to teach you photoshop, rather, to boost those who know photoshop to push its limits and expand their talents. amazing book, totally worth the money. i spent $[money] on it at borders and dont regret spending that much at all. go out and get this.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TK on November 10, 2002
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This is one of the best books available for PhotoShop users. Not only is it full of inspiration, you can actually read it ! I hope this style is a beginning and I can't wait for the next volume ! I have a collection of Photoshop, design and photography books, I have to say this is one of the few I keep on my desk.
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