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Beginner's Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop [Paperback]

Nykolai Aleksander , Richard Tilbury , 3DTotal Team
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Book Description

Jan. 31 2012

Beginner’s Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop is a new series dedicated to providing a comprehensive guide to the basics of digital painting in this versatile program. Whether you’re new to this artistic medium or simply looking to improve existing skills, this book offers up a wealth of suggestions and advice to get you started, improve workflows, perfect techniques, and produce stunning images.

The step-by-step tutorials within this book don’t just describe techniques, but actively demonstrate how these techniques can be applied to an artwork. Industry veterans including Nykolai Aleksander and Richard Tilbury share the benefits of their years of experience in a clear and methodical fashion. They examine the various basic Photoshop tools on offer, shedding light on these features and establishing ways of successfully integrating them into an artistic workflow. Fundamental art theory is also covered, including classic topics such as composition, story-telling, portraying emotion, lighting, and color, leading to a thorough understanding of the components that make up a successful image.

Instructive and inspirational, Beginner’s Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop is an ideal resource for anyone taking their first steps into the digital painting world.

Nykolai Aleksander is a UK-based freelance character illustrator and portrait painter, who has been working in the CG field for the past eight years.

Richard Tilbury is a freelance artist from the United Kingdom who works in both 2D and 3D and has been featured in a number of popular publications.

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Nykolai Aleksander
A UK-based freelance character illustrator and portrait painter, Nykolai Aleksander has been working in the CG field for the past eight years, with publications in several Ballistic Publishing books and 3DTotal's Digital Art Masters series, as well as numerous magazines around the world.

Richard Tilbury
Richard Tilbury has had a passion for drawing since being a couple of feet tall. After studying Fine Art, he was eventually led into the realm of computers several years ago. Rich's brushes have slowly been dissolving in white spirit since the late nineties and now his graphics tablet has become their successor. He still sketches regularly and now balances his time between 2D and 3D, although drawing will always be closest to his heart.

3DTotal Publishing
3DTotal was founded in 1999 as a simple 3D resource website. Over the last decade the site has evolved into one of the premier CG art websites in the world, offering a variety of training products, an inspirational gallery, a free texture library and hundreds of free tutorials on a variety of subjects.

In 2006, 3DTotal entered into partnership with Focal Press and launched the popular book series Digital Art Masters and Digital Painting Techniques. The premise for these books was to provide high quality content that would inspire and educate the next generation of digital artists. Featuring the work of top industry professionals, detailed tutorials and image breakdowns, these series have become firmly established as indispensible resources for any digital artist.

After five successful years working with Focal Press, 3DTotal Publishing was launched in early 2010. As well as self-publishing the next volumes in the pre-existing Digital Art Masters and Digital Painting Techniques series, 3DTotal Publishing has launched a number of new titles including: The Art of Atomhawk Design: Volume 1, Photoshop for 3D Artists: Volume 1 and Beginner’s Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wordy with weak examples May 13 2012
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I was looking forward to receiving this book due to the excellent reviews and was VERY disappointed.

There was far too much ineffective text that coincided with uninspiring amateur art. The book contains paragraph after paragraph of unhelpful and poorly written directions and aside from the nice cover, the examples of 'professional' art simply had no aesthetic value.

I know several classmates, tutors, and friends, who digital paint better than what was illustrated here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed as well Sept. 15 2013
I thought it's a good book for amateur artist but it's not.. The cover is totally different inside of the book... I don't recommend this shit.. .
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3.0 out of 5 stars 2 much expectations... July 29 2014
By zorro
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A bit disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I've been looking for a book like this for awhile! Jan. 25 2012
By Pacucho - Published on Amazon.com
I just received my copy of this book, and this book is amazing! I have purchased other books regarding tutorials and techniques for working in Photoshop, with the sole purpose of completing digital art. (Some of those books have come from 3D Total, the company behind this book as well.)

However, all of the other books have been written with the idea that the reader already has a good, solid understanding of how to work in Photoshop. The idea is, here are some tips and techniques to help one improve their ability and skills within Photoshop. This book is not like the previously mentioned class of digital art books. From the very first pages, the book starts out with basic principles and techniques on how to begin using Photoshop. You learn how to adjust the default settings in Photoshop and then how to setup your graphic tablet as well. From there the information continues, teaching someone how to go about using the tools found in Photoshop and eventually how to start creating one's own piece of digital art. There are even limited and brief sections on art theory and what makes a good piece, color, composition, etc.

After looking for many books related to learning digital art techniques, I am glad I risked the money and bought this book. This is by far the best book I have found for anyone looking to learn about digital art as a complete beginner.
38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great purchase, not only for beginners Feb. 23 2012
By Seitora - Published on Amazon.com
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Received this book this week and I must say I am thoroughly happy with it. As I expected from the preview I've seen on 3DTotalPublishing's site, this book is not only intended for those just beginning to learn about painting in Photoshop, but instead presents rendering techniques valuable even for professional artists, like some of the artists presenting this book state(for example Kekai Kotaki from ArenaNet's "Guild Wars" and Daarken). Still, if you're looking for a more images-filled type of book this is not the one for you, since it goes in-depth providing a lot of written information and just the necessary amount of imagery. Each chapter of the main parts is written and illustrated by an artist who presents his own approach, but following the matter of study. You will also be provided with a reminder inside the book to download the accompanying resources for the tutorials in this book from 3DTotalPublishing's site(there you can also see a small format full preview for this book)

The book starts off with the basics: presenting the Photoshop workspace, optimizing it for your own needs and in accordance to your computer's resources, introducing the main features such as working with colors, brushes, textures, blending modes, how to establish composition, perspective and basic tonal values, using photographs for texturing or as matte painting bases, working with masks, wand tool, filters and more. Great insight for beginners and medium-level users of PS.

It continues with art fundamentals, where you will find a more in-depth presentation of what makes a painting good or great. Lighting, value, color, composition, perspective and depth, portraying emotions in your character or landscape and even storytelling. You will learn about the Fibonacci number and his "golden ratio", different types of perspective and much more. A very insightful chapter with extended text supported by just the right amount of images, as with the rest of this book.

A "complete project" chapter follows then, basically presenting you with the creation of a finished piece of digital painting using all the info previously presented in the book. Take it as a revision of some sorts, combined with an in-depth, step-by-step tutorial. Great for evaluating your own learning speed and process.

The book goes on to hands down type of practice, showing you how to create speed paintings dealing with SF character and landscapes, paint your piece using only tonal values of grays and only afterwards apply the color glazes, how to create a finished piece using elements of photos and combining them with digital painting - a technique known as matte painting, widely used in feature films' concept design -, and finally how to tackle fantasy landscapes, in this case an eery skull-canyon-like view overlooking a river and waterfall. Starting with this chapter and continuing until further you will probably see how the pages at which you find certain chapters don't coincide anymore with the pages given in the Contents page. Or at least that's how it is in my own copy's case.

The "Project overviews" chapter deals once again with step-by-step processes of different artists' finished pieces. Again the emphasis is more on text, but you get a decent amount of images also. Personally I appreciate the written part more, since it allows one to use the given techniques in his or her own way, without the pressure to make the final piece as likely in style as the artist's work.

"Quick tips" is an extremely well-made chapter in my opinion, presenting you with short and concise "how to" approaches on different tricky elements, such as trees, sandstorms, smoke, underwater, skin, make something look wet, all those detail things which make a painting come alive.

And finally the "Breakdown gallery" is the major eye-candy part of this book for those who were looking forward to it, you basically get step-by-step kind of tutorials containing only 5 images each - including the finished artwork -, so it's up to you to pay attention and observe since you don't get any text accompanying them. However, after a book packed full of text and information, you should be able to analyse and decipher what and how each artist used in every step in order to achieve the final result.

And that's about it. All in all a great book which offers you all the necessary information without cluttering too many pictures, allowing you to use the given tips in your own way and creating your own image, not just style-copies. Definitely worth its money and then some.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the Holy Grail of Digital Painting Jan. 31 2012
By Colonel Mustard - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the most comprehensive guide to painting in photoshop that I have read thus far. From setting up your workspace, to learning the fundaments of design, to developing your own style; this book has it all. It even has a section for techniques for painting common things such as clouds, fire, grass, and metal. For the price it is the only photoshop painters guide. Highly recomended.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Illustration student recommends it May 19 2012
By tavodu - Published on Amazon.com
I have to say I was very reluctant to buy this book because of all the free tutorials you can already find online. If you are looking for step-by-step guides only, this book might disappoint you, and perhaps you should stick to the online tutorials only. This book is different, though. You will get advice not only on how to paint, but there is a lot of tips on actual design and composition which could be applied to analog painting as well. The book itself is of great quality; I also bought Digital Painting Techniques vol.3 and I'm planning on eventually buy more from 3dTotal; years ago I bought 3dTotal Textures to use with 3dSMax and they have never disappointed me.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost TOO basic Feb. 7 2014
By Kevin T. Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
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The "Beginner's Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop" is a very lavish & thorough guide to concepts and workflows, but it also seems aimed at people who have never even seen Photoshop (the principal app used). Too much space is devoted to such elementary info, while the step-by-step descriptions are (ironically) more of an intellectual guide than a technical one. Too little space is allotted to actual technique, which is what I would think is the reason why most people would buy the book.
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