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The Technique and Power of Creation"This is a book of techniques. They are the techniques that I have developed in the creation of my fine art. My art is considered photo-realism because the final product looks like a photograph. As a commercial illustrator, I am commissioned to create photographs of products or situations that can't be photographed with a camera. In most cases, the product does not yet exist. To achieve such a high level of realism, I have developed the techniques I share with you in this book. This does not imply that you will become a photo-realist painter, but you will find that many of these techniques can be applied to many of the imaging problems that can arise in the workflow of anyone involved with the use of images. They are also techniques that might inspire you to explore the outer reaches of your own creativity."
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1. Off to a Good Start.
File Browser. Photoshop Layers. The Alpha Channel. The Illustrator-Photoshop Connection. In the Beginning... The Sketch. Walking a Thin Line. Realistic Text. Tiny Details. Creating a Chain with a Pattern Brush. Spring into Action with Transform Again. The House Blend. Perspective. Putting Things into Perspective.
Putting the Brushes to Work. Up in Smoke.
Creating a Lifelike Tree. Turning Over a New Leaf. Redwoods.
Shadows with Layer Style. Distorted Shadows. Creating Shadows. Double Your Pleasure. A Shadow from Glass. Shadows on Angled Surfaces. Let There be Light. A Bright Spot.
Creating Realistic Wood Textures. Weathered Wood. Wood Bark on a Tree. Hard as a Rock. Creating Stucco. Creating Concrete. As Thick as a Brick. Heavy Metal. The Best for Last.
A Rainy Day. Standing Water. A Drop in the Bucket. Let it Snow. Where There's Smoke, There's Fire. Feeling a Little Foggy?
A Need for Change. Easy Stuff. A Well-Rounded Understanding. Getting a Handle on Things.
Shadows Cast on a Rough Surface. Flag Waving.
The Subway Inn (1989). Objects on Cloth (1989). Lock (1990). Sam's (1990). Height's Deli (1990). Sphere Chamber (1990). Nail Enamel (1991). Zanzibar Motel (1991). Hayden Orpheum (1991). Peter's Ice Cream (1991). Abraham's Automotive (1992). Parkers' (1992). The NY Deli (1993). Akihabara (1994). Bean Bins (1994). Pic-n-Pac (1995). Miller (1996). View 2 (1996). Subway Seat (1998). Window in Krakow (1998). Studio Theater (1999). The Raven (1999). Hotel Arcata (2000). Little Church (2000). Streetlight (2000). Tower with a Weathervane (2000). AnyM (2001). HAMBURGERS (2002).