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Crumble, Crackle, Burn: 120 Stunning Textures for Design & Illustration Hardcover – June 12, 2007
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The ONLY problem I see here (and hence 4 stars) is a misunderstanding caused by the unfortunate combination of the book's title and its cover: both lead some potential buyers to believe the textures are provided IN COLOR. They are not: all are grayscale textures derived from photos (the ones on the book cover appear to be colorized, and not originally shot in color). The title should say: 120 stunning GRAYSCALE textures...
Several other reviewers also pointed out their disappointment that the book does NOT include any instructions on how to use the textures. This is true: a good, professional-level knowledge of Photoshop and/or Illustrator is tacitly assumed, but given the fact that the book is published by HOW Books (the publishers of HOW magazine) it is to be expected, and hardly an inappropriate assumption - how books publishes books by professionals and for professionals, people who know their tools well. Of course a few simple hints or suggestions on which blending modes in PS were used in the examples at hand, may have been helpful.
On the plus side, the author provides (on the intro page) the URL of his website (illustrationclass.com) where some (general) hints/ideas are included. The website also has a link to a dedicated book website, where potential buyers may download the intro chapter and 10 sample textures, and current owners of the book may register to receive an additional 30 new textures via a download.
I hope the book is a success, and will motivate the author to follow it up with a sequel filled with COLOR textures (like the excellent but unfortunately NOT commercially licensed "Resurgere" textures on deviantart website). If you are considering getting this, grab it before it's out of print. It's a very good, reasonably priced, useful resource that fully deserves its place on any designer's bookshelf.
I love the book, love the textures and have many ideas of how I am going to use them in future projects. I also think the title is very fitting, I would highly recommend this book because any worthwhile artist/designer is going to appreciate the many creative opportunities the textures provide. Way to go Von !!
Von Glitschka is a genius in his own creative way i enjoy reading and learning from his titles what more can i say he never seems to disappoint.
For anyone with knowledge of how to use professional programs (why would you want textures otherwise?) it is not difficult at all to turn these textures to color. And in fact, it would be much more of a pain if they WERE in color, to turn them to grayscale.
This book also features great illustrations in my opinion. It show cases some of Von's great artistic abilities, as well as great inspirational pieces created by other top artists.
Don't hesitate to buy this book, it is just a stepping stone into how to become more creative, as many of us aspire to be half as creative as Von himself.
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