While capturing the perfect photograph is a welcome creative challenge for photographers, post-production can often be a headache. Downloading, sorting, tagging, editing, and distributing your digital images - especially the enormous quantities produced in today's image-happy world - can be overwhelming. Time to take a deep breath and sit down with a copy of this calming book. Digital worksflow teacher and author Mark Fitzgerald offers low-stress, post-production photography workflows and editing solutions that will make your life easier.
Walking you through the latest photography software, especially Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop, Mark offers sensible advice and answers all your post-production questions, whether you're a professional photographer, serious amateur, or motivated novice.Takes the stress out of photography post-production by offering effective, timesaving, no-hassle solutions for overworked digital photographers Helps you streamline and simplify such post-production tasks as downloading, sorting, tagging, editing, and distributing digital images Explores the latest photography software, with special emphasis on Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop Offers straightforward advice for professional photographers and serious amateurs Includes practical, real-world examples, so you can immediately apply what you're learning
Get into a better, more relaxing place with your photography post-production workflows and tasks with Zen of Post Production: Stress-Free Photography Workflow and Editing.
After the best images are identified, photographers move to the second part of the workflow, the Creative Workflow, to fine-tune special images using a variety of advanced digital tools so that the creative vision is realized. An overwhelming majority of digital photographers use Photoshop for this advanced editing.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom & Photoshop Workflow Bible effectively guides digital photographers through both parts of this process. Author Mark Fitzgerald, an Adobe Certified Expert and Adobe Certified Instructor in Photoshop CS3 offers readers a clear path to using both Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS3 to create a complete digital workflow. Fitzgerald uses tips, tricks, and step-by-step directions to demonstrate how to integrate these two powerful programs to optimize image management and create stunning images.
The first part of this book is dedicated to offering an overview of the complete workflow, clearly defining the purpose of both Photoshop and Lightroom within a photographer’s workflow and explaining the basics of image files and how to organize them.
The second part delves into using Lightroom to manage the Production Workflow. It begins with an in-depth look at the Lightroom workspace and how images are imported into it. Photographers are then guided through organizing images within Lightroom, processing photos, sharing photos with others in a variety of formats and creating files to use outside of Lightroom. Finally, the workflow is put into action by demonstrating how a wildlife photographer used Lightroom in the field while photographing migrating polar bears in the arctic.
The third part focuses on Photoshop and the Creative Workflow, starting with opening files in Photoshop as well as suggesting when and how photographers should be utilizing Bridge and Adobe Camera Raw. A review of the Photoshop workspace is followed by information on adjusting tonality and color with a wide variety of tools, and working with layers.
Part four moves into more advanced Photoshop tools and techniques, such as selections, layer masks and using Photoshop’s retouching tools. There is also a discussion on the nuances of using Photoshop and Lightroom together and how to use Photoshop actions in Lightroom.
Part five focuses on putting all of the pieces together to create the complete Creative Workflow with Photoshop. It begins with a discussion for creating strategies for success. The author then moves on to how to solve special portrait retouching problems and how to add creative finishing touches. Then Fitzgerald demonstrates the entire process with a downloadable practice file so you can follow along and practice your newly learned skills.
But, don’t be fooled by the book’s size. Within it are over 300 full-color pages walks you through the workflow, editing, and organizing tasks found in this after-capture software programs— Photoshop CS4. Additionally, numerous practice files are available online, so you can download them from wherever you happen to be.
Topics include:Getting organized in Adobe Bridge Working with raw files Understanding Photoshop CS4’s updated, more intuitive user interface Using different techniques for tonal and color adjustments Creating black & whites, and sepia tones Working with selection and retouching tools Using the new Masking and Adjustments panels to add creative effects Demystifying resolution and sizing Creating elegant panoramas from multiple photos Printing at home or at the lab Building slideshows and uploading Web galleries easily using the new Adobe Output Module
This easy-to-read book breaks this powerful program down into bite-sized pieces so you can quickly develop a consistent workflow that gives you quality results with every photo. It’s exactly what every photographer needs After the Shoot.
Blender For Dummies is the quick and easy guide to learning 3D modeling and animation using the popular, free, open source Blender software. You'll learn how to create models, animate movement, and render well-lit scenes as you master the powerful features that rival the more expensive professional animation software. This third edition is updated to cover the latest features added in Blender, including digital sculpting with dynamic topology, rendering with the incredibly powerful Cycles renderer, and more advanced simulation tools. You'll learn the shortcuts and tricks that make creating animation a reality for anyone at any level. The companion web site provides access to additional tutorials that give you the confidence you need to start animating quickly. This useful guide blends the functionality of a reference with the hands-on learning that develops your skills and understanding in a flash.Create 3D objects with meshes, curves, and surfaces Add color, texture, shades, reflections, and transparencies Set your models in motion with animation and rigging Create expert-level scenes with lighting and camera placement
If you want to learn 3D animation, but don't want to spend thousands of dollars getting started, Blender is just the solution you need. Blender For Dummies is the ultimate learning companion.
* Removing blemishes and distractions
* Creating amazing, natural-looking portraits
* Changing the color of clothing and hair
* Changing the shape of bodies and objects
* Using layers, adjustment layers, and masks
* Replacing skies and backgrounds
* Straightening lines and buildings
* Compositing multiple images together
* Changing facial expressions and poses
* Creating complex selections and masks
* Creating panoramas
* Creating actions to automate tasks
* Choosing the best image formats
* Customizing and configuring Photoshop CC
Tony & Chelsea go beyond teaching you how to use Photoshop; they teach you why and when to use each feature to create stunning, natural images. When Photoshop isn’t the best tool, they suggest other alternatives.
Combining the benefits of video training and book learning, this video book gives you over 10 hours of video and dozens of images to practice with. If you learn better with video, watch the video training and refer to the book for quick reference. For best results, walk through each procedure in the book using the provided sample images. Then, watch the videos to learn more advanced and artistic techniques. If you still have questions, or want peer review, join our Photoshop group on Facebook and get feedback from other Photoshop users.
Tony and Chelsea cover every aspect of Photoshop in-depth, but structure their teaching so that both beginner and advanced photographers can learn as efficiently as possible. If you just want a quick start, you can watch the first video or read the first chapter and you'll know the basics of photo editing in less than an hour. If you want to know more about a specific feature, switch to that video or jump to that chapter in the ebook. If you want to know everything about Photoshop, watch the videos and read the book from start to finish.
This Autodesk Official Training guide is a comprehensive reference and tutorial that will help you quickly master AutoCAD software. Featuring concise explanations, step-by-step instructions, and hands-on projects based on real-world designs, this Autodesk Official Training Guide covers everything from interface best practices to hatches, fields, dynamic blocks, attributes, linking drawings to databases, rendering realistic views, and presenting designs. This Mastering book is recommended as a Certification Preparation study guide resource for the AutoCAD Associate and Professional exams.Serves as an in-depth resource on the fundamentals, functions, and features of AutoCAD, the popular 2D and 3D drawing software, and its less expensive version AutoCAD LT Describes how to effectively use hatches, fields, and tables; execute 3D modeling, imaging, and customizing; work with dynamic blocks, drawing curves, and solid fills; and more Features a DVD with more than a dozen video tutorials, "before and after" tutorial files, a trial version of AutoCAD, and additional tools and utilities Shares helpful examples, step-by-step instructions, and hands-on projects from award-winning author and CAD specialist George Omura
This detailed tutorial is mandatory reading if you're eager to become proficient with AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT.
The term 'hacker' has been redefined to consist of anyone who has an insatiable curiosity as to how things work—and how they can try to make them better. This book is aimed at hackers of all skill levels and explains the classical principles and techniques behind beautiful designs by deconstructing those designs in order to understand what makes them so remarkable. Author and designer David Kadavy provides you with the framework for understanding good design and places a special emphasis on interactive mediums. You'll explore color theory, the role of proportion and geometry in design, and the relationship between medium and form. Packed with unique reverse engineering design examples, this book inspires and encourages you to discover and create new beauty in a variety of formats.Breaks down and studies the classical principles and techniques behind the creation of beautiful design Illustrates cultural and contextual considerations in communicating to a specific audience Discusses why design is important, the purpose of design, the various constraints of design, and how today's fonts are designed with the screen in mind Dissects the elements of color, size, scale, proportion, medium, and form Features a unique range of examples, including the graffiti in the ancient city of Pompeii, the lack of the color black in Monet's art, the style and sleekness of the iPhone, and more
By the end of this book, you'll be able to apply the featured design principles to your own web designs, mobile apps, or other digital work.
Photoshop Elements is the leading consumer-level image-editing software, and this personal training e-course teaches you how to use all its features. The full-color e-book provides 13 essential lessons, each presented with step-by-step instructions and including lesson files and a video explanation of the concepts. You learn from leading instructors, and do it at your own pace.Photoshop Elements provides professional quality image-editing tools at an affordable price; this e-package guides you through step-by-step training on Elements basics, as well as what's new in Elements 10 Includes 13 lessons you can work through at your own pace, supported by video tutorials and more, available for download Created by the same team of experts who developed many of the official training programs for Adobe Systems
Photoshop Elements 10 Digital Classroom is like having your own personal instructor!
Note: For the Kindle edition, video training and lesson files must be downloaded separately, and are available at no additional cost.
It includes Matlab code of the most common methods and algorithms in the book, together with a descriptive summary and solved examples, and including real-life data sets in imaging and audio recognition.
This text is designed for electronic engineering, computer science, computer engineering, biomedical engineering and applied mathematics students taking graduate courses on pattern recognition and machine learning as well as R&D engineers and university researchers in image and signal processing/analyisis, and computer vision.Matlab code and descriptive summary of the most common methods and algorithms in Theodoridis/Koutroumbas, Pattern Recognition, Fourth EditionSolved examples in Matlab, including real-life data sets in imaging and audio recognitionAvailable separately or at a special package price with the main text (ISBN for package: 978-0-12-374491-3)
The new Essentials books from Sybex are beautiful, task-based, full-color Autodesk Official Training Guides that help you get up to speed on Autodesk topics quickly and easily. Autodesk 3ds Max 2012 Essentials thoroughly covers the fundamentals of this popular 3D animation effects, and visualization software, teaching you what you need to become quickly productive.
By following the book's clear explanations, practical tutorials, and step-by-step exercises, you'll cover all the bases. Topics include modeling, animation, rendering, rigging, compositing, and much more. Whether you're an aspiring 3D designer or a professional brushing up on the basics, here is the essential grounding you need in 3ds Max 2012.Covers Autodesk 3ds Max 2012 fundamentals, so you become quickly productive with the software Uses straightforward explanations and real-world, hands-on exercises and tutorials to teach the software's core features and functions Helps you develop the skills you'll need throughout an animation production pipeline, whether you're a beginner or a more experienced user brushing up on the basics Uses a task-based approach and covers topics such as polygon modeling, materials and mapping, lighting, using mental ray, HDRI images, and more This book is an Autodesk Official Training Guide
If you want to get quickly up to speed on 3ds Max, Autodesk 3ds Max 2012 Essentials is the place to start.
Adobe Photoshop is the industry leading image-editing program for digital photographers, graphic designers, and web developers. The newest version includes even more great tools to manage and enhance your images. This book-and-DVD package focuses on using the more advanced Photoshop CC features such as curves, levels, blending modes, painting and drawing tools, and the latest special effects to create professional-quality designs and images for web and video. You can learn at your own pace, using the step-by-step instructions in the book and supplementary exercises on the DVD.Encourages you to develop your skills in the program's finer points with these 13 self-paced lessons developed by the AGI Creative Team Features illustrated, step-by-step instructions plus video tutorials and lesson files, all created by expert instructors Covers Adobe Bridge and Camera RAW, then focuses on advanced techniques including curves, levels, blending modes, painting and drawing tools, and the latest Photoshop CC special effects Enables web developers and graphic designers to make full use of the advanced features of Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud)
Advanced Photoshop CC Digital Classroom takes your Photoshop CC skills a step further, giving you more control over your images.
Note: DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase.
Mastering AutoCAD 2017 and AutoCAD LT 2017 is the premier guide to the world's leading CAD program. With clear explanation, focused examples, and step-by-step instruction, this guide walks you through everything you need to know to use AutoCAD 2017 and AutoCAD LT 2017 effectively. From basic drafting tools to 3D modeling, this book leaves no stone unturned in exploring the full repertoire of AutoCAD capabilities. Hands-on instruction allows for more productive learning, and provides clarification of crucial techniques. Effective as both a complete tutorial and a dip-in reference, the broadly-applicable concepts and instructions will appeal to AutoCAD users across industries and abilities. This new edition has been thoroughly updated to align with the software's latest features and capabilities, giving you a one-stop resource for getting up to speed.
AutoCAD is the leading software for 2D and 3D technical drawings, and AutoCAD LT makes the software's tremendous functionality more accessible for smaller businesses and individuals. This guide shows you how to take full advantage of this powerful design platform, with expert guidance every step of the way.Get acquainted with the interface and master basic tools Utilize hatches, fields, cures, solid fills, dynamic blocks, and more Explore 3D modeling and imaging for more holistic design Customize the AutoCAD workflow to suit your needs
Whether you're learning AutoCAD for the first time, upgrading from a previous version, or preparing for a certification exam, you need a thorough reference designed for the way professionals work. Mastering AutoCAD 2017 and AutoCAD LT 2017 is your ideal guide, with complete tutorials and expert advice.
This unique new Autodesk Official Training Guide thoroughly covers the fundamentals of Revit Architecture. The fast, focused guide teaches you everything you need to become quickly productive with the software, including how to best use the interface, create floor plans, add content, prepare documentation, annotate, and more. Each chapter features compelling, full-color screenshots to illustrate tutorial steps and concludes with a related and more open-ended project to further reinforce the lessons.
Beginners can start anywhere in the book and compare their results with the pros, using downloadable datasets.Contains an introduction to Revit's architectural interface and powerful tools Includes a wealth of hands-on exercises that help to hone your Revit skills Features detailed information on how to visualize, present, and document your design Provides hands-on instruction for working with families, groups, and phasing Includes information to help users prepare for the Revit Associate and Professional Exams
The book uses a workflow-based approach that mirrors how projects progress in the real world and features tips and tricks drawn from the authors' extensive professional experience.
This book is the ideal primer to getting started with Maya, the premier 3D animation and effects software used in movies, visual effects, games, cartoons, short films, and commercials. You'll learn the Maya interface and the basics of modeling, texturing, animating, and visual effects. Professional visual effects artist and instructor Dariush Derakhshani explains the nuances of the complex software, while creative tutorials offer realistic, professional challenges for those new to 3D. You'll be up and running in no time with the world's most popular professional 3D software application.Provides a thorough, step-by-step introduction to Maya 2012 Explains the core concepts of CG and working in 3D Covers modeling, rigging, HDRI lighting, mental ray rendering, and more Concepts are reinforced with tutorials that offer realistic challenges and clear explanations Color insert provides real-world examples from talented beginning Maya users
Build your Maya and animation skills from the ground up with this practical, thorough guide.
GIMP 2.6 for Photographers is a beginner's guide to the only open source image editing tool that provides a low-cost alternative to expensive programs such as Photoshop. Topics include the basics of image editing and simple adjustments, as well as advanced techniques using layers and masks, stitching panoramic images, and preparing high-quality black and white images. The most important editing functions are presented in individual, easy-to-follow workshops.
GIMP 2.6 for Photographers has evolved from classroom materials that the author developed and taught in courses and workshops on image editing with the GIMP.
The upgrade to GIMP 2.8 that is discussed in the book can be found at rockynook.com for a preview and more details.
Mastering AutoCAD 2018 and AutoCAD LT 2018 is the complete tutorial and reference every design and drafting professional needs. Step-by-step instructions coupled with concise explanation walk you through everything you need to know about the latest AutoCAD tools and techniques; read through from beginning to end for complete training, or dip in as needed to for quick reference—it's all here.
Hands-on projects teach you practical skills that apply directly to real-world projects, and the companion website features the accompanying project files and other bonus content to help you master every crucial technique. This new edition has been updated to include the latest AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT capabilities, so your skills will transfer directly to real-world projects. With expert guidance and a practical focus, this complete reference is your ultimate resource for mastering this powerful software.
AutoCAD is a critical skill in the design fields; whether you're preparing for a certification exam, or just want to become more productive with the software, this book will help you:Master the basic drafting tools that you'll use in every project Work with hatches, fields, tables, attributes, dynamic blocks, and other intermediate tools Turn your 2D drawing into a 3D model with advanced modeling and imaging techniques Customize AutoCAD to fit the way you work, integrate outside data, and much more
If you're new to AutoCAD, this book will be your "bible;" if you're an experienced user, this book will introduce you to unfamiliar tools and techniques, and show you tips and tricks that streamline your workflow.
Get totally comfortable sculpting in a digital environment with the latest edition of this bestselling beginner's guide to ZBrush. Fully updated for the newest version of the software, ZBrush 4R3, this book dispels any fears you might have about the difficulty of using ZBrush and soon has you creating realistic, cartoon, and organic models with flair. Learn all the essentials, as you complete fun tutorials on painting, meshes, organic scripting, hard surface sculpting, lighting, rendering, and more.Introduces you to ZBrush, the sculpting software that lets you create digital art with a fine-art feel, which you can transfer into Maya or other 3D applications Covers painting, meshes, organic sculpting, hard surface sculpting, textures, lighting, rendering, working with other 3D applications, and scripting Walks you through a series of fun and engaging tutorials where you can start creating your own work, including human, cartoon, and organic models Fully updated for the newest version of ZBrush, ZBrush 4R3, including full coverage of its robust rendering tools Includes a DVD with helpful video examples and files to help you complete the tutorials
Design remarkably realistic creatures, people, and objects with ZBrush and the new edition of this top-selling guide.
The DVD is not included as part of the e-book file, but is available for download after purchase.
GIMP is a free, Photoshop-like image manipulation program, and as its use grows, so does the demand for detailed instruction on how to get the very most out of it. GIMP Bible is the most comprehensive and current independent GIMP reference available that goes beyond official documentation.
If you're a digital artist or photographer, the step-by-step explanations in this authoritative guide show you how to power-use GIMP throughout a production pipeline. Topics include understanding the GIMP interface and how to work with it, how to use all of GIMP's tools to create high-quality images, GIMP's default filters and plug-ins, advanced techniques for customization with Python and Scheme scripting, and much more.GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free graphics editor that runs on Linux, Windows, or Macs; it is used to process digital graphics and photographs including creating graphics and logos, resizing and cropping photos, altering colors, combining images, creating basic GIF animated images, and more Whether you're a digital artist, professional photographer, or beginner, this detailed how-to shows you best practices, valuable techniques, and helpful tips for getting the most out of GIMP for your projects Topics include the GIMP interface and how to work with it, in-depth description of GIMP's tools and how to use them to create high-quality images, a comprehensive reference for all of GIMP's default filters and common plug-ins, and advanced customization with Python and Scheme scripting
Get the most out of this free image editing tool for your production pipeline with the GIMP Bible.
Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
In this new edition of the very first practical guide to color management, readers will find out how to quickly get predictable color results across all devices--from cameras, monitors, and printers, to scanners and raster image processors (RIPs). Updated with new information on Photoshop, RIP technology, and calibration, this results-oriented book is a must for all serious photographers.
Previous editions of this For Dummies guide have sold more 650,000 copies. Richly illustrated in full color, this edition covers all the updates Photoshop CS5, the gold standard for image-editing programs. Used by professional photographers, graphic designers, and web designers as well as hobbyists, Photoshop has more than four million users worldwide.Photoshop is the image-editing software preferred by professional photographers and designers around the world; Photoshop CS5 is packed with new functionality and enhanced tools Teaches all the basics for first-time users, including how to work with the menus, panels, tools, options, and essential shortcuts Covers how to fix red-eye, remove blemishes and wrinkles, remove people or objects from a photo, adjust brightness, improve color, add shadows and highlights, work with Camera Raw, decrease digital noise, create composite images, use channels and masks, optimize images for the Web, and much more
Photoshop CS5 For Dummies helps both amateur and professional Photoshop users take advantage of all the program has to offer.
Alias' award-winning Maya 3D animation and effects software continues to lead the industry in technological innovation and is being adopted by more and more console and computer game developers. The Game Artist's Guide to Maya is an official introduction to creating 3D game art and animations with Maya, brought to you by Maya Press, a publishing partnership between Alias and Sybex. Written by a production artist at a prominent game company, this detailed book focuses on the skills real game artists use daily to create stunning characters and environments.
By following the discussions and tutorials, you'll bring a concept through the entire game art development pipeline, learning everything from modeling, texturing, rigging, and animation, to special effects. You'll also glean insights from industry professionals and see how Maya has been used in popular games. If you're a 3D game artist, or looking to become one, this book will help you master the skills and techniques you'll need to excel in the competitive games industry.
Inside, you'll learn how to:Create a game model using a concept image as your guide Model with predetermined real-time polycount limitations in mind View martial arts videos on the book's CD to animate your character more realistically Prepare a model for texturing with UV mapping and layout techniques Create different kinds of textures Master the rigging process, from setting up a skeleton to preparing blend shapes Practice techniques for creating animation clips to work with in the Trax Editor Use particle effects, such as sprites and animated geometry, to add pizzazz to your model
Maya, the industry-leading 3D animation and effects software used in movies, games, cartoons, and commercials, is challenging to learn. This full-color guide features approachable, hands-on exercises and additional task-based tutorials that allow new users to quickly become productive with the program and familiar with its workflow in a professional environment. You'll learn the basics of modeling, texturing, animating, and lighting; explore different parts of the production pipeline; and practice on some real-world projects.Maya is the 3D animation and effects software used in the film, game, and advertising industries; it's a complex program and this book gives beginners essential training in Maya basics This book is an Autodesk Official Training Guide, recommended for students planning to take the Maya Associate exam Provides task-based tutorials and hands-on exercises to get you up to speed and introduce you to production workflows Teaches the basics of modeling, texturing, animating, and lighting Helps you create simple animations, model with polygons, and add detail with blend shapes and surfaces Starting and ending files for the exercises and additional learning tutorials are available online
Autodesk Maya Essentials provides beginners with a solid foundation in Maya 3D software.
Like an encyclopedia, Mediapedia is a classic desktop resource. Chapters on digital photography, image editing, type & layout, illustration, slide shows, and distribution are organized as a sequence of terms referring to the tools and techniques you can use to achieve particular effects. Author Kit Laybourne, an accomplished filmmaker and animator, describes scores of ways you can work with photos, fonts, Photoshop, Powerpoint, and illustration programs to enhance any personal media project—or create a new one.
Laybourne writes in a friendly style that is as much about helping you figure out what looks good as it is about conveying the technical know-how you need. He includes more than 800 illustrations—photos, hand-drawn sketches, and screen grabs—that depict ideas for everything from improving your photography skills to cropping and altering pictures, creating entertaining slide shows, and adding illustration and type to cards and flyers. You'll learn how to share your creative media in paper form as well as via the Internet.
With Mediapedia in your library, you'll have the tools, instruction, and inspiration to make your personal media projects creative and impressive.
Creative tips and explanations include:
Tools and techniques that are immediately usable by anyone who downloads photos onto a computer Terms, definitions, explanations, illustrations, and captions are all self-contained units, with related information on the same page Provides examples of good photography and design to help you take your own “personal media” projects to the next level Everything you've wanted to know about your digital photos but were afraid to ask
modo books and training videos are marketed
by giving the beginner quick results on a project, but this tends to impart a
“paint by numbers” knowledge of the software. This book represents a
distillation of a number of modo books and tutorials, and describes a set of common basic operations which
underlie many modo 3D graphics projects.
in mind that 3D graphics software is NOT as intuitive as Microsoft Word or PowerPoint, just realizing how to carry out basic
3D graphic operations, and what parts of the screen relate to others in the
process, is often half the challenge for the modo advanced beginner.
you’re an advanced beginner (i.e., have some experience of the basics covered
by most modo books), but find many tutorials time
consuming to follow and replicate because the experts tend to take the more
advanced basics for granted - the essentials laid out in this book have been
written for you.
Professional Maya artists have to think on their feet. It's nothing for them to receive just vague sketches or incomplete ideas of what the studio wants and have to come up with something brilliant. If you're an intermediate to advanced Maya user, Maya Visual Effects: The Innovator's Guide, Second Edition is what you need to meet the challenge. Professional Maya artist Eric Keller offers inspired solutions and hands-on projects, as well as numerous practical shortcuts and deadlines, so you learn to produce innovative CG assets from scratch, using Maya, on a deadline.Shows intermediate to advanced Maya users new solutions, workarounds, and shortcuts for creating Maya visual effects on deadline Gives readers plenty of hands-on projects, so they come up with solutions that they can add to their Maya toolsets Offers workable ideas that can be applied, no matter which version of Maya software is being used Presents projects in an engaging style, with pages of full-color imagery to illustrate concepts
Create amazing effects with the creative insights and fresh advice in this new edition of Maya Visual Effects: The Innovator's Guide.
Photoshop Elements is the leading image-editing software, and this personal training course uses a full-color book plus video tutorials on the DVD to teach you how to use all its features. Each of the 13 lessons is presented with step-by-step instructions and includes lesson files and a video explanation of the concepts. You can learn from leading instructors, and do it at your own pace.Photoshop Elements provides professional quality image-editing tools at an affordable price; this book-and-DVD package offers step-by-step training on the newest version of Elements Full-color book presents 13 lessons you can work through at your own pace, supported by video tutorials and lesson files on the DVD Created by the same team of experts who developed many of the official training programs for Adobe Systems
Photoshop Elements 9 Digital Classroom is like having your own personal instructor to teach you Photoshop Elements right in your own home or office.
Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
Game animation is a demanding art. Not only do you have to deliver realistic, beautiful animations, but you have to do so under strict real-time, video-game constraints. The Game Animator's Guide to Maya is your focused resource for using Maya to create professional-level game animations for console and PC games. Written by a game industry veteran and featuring interviews with professional animators and artists from around the country, this focused book features specific, detailed, real-world game animation techniques. It's the perfect reference and tutorial for those looking to develop or refine their game animation skills.
The enclosed CD features more than $3000 worth of exclusive content, including models, high-resolution textures, animations, concept art, and animation reference videos. It also includes the Maya Personal Learning Edition and project files so you can complete the hands-on tutorials.
The Game Animator's Guide to Maya gives you an insider's view of the animation business and teaches the skills necessary to animate everything from characters to vehicles to lip-synching audio. First, you'll get an introduction to the industry and typical game development pipelines, then learn rigging and animation basics before moving on to advanced techniques and the detailed tutorials. Inside, you'll find:
* Game Career Guide: Industry information, demo reel advice, job descriptions, game asset pipeline overview
* Animation Techniques: detailed explanation of animation terms, techniques, tools, concepts, and editors
* Rigging and Animation Setup: IK and FK, joint hierarchies, skeleton controls, constraints, selection handles, and more
* True Game Animation: real-world assignments that mimic the day-to-day jobs of professional game animators--walk cycles, run cycles, idle cycles, action sequences, lip-synching to audio, and more
Photoshop is the world’s most popular image editing software, with more than four million users worldwide. Professional photographers, graphic designers, and web designers as well as photo hobbyists are eager to learn the newest features of Photoshop CS5. This complete reference makes it easy, with nine self-contained minibooks covering each aspect of Photoshop.Photoshop is the image-editing software preferred by professional photographers and designers around the world; Photoshop CS5 is packed with new functionality and enhanced tools This full-color guide includes nine self-contained minibooks: Photoshop Fundamentals; Image Essentials; Selections; Painting, Drawing, and Typing; Working with Layers; Channels and Masks; Filters and Distortions; Retouching and Restoration; and Photoshop and Print Includes all the basics for beginners as well as how to manage color, modify and transform selections and paths, make corrections with filters, use the liquefy command, prepare graphics for print or the Web, create contact sheets and picture packages, and more
With bonus information on the companion website and coverage for both Windows and Mac, Photoshop CS5 All-in-One For Dummies is an all-purpose reference.
Photoshop is constantly evolving, and the newest version offers great new tools for photographers. This popular guide gets visual learners up to speed quickly; previous editions have sold more than 150,000 copies. With colorful screen shots illustrating the step-by-step instructions, this book is perfect for Photoshop newcomers and for visual learners who are upgrading from an earlier version. It covers setting up the software, importing images from the camera, using all the tools, creating an online gallery, and more.Covers the most important features of Photoshop CS6, including importing photos from a digital camera, retouching and repairing damaged photos, enhancing digital images, and adding custom 3-D effects Explains how to edit images for the web, create an online photo gallery, and incorporate graphics into desktop publishing programs Explores color management, using palettes, compositing, using layers, applying gradients, setting type, and working with filters Features step-by-step instructions and full-color illustrations designed for those who learn best when they see how things are done
Teach Yourself VISUALLY Photoshop CS6 gets visual learners ready to take advantage of everything the newest version has to offer.
This book also addresses the needs of people new to the field who require information in a hurry. Chapter 3 serves as a guide to generating a 3D model by reviewing scanning methodology, the various types of software available to create a model and the steps needed to insure a useful printed object from the 3D model. The chapter has numerous references which, together with the information in the text, will help one find quickly any additional information available on the internet.
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Photoshop Elements 13 For Dummies is your guide to picture perfection using Adobe's Photoshop Elements. This full-color manual walks you through the process of photo editing, from basic color corrections to advanced filter effects, drawing, and more. Work through from beginning to end for a complete lesson, or keep it handy as a quick reference for unfamiliar tools and techniques. Designed for beginner and intermediate Photoshop Elements users, this book provides straightforward instruction in a fun, richly illustrated, easy-to-read style that makes learning feel like play.
Combining powerful tools with a user-friendly interface has made Photoshop Elements the number-one selling photo editing software. Photoshop Elements 13 For Dummies shows you how to take advantage of everything the software has to offer, helping you create high-quality images for print, e-mail, and the web. Even with no digital image editing experience at all, you'll learn how to take your photos from bland to beautiful and have a blast along the way.Adjust resolutions, color modes, and file formats to best suit the project Work with layers, filters, effects, styles, type, and more Correct color, contrast and clarity for a simple photo makeover Optimize for print, or share on Facebook, Flickr, and other social networks
The power and simplicity of Photoshop Elements makes it the perfect solution for amateurs seeking an affordable digital editing platform. The quicker you learn the tools, the sooner you'll be turning out photos to brag about – and Photoshop Elements 13 For Dummies will get you there in a flash.
Aimed at photographers of all levels and ranges of interest, this new edition of Aaland's popular guide takes readers beyond the technology of the latest cameras and equipment to teach them the unique aesthetics of the digital image. Helpful examples explain how to take full advantage of RAW file formats, JPEG 2000, panorama automation, and more.
Mikkel Aaland (San Francisco, CA) is an award-winning photographer and author whose photography has been published in magazines and exhibited around the world.
There’s a reason why Photoshop is the industry standard for image-editing software. But it’s also that big, Photoshop has so many facets and features that a handy one-stop guide is exactly what you need. And you’ll love the “Putting It Together” exercises that give you hands-on experience – in rich, full color!Learn the parts — the desktop, menus, panels, and key tools, and how to use Adobe Bridge Make your selection — learn about each of the selection tools plus the powerful Pen tool and Paths panel Brush up — on the Brush and Pencil tools and how to create vector shapes, create and edit type, and put type on a path Restore and retouch — correct and enhance color, improve contrast, and use the Clone Stamp and Healing tools to fix flaws and damage Print it — learn how to get the right resolution, image mode, and file format, and prepare your work for printing
Open the book and find:How to crop images and increase their canvas size Tips for creating gradients and patterns Advice on resizing images How to composite images with layers and blending modes Filter techniques to correct or alter images How the Vanishing Point feature makes editing easier Steps for making adjustments with levels and curves How to create contact sheets
Introducing ZBrush helps you jump into this exciting drawing and sculpting software without fear. Learn ZBrush 3.1 basics inside and out and get comfortable sculpting in a digital environment with this relaxed, friendly, and thorough guide. Master these practical techniques and soon you'll be creating realistic, cartoon, and organic models with flair.Introduces you to ZBrush 3.1, the sculpting software that lets you create digital art with a fine-art feel, which you can transfer into Maya or other 3D applications Covers painting, meshes, organic sculpting, hard surface sculpting, textures, lighting, rendering, working with other 3D applications, and scripting Walks you through a series of fun and engaging tutorials where you can start creating your own work, including human, cartoon, and organic models
Learn to create lush, beautiful digital art with ZBrush and this detailed guide.
--John Shaw, johnshawphoto.com
If you're serious about digital photography, you know that taking a great photo is only the beginning. You want to share your polished images with the widest possible audience. This means you need to optimize images for different mediums--print, the Web, slideshows--and draw people to your work.
Learn how to do so with digital-imaging experts Jon Canfield and Tim Grey. Combining practical know-how with inspiring examples, they'll teach how you to take control of your output. They introduce the technologies and techniques you need to attain the best results for any medium and they reveal tips for attracting viewers. By the time you finish this book, you'll be able to get your photographs the attention they deserve.
You’ll get all of the basics of digital images and master the importing and exporting of images. You’ll find out how to create easy enhancements like adding shadows and highlights and making color natural, in addition to learning how to use the Adobe camera raw plug-in. Before you know it, you’ll be making beautiful “art” with Photoshop by combining images, precision edges, dressing up images, painting in Photoshop, and using filters. You can even streamline your work in Photoshop using advanced techniques. Find out how to:Import images and use all the tools and processes Reduce digital noise, make colors look natural, add highlights and shadows Optimize images for print or the Web Edit images Explore the Painting function and master the daunting Brushes panel Add layer styles Create on-screen presentations, contact prints, and more
Complete with lists of ten reasons to love your Wacom tablet, ten reasons to own a digital camera, and ten favorite tips and tricks, Adobe CS4For Dummies is your one-stop guide to setting up, working with, and making the most of Photoshop CS4 for all your digital photography needs.
Each edition of Video Demystified has sold thousands of copies and answered many questions for electrical engineers across the globe. This fifth edition will keep the engineer up-to-date with next-generation digital video formats - Blu-ray and HD-DVD, development of new audio and video codecs - Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD, etc. - along with the all the latest information on HDTV, HDMI and IPTV(TV over the Internet). All broadcast, cable, and satellite standards will be updated to reflect these new codecs and specifications. The book will also aid in the design of devices and infrastructures from analog to digital television transmission - with analog transmission ceasing in early 2009 or before.
*The next generation of digital video - Blu-ray and HD-DVD thoroughly introduced
*All broadcast and satellite standards completely updated
*Essential information for the upcoming transition of television signals from analog to digital
Adobe Creative Suite 2 All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies is your one-stop guide to creating great graphics with all the cool CS2 tools. Written in a thorough, fun way to show you the basics on how to use each of the programs, you’ll find out just how easy it is to start designing brilliant images and graphics. This guide gives you the tools you need to:Draw with InDesign Understand page layout and color Create colorful images with Illustrator C2 Use the pen tool, type, and image placing Choose the correct Photoshop mode for your creation Create images on PhotoShop CS2 for print Paint and retouch images Create and secure PDF files with Acrobat 7.0 Edit and extract text and graphics Build and publish a Web site with GoLive CS2 Work with multimedia
Packed with easy-to-follow steps and guidance, you’ll be up to speed with all the features in no time. With these six great reference guides rolled into one, this is the ultimate book for becoming a CS2 pro!
Quickly become productive using AutoCAD 2014 and AutoCAD LT 2014 with this full color Autodesk Official Press guide. This unique learning resource features concise, straightforward explanations and real-world, hands-on exercises and tutorials. Following a quick discussion of concepts and goals, each chapter moves on to an approachable hands-on exercise designed to reinforce real-world tactics and techniques. Compelling, full-color screenshots illustrate tutorial steps, and chapters conclude with related and more open-ended projects to further reinforce the chapter's lessons.
Starting and ending files for the exercises are also available for download, so you can compare your results with those of professionals. You'll follow a workflow-based approach that mirrors the development of projects in the real world, learning 2D drawing skills, editing entities, working with splines and polylines, using layers and objects, creating and editing text, dimensioning, modeling in 3D, and much more.Hands-on exercises and their downloadable tutorial files are based on the real-world task of drawing a house Covers crucial features and techniques, including 2D drawing working with layers, organizing objects with groups and blocks, using hatch patterns and gradients, using constraints and layouts, importing data, 3D modeling, and Includes content to help prepare you for Autodesk's AutoCAD certification program
AutoCAD 2014 and AutoCAD LT 2014 Essentials is the Autodesk Official Press guide that helps you quickly and confidently learn the newest version of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT.
Written by leading experts in the field, this book presents a unique practical perspective of state-of-the-art microscope image processing and the development of specialized algorithms. It contains in-depth analysis of methods coupled with the results of specific real-world experiments. Microscope Image Processing covers image digitization and display, object measurement and classification, autofocusing, and structured illumination.
Key Features:Detailed descriptions of many leading-edge methods and algorithmsIn-depth analysis of the method and experimental results, taken from real-life examplesEmphasis on computational and algorithmic aspects of microscope image processingAdvanced material on geometric, morphological, and wavelet image processing, fluorescence, three-dimensional and time-lapse microscopy, microscope image enhancement, MultiSpectral imaging, and image data management
This book is of interest to all scientists, engineers, clinicians, post-graduate fellows, and graduate students working in the fields of biology, medicine, chemistry, pharmacology, and other related fields. Anyone who uses microscopes in their work and needs to understand the methodologies and capabilities of the latest digital image processing techniques will find this book invaluable.Presents a unique practical perspective of state-of-the-art microcope image processing and the development of specialized algorithmsEach chapter includes in-depth analysis of methods coupled with the results of specific real-world experimentsCo-edited by Kenneth R. Castleman, world-renowned pioneer in digital image processing and author of two seminal textbooks on the subject
Covering the most important features of Photoshop Elements 11, this book is packed with step-by-step instructions illustrated with full-color screen shots that clearly shows you how to do tasks, instead of resorting to lengthy explanations. Even better, the book includes an associated website with all the images in the book available for download, so you can get hands-on practice as you go. With this book, veteran author Mike Wooldridge gets up to speed on the latest and best that Photoshop Elements 10 has to offer.Walks you through the improved organizational and navigational tools that will help you categorize images Details the enhanced tool for converting color images to B&W as well as the Flash-based web gallery templates to display images Covers importing photos from digital cameras and scanners, retouching and repairing damaged photos, enhancing digital images, perfecting group shots with Photomerge, and editing images for posting on the web Helps you utilize the sharpness interface to correct blurry images as well as the Curves tool to adjust contract and brightness
Teach Yourself VISUALLY Photoshop Elements 11 makes learning the new Photoshop Elements elementary!
Digital video brings the power of studio production to the personal computer. With just a video camera, a computer, and the proper software, you can create your own innovative and unique movies for personal or business use. Digital Video Essentials shows you how to take advantage of today's technology to get the results you want. In this book, you'll learn to shoot your footage effectively, transfer it to your computer, use editing software to build and enhance your material, and export your movies to VHS tape, DVDs, the Internet, and more.
All the Know-How You Need
Inside you get the unparalleled instruction of best-selling author and video expert Erica Sadun, who explains the technologies and standards behind digital video in terms anyone can understand. Digital Video Essentials shows you how to make the most of your equipment, introduces you to the inexpensive tools that will turn your computer into a digital-editing studio, and explains the latest methods for getting your video to its audience. It even guides you through special-effects projects so you can have fun with your video as you learn. The companion CD comes packed with sample projects and trial versions of the software you need- from programs for editing video and sound to tools for burning CDs and creating streaming video.
Topics covered include:Choosing your equipment and planning a shoot Composing, lighting, and shooting scenes Recording high-quality sound Getting analog or digital video onto your computer Editing your video on a PC or a Mac Adding low-cost special effects to your videos Burning video CDs and DVDs Sharing your movies via streaming video
Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
Whether you’re an experienced designer or just want to create a cool newsletter for the school soccer team, you’ll benefit from Galen Gruman’s guidance. This desktop publishing expert shows you how to navigate InDesign menus, dialog boxes, panels, and panes; streamline your work with templates; prepare your creations for printing or online publication, and more.Explore the new tools, work with the application frame, and set preferences for the way you work Learn to open and save documents and export content Get familiar with the Pages panel, apply Master Pages, and work with Layers Make the most of color with color libraries, multi-ink colors, spot versus process color, and gradients Create layout guidelines and use color swatches for consistency Streamline text formatting by using styles and treat text as a graphic element Design for the Web with hyperlinks, multimedia elements, and Flash files See how InDesign CS4 works seamlessly with other applications in the Adobe Creative Suite Discover why good design is part science and part art and learn to manipulate, organize, and align design objects Take advantage of tips for cropping and positioning graphics Prepare for printing or other output with enhanced preflighting tools
InDesign CS4 For Dummies also offers great advice for designing pages that do their job perfectly. Start creating today!
This book provides an introduction to video as well as succinct overviews of analog and digital interfaces along with signal processing. This book is filled with images, figures, tables, and easy to find tips and tricks for the engineer that needs material fast to complete projects to deadline.
*Tips and tricks feature that will help engineers get up and running fast and move on to the next issue
*Easily searchable content complete with tabs, chapter table of contents, bulleted lists, and boxed features
*Just the essentials, no need to page through material not needed for the current project
Whether you prefer to snap shots on your smartphone or never leave home without your DSLR, chances are you have way more photos than you ever dreamed possible. With the help of Photoshop Elements 13 All-in-One For Dummies, you can edit those photos and turn them into stunning works of art. The book will help you get to know the key features of Photoshop Elements, including examining the Elements workspace; navigating the tools; viewing images on your computer; setting your preferences; and acquiring, saving, and exporting images. You'll then take your skills to next level and become a pro at working with iOS and Android devices, specifying resolution and changing image sizing, choosing color modes and file formats, working with Camera Raw, using and managing color, painting and drawing with Elements, creating layers, and so much more. Plus, you'll discover how to add pizzazz with styles and effects, apply quick image makeovers, correct lighting, color, and clarity, and composite with Photomerge.
Photoshop Elements is the #1-selling consumer photo editing software, and Adobe continues to add innovative features that allow digital photography enthusiasts to do it all. Going well beyond the basics of how to use Photoshop Elements—and weighing in at more than 672 pages—Photoshop Elements 13 All-in-One For Dummies is the most comprehensive Elements book on the market. Written by Barbara Obermeier and Ted Padova, veteran authors, long-time instructors, and expert speakers who have spent decades specializing in digital imaging, this hands-on, friendly guide is jam-packed with everything you need to create, edit, fix, share, and organize digital images.Combines nine content-rich books in one value-packed reference Includes updated and revised information to reflect the latest release, Photoshop Elements 13 Richly illustrated in full color and brimming with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions Explains how to enhance your images by adjusting color, brightness, resolution, contrast, and sharpness
Whether you're an amateur photographer or new to the digital photo scene and want to perform sophisticated editing techniques with a powerful image-editing software program, Photoshop Elements 13 All-in-One For Dummies has everything you need—and more.
PhotoshopElements 3 For Dummies was written by Dele McClelland, award-winning author of more than 75 titles, including Photoshop for Dummies and Photoshop CS Bible, and Galen Fott, writer and reviewer for Macworld and PC Magazine. It includes 16 pages of full-color examples that demonstrate capabilities and show you “before” and “after” photos. You’ll get step-by-step specifics on techniques that can transform your photos, including:Selecting the area you want to work with using the lasso, marquee, or magic wand tools or the selection brush Using the healing brush to remove imperfections such as blemishes and the new red eye removal tool to remove that demonic glow Adjusting color with a variety of tools and techniques Applying filters such as Blur, Gaussian Blur, Colored Pencil, Diffuse Glow, Glass, Glowing Edges and many more Color correcting quickly with fast color-corrections Using the layer styles in the Styles and Effects palette to let your imagination go wild with painting, drawing, applying drop shadows and bevels, adding text, and more Using the brush, pencil, eraser, shape and cookie cutter tools Working with the type tools, including formatting options, warping type into unusual shapes, and creating outline type Making the most of the effects, including frame, image effects, text effects, and textures Using Photomerge to create panoramic pictures
PhotoshopElements 3 For Dummies doesn’t just give you instructions—it gives you ideas. You’ll be inspired to capitalize on the capabilities and explore different techniques to enhance and share your photos.
You'll learn to:Use both the Organizer and Editor Import photos from various sources Enhance lighting and color Restore old photos and add effects Save, back up, and share photos
Designed for visual learnersTwo-page lessons break big topics into bite-sized modules Succinct explanations walk you through step by step Full-color screen shots demonstrate each task Helpful sidebars offer practical tips and tricks