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Photoshop Studio with Bert Monroy: Digital Painting 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 078-5342515879
ISBN-10: 0321515870
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About the Author

Bert Monroy is one of the most popular speakers at the Photoshop World conference and travels extensively on behalf of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals teaching seminars about Photoshop and Illustrator. In his consulting business, his clients include Apple Computer, Adobe Systems, Pioneer Electronics, Fujitsu, SONY, AT+T, Chevron and American Express, Logitech, and the National Association of Realtors. Bert has also done a considerable amount of film work for Industrial Light and Magic, Pacific Data Images, and R/Greenberg Assoc. His project work includes Forrest Gump and SPAWN.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (March 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321515870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321515872
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,070,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tim Robertson VINE VOICE on October 24, 2002
Format: Paperback
Photoshop Studio is like a taking a ride with a Photoshop master for a few hours at a time, and learning the tricks of the trade. Bert Monroy does some really amazing things in Photoshop (and Illustrator), and guides you step by step on how he did it. From creating window blinds to creating handles on a photo-realistic filling cabinet, this book is filled with great pictures and easy to read language many Photoshop users will find useful.
(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...
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When TechTV and the Screen Savers were around I always looked forward to the segments with Bert Monroy doing a Photoshop tutorial. So, when I had the opportunity to review his new book, Photoshop Studio with Bert Monroy: Digital Painting, I jumped at it.

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.
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I bought my first Bert Monroy book, The Official Adobe Photoshop Handbook, back in 1991. Co-written with David Biedny, it was the bible for Photoshop version 2.0. Eleven years later, I have three Monroy titles on my bookshelf. Photorealistic Techniques with Photoshop and Illustrator (1999) which remains one of my all time favorites and now his latest, Photoshop Studio. Why do I find these books so valuable? Because the books are more than paper creations. They reflect insight and intellect. They are delivered in full color -- not just cold text -- and they offer the artist the proof that wonderful things can happen with the digitals tools now available. It is said that just knowing something is possible is half the battle of doing a difficult thing. Viewing Bert's examples lets you know that yes! it's possible and that you can go even further. More than just fancy pictures - there is information. Bert covers The Art of Brush Making, Lights and Shadows, Creating Textures, Reflections and more. As a working artist, I come to this book with expectations - and Monroy delivers. I recommend this book for the intermediate and advanced users of Photoshop 7. Beginners building a library of Photoshop resources would do well to add this to their shopping list.
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I normally sell off older versions of books as I buy updated ones from the same authors since so much is repeated. With Bert Monroy that is NOT the case. If he wrote a book a week I would keep every one, but he would never do that unless he had something of substance to write about.
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!
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