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Creative Thinking in Photoshop: A New Approach to Digital Art

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Creative Thinking in Photoshop: A New Approach to Digital Art

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  • Copyright 2002
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7357-1122-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7357-1122-8

Flex your creative muscles by exploring how Photoshop can unlock your creative potential. Traditional artists porting their skills to new media and inexperienced digital artists need to learn how to approach their work using digital tools--especially Photoshop--rather than relying solely on paper and pencil methods of conceptualization. While there are books that walk users through tool sets or recipes for effects, none of these books focus on enhancing the creative process. Steuer explores the many facets of the creative process and underscores how they can be incorporated into the workflow of the digital artist.

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1. Compositing and the Creative Process.

The Basics of the Compositing Process. Keeping the Old While Bringing in the New. Composing in Pieces. Seaming a Sequence of Images. More Exploration Suggestions.

2. Creative Problem Solving Using Layers.

Last Minute Scaling. Touching Up Darks and Lights and Equalizing Value. Unifying Color and Patching Together Missing Pieces. More Exploration Suggestions.

3. Improvising with Color Using Layers.

Basic Coloring with Layers. Experimenting with Layers and Blending Modes. Planned Improvisations with Color. Continued Improvisations with Color. More Exploration Suggestions.

4. Radical Ways to Generate New Ideas from Older, or “Finished” Work.

Radically Transforming an Image. Reinterpreting an Existing Image. More Exploration Suggestions.

5. Nonlinear Creativity.

Recovering Lost Stages. Combining Multiple Versions or Similar Images. Stacking and Masking Variations. More Exploration Suggestions.

6. Compositional Brainstorming.

Brainstorming New Directions. Creating an Imaginary Place. Inserting Content into a Composition. More Exploration Suggestions.

7. Creating Monotypes from Digital Images.

Creating Your Digital Templates. Preparing Your Work Area. Painting and Printing the Plate. Some Final Notes on Materials. More Exploration Suggestions.

8. Collaborating with Other Artists or Photographers.

Establishing a Collaborative Relationship. Different Ways of Working Collaboratively. Collaborative Projects with Photoshop. More Exploration Suggestions.

9. Simulating Installations of Your Work.

Overview of the Issues to Consider. Improvising an Effect with Your Image. Installing Three-Dimensional Images. More Exploration Suggestions.

Appendix. Arranging Your Workspace.

General Computer Setup. Graphics Tablets. Saving and Naming Conventions. Undos, the History Palette, and Keeping a Log. Ending with the Prints. For More Help with Photoshop. Techniques at a Glance.



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