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Photoshop CS3 Photo Effects Cookbook: 53 Easy-to-Follow Recipes for Digital Photographers, Designers, and Artists 1st Edition

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About the Author

Tim Shelbourne worked for 20 years as a traditional artist and illustrator before converting to digital image making. Tim specializes in digital fine art and photo-manipulation using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Corel Painter. His tutorials are published regularly in many UK digital photography and Photoshop magazines. Tim's website www.timshelbourne.com is currently being redesigned and he will be launching a huge range of Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Paint Shop Pro and Painter video tutorials very soon.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (December 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596515049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596515041
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.5 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,043,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book provides clear step-by-step instructions for creating many traditional photographic and graphic arts effects using Photoshop. It does not deal with color correction and retouching, but with creating new images based on photographs. It covers a wide variety of effects. You won't use all or even most of them, but if you are interested in this kind of work there should be enough here to make the book worthwhile.

This book is nominally for the CS3 version of Photoshop, and includes a good summary of the new features, but doesn't use very many of them in the recipes.

The most impressive effects were in the chapter "Graphic Art Effects". This chapter deals with creating traditional painterly images such as water color, pencil drawing, pen and ink, and even woodcut. Unfortunately this is also the area where Photoshop gives you the least help--the recipes here are essentially that you do a little bit of prep work, and then you trace the photograph by hand.

Other interesting examples were applying a flat tattoo to a curved body, adding a rainstorm, adding a rainbow (surprisingly easy with an existing rainbow gradient), caricatures (distortion), and adding a simulated wood look under a photograph. It also includes the ever-popular "fully engulfed in flames" look, saved from banality by including flame reflections in a polished saxophone.

The book doesn't do much explaining in the recipes, but it does have a good summary of Photoshop features in the beginning of the book, including a lot about layers (which you will use heavily in these recipes). Unlike many other books the techniques do not depend very much on the correct choice of values for the many Photoshop parameters.
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I have the original CS version of this book plus this one and both books are very similar in content.There has been no CS4, CS4 or CS6 editions of this book.
If you have later than CS3 versions of Photoshop you may find it difficult to follow as various controls have been re-named or changed.
If you persevere with the instructions on how to achieve the effects, the results are quite worthwhile. However the main beef I have with this book is that the author assumes you know where to find the various Photoshop controls and so just says 'go to' ... whereas similar effects books clearly flag the position.
Also, as Photoshop has progressed, some of these effects are now rather outdated.
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I found the title to be a little misleading. Having read (and owning) several of Kelby group books I found "Photo Effect Cookbook" a repeat of those. If you are into graphics using a photograph I am sure it is helpful. More for that interest than the photographer interested in improving their images through Photoshop. I ended up after a week returning the book to the vendor. Not because it was bad, but because it wasn't what I wanted.
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I been using this book for several weeks now and found it contains a lot of things found in other books which is to be expected but it also has some new techniques and special effects that I found interesting. I found this book very useful and would recommend it if your looking for special effects in using photoshop.
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There are a few useful recipes for recreating particular photographic styles, however, most of these wouldn't pass muster for even rapid comping purposes. Use what you can, discard or ignore the rest.
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Any book that makes Photoshop even easier to use is worth having at your fingertips. If you know what it is you want to do or even if you do not, this book with help you step by step get there.
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This book is very visual, and it's very simple to follow the step-by-step instructions in this book. Highly recommended, if you want to take your photoshop skills to the next level.
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