- Paperback: 225 pages
- Publisher: New Riders (June 28, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735711909
- ISBN-13: 978-0735711907
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.6 x 10.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,301,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Photoshop Type Effects Visual Encyclopedia Paperback – June 28, 2002
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Years ago, there was a tiny wonder of a book called Photoshop Type Magic, soon followed by its sequel, Photoshop Type Magic 2. And despite their popularity, they remained alone in this category; there just weren't a lot of books available on using Photoshop to create type effects (despite the fact that you see Photoshop-created type effects everywhere). When New Riders had the opportunity to bring back Photoshop Type Magic, we had the fortune to run into Roger Pring and Alastair Campbell, who had an even better idea: Double the number of effects shown in the original Magic books, preface these tutorials with a contextualizing section on designing with display fonts (and generally being creative with type), and end the book with an extensive catalog of the most popular filters available to Photoshop users. Wrap it up in this funky trim-size (big and nearly square), full color treatment, smartly designed layout of all the lessons, and of course all of the files you'd need to duplicate these type effects are on the CD that's bundled with the book.
I said "You can do all that?"
They said, "Of course. That's what we do."
They added "We're thinking a complete listing of Photoshop default actions would be good to include. Third-party actions, as well. And a list of all Photoshop Shortcuts."
How can you not do a book with these guys?
So here it is: 14 Reflective Effects; 12 Solid Effects; 4 Atmospheric Effects; 7 Lighting Effects; 13 Typographic Effects; 18 Simulation Effects; 4 Mood Effects; all of which you can use as-is, or merely as starting points for modifying and creating your own unique type effects.
Photoshop users, there is no other book like this. Check it out. Thanks for listening. Steve Weiss, executive editor, email@example.com.
From the Back Cover
The ultimate rich resource for amazing type design with Photoshop. Nothing can ruin a stunning piece of art quicker than finishing it off with poorly executed type effects. The Photoshop Type Effects Encyclopedia is a non-linear tutorial and a visual reference walking users step-by-step through complete details for designing professional level type effects. The book is organized into two general parts: a contextualizing introduction; and the actual encyclopedia, with rich illustrations of what each effect looks like, how to create the effect (including screenshots and other illustrations showing the step-by-step progress of each effect), and how to do your own variations of the effect. Each page is easy to read and follow, yet is packed with information.
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I learn quite an amount from this book, but waste a great amount of time experimenting different color values and fonts. The time that I could have spent to read many more books about Photoshop.
AUTHOR: Roger Pring
PUBLISHER: New Riders
REVIEWED BY: Barbara Rhoades
Making a web site? Want a special type effect but nothing you are making creates the mood you are trying for? Are you fresh out of idea? Get a copy of Photoshop Type Effects - Visual Encyclopedia to put a stop to creator's block. There are eighty - yes that's right - 80 - different effects you can apply to fonts. Each effect is explained on two facing pages. Each step is written in simple terms and visualizations are provided in each step.
This is one handy book to have when you get brain freeze! It definitely gave me lots of new ideas and how-to's on using color and type to spice up a site. I am keeping a copy close to my computer for reference.
Also, I have no real reason to learn these skills. But I am hooked! I have only owned Type Effects for 72 hours and have already put in at least 30 hours of work on it.
True, this book does not include all the basics, but there are many other resources for those. I feel like I am struggling with a foreign language, with Type Effects on my right and my "basics" manual on my left.
But what I have learned in only 3 days! A boring "learn to" book alone would not have given me the motivation to stay up all night and forget meals while mastering new skills.
You don't need to be a professional graphics designer to appreciate this book. I have never considered myself to be the least bit artistic and am immensely enjoying being able to produce works of art with Adobe. This book is helping me to quickly master Photoshop.
As to another reviewer's complaint that the author does not provide enough details; a lot of the infomation he requires is available with the samples included on the cd. He can even "borrow" from the layers if he wants to cheat a bit! (Boy, was I delighted to discover this)
This book may be a challenge for a beginner, but I am learning quickly from it and expect to be an expert by the time I reach the final chapter.
Effects is a wonderful book. It is attractive, well written and offers something for everyone.
For instance, I use Photoshop fairly extensively as an image editor for my photography. But when it comes to Photoshop's text manipulating capabilities, I'm behind the curve.
If you want to use Photoshop to a degree even approaching it's potential, you need help. Thank Buddha, there are lots of good books being written about Photoshop and how to use it. Among those written specifically to educate users how to handle type and type effects, Photoshop Type Effects Visual Encyclopedia from New Riders is one of the best and deserves a spot on your bookshelf.
Author Roger Pring sets forth to inspire, inform, and teach in his book designed to turn on your creativity where type designing is concerned.
In the first section of the book, Pring lays out basic information explaining the various ways to work with type in Photoshop. In the later part of the first section, we see real-world examples of type at work, including many examples of signs and signage.
This book is called an encyclopedia after all, and the second section includes 72 different effects with step-by-step instructions so you can try them out. And many of the effects include alternatives with the instructions.
The effects are grouped into categories, like reflective effects, atmospheric effects, lighting effects, simulations, and mood effects.
There's also a very good appendix at the back of this book showing page after page of type with Photoshop filters applied, so you can see and compare what different filters do.
One way to increase our productivity in Photoshop is to learn to use Photoshop's built-in shortcuts. We know that keeping our hands on the keyboard is more efficient than switching to the mouse for things like changing tools and views. So there is a complete listing of all Photoshop's shortcuts at the end of the book.
The book also includes a CD filled with all the various effects samples, and a collection of about 20 Photoshop 'actions.'
If you want to learn more about handling type in Photoshop, pick up a copy of Photoshop Type Effects Visual Encyclopedia. I give it a solid rating of 4 stars.