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Photoshop Studio with Bert Monroy: Digital Painting Paperback – March 24, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0321515872 ISBN-10: 0321515870 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (March 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321515870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321515872
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bert Monroy is one of the most popular speakers at the Photoshop World conference and travels extensively on behalf of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals teaching seminars about Photoshop and Illustrator. In his consulting business, his clients include Apple Computer, Adobe Systems, Pioneer Electronics, Fujitsu, SONY, AT+T, Chevron and American Express, Logitech, and the National Association of Realtors. Bert has also done a considerable amount of film work for Industrial Light and Magic, Pacific Data Images, and R/Greenberg Assoc. His project work includes Forrest Gump and SPAWN.

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Bert Monroy is one of the most popular speakers at the Photoshop World conference and travels extensively on behalf of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals teaching seminars about Photoshop and Illustrator. In his consulting business, his clients include Apple Computer, Adobe Systems, Pioneer Electronics, Fujitsu, SONY, AT+T, Chevron and American Express, Logitech, and the National Association of Realtors. Bert has also done a considerable amount of film work for Industrial Light and Magic, Pacific Data Images, and R/Greenberg Assoc. His project work includes Forrest Gump and SPAWN.

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Photoshop has a very steep learning curve.
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Bert Monroy Digital Painting Book Bert Monroy calls his artistic style "photorealistic".
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This is the book that will earn you a reputation as a proper Photoshop artist.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tim Robertson VINE VOICE on May 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
When TechTV and the Screen Savers were around I always looked forward to the segments with Bert Monroy doing a Photoshop tutorial. So, when I had the opportunity to review his new book, Photoshop Studio with Bert Monroy: Digital Painting, I jumped at it.

The book may not be what you'd expect. It was not what I expected. It is not a book of traditional how-to lessons, although you will learn how to improve your Photoshop skills. Instead, it is a book by an artist describing the process he goes through in creating his digital paintings. This process not only includes how he made a table cloth with a particular pattern on it, but also going out and taking the right photographs for reference.

In his Introduction Monroy explains how the book started as the traditional how-to book, but he was encouraged by several people to make it about how he paints and works. This decision was made after he started writing the book. As a result, the how-to chapters are available online as a downloadable bonus. Directions for accessing these chapters are in the book.

The beginning of the book describes Bert's process for starting a painting, finding reference materials, and how he determines lighting in a painting.
The book then moves on to its heart, the paintings. There are seven chapters describing the process of creating seven different paintings. Each chapter contains descriptions of how to achieve the same effects in your paintings.

The end of the book contains a chapter full of tutorials. These tutorials might be considered your traditional how-to section of the book.
Overall, this is a fantastic book that presents digital painting in Photoshop in a very creative way.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Kujan on April 23, 2008
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Photoshop Studio with Bert Monroy: Digital Painting is another hit. I am a big fan of Bert Monroy. He consistently presents information about digital subjects that are focused, and simplified. I found the first chapter workflow very informative and the rest of the book to be inspiring. This book belongs on your book shelf. Although beginners can learn from this book it is geared for the intermediate to advance user. I give it four out of five stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Selden Jones on May 21, 2008
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If one word sums this book up its "Amazing". Some other reviews say it is a rehash and I can't address that, but if this is the first of his books you have read it is very well done. His work is unbelievable. You swear you are looking at a photograph. His techniques are easily explained and the reference pictures are perfect for the material. It is a quick read. There are also downloadable pdf files that go into more detail but the book stands on its own to me. Great Work!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Diane Cipollo on March 31, 2009
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Bert Monroy Digital Painting Book

Bert Monroy calls his artistic style "photorealistic". Although the rest of us may not aspire to photorealism in our personal style, we can all learn a lot from the techniques presented in his book, Photoshop Studio with Bert Monroy Digital Painting. This is the latest of several books featuring Monroy's digital painting techniques.

Monroy shares his artistic process from start to finish for his "photorealistic" digital art. He begins with a discussion of the basic steps and workflow, from the collection of reference material and the startup sketch to the creation of the elements for the piece and the final complilation. He discusses his techniques for duplicating realistic light and shadows, which he considers most important to creating the mood in his paintings. As you progress through the projects in the book, Monroy takes you down the path that he traveled as he developed his method of capturing a "moment in time". Each chapter features a different project and covers the how and why behind his artistic process.

With the first project, he discusses his technique for creating the aged texture of the stone wall and the details of the small light bulbs. In the next project, you learn more brush-based texturing techniques. You also learn how to create fabric and add stitching details. The old chair and red truck were my favorite projects. Monroy discusses the how and why behind his decision to switch to a pen tablet. He also discusses how he adds the details of wear and damage to the wooden chair and rust to the red car. Besides texture and shadow, Monroy considers reflection important to his paintings, as can been seen from the great care his gives to the reflections in the car's headlights.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Adam Fine on February 11, 2009
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Photoshoppers are a bit like travelers abroad: some have only the time to sample a country; some can spend a bit more time absorbing the local culture; and others are expatriates abroad, full integrated into the country. Translated to Photoshop: there are essentially snap-shot photographers who use the program to improve color and contrast, and, perhaps, remove a distracting object; photographers, both professional and amateur, who use the program a lot and have absorbed most, but not all of the techniques Photoshop offers; graphic designers, professional retouchers, and the like, who use the program at least several hours a day, every day. Bert Monroy's "Photoshop Studio" is for everyone--everyone will appreciate his incredible skill and even those who will never try to do what he does (that includes me) will learn new techniques that will help them use the program for what they do.

Monroy's book is special in less-obvious ways. First, he has special, non-screenshot illustrations to make clear the concepts he describes. Second, all of his illustrations are on the page where they are referenced; unlike most books of this genre, you will never have to turn the page to see an illustration being discussed on the page before. Third, Monroy has the incredible ability to fully explain complex concepts in a way that they make sense. If he were not such an superb artist, he's be a great trial lawyer!

Equally important, Monroy's book is fun to read, not only because of the passion he brings to his art, but also because that passion is infectious--you will bring the same passion for perfection to everything you do, both in and out of Photoshop.

Photoshop has a very steep learning curve.
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