Photoshop CS3 Photo Effects Cookbook
53 Easy-to-Follow Recipes for Digital Photographers, Designers, and Artists
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: December 2007
Pages: 176

Whether you're just getting getting into Photoshop or have been using it for a while, you know that it's a many-faceted application that can be somewhat overwhelming to master. With 53 easy-to-follow recipes, Photoshop CS3 Photo Effects Cookbook shows you how to use Photoshop CS3 to simulate classic camera and darkroom techniques and special effects--without making you first learn Photoshop inside and out.

The book covers:

  • Using the improved Vanishing Point, Lens Blur, and Black & White filters
  • Creating graphic art effects: posterization, watercolor, pen and ink
  • Working with lighting effects: neon glows, lens flares, fire and flame effects
  • Simulating natural phenomena: rain, snow, and lightning
  • Adapting traditional techniques: film grain, contrast masks, hand-tinting, cross-processing
  • Adding motion blurs and other special effects
  • Assembling multi-layered images and photomontages

Packed with hundreds of full-color images, step-by-step instructions, and many practical tips, this book-and Adobe Photoshop CS3- are all you need to create professional graphic art effects from almost any image source.

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By Nikonman

from Abilene, TX

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Pros

  • Concise
  • Helpful examples

Cons

  • Difficult to understand

Best Uses

  • Intermediate
  • Novice
  • Student

Comments about oreilly Photoshop CS3 Photo Effects Cookbook:

I have used these projects with some of my photo students and the content is GREAT. The projects are engaging and not too long for most.
In some cases, commands seem to be missing from the directions, but anyone knowing a fair amount about Photoshop should be able to work things out without the extra information.

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Photoshop AWAKENED - Finally the BOOK I've been waiting for!!!

By Brian D. Watters

from Undisclosed

Comments about oreilly Photoshop CS3 Photo Effects Cookbook:

I noticed this new book on the shelf at my favorite book store, and flipped it open to find an amazing selection of visual and verbose tutorials in an easy to understand style of teaching which covers many of the classic effects I have painstakingly attempted to create through trial and error in my 11 years of using Photoshop.

Creating realistic fire using only elements shipped with Photoshop, such as Blending Layers, Cloud Filters and eraser brushes, explained in such a fashion that I felt silly for not having considered this before.

Although the book gives a web site address where I can download the practice files used in the tutorials, I felt the true test would be to use my own images, and I was not disappointed in the lease.

Changing a sunny daytime scene to surreal night time scene, or snow covered winter storm scene, or rainy lightening scene were too much to pass up. So with camera in hand here are my before and after images:

http://www.new.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1804046&l=eacba&id=744126279

http://www.new.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1804043&l=ffb62&id=744126279

http://www.new.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1804044&l=a2fe5&id=744126279

http://www.new.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1804045&l=6df0c&id=744126279

and all four in one:

http://www.new.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1804042&l=6a77f&id=744126279

There's allot of exceptional tutorials here, 53 to be exact, and simulating natural phenomena are just a few.

The price is what got me. Most books of this caliber are double the price.

I'm giving this puppy 5 stars, and will definitely be looking for more titles once I'm done.

- Brian D. Watters

Here's my public portfolio for the Realistic Fire Sample and some of my other works:

http://www.photoshopuser.com/members/portfolios/view/gallery/1164901

http://www.photoshopuser.com/members/portfolios/files/uploads/1164901/full/oops.jpg

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