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Corey Barker is an Education and Curriculum Developer for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, and Executive Producer of the Planet Photoshop website. He has regular columns in Photoshop User magazine, was a contributing author to Photoshop CS4 Down & Dirty Tricks with Scott Kelby, and was a contributing author to 3D in Photoshop: The Ultimate Guide for Creative Professionals. He’s a featured instructor at the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, is an Adobe MAX Master Instructor, and has taught thousands on the Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks seminar tour. Corey has produced numerous online training courses and DVDs on Photoshop and design for Kelby Training. He holds a BFA in Illustration from the Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota, Florida.
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Product Details

  • Series: Down & Dirty Tricks
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (November 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321820495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321820495
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Corey is an Education and Curriculum Developer of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals and author of the best-selling book Down & Dirty Tricks for Designers. An award-winning designer and illustrator, Corey is the Executive Producer of PlanetPhotoshop.com and has regular columns in Photoshop User Magazine. Corey is also a featured instructor at Photoshop World Conference & Expo and is an Adobe MAX Master Instructor. He has also taught the Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks seminar tour traveling to cities all over the country. Corey has produced numerous DVD training titles on Photoshop and design for Kelby Online Training and also recently co-authored Photoshop CS4 Down & Dirty Tricks with Scott Kelby. Corey also was a contributing author for 3D in Photoshop: The Ultimate Guide for Creative Professionals. Corey holds a BFA in Illustration from the Ringling School of Art & Design in Florida.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tenna Merchent on December 2, 2011
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This book was a quick read, and it follows the clean, concise, visual, to the point pattern set out in other NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals) books. There are images to demonstrate practically everything he describes. His instructions are clear, and thankfully lack the ad nauseam detail that bores me to tears. He tells you what he's doing, and shows you, including before and after. That's what I need.

While I found the whole book valuable, my two favorite chapters were Chapter 2, the 26 Piece Tool Set, and Chapter 7, A Dream Within a Dream. In Chapter 2 there is a subsection where he takes a plain brown graphic, sort of fleur de lis-ish, and with layer style turns it into a dramatic, metallic, three-dimensional image (without using real 3D techniques for CS5 Extended). It was a very impressive transformation.

Chapter 7 is about 3D, which requires Adobe Photoshop Extended CS5, and given the fact it is written by Corey Barker, the Photoshop TV (podcast) 3D guy of course it's great. He explains in the book that he also has a video demonstrating the topic on-line; I personally like the print version. I've see him demo 3D numerous times on the podcast, and seeing it is print, where I can internalize at my speed what he is doing is more concrete. I can then refer to it when I'm actually in front of the computer, turning my company logo into a cool 3D image.

He also utilizes the define brush command, which granted, I've done, but really rarely use. He refers to it a couple of times in the book, to again create these 3D type effects, (again without using real 3D techniques for CS5 Extended) like lightening, or a blood splat, and I think to myself, "Now how can I work in lightening?" Because it looks so great. From the Photoshop 3D guy, 3D effects without CS5 extended.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By B. Johnson on November 29, 2011
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If you ever watched Photoshop User TV you know who Corey Barker is. He usually gets labeled as the "3D" guy, but he is way more than that. He's actually the one person I've seen use every nook and cranny of Photoshop to create really cool designs. In this book he has taken his years of experience and teaching for Kelby Media and put it into something that is easy to read and laid out . It's labeled "For Designers", but I think it's for any creative person who wants to make their ideas standout. Ask yourself this:

Have you ever seen a cool poster and wished you could do that?
Want to market an item but your ideas look flat?
Want to portray people in cool and visually striking ways?

If you said yes to any of these then buy this book! I'm not sure how many tutorials are in here, but there are a lot. The tutorials aren't 20 pages long to show you one thing either. They are to the point and easy to follow. If you're still not sure, click over to PlanetPhotosop and watch some of Corey's lessons. I think you'll be back after that. Enjoy the book & share your work!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Sysock on November 30, 2011
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Great book to bring your Photoshop skill set up to the next level. Corey shows you how to create useful brushes, explains amazing Photoshop tricks. Want to create a poster? He shows you how to. Want to learn how to edit a pin-up photo? It's in the book along with a ton of other tricks. He shows you how to use these Down and Dirty Tricks and he highly suggest you experiment with them. If you want to have fun and learn new Photoshop tricks this is a must have book . It is loaded with very useful techniques. Another amazing book from one of the Photoshop guys. Thanks Corey.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dana L. Beck on December 31, 2011
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Corey covers just about every kind of project you might want to tackle in Photoshop. Along with Matt Kloskowski's book on Compositing Secrets, this book serves up step-by-step Photoshop recipes for compositing Hollywood posters, developing customized brushes--and how to use them--and 3d...it's all in here. If you've ever seen Corey give a presentation, you know how thorough he is, and this book is no exception. Every step, and contingency, is covered in minute detail. Photos are in gorgeous color, and they are given plenty of space so you can really hone in on the details. I would get this book, Matt Kloskowski's Compositing book, as well as one/both of his Layers books, and you will be in Photoshop Nirvana.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 8, 2012
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One of the least understood and least appreciated tools in Photoshop is the brush tool, so guess what occupies chapter one. Barker shows why it needs to be mastered and how easy it is to create amazing work with nothing more than some judiciously applied custom brush strokes. Best part is, after you create a custom brush for one image, you'll save it and be able to use it whenever and where ever you want later.

In the chapter on type and fonts, you'll be creating realistic, raised chrome and gold emblems from simple dingbats that used to be flat, black and white ornaments you never knew what to do with. Moving on to commercial graphics, you'll gain newfound love for grids, halftones and frames.

This book is not an introductory book to Photoshop, but anyone who has learned the basics will be able to follow along and really appreciate the techniques that Barker shares.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ROLLIN MCCARTY on December 14, 2011
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I received this book today from Amazon. Wow! This is what Tutorial books should be like. Every page has at least two screen shots - more often somewhere like four (love it!). I like this format because I can use it as a fast-access collection of recipes, with the-before, the-after, and all the steps in between necessary to get there in a graphical format. I know about Corey Barker from watching his great tutorials on KelbyTraining. These types of books are a great complement to video training.I found that training is key to achieving excellence. This book helps me get there.
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