- Taschenbuch: 144 Seiten
- Verlag: F&W (24. Juni 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1440308322
- ISBN-13: 978-1440308321
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,3 x 1 x 25,4 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 407.514 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Digital Art Wonderland: Creative Techniques for Inspirational Journaling and Beautiful Blogging (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 24. Juni 2011
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The art of husband-and-wife team Angi Sullins and Silas Toball has been featured in several publications including Somerset Studio, Somerset Digital and Smashing Magazine. Angi and Silas are veterans in the digital art movement and their website (www.duirwaigh.com) and blogs have won numerous awards including Smashing Magazine's Top Fifty Blog Designs, Pixelatic's Top Stunning Websites, Blogosphere's Top 45 Most Creative Blog Designs and Inspiredology's Top Flourish Designs.
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The greatest of these weaknesses, to my mind, is that what makes Sullins and Toball's art gorgeous--in addition to their delightful imagination and sense of play--is not primarily their Photoshop techniques, but rather the wonderful assortment of materials they work with... and they give almost no information on how to find such. They refer to "photography sites and other online resources" but don't list any, except a few for fonts; they just assume that you have an extensive "digital library" and "old books" and "ephemera" scattered about. If you don't, I recommend that for starters you look at the many books of line art, most of it copyright-free, that Dover Publications has put out.
The Photoshop instructions are aimed, I would say, at the advanced beginner or early intermediate user: someone who knows the basics of the program (how to use layers and make selections and so on) but has not explored it in depth. The techniques Toball describes in the tutorials are good (I share his admiration for blending modes, and I thank him for reminding me about blending options, which I have never really explored but certainly now will), but they are of limited range; he uses essentially the same handful of techniques in all eight tutorials. More experienced Photoshop users will probably want more variety and find this pretty lightweight as a how-to book. I had a few specific quibbles as well: Toball brings up vector graphics, but he doesn't explain what they are or how to use them--and they can be quite challenging (in fairness, however, they don't play a major role in his overall technique); and I would recommend masking rather than erasing (which he uses extensively) for situations where one is likely to change one's mind, such as blocking out parts of a layer to let the parts underneath show through, because masking can be easily reversed at any time and erasing cannot.
Sullins rounds, or at least fills, out the book with a few pages of comments on composition, use of type, blogging, and the desirability of being willing to play and enjoy "happy accidents." These certainly do no harm, but for the most part they're too general to be very helpful either.
The book is really a visit into the art-wonderland that the authors, Angi Sullins & Silas Toball actually live in. It appears to be a wonderland so totally rich in images, creativity and down to earth good ideas. Upon receiving the book 2 days ago, i immediately jumped into doing the tutorials with both feet. i am now working on the 4th tutorial, and i am proud of my first 3 digital collages.
The beauty of these 144 pages is that it is really about art and creativity, using Photoshop as a wonderful tool. Usually Photoshop books are just too technical to grasp the many uses the techniques could be used for. In this book the authors take you through the process, step by step, and you are able to play around and see the many possibilities, and you end up with a stunning piece of your own creativity using their steps and prompts.
To be honest, i have never written a book review before, this book has set me on fire.
Check it out! and Good luck with your Digital Art!
And then one day - IT APPEARED, for pre-order (darn!), then magically appeared on my doorstep two weeks earlier than promised! Digital Art Wonderland! - it's where I want to be! Yesterday I tore open the padded yellow envelope with abandon. I love this book. It is all of the techniques that I need to know to specifically accomplish such beautiful works written in a voice that makes me think I can do it. Every page of every tutorial is geared toward this genre of artwork, rather than it being relegated to a single chapter in technical books on Photoshop. It addresses every aspect of collage, down to typography and composition.
The authors speak to you as though you are an artistic peer, though clearly I have a lot to learn to be on their level, and they encourage you - they come through as just plain nice people. The instructions are clear and concise as one can imagine with all these Photoshop terms flying about, but any skill and technique must be practiced to be learned. I am only part way through but have already learned things that will help me in my day job, great tips and tricks, and I can't wait to learn more about the once murky world of "blending." Some techniques I am already quite good at, I just didn't see how to apply them to this kind of artwork. Others are quite easy, but weren't intuitive, until now.
This book is put together a lot like a physical collage art book, with a supply list of images you'll need to complete the project. So you'll bring your own versions to the work, instead of duplicating the authors' work exactly. Unless I blew past it, there are no lists of resources like "get your public domain images on here" or anything, so you'll need to do some hunting on your own (google "the graphics fairy" while you are at it.) I think this will lead to a lot of what the authors term "happy accidents."
It is based on Mac version of CS5, which is fine for me on my PC - use the online help to find what you are looking for and play around with settings if they aren't exactly the same as shown in the book. Some basic Photoshop skills are encouraged by the author. Minimum photoshop version CS3 is recommended. Upgrade from Elements is recommended.
Thank you thank you thank you to the authors for putting the time and energy into showing how it is done. I am staying up all night tonight to play with photoshop and this book, again!