Be­gin­ner’s Guide to Dig­i­tal Paint­ing in Pho­to­shop El­e­ments

We go back to ba­sics with this in-depth but user-friendly guide to the stripped-back ver­sion of Adobe’s premier art soft­ware

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Ed­i­tor Jenny Newell e see a lot of Pho­to­shop how-to books pass through the Imag­ineFX of­fices, but this one’s got a unique per­spec­tive. It tack­les Pho­to­shop El­e­ments, the cheaper ver­sion of the ubiq­ui­tous cre­ative soft­ware, rather than the pricy pro ver­sion. As a re­sult it’s not go­ing to teach ad­vanced Pho­to­shop­pers any­thing new, but as a be­gin­ner’s guide it’s ex­cel­lent.

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Rather than a lengthy pream­ble on the dif­fer­ences be­tween El­e­ments and its big­ger brother, the book hits the ground run­ning by get­ting you to cre­ate art right away. After a brief ex­pla­na­tion of the var­i­ous tools the first proper tu­to­rial, ded­i­cated to us­ing the Lasso and layer tools, builds up an im­pres­sively stark desert scene. It then delves into the ba­sics of art the­ory, ex­plain­ing how light in­ter­ac­tion pro­duces dif­fer­ent colours, how to draw the eye through a scene with flow­ing lines, and cre­at­ing depth and per­spec­tive.

As a be­gin­ner’s text it’s sur­pris­ingly ex­haus­tive, too, with the last 20 or so of its 222 pages ded­i­cated to break­downs of var­i­ous images so you can take a stab at cre­at­ing them your­self. If you’re a fan of dig­i­tal art who’d like to paint with El­e­ments, this is a great place to start. Bet­ter still, it in­tro­duces the core art con­cepts at the same time.

Dave Neale shows just what’s pos­si­ble with Pho­to­shop El­e­ments, in his in­for­ma­tive car­toon crit­ters work­shop.

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