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Photoshop Most Wanted: Effects and Design Tips Paperback – March, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-1903450550 ISBN-10: 1903450551 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: friendsofED; 1 edition (March 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903450551
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903450550
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,882,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Al and Colin found they didn't have the space or time on their sites (actionfx.com and PhotoshopCafe.com) to pass on all their knowledge to visitors - people kept asking them for more, more, more... so here it is: more information, more effects, more tips... and lots more!

Photoshop has helped to create an army of devoted followers, not by being relatively easy to pick up, but by having a huge range creative options available to you once you have learned the basics. You can then let your imagination run wild...

With Foreword by Scott Kelby:

"One of the most powerful features of Photoshop, may be the effect it has on the people who use it. People who use Photoshop are hungry for information, they're hungry to learn the latest tricks, the hot new techniques, and that common interest has an amazing way of bringing like-minded people together."

From Reviewers on the book:

"This will prove invaluable to everyone who uses the program as it will improve productivity and increase their use of the program as will the entire book. This really is going to be a must have item in any designers/students/serious enthusiasts bag."

"...the lessons are very applicable to real world design issues."

"This is good nuts and blots information that enables us to get inside the program. I cannot imagine having too much of this kind of info."

"This is a fascinating trick, that you could spend ages with. It is really powerful and again explained really well. It makes you want to use it just because you can"

"Brilliant time saver. This book gets better and better"

As with all Friends of ED books, we offer efficient, comprehensive email support absolutely free.

About the Author

A certified Photoshop addict and webmaster of Action FX Photoshop Resources (ActionFX.com), Al Ward hails from Missoula, Montana. A former submariner in the U.S. Navy, Al now spends his time creating add-on software for Photoshop and writing on graphics-related topics. Al has been a contributor to Photoshop User Magazine and a contributing writer on Foundation Photoshop 6 and Photoshop Most Wanted: Effects and Design Tips, Inside Photoshop 6 and Special Edition Inside Photoshop 6 from New Riders. Al was also a panelist at the Photoshop World 2001 Los Angeles Conference, and contributes to the official National Association of Photoshop Professionals website as the actions area coordinator.

Colin Smith is an award-winning graphic designer who has caused a stir in the design community with his stunning photorealistic illustrations that he composes entirely in Photoshop. He is also founder of the popular PhotoshopCAFE web resource. He has won several design contests and awards including: first place, illustration, Photoshop World Guru Awards 2001, Los Angeles; finalist, Macworld Design Contest 2002, New York; and first Place, illustration, Photoshop World Guru Awards 2002, San Diego. Colin has coauthored six books for friends of ED, including From Photoshop to Dreamweaver, Photoshop Most Wanted 2, and Photoshop 7 Trade Secrets. His latest book is How to Do Everything with Photoshop CS (McGraw-Hill Osborne, 2003). Colin writes weekly columns for Planet Photoshop and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals member site, and is a contributing writer for the Photoshop User and Mac Design magazines.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
I really find it especially unfair that many people are knocking down the score of this very excellent book because they say that this book isn't for newcomers. I quote from the editor's note right on this website:
"This book is for both the enthusiastic amateur and experienced pro alike - it's full of techniques and advice that will help Photoshop users from intermediate to advanced."
So, please, if you are going to bash this book for its difficulty, think twice, ok?
As for my own review: 4/5 because some of the effects I really don't see why they are wanted at all....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keith Winter on May 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a great book covering how to do many different effects in Adobe Photoshop. Among the included effects are wood, metal, glass, lighting, 3D, changing colors such as eye color, video effects, and many other interesting effects.
The book is a simple step by step guide that anyone can follow and even as a web designer I picked up some interesting tricks in this book. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to add to their photoshop "bag of tricks."
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LadyKeys on April 4, 2002
Format: Paperback
Have been a member of Al Ward's website for years and purchased this new book. Just received my copy and I have found it probably THE best supplemental book on Photoshop 6.01 that I have - and I've got about 7-8 of them in addition to the User's Manuals. Very easy reading and the step-by-step instructions to create some fantastic Photoshop images are OUTSTANDING!
Where's the next book, Al, Colin????
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terrance H. Heath on December 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
Since getting into web design, I've become something of a Photoshop fanatic, ravenously searching for new tricks and techniques to use with the program and incorporate into my work. The foreword by Scott Kelby caught my attention here because I've found his "Down and Dirty" books amazingly helpful. Knowing my way around Photoshop means that I want resources that are going to help me do what I want to do right away, and this book falls in to that catgory. Some of the techniques are repeats of stuff from Kelby's Down and Dirty book for Photoshop 7, but there's enough new stuff here to make this a worthwhile purchase.
Some people have said that this is NOT a book for Photoshop beginners, and I have to concur. You have to know how to find your way around in Photoshop, and be familiar with it's elements and features, in order to benefit from this book. But if you're an intermediate user looking for new tricks and techniques, and if you're someone who learns by doing, this book will come in handy.
The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is because it does not come with a CD if containing the files used in the book. No biggie for me, since I can either start from scrach or dowload the files from the web with my DSL connection. But the lack of a CD might be a drawback for some people.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 2002
Format: Paperback
While it's true this book does not come with a CD full of tutorial files. The thing is, you don't really need them. You can, and probably should, create all the material yourself. That way, you get a chance to experiment and try something a little different than what the authors had in mind. This is how you evolve and become a better Photoshop user. I found this book to be very good at teaching how to be creative in Photoshop. Once you've built a foundation, this is the next step. I'm familiar with some of the functions and uses in Photoshop, but, I'm certainly not an expert. However, I had no problem following the numbered steps in each tutorial. I will say, this is not a book for a complete beginner. You should have some experience with Photoshop. Anyone that buys this book will not regret it. There is so much good information here. I will return to it often.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Fantasm on April 12, 2002
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Photoshop novices and veterans alike will benefit from this exciting collection of effects and design tips. Step by step instructions in easy to understand language with crisp color graphics. In the last 48 hrs I've created at least a dozen images containing effects I hadn't been able to achieve previously. My enthusiasm for Photoshop has reached a whole new level. I am positively thrilled with this purchase!
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