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Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks for Designers [Paperback]

by Corey Barker
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November 25, 2011 0321820495 978-0321820495 1
Corey Barker, Executive Producer of PlanetPhotoshop.com and one of the Photoshop Guys of Photoshop User TV, brings you this handy and inspiring volume in the Down & Dirty Tricks series. Yes, this book is an insane collection of some of the most mind-blowing Photoshop effects you’ve ever seen in one place. Ever wonder how that movie poster was created, or how they created that cool magazine ad, or maybe even how to take a seemingly mundane photo and give it the Hollywood treatment? Or maybe you just want to know how to do some really awesome stuff in Photoshop. Well, then, this book is for you! Whether you’re a designer, artist, or even a photographer, there’s something here for everyone. Moving through these projects, you’ll start to see the potential of Photoshop’s most powerful features and how, with a little experimentation, you can open up a whole new world of dazzling effects.

You’ll learn how to:

• Create custom brush effects from scratch
• See type as a design element
• Create Hollywood-style effects that actually look like Hollywood-style effects
• Take mundane photos and turn them into something mind-blowing
• Create eye-popping commercial effects that clients will drool over
• Get creative with 3D in Photoshop CS5 Extended
• Create popular advertising effects you’ve seen in movies, on TV, and on the Web
• Master dazzling photo effects for designers and photographers alike

Plus, there are so many other things throughout the book that you’ll be bursting with new ideas!

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About the Author

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.

Product Details

  • Series: Down & Dirty Tricks
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (November 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321820495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321820495
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,107 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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for Designers 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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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's all in here 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great set of tips December 31, 2012
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Book is a great recipe book. It is a bit too beginner-ish for me (hand held every click of the way), but the tips and tricks are great tools. If you're not a beginner to Photoshop, you may find the great detail to hand-holding a bit overboard. On the other hand, if you are new to Photoshop, this book will take you places you would otherwise never be able to go and you'll have great fun creating these intermediate/advanced projects and special effects. It delivers some very cool results.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for all
I like this book, it gave me some interesting ideas and techniques to try out on my own projects. I continue to use it as a reference guide
Published 17 days ago by T. Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was great! Inspirational and easy to follow!
This book has been really helpful and encouraging. Lessons are very interesting as well as practical and more importantly the lessons are inspirational. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Philip
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for more advanced Photoshoppers
Great instructional book! Every lesson is packed with something new to me! Almost no repetitions of techniques. I was able to tweak most of the lessons to fit my needs and photos. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sharon Fogel
4.0 out of 5 stars great
loved this book many tricks and lots of picture so this is a book that is easy to follow great
Published 7 months ago by daniel rustad
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-catching PS Designs
The designs look great, and Corey breaks them down step by step so that novices can follow along. Unique book.
Published 9 months ago by KL
5.0 out of 5 stars so good!
I am learning so much from this book. Always wanted to do movie posters. So this was a really helpful book.
Published 10 months ago by joshua rudderforth
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful.
This book is a must for those who want to brush up their Photoshop skills (recommended for versions 5, 6 or better).
Published 11 months ago by TheBigG
5.0 out of 5 stars Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks
Perfectly cool book. I'm a graphic designer and I got a kick out of the cool things that I learned in this book. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Liz Wolfe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product
I'll recommend this product to anyone, My advise to those buying expensive gear is "Stop showing off" an grow up. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Biztrades
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great Tutorial
I do a lot of Photoshop work. This book is great for review, learning and re-fresher. I use it as a solid point of reference
Published 14 months ago by reels
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