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Photoshop Studio with Bert Monroy: Digital Painting

Book Description

One of the most talented digital artists working in the medium shares his secrets for creating stunning art using Adobe Photoshop. A master class for the experienced Photoshop artist, this beautifully illustrated guide not only shows how to construct digital images, but also the painstaking refinement process required to create truly magnificent work. With the culmination of years of experimentation, Bert Monroy demonstrates step-by-step the essential techniques you’ll need to build awe-inspiring photorealistic paintings.

Learn how to:
• Effectively use the Brushes palette and other Photoshop tools
• Master alpha channels, layers, selections, filters, masks, and clipping paths
• Use highlights and shadows effectively to set the mood and add dimension
• Understand perspective and create eye-catching compositions
• Organize your workflow, take photographs, and collect reference materials to produce an accurate rendering of the subject

Download bonus chapters at: www.peachpit.com/digitalpainting

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Foreword
  4. Introduction
    1. The Content
    2. The Studio
  5. How to Use This Book
  6. 1. The Workflow
    1. Inspiration
    2. The Sketch
      1. Definitions of Perspective Terms
      2. Completing the Sketch
    3. Reference Material
      1. Steps to Accuracy
      2. Reference Shots for Fine Details
      3. The Need for Taking Notes
    4. Researching References
    5. The Photoshop Workflow
      1. Working in Sections
      2. The Composite File
      3. Creating Separate Files
    6. Staying Organized
  7. 2. Lights and Shadows
    1. The World Around You
    2. Paintings That Focus on Lights and Shadows
    3. Using Light Sources
    4. Creating Lighting Effects
      1. The Drop Shadow
      2. The Layer Style Global Light
  8. 3. Oakland
    1. A Turning Point
    2. Starting the Painting
    3. Building a Stone Wall
      1. Aging the Stone
        1. Using layer styles for effects
      2. The Building Blocks
      3. Shadows
    4. Creating the Neon Tubes
      1. Adding the Fine Details
      2. Distortion Through Glass
    5. The Alpha Channel
      1. Making Selections
      2. Using an Alpha Channel
    6. Reflections
    7. Creating Tiny Lightbulbs with Layers
      1. Casting Shadows
  9. 4. Shoe Repair
    1. Reflections and Shadows
    2. Reflections
    3. Aged Neon
    4. Rust
    5. Fading Reflections
    6. Shadows
    7. Creating a Canvas Texture
      1. The Stitching
  10. 5. Old Chair
    1. Another Shift
    2. From Mouse to Tablet
      1. The Cintiq
    3. Techniques in Photoshop
      1. Finally a Purpose!
      2. Damages
      3. Other Dynamics
    4. Personal Stock Library
  11. 6. Red Truck
    1. Filters and Textures
    2. Spherize and the Negative Number
    3. Aging the Truck
    4. Creating a Worn Metal Texture
      1. Using the Displace Filter
    5. Tiny Speckles
    6. The Headlamp
    7. Rust, Dirt, and Grime
    8. The Minor Details
  12. 7. Oyster Bar
    1. Complexity and Precision
    2. Creating Rain and Puddles
      1. When the Rain Stops Falling
      2. Creating Large Puddles
      3. Puddles on the Street
    3. Creating the Manhole Cover
      1. Transform Again
      2. Making the Manhole Cover Come to Life
    4. Calculations
    5. Warping with a Mesh
    6. The Easy Way Out
    7. Creating Perspective Guides with the Blend Tool
    8. The Textures
      1. Cutting Wood
      2. Pouring Concrete
      3. Getting Slick
      4. That Little Extra Oomph
  13. 8. Lunch in Tiburon
    1. Capturing Sunlight
    2. The Tablecloth
      1. The Florets
      2. The Background
      3. Speckled Texture
      4. The Overall Texture
      5. Creating the Pattern
      6. Soft Folds
        1. Displace
    3. The Pepper Flake Brush
    4. A Touch of Light
    5. Refractions
      1. Red Straw Through Glass
      2. Tablecloth Through Glass
    6. The Fine Text
    7. Free-form Painting
  14. 9. Damen
    1. The Greatest Challenge
    2. Individual Documents
      1. 15,000 Layers
      2. Files and Subfiles
    3. The Train
      1. Organization
      2. Layer Styles
    4. The Windows
    5. The Rivets
      1. Scratching the Surface
      2. Back to the Rivets
    6. Rusty Railings
    7. Dirt and Grime
    8. Trees
    9. Patterns
    10. Repurposing Layers
    11. The Illustrator Connection
      1. The Blend Tool
        1. The Railings
        2. The Springs
      2. Transform Again
        1. Multiple Windows
        2. Multiple Conductors
      3. Advanced Text Features
    12. The Clipping Group
    13. The Vanishing Point
  15. 10. Tutorials
    1. Your Turn
    2. Fun with Layers
    3. Creating Shadows
    4. Working with Alpha Channels
    5. Using the Brushes Panel: Creating a Tree
    6. Creating Textures with Patterns
    7. Experimenting with Filters
      1. Rusty Old Sign
      2. It’s Raining!
      3. Lightning Strikes Again!
  16. Farewell...