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Photoshop Studio with Bert Monroy: Digital Painting 1st Edition
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(I should mention, though, that while you can create the great looking scenes Bert did in Photoshop, why would you want to? I mean, with 3D software so low in price today, you can get even more realistic graphics with a program such as Strata than you can with Photoshop. In MUCH less time. But Bert Monroy is an artist, and Photoshop is his tool, so this is more a practical thought on my end, and has no bearing on the quality of this book or the techniques applied therein.)
The book itself is well written, though I particularly enjoyed the beginning of the book in which the reader gets a glimpse of Bert÷s studio. I would die for a studio like that, let me tell you!
Photoshop Studio is as much a picture book, as it is a written one. On almost every page is a picture of what he is writing about, how to do it, and all in clear color. (And the screen snapshots all show Bert is using Mac OS X!)
Photoshop Studio is a class act. Well put together, well-written, and easy to follow. I enjoyed the time I spent with this book, and if you are into Photoshop, you will too.
MacMice Rating: 5 out of 5...
The book may not be what you'd expect. It was not what I expected. It is not a book of traditional how-to lessons, although you will learn how to improve your Photoshop skills. Instead, it is a book by an artist describing the process he goes through in creating his digital paintings. This process not only includes how he made a table cloth with a particular pattern on it, but also going out and taking the right photographs for reference.
In his Introduction Monroy explains how the book started as the traditional how-to book, but he was encouraged by several people to make it about how he paints and works. This decision was made after he started writing the book. As a result, the how-to chapters are available online as a downloadable bonus. Directions for accessing these chapters are in the book.
The beginning of the book describes Bert's process for starting a painting, finding reference materials, and how he determines lighting in a painting.
The book then moves on to its heart, the paintings. There are seven chapters describing the process of creating seven different paintings. Each chapter contains descriptions of how to achieve the same effects in your paintings.
The end of the book contains a chapter full of tutorials. These tutorials might be considered your traditional how-to section of the book.
Overall, this is a fantastic book that presents digital painting in Photoshop in a very creative way.Read more ›
This book not only gives fantastic examples of how to use advanced illustrative techniques in Photoshop 7 but also goes into Illustrator techniques. What makes Bert's writing so important is he shares the things that make his own work stand out, and he shares it with the reader in a fun and easy style.
For instance, he suggests you always create paths in Illustrator. This gives you much more delicate and precise lines as opposed to the line tool in Photoshop which can never give you a line smaller then a pixel. Then, instead of placing or opening the path in Photoshop, he strongly recommends pasting between the two programs.
Here he is passing on a lesson that is so simple yet so powerful it will change the look of your work from this point forward. That is just Mr. Monroy's style.
Good luck in your future work, with this book by your side you will not need much luck though!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Holy Cow...I thought most of these images were photos. Definitely a great pick for anyone who is interested in digital art and or Photoshop !!!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Fun projects, probably not intended for those who are new to Photoshop. New users can get through the projects, but may not understand what/why you do certain things.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
old book with great insights. Beautiful coffee table books as well. Bert Monroy is the best at what he does. Read morePublished on November 28, 2013 by kstars
I was required to buy this book for one of my college classes and I am so glad I did. I was introduced to the talents of Bert Monroy-he's incredible. Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Debra
If you are interested in realism he is the one to turn to for direction. His artwork is amazing and he shares his technique with the reader.
This book gave me a lot of ideas about how to improve the efficiency and quality of my work in Photoshop. Monroy's use of layer styles opened my eyes to whole new world. Read morePublished on April 21, 2013 by Makespictures
I have been working with photoshop and everybody shows you almost everything. but they do not show you the real software. Read more
everybody shows you almost everything. but they do not show you the real software. they show you layers , filters and all of the fun stuff. Read more
In your first minutes of scanning this book, remind yourself that these are not photographs; they are better than photographs. You are seeing art that extends realism. Read morePublished on December 1, 2011 by Jerald M. Cogswell