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Corey Barker–Executive Producer of and one of the Photoshop Guys of Photoshop User TV–brings you this completely new set of techniques, tricks, and tutorials in this second volume of the Down & Dirty Tricks for Designers series. Ever wonder how that movie poster was created, or how they created that cool ad in the magazine, or maybe even how to take a seemingly mundane photo and give it the Hollywood treatment? This is the book for you. Whether you are a designer, artist, or even a photographer, there is something here for everyone.

Corey starts out discussing the common techniques and resources you'll use over and over again, such as extracting elements from backgrounds, creating and using brushes, and incorporating textures into your work. He then dives deep into dedicated chapters on typography, design effects, special effects, photography and design, and 3D. As you work through these exercises, you will start to see the potential of some of Photoshop's most powerful features and how, with a little experimentation, you can open up a whole new world of dazzling effects.

About the Author

Corey Barker is the Executive Producer of, and one of the Photoshop Guys of Photoshop User TV. Having used Photoshop since version 2, over the years Corey has worked as a graphic artist in a variety of disciplines such as illustration, commercial design, large format printing, motion graphics, web design, and photography. His expertise in Photoshop and Illustrator have earned him numerous awards in illustration, graphic design, and photography.

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This Will Help You On Your Way

Common Techniques Used in This Book

- Extracting People From Backgrounds

- Extracting Design Elements from Black or White Backgrounds

- Some Bonus Extraction Techniques

- Creating Custom Brushes

- Textures, Textures, and More Textures

- HDR Toning Trick


You Have a Way With Words

Type Effects

- Movable Type    

- Chalk Board Effect

- Type in Negative Space

- Column of Text

- Iron Man Text Effect


That Was No Accident, It Was By Design

Design FX

- Branding a Brand

- That Cool Perforated Pattern

- Designing with Textures

- Building a Beer Label

- Inspired by the Gaming World


Creative Differences

A Photographer/Designer Collaboration

- Going Down in Flames

- A Hollywood Parody


Deus Ex Machina

Hollywood Effects, What Else?

- Nosferatu’s Double

- The Gritty Gangster

- The Shabang Poster

- The Sign at the World’s End


You Will Now Be Entering Another Dimension

Dynamic 3D in Photoshop

- Virtual Macro Effects with 3D

- Placing 3D in a Photo

- 3D Graphic Effects

- Really Bad A$$ 3D Logo Effects

- Creating a 3D Product Shot

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Barker, Corey
New Riders Publishing
Computer Graphics - General
graphic design;  typography; patterns; textures; special effects; photography; 3D; Photoshop ; Creative Cloud
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