You either have to have access to or be able to create the art, then bring it into Photoshop and go on from there. Through a website for this book , Derek provides resources to help you complete each of the projects. Derek doesn't want his readers to draw or paint like him, but to learn and create their own projects by getting comfortable in the world of Photoshop. That step being adding creative elements of design into the photography. This makes you learn more things. Having an interest in instructional design, I was thinking about how this book with its inspiring projects appealed to me much more than the step by step books, that explain how to use all of the tools one by one, then layers, paths and channels etc.
This book has a similar self-imposed limitation. Derek Lea's book is just what I was looking for. The book itself if beautiful, with plenty of high quality screenshots, examples and step-by-step instructions. Versatile Software Packages It's easy to select just the right programs for your needs and budget. I later returned to study Design and was fortunate to have a professor who knew enough about Illustration and Photoshop to teach me the basics. I suggest getting it from the local library and saving yourself a few beans.
Derek teaches us how to do the special effects and make everything look natural and real. The book is designed so that you can explore any chapter without having to do everything that lies beforehand. It was published by Focal Press and has a total of 424 pages in the book. Lea also maintains a companion website to the book with an active forum. All of the projects are very detailed and include a lot of steps.
The chapters are non-linear, so you can choose an illustration that captures your imagination and begin with any of the projects. What follows are my subjective interpretations of the book's content. The introductory tutorials on Photoshop would be good preparation. The later chapters focus on collage, three dimensional illustrations and illustrative photography. This is one of very few Photoshop books that focuses on the creation of digital art, rather than the techniques required for certain standard tricks and effects. Students can find programs that meet their needs, or you can buy individual programs instead of the entire Office Suite.
If you are a digital artist, illustrator, cartoonist, graphic artist, designer, or serious hobbyist looking for new and interesting ways to use Photoshop, this is the book for you! I purchased this book on a whim and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of its content. You already know how to use Photoshop as an image editing tool; now, challenge yourself and discover the more artistic aspects of the program with one of the world's best teachers by your side. As you work through Derek's fantastic artistic methods, be sure to visit www. It is project based, and assumes you created your initial art someplace else. The three books cover Digital Illustration with Photoshop, Adobe Flash and Illustrator. I cannot recommend this book highly enough!!! I'd rather have a book that shows you how to make illustrations that are current, rather than someone giving you baby steps by showing you general principles. There are so many generic Photoshop books out there that I stopped looking at them a while ago.
Creative tips Creative tips provide valuable hints and advice regarding the artistic process of creating within Photoshop. You will have to be somewhat familiar with Photoshop to navigate through the projects though. I highly recommend the book if you also a photographer looking to bridge into creative design and art development. Good: A book that has been read but is in good condition. Our learners need to have a vision of how their performance will be enhanced by the training and how this is of direct benefit to them.
Add to Cart Add to. Not only are the tutorial format and content superb but the author offers an online community that can be accessed through his personal site. That door has now been pretty much kicked open with Derek Lea's Creative Photoshop books where he reveals step-by-step instructions for making his own pictures. I want more than one copy, one to read one to take notes in. The book is set up in a nonlinear way, so you can jump from project to project. I have attended many boring courses along these lines, where you have to learn all the steps without having a vision of how the skills will be applied and how they are relevant to you. One should definitely check out the table of contents to ensure they know the agenda for the book as I don't think the cover art or title necessarily convey this strongly.
Art style sets the tone for an art book. I find the art so inspirational and the style of writing so easy to follow that I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to do something really cool with Photoshop. . As I started doing more photography and more Photoshop I found out that I was getting pretty comfortable with Photoshop as a tool, but wanted a book to help me start taking the next step. This books shows how to make that step and it's content is directed towards the moderate to advanced Photoshop user.