Digital Painting in Photoshop 1st Edition
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- Item Weight : 1.35 pounds
- Paperback : 236 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0240811143
- ISBN-13 : 978-0240811147
- Product Dimensions : 9.6 x 7.3 x 0.6 inches
- Publisher : Focal Press; 1st Edition (February 16, 2009)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,336,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is extremely thorough and detailed. I don't understand the bad reviews
at all. The format is excellent. The book, though, is for those that are serious
about Photoshop and really want to spend the time using it.
So here's my penny worth. Digital Painting in Photoshop is a short, practical introduction to the endless possibilities of digital photo editing in Photoshop. You can take a boring photo and turn it into a work of digital art in 10 minutes or less, with some practice. The author uses example projects to demonstrate different ways to render photos: charcoal, pastel, watercolor, oil, illustration. The book is nicely illustrated with step-by-step screenshots; and the author walks the reader through each project. So, why the 3 stars? In my humble opinion, the book doesn't 100% match its title; the title seem to imply more information than is contained in the book. I would call it "Ten(or insert number)easy digital painting projects in Photoshop". Chapter 1 is a lengthy catalogue of screenshots of brushes, pattern fills, and backgrounds. It's hard to imagine anyone actually looking at these screenshots, page after page, before opening them in Photoshop, unless there will be a quiz. Thus, Chapter 1 led me to believe that the book is for people who don't know much about Photoshop: like myself, except for the brushes. Expecting detailed instructions, I was somewhat disappointed when no explanation was given as to what each action accomplishes in the process. Without knowing what each layer does it is very difficult to catch silly mistakes: for example when a mask thumbnail wasn't active on my screen, or default foreground color was wrong for the mask, I couldn't 'paint' and didn't know what I am doing wrong. It took some time to figure out. So if you are like me, beginning to learn Photoshop, this book may not be the best for you. Overall, the book is a fun way to explore Photoshop, especially if you know your way around a little bit.
Unfortunately, the step by step instructions are often difficult to follow, gloss over or assume steps that are not written out, and in some cases the information is clearly incorrect or poorly stated. While there are illustrations and screen shots, they are not tied to the actual text, so the two are disconnected and very difficult to follow. It would be so easy to add a comment to the text, such as, "See Figure 5". I found one technique impossible to follow, even after trying 5 or 6 times, reading very carefully, and walking through it step by step. I finally gave up in frustration.
So, I give the book an average of 3 stars. I am a very experienced user of Photoshop (17 years, 10 years professionally), so I don't believe my inability to follow the text is related to unfamiliarity with the program. I'd like to see future books by this author presented so that any reader can follow the steps, without any confusion or difficulty. It should be proof read by experienced and inexperienced users, then edited and clarified, before final publication.