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Sylvie Covey was born in Paris and attended the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, majoring in printmaking. She has taught at the Art Students League in New York City since 1995. In 2001, Sylvie joined the faculty of the Fine Arts Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology to help develop a BFA program. She is represented by the Old Printshop Gallery in New York City. Her work is included in numerous collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Historical Society, the New York Public Library, the Reader’s Digest collections, and the Museum of the City of New York. She specializes in all digital techniques in printmaking.

Visit the author’s website at www.sylviecovey.net.

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Many beginners try too hard to outline everything. A successful drawing contains indications and information within the shapes of lines, tones, and textures. Well-drawn information often comes from withi the subtleties of tones rather than from an outline. In this method we will create a free-hand tonal portrait sketch from a reference photograph. The use of a stylus is recommended for hand-drawing digitally.
The grid technique is a traditional way of reproducing an image used by artists for centuries. The basic principle consists of dividing a surface image into equal parts and working on each part as a whole. A divided part is smaller and easier to see and tackle. The grid technique is also very helpful to create the initial sketch of the iportant parts of a composition and for reproducing an image at a different scale. We will use a Photoshop grid as an overlay on both the reference photo and the drawing surface itself. The grid on both will help position the various elements of the portrait more accurately.
Drawing on a gray background with very realistic Photoshop brushes will allow us to keep all our options open for adding darker or lighter tones. We will start from a midtone surface and digitally use the natural media feel of centuries-old drawing tools. Photoshop offers many wonderful ways to re-create this traditional drawing method. New York artist, illustrator, and author Moira Fain turned this photo portrait into a digital hand-drawing using this method.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823006719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823006717
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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SYLVIE COVEY
Website: www.sylviecovey.com

Sylvie Covey was born in France and studied graphic arts at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. She left France in 1976 and, while traveling around the world, studied art in Indonesia and Japan. Eventually, she immigrated to the United States, where she earned a BA from SUNY Empire State College in 1993 and an MFA from Hunter College, CUNY, in 1996.
In 1980, Covey established her printmaking studio in midtown Manhattan, where she continues to pursue work in all print mediums, currently concentrating on digital and photographic printmaking techniques. She teaches printmaking and Photoshop at the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Art Students League of New York, and the Art Center of Northern New Jersey.
She has exhibited in numerous galleries and museums in the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia. Her work appears in numerous collections, including those of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New-York Historical Society, the New York Public Library prints collection, the Museum of the City of New York, and the National Museum of Kraków, Poland, as well as several corporate collections.
Sylvie Covey is the author of Photoshop for Artists: A Complete Guide for Fine Artists, Photographers, and Printmakers (2012), published by Watson-Guptill, and Modern Printmaking, a guide to traditional and digital techniques, published by Watson-Guptill/Berkeley.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mark Mattson on October 29, 2012
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Digital photography has radically changed the way we capture the images and memories of our lives. Freed from the limitations of film and the processes needed to bring those images to the light of day, we can now shoot to our heart's content, and not have to worry about the costs involved with showing off our work.

In addition to making everyday photos easier to produce, digital imaging has also made it easier to produce artworks form those images as well. With the advent of Photoshop, Lightroom, and many other image editors and associated plug-Ins, you can now take your photographs and transform them into something totally different and unique.

Photoshop for Artists was written to help you take advantage of the tools that are found in what has become the most popular editing application around. Over 25 years and 13 versions, Photoshop has become the standard on which professionals rely upon to produce their art.

Author Sylvie Covey presents her techniques in this well-illustrated volume. It's 304 pages are filled with screenshots and explanations on how to produce the artistic styles presented.

Part One: Understanding the Vocabulary and Logic of Photoshop touches on the basics of Photoshop, such as the workspace, toolbar and palettes among others, giving a brief overview of what they are and how they work and relate to use by an artist.

Part Two: Tutorials for Drawing and Painting Digitally presents a series of tutorials aimed at teaching you how to just that. Tutorials presented include drawing digitally, painting a digital landscape, digital oil painting, using digital pastels and dry media effects, and others.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Russell Workman on April 28, 2013
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I purchased this book expecting tuition on how to create very realistic artistic effects via Photoshop. While several are very good such as creating photo-art using Wet Brushes & Dry Media, other effects such as Split Toning and Solarization look gauche. Some of the images used are not great examples of photographic composition and even with the effects applied still look awkward. I did however find four creative methods that made it worthwhile purchasing the book and I will be using those in my photography.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Christopher R Madsen on March 12, 2014
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Maybe an amateur would enjoy the book? As a fine art photographer I thought I would learn some cool new techniques and was really looking forward to the print making. The images she uses are horrible, like she did a search on Google for the worst images she could find. The finals looked awful and the entire process of her work is scattered. It looks like she made a book to make a quick buck. Maybe someone who has never used Photoshop would learn something. I was horribly disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tanya Cooper on September 2, 2014
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This book is very amature. Maybe people who's design skills are at the beginning stages will like this, but for advanced skill levels you should pass on this. I flipped through this book and felt like I needed to to correct a lot of things that were wrong, or could have been done better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cynthhia L. Gilbane on October 12, 2014
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Lots of self promotion for the artist, not much specific how tos for us learning guys. I had wanted more specifics. How did he get those colors on those layers? Go to layer, mask, color or whatever, that kind of stuff was what I was looking for.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lanquidity on November 3, 2012
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This book captures the essence of using photoshop together with artistic expression. Having used a number of resources and classes to learn photoshop, Sylvie's book allows moderately experienced photoshop users to learn how to express their ideas through photoshop. After working through some of the chapters, you will quickly appreciate how photoshop allows you to create in a new process. You'll be limited only by your imagination. Fun and interesting to explore!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By richard j. turchetti on May 16, 2014
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As a photographer, I am always looking for ways to advance my art. This "guide" has become indispensable to me!
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JoeShmoe on March 9, 2013
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It has a ton of different ideas. Anyone who reads this is bound to find something in side they want to try. Some Ideas are very simple and dont have much to them, but others are nicely done and make you think how they would look when applied to your own work.
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