Photo-Imaging for Painters
by J Liliedahl

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Learn Step-by-step in 27 exercises, how to enhance your photos for painting resources, or for publication.

190+ pages and 2 CDs
with all of the images used
in the exercises.


Dear Friends,
For years, I have used Photoshop® to prepare my photographs as painting references, and as guides to help me see various compositions, values and color schemes. Many of you have seen the elaborate references I've prepared for classes where paintings are based solely on photographic references. Those references always bring forth the inevitable questions of how I use Photoshop® and how to navigate its sometimes obscure features to create paintable photo images.

In response to this demand, I taught a hands-on class to train painters how to use Photoshop® on their laptop computers. And to help them, I prepared a tutorial workbook using my own photographs as exercises to show how to do all the things the program offers me. This workbook eventually evolved into a full-blown book, with 190+ pages of click-by-click instructions on every aspect of Photoshop® that I use, as a painter.

The book is unique, in that it relates painting language to the language of Photoshop®, and guides you to the screens and functions that give you references to value, hue, planes, shapes, and color schemes---all concepts that have different names in the computer program. No other Photoshop® tutorial addresses the needs of painters. Most are directed at photographers and graphic designers.

I hope you enjoy using this resource as another of your powerful painting tools, as much as I have. After you have used the tutorial, I welcome your comments and questions. See below to order your copy. Johnnie Liliedahl, Artist

NOTE: It is intended that you have Adobe® Photoshop® Version 6, Version 7, or Adobe® PhotoshopCS® in order to follow this tutorial step-by-step; however, adequate cross-referencing is provided to be able to also use Adobe® Elements® V3.0 as well, as it also contains most of the necessary functions.

Essentially, for the purposes of this book, Adobe® Photshop® Elements V3.0 can do everything mentioned in this book except for the Actions function.

Please see my review, below, for the differences between using Adobe® Photoshop® and Adobe® Photoshop® Elements V3.0 with this book.. As mentioned above, in addition to the step-by-step instruction for Photoshop®, the book will also contain adequate references at the end of each exercise that will assist owners of Photoshop® Elements® V3.0 to successfully complete each exercise.

The concepts and techniques described in each lesson are a valuable reference in themselves and may be duplicated in other "brands" of image editing programs provided that program has the image manipulation capabilties described in this book.

In that case, the user/purchaser would be responsible for determining how their own program (something other than Adobe® Photoshop® or Adobe® Elements® V3.0) can be used to achieve similar results to those described in this book, as we are unable to provide "cross reference" support for programs for which we are not familiar.



Almost all the functions described in this book can be executed in Photoshop Elements V3.

Following are the features of Photoshop CS that have no exact counterpart in Elements: Guides, Trim, Actions, Color Match, Curves, Extract.

When using Adobe® Elements V3, you can work easily without the Guides, Trim, and Extract functions by using other tools that are explained in this book. It only requires more laborious techniques (than Photoshop®) to achieve the same results.

The Actions palette and the Color Match feature in Adobe® Photoshop® have no counterparts in Adobe® Elements V3; however, you may achieve the same results as Color Match by trial and error in Elements V3 (as was once necessary in Photoshop® itself before this feature was introduced to it).

Curves is not available in Elements V3, but most of its features can be replicated by using the Levels, Hue/Saturation, and Color Variations functions that are available in Elements V3.

The Extract command is a recent, powerful tool added to Photoshop®, which automates a combination of tools. Elements V3 does not have the Extract command; however, it does contain all the tools to perform the function of Extract in Photoshop®, but it is a more laborious method. This method is addressed in my book for Photoshop users who do not have the latest versions of Photoshop 7.0 and Photoshop CS and is applicable to Elements V3 as well).

Essentially, for the purposes of this book, Adobe® Photshop® Elements® V3.0 can do everything except Actions.

However, please note that the menu for Elements® V3.0 is different than that of Photoshop, and commands explained in the book may be located in a different place within the menu structure in Elements®. I was able to locate all the commands I needed in Elements® by accessing the Elements® Help screen and scrolling through the Glossary of Terms to find the location of the coordinating tool I was looking for.

Owners of Photoshop® Elements® V3.0 using this book should be able to find virtually all the tools necessary to perform these functions in their programs.

Johnnie Liliedahl, Artist, Author


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