Luanne Seymour Cohen has assembled another solid design "cookbook" in which the recipes are complete meals, not just snacks. Design Essentials for Adobe Photoshop 7 and Illustrator 10 has step-by-step instructions for real-world design and illustration problems using Photoshop and Illustrator. It's perfect for those times when you know exactly which visual style you need--perhaps a neon lighting effect or that cool "graphic novel" look. And it's equally as helpful for times when you're just looking for inspiration or to sharpen your skills--for example, learning how Channels can be better for turning a photo from color to grayscale.
Projects include transforming a photograph into various styles of painterly images and into a mosaic composition that looks handcrafted out of tissue paper. Readers also find out how to simulate marbled paper, make transparent shadows and gradients on a path, draw 3-D packages and bar charts, create type with a scratchboard fill or even in the style of a '60s psychedelic poster. One section shows a sampling of filter combinations, like "Mosaic + Ripple" and "Dry Brush + Graphic Pen."
Design Essentials is laid out with the steps on the left of the page, color screen shots on the right. Although this is not a "basics" book, even a beginner would be able to follow along. The book assumes that readers are familiar with Photoshop and Illustrator, but a nifty appendix of shortcuts and handy tips (for example, hit the X key to switch the foreground/background colors) makes this a great reference for readers of all levels. And even though the focus is on the latest versions of Photoshop and Illustrator, several of the sections will still make sense to those readers who haven't yet upgraded.
Featuring completely new examples, this book's usefulness will last long after newer versions of Photoshop and Illustrator have come out. I still regularly reach for my copy of Cohen's 1993 Imaging Essentials (featuring similar tips on using Photoshop 2.5 and Illustrator 5!). This new edition has now earned a prominent place on my bookshelf as well. --Mike Caputo
Here are the latest editions of two very good manuals.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Luanne Cohen has a gift for making difficult Photoshop and Illustrator concepts easy to understand. This lavishly illustrated book will make you aware of a wide variety of... Read morePublished on Dec 29 2000 by Jolly Dog
LuAnne is my hero and my role model. What a "gotta have it" book! If you do Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, you need to do it with LuAnne. Read morePublished on June 3 2000 by Arthur H. Cooper
This book is a great sidekick to Adobe vis. software users. It offers quick reference to some great ideas and useful tips while you work away at that digital project. Bravo!Published on Dec 31 1999
I had been looking for a book like this and was very disappionted and frustrated after trying to do the first chapter. Read morePublished on Aug. 30 1999