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This review is from: Digital Photo Art: Transform Your Images with Traditional & Contemporary Art Techniques (Paperback)Contrary to the previous review, I don't find Ms.Airey that proficient in Photoshop. Much of her artistic successes come from "Happy Surprises" in experimenting with various software and hardware. Which brings me to my next point. Be prepared to spend $1,000+ on such things as Nik Color Effects, AutoFX Photographic Edges, Wacom tablets and last but not least Studio Artist, which is only made for a Mac. So you'll need a Mac too if you want to try any of her "experiments". Nearly half the book is devoted to "Studio Artist" Inserts written by her compatriate artists use photoshop more than Ms. Airey. Some of her techniques are "way out there". I may as well bought a book written by Rembrandt on "How to Paint Pictures"
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Initial post: Jan 12, 2007 1:41:10 AM PST
Peter Blackmon says:
I found this review very helpful as it substantiated what I was starting to become aware of, that it required a lot of expense to utilise her ideas. Plus the added bonus of learning that Studio Artist is for Macs only. So in my opinion a waste of money.
Not sure why some others rave about it. Maybe they can afford to buy these other packages - but not me.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2009 4:01:01 PM PDT
There is certainly some truth to these comments. However, another way to view this book is as a catalog of different ways to creatively approach your photographs. In that sense, the book is a rousing success. The book definitely helps spur your imagination. You don't have to do everything here, but see what works for you and spend as much or as little as you wish.
Posted on Oct 3, 2012 7:30:45 PM PDT
The comment by Big Pete Osco was made 7 years ago so just to clear up something, Studio Artist 4 is available for Windows as well (2012). It is more than just a paint program but also somewhat complex to use. If you want to make painterly pictures I would recommend using Dynamic Auto Painting (DAP) by Mediachance. Much cheaper and easier to use.
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