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Paths to Artistic Imaging in Photoshop. How to Create Stunning Photographic Art From Capture to Processing. Paperback – 2013
NOTE: From early Feb 15 this book will no longer be available here. The price has been discounted to $30 from $59.95 until then, so don't miss your last chance to grab one before it's gone! "There is only one person on the planet who can write a better Photoshop book than I can and that’s Russell Brown. To be more specific, that is Russell J Brown from Australia. This book might be the best Photoshop book that I never wrote. It is more than the average stuff about quick keys and new features. This book is about creative ideas! These days that is a refreshing break from the norm. This clearly demonstrates the power of the Russell Brown name to deliver quality anywhere in the world!" - Russell Preston Brown, Principal Creative Director, Adobe Systems. What are the newest possibilities for turning your photos into art? These are the more advanced techniques. The harder to find information that shows you how to take your work to a much more eye-catching place. Russell Brown is a photographer and digital artist with over 30 years experience. His rare and innovative methods will show you how to make your images into something special. You will be taken through clever ways to apply some of the most exciting techniques in digital imaging today, plus a few old, hidden gems that you may not have even known about. Topics covered include: ➢ Magic in the LAB colour space ➢ Digital Infrared ➢ Creative High Dynamic Range photography ➢ Focus Stacking for virtually unlimited depth of field ➢ Creative texture application ➢ Low light and extended exposures ➢ Plus a whole chapter of useful tips and helpful ideas. If you’ve become accomplished at shooting and processing your images in standard ways in Photoshop but now you need more, the wealth of information in this book is for you. Lavishly illustrated with the author’s own artwork, this book will inspire your creativity to produce truly outstanding work and is one you will be proud to own.
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But – while I own at least 40 titles entirely devoted to Photoshop, I must say this one ranks among the top five as far as creativity and fantasy go. The author is a professional photographer, and it shows; but he also has a painterly ideal of color and light which really brings a difference to his images. This is not a recipe book: it won't give you water-proof instructions on how to achieve this or that effect. It's more like a think-tank, where even relatively difficult concepts like the Lab color structure are explained plainly and simply; a truly no-nonsense book. Neatly divided in chapters targeting specialized techniques, it shows you a way, and then you decide where you want to go and, most of all, how far you want to reach out. Some techniques are subtle, some can only be labeled as extreme, but they're always surprising and sometimes not as obvious as you may expect.
Highly recommended to photographers who love post-production and want to check out a beautiful and open-minded approach to the wonderful world of color and photomanipulation.
Russell shows and explains techniques not normally found in other books, such as Lab Color Space, Focus Stacking, Blend If, and the application of Texture overlays, just to name a few.
His approach is easy and straight forward, and as he states at the beginning of the book "I wont be holding your hand" ..............
I applaud his decision! So If you're a person who wants or needs their hand held while learning new ideas, then this book may not be for you, but if you're wanting to learn much more than the same old re-hashed ideas found in most books, more importantly, your moneys worth, you're in luck.