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Fantasy Clip Art: Everything You Need to Create Your Own Professional-Looking Fantasy Artwork Hardcover – Jun 1 2007


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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; 1 edition (June 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740765523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740765520
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 21.4 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 640 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #783,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Quiring on Dec 12 2007
Format: Hardcover
I found this book quite by accident while browsing away an afternoon in the book store, and as I have a latent desire to learn how to draw creatures, I bought it. The volume is accompanied by a CD containing hundreds of fantasy clip art pieces. All images are simple outlines in PSD layered format and compatible with Adobe PhotoShop, Adobe PhotoShop Elements and Corel Paint Shop Pro.

The author spends the first part of the book giving a brief look back at human imagination and the need to express ourselves, going back through time to the advent of cave paintings. He follows this with a quick introduction to the file contents of the compact disc and plants the seeds in the reader's mind as to how the image files he has provided can let your imagination roam free in the world of fantasy art. The art files contain high-res files of characters, accessories and backgrounds. There is also a file folder full of low-res images for those those who may have older computers. The Characters folder contains 25 pre-drawn files of Orcs, Faeries, Ogres, Horses and more. The Accessories folder contains everything the well-equipped fantasy creature could need from hats to shoes and every weapon in between. In the Background folder, you will find 8 detailed backdrops for your fantasy art piece. As each file is layered, you can adjust elements of each image to suit yourself. You can also remove layers or copy layers over from another image file to make your own unique images based on the art provided.

Information about the art files is followed by a quick two-page briefing about the basic technology needs for creating digital art. Followed by this is a short tutorial on the PhotoShop tools you will most use for editing the images and then colouring them.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
License too restrictive Nov. 21 2007
By B. Hanks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I was going to buy this book when I saw it in a local bookstore. I decided against it, however, when I read the highly restrictive license the authors/publishers placed the book and CD under.

Basically, I'm prohibited from using any derivative works I create with this book for any reason, any time, without paying royalties. So, if I really like the look of the _arm_ of one of the characters in the book and attach it to a character of my own creation in one frame in my 30 page, 180-frame comic, I'm screwed.

Other clip art books (e.g., Dover) wisely note that the clip art is for actual use, and as long as I don't try to sell their clip art in a clip art book (thereby competing directly), or make a derivative work that is mostly their stuff, they allow me free use of the art I purchase. Unfortunately, Crossley (or his publisher) doesn't understand the purpose of clip art books, and sadly places his "valuable" intellectual property safely out of my reach in any practical way.

Thanks, but no thanks.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fair, But Poor Tutorials and Examples Aug. 20 2009
By Belleraphon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book purports to serve two separate purposes: teaching non-experts to colorize digital clip art and providing the reader with a collection of fantasy clip art templates. Since I don't need the clip art, I purchased the book solely to learn the techniques for digitally coloring clip art with Photoshop. Since the first part of the book attempts to explain several techniques for doing so, I eagerly jumped into the tutorials section and began trying to closely follow them. I have used Photoshop for many, many years (non-professionally), and I consider myself a mid-level to semi-expert user. However, I had an extremly hard time following many of the author's tutorials. Many of them leave out important steps that a fairly new Photoshop user will almost surely have trouble with. Even worse, there are some hugely beneficial techniques for doing the colorizing that the author doesn't even mention, much less use (e.g., using selections to control the colorization). Thus precisely following the tutorials (which I at first did) led to more difficulty than necessary. Don't let me confuse you -- I have used the clipart and the tutorials to produce several really cool art pieces that I'm quite proud of. However, it has taken me lots and lots and lots of deciphering of several tutorial steps to see what the author was really trying to teach me, and I'm not even now sure that I grokked his techniques or simply created my own hybrid techniques. After spending many hours with the book, the CD, and Photoshop, I'm convinced this book was published mostly to sell the author's clip art, not to teach the reader the techniques of coloring clip art. The included clip art is indeed impressive, cool, and fun to experiment with. (Unfortunately, one of the main art pieces showcased in the book isn't included on the CD.) If you need/want the clip art -- or to see how multilayered clip art can be created in Photoshop, the book is a good buy; but if you want to learn to color clip art, you can find much better books for that purpose.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Ugh. March 31 2011
By Drew - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I like it, it's a good resource, except for the following.

I ordered this damned book new, and it has a sharpie mark on the bottom of it, and the license is way too restrictive
2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Great Resource July 8 2007
By Jake - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book provides a wealth of top-quality fantasy art resources which can be used for all sorts of creative projects - including board, card and even video games. It's a really attractive book to own, with top quality color printing throughout. If you know your way around Photoshop, but don't have the talent to create artwork for yourself then this book is a complete gold mine.

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