Digital tools encompass a wide range of purposes and abilities. The Adobe Creative Suite is a collection of such tools, but it's not the only resource. This page will elaborate on illustration specific/adjacent apps in the Adobe Suite, while also recommending similar, less pricey, programs.
Photoshop is the most commonly used app for illustrators. It's an incredibly powerful design software with a lot going on, including a wealth of tools that can seem overwhelming at times. But Photoshop isn't just for the professionals. With a little help, you can easily teach yourself how to use it to create beautiful, compelling graphics. All it takes is an introduction to core elements.
Adobe Photoshop CS6 by Brad Dayley; DaNae DayleyThe comprehensive, soup-to-nuts guide to Photoshop, fully updated Photoshop CS6, used for both print and digital media, is the industry leader in image-editing software. The newest version adds some exciting new features, and this bestselling guide has been revised to cover each of them, along with all the basic information you need to get started. Learn to use all the tools, including the histogram palette, Lens Blur, Match Color, and the color replacement tool, as well as keyboard shortcuts. Then master retouching and color correction, work with Camera Raw images, prepare photos for print or the web, and much more. Photoshop has the broadest user base of any professional-level graphics application, ranging from photo hobbyists to professionals in graphic design, publishing, video editing, animation, and broadcasting This comprehensive guide has what beginners need to know as well as intermediate-level information on key tools and procedures Features a 16-page full-color insert and a companion website with tutorials, including JPEG and PSD files of images from the book Covers image-editing basics, the File Browser, histogram palette, Lens Blur, Match Color, the color replacement tool, and customizable keyboard shortcuts Delves into techniques for working with Camera Raw images; how to retouch, color-correct, manipulate, and combine images; and all the new features and enhancements in the latest version Photoshop CS6 Bible is the one reference book every Photoshop user needs.
Publication Date: 2012-05-08
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC / Lightroom 6 Book by Martin EveningIn this completely updated bestseller, author Martin Evening describes features in Lightroom CC (2015 Release)/ Lightroom 6 in detail from a photographer's perspective. As an established commercial and fashion photographer, Martin knows firsthand what photographers need for an efficient workflow. He has been working with Lightroom from the beginning, monitoring the product's development and providing valued feedback to Adobe. As a result, Martin knows the software inside and out, from image selection to image editing and image management. In this book he'll teach students how to: Work efficiently with images shot in raw or JPEG formats Import photographs with ease and sort them according to your workflow Create and manage a personal image and video library Quickly apply tonal adjustments to multiple images Integrate Lightroom with Adobe Photoshop Export images for print or Web as digital contact sheets or personal portfolios Make the most of new features in Lightroom CC / Lightroom 6 such as face recognition, multi-image processing for HDR and panoramas, GPU support for the Develop module, and Slideshow and Web improvements Photography students will find Lightroom CC / Lightroom 6 and The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC / Lightroom 6 Book indispensable tools in their digital darkrooms.
Publication Date: 2015-04-22
Photoshop CC Top 100 Simplified Tips and Tricks by Lynette Kent; Stan SholikTake your Photoshop skill set to the next level with these essential techniques If you're already familiar with Photoshop basics and are ready to learn some new tips, tricks, and techniques, then this is the book for you! Full-color, step-by-step instructions take you beyond the essentials and show you how to make the most of the newest features of Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud). Beautiful photos will inspire you to experiment with Photoshop's features, and numbered instructions make the techniques easy to learn. - Encourages you to expand your skill set with creative, original, and unique techniques - Features numbered, step-by-step instructions illustrated with full-color screen shots and beautiful photos - Shares secrets from the author's experience for creating images that pack a punch and elicit a "wow" reaction from viewers Packed with beautiful photos and interesting techniques that you will want to apply to your own digital images, Photoshop CC Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks helps you expand your skills and enhance your photos.
Publication Date: 2013-06-20
Adobe Photoshop CS6 Digital Classroom by Jennifer Smith; AGI Creative TeamA complete training package on the newest version of Photoshop! The Digital Classroom series combines a full-color book with a full-featured DVD, resulting in a complete training package written by expert instructors. Photoshop is the industry standard for image editing, and this guide gets photographers, commercial designers, web developers, fine artists, and serious hobbyists up to speed on the newest version. It includes 13 self-paced lessons that allow you to progress at your own speed, with complete lesson files and tutorials on the DVD. Topics include Camera RAW, masks and layers, retouching, and much more. A self-paced way to learn the newest version of Photoshop, the essential image-editing software used by professional photographers, web developers, and graphic designers Features full-color, step-by-step instructions in the book plus additional tutorials and lesson files on the DVD Developed by a team of Adobe Certified Instructors and Photoshop experts who have created many of the official training titles for Adobe Systems Covers Adobe Bridge, Camera RAW, masks and layers, painting and retouching, and selections and layers, taking you through basic and intermediate-level topics Photoshop CS6 Digital Classroom is like having your own personal tutor teaching you the newest version of Photoshop. Note: DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase.
Publication Date: 2012-06-06
Photoshop CC for Dummies by Peter BauerStretch your creativity beyond the cloud with this fully-updated Photoshop guide! Photoshop puts amazing design and photo-editing tools in the hands of creative professionals and hobbyists everywhere, and the latest version - Photoshop CC - is packed with even more powerful tools to help you manage and enhance your images. This friendly, full-color guide introduces you to the basics of Photoshop CC and provides clear explanations of the menus, panels, tools, options, and shortcuts you'll use the most. Plus, you'll learn valuable tips for fixing common photo flaws, improving color quality, adjusting brightness, removing unwanted background elements, and more. Covers the new Photoshop CC release which brings even more features to over four million photographers, graphic designers, web developers, and other Photoshop professionals Teaches the essentials for first-time users before moving on to more advanced techniques like removing blemishes and wrinkles, creating composite images, and working with layers, filters, levels, and curves Walks you through adjusting brightness, enhancing color, adding shadows and highlights, decreasing digital noise, taking advantage of Camera Raw, and optimizing your images for print and the web The sky's the limit for stunning photos and innovative images with Photoshop CC For Dummies in your design toolbox.