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Creative Thinking in Photoshop
A review by Joe Kling
I am still amazed at how excited I am when I get a new Photoshop book to check out. So when I saw that Sharon Steuer had published a Photoshop book, I was very jazzed. I only know Sharon peripherally from my exposure to her work through the “Zen of the Pen” workshop she offers at The Design University. I really wasn’t sure what to expect. But I was excited, none the less, to get to see what yet another person has done with Photoshop.
“Creative Thinking in Photoshop A NEW APPROACH TO DIGITAL ART”. The title was instantly intriguing. I tend to approach Photoshop and many other applications as a mechanic. I am, for the most part, a production artist. I take the designer’s files and prepare them to work on press. I was looking forward to getting some insight into how Sharon makes that “big right-brain shift” and lets the creativity flow into her Photoshop projects.
I swear, I really thought I was ready.
Testify, sister. Tell me what it is! Sharon even warned me ahead of time. She discusses the creative versus mechanical issues we need to face.
But a funny thing happened on my way to the show... as I worked my way through the first few chapters, I began to notice the pattern Sharon creates throughout the rest of the book for trying lots of variations off of an initial theme, utilizing filters and blending modes. I suddenly noticed that I was clenching my fist and I was breathing shallow and rapidly. I found myself thinking, ...“But what about the masking technique, what about this...what about some other issue.”. I was really getting caught up in the mechanics.
Now Sharon does a great job of providing enough technical information to get you started down some interesting roads. And I’m pretty sure that’s all she wants to do... get you started. Where you eventually go, and how you get there is your own adventure.
This book is a fascinating look into one artist’s method. I learned some interesting things about myself, and the different ways I might approach future projects. I would highly recommend giving this book a read.
In Creative Thinking in Photoshop: A New Approach to Digital Art, Sharon accomplishes two main things. First, she provides grist for the artist's creative process. You'll discover different ways to brainstorm, experiment, play, improvise -- be creative -- using Photoshop. The beautiful work included in the book provides ample evidence that there is much you can do in Photoshop to add interest to your work, whether it was originally created in traditional or digital form.
Second, you'll be exposed to a variety of ways to integrate traditional and digital art. In all, you'll be taken on a facinating journey in search of inspiration and creativity. Join Sharon on this exciting creative journey -- and use Creative Thinking in Photoshop as your road map.
HH from Fairfield County, CT said:
Don't miss Sharon's "Illustrator WOW" series
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