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Creative Photoshop: Digital Illustration and Art Techniques

Creative Photoshop: Digital Illustration and Art Techniques

by Derek Lea


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"Derek's edge is that he won't stand still. He has a knack for finding new corners of the program to exploit and innovative ways of doing so. He's pushed the boundaries not only for his own art but also for thousands of up and coming artists who also want to create onscreen the visions they have in their minds. If you've bought this book, you're about to discover what I mean." -Garrick Webster, Editor, Computer Arts

Welcome to the world of art and imagination! Derek Lea, one of the world's top 100 digital artists, shows you how to use Photoshop in unorthodox ways to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. His work is a unique combination of original photography, traditional illustration, and digital art.

If you are a digital artist, illustrator, cartoonist, graphic artist or designer who is familiar with Photoshop, but want to push the program to the limit, this book is for you! Learn how to get professional results from the paint features in Photoshop. Create sharp illustrations by combining vectors and pixels. Explore less-than-obvious composition methods, and discover the hidden potential in unlikely artistic resources and materials. Play around with texture using spray paint effects and scanned elements, or age faces and objects. Use stencil tags and comic book coloring techniques. Learn how to bring 3D art to life! Maximize your creativity AND efficiency with invaluable information on working between Photoshop and Illustrator.

This book/CD package provides clear, step-by-step tutorials that make it easy to emulate Lea's techniques in your own work. With all the images from the book to play with, you'll be creating stunning artwork in no time! Be sure to visit the book's website at for more information, and join the reader forum to share your ideas with digital artists from around the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780240520469
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/24/2007
Series: Digital Workflow Series
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.75(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Award-winning digital illustrator, author and regular contributor of tutorials and articles on Photoshop and Illustrator techniques to leading magazines worldwide; professor of Graphic Design-Media at the Centennial College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Table of Contents

Drawing and Painting
•Painting in Photoshop;
•Creating Characters with Shape Layers;
•Graffiti Spraypaint Art;
•Graffiti Stencil Art;
•Tracing Photos;
•Illustrating from Scanned Sketches;
•Retro Art Effects;
•Comic Coloring Techniques;

Unconventional Methods
•Antique Effects;
•Photocopier Meets Photoshop;
•Urban Lowbrow Art;

Illustrative Photography
•Creature Architecture;
•The Third Dimension;
•Ageing Effects;
•Realistic Surrealism;

Photoshop and Other Programs
•Bring Stale 3d to Life;
•Photoshop & Poser;
•Art Noveau: Pasting a Vector from Illustrator;
•Changing Patterns: Using Illudtrastor Files as Smart objects

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