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
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.
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