- Series: Down & Dirty Tricks
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (November 25, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321820495
- ISBN-13: 978-0321820495
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 67 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Corey Barker is an Education and Curriculum Developer for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, and Executive Producer of the Planet Photoshop website. He has regular columns in Photoshop User magazine, was a contributing author to Photoshop CS4 Down & Dirty Tricks with Scott Kelby, and was a contributing author to 3D in Photoshop: The Ultimate Guide for Creative Professionals. He’s a featured instructor at the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, is an Adobe MAX Master Instructor, and has taught thousands on the Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks seminar tour. Corey has produced numerous online training courses and DVDs on Photoshop and design for Kelby Training. He holds a BFA in Illustration from the Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota, Florida.
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just like the first Down and Dirty Tricks, is not just for designers. If you are looking to improve your Photoshop skills as well as kick-start your creativity then this book is for you. You will learn valuable techniques for creating your own brushes as well as extracting and compositing images in photoshop. This book is geared toward those folks that are somewhat familiar with using Photoshop and teaches some of the more advanced skills. That being said even beginners will learn more about using photoshop in a variety of ways. For those who are just getting their feet wet with Photoshop I recommend Corey's first Down and Dirty Tricks book.
I've been working in Photoshop since it came out, and that was the only way I was able to navigate myself to the missing directions. Some were VERY time consuming, and I can't imagine someone without the background that I have in Photoshop actually figuring it out.
Honestly, I was frustrated and unhappy with this book.
While I found the whole book valuable, my two favorite chapters were Chapter 2, the 26 Piece Tool Set, and Chapter 7, A Dream Within a Dream. In Chapter 2 there is a subsection where he takes a plain brown graphic, sort of fleur de lis-ish, and with layer style turns it into a dramatic, metallic, three-dimensional image (without using real 3D techniques for CS5 Extended). It was a very impressive transformation.
Chapter 7 is about 3D, which requires Adobe Photoshop Extended CS5, and given the fact it is written by Corey Barker, the Photoshop TV (podcast) 3D guy of course it's great. He explains in the book that he also has a video demonstrating the topic on-line; I personally like the print version. I've see him demo 3D numerous times on the podcast, and seeing it is print, where I can internalize at my speed what he is doing is more concrete. I can then refer to it when I'm actually in front of the computer, turning my company logo into a cool 3D image.
He also utilizes the define brush command, which granted, I've done, but really rarely use. He refers to it a couple of times in the book, to again create these 3D type effects, (again without using real 3D techniques for CS5 Extended) like lightening, or a blood splat, and I think to myself, "Now how can I work in lightening?" Because it looks so great. From the Photoshop 3D guy, 3D effects without CS5 extended.
Have you ever seen a cool poster and wished you could do that?
Want to market an item but your ideas look flat?
Want to portray people in cool and visually striking ways?
If you said yes to any of these then buy this book! I'm not sure how many tutorials are in here, but there are a lot. The tutorials aren't 20 pages long to show you one thing either. They are to the point and easy to follow. If you're still not sure, click over to PlanetPhotosop and watch some of Corey's lessons. I think you'll be back after that. Enjoy the book & share your work!