Creating Digital Illusions: Blackman Portfolio

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9780442021412: Creating Digital Illusions: Blackman Portfolio

In this exciting new book, renowned photographer and graphic illustrator Barry Blackman reveals the techniques he used in the creation of 20 of his most world-famous commercial images. His step-by-step, fully illustrated examples take the reader from idea to finished product. This is a unique comprehensive guide to digital photography. 300 color illus.

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Creating Digital Illusions The Blackman Portfolio Barry Blackman Barry Blackman on the computer: "For the first time in more than one hundred and fifty years of photographic history, the computer gives the photographer the freedom to create or alter the photographic image without regard for the laws of physics or existing conditions. A freedom that painters have enjoyed for centuries is finally available to the photographer." Creating Digital Illusions: The Blackman Portfolio is a personalized account of the impact of technology on the photographic process. Author Barry Blackman, a renowned commercial photographer and graphic illustrator, is one of the pioneers of digital photographic imagery and has produced a unique and comprehensive guide to commercial digital photo illustration that contains essential technical information and abundant inspiration for graphic designers, art directors, digital artists, and photographers. Blackman’s book contains over 500 original color images and features 20 case studies revealing, step-by-step, the creation and manipulation of these digital images. He begins with the original photograph, and then guides the reader through the tools and techniques used to produce the completed and fully manipulated image. Through his state-of-the-art portfolio, Blackman reveals a wide and innovative range of creative possibilities. Go digital or go out of business. The advent of the high-end computer workstation and the proliferation of graphic software programs has pushed traditional retouchers, paste-up artists, comp artists, and typographers into obsolescence. Today, using digital photographic techniques, we can exaggerate object proportions, create a variety of perspectives, alter and combine infinite numbers of images, merge artwork with photography, and alter or eliminate color with a click of the mouse. Blackman believes that creative professionals who utilize the computer to its greatest potential will rapidly rise to the top of the field. Blackman draws on his own prestigious list of clients for his case studies, which are presented in the form of storyboards with extended captions. His method provides great insight into the thought process and development of each image, and into the range of technical possibilities available to the designer. His examples are effects-oriented, not software-specific, to make his techniques applicable to almost all image manipulation software. The book includes the following examples:

  • Molson’s Mr. Cool: A photo-realistic man created from ice, rising from an ice chest.
  • Newsweek Cover, "The Brain": A high-tech environment representing state-of-the-art research with symbolic icons (computer screens, laser beams, M.R.I.s).
  • Intel’s Rocketing Computer Chip: The chip sailing through a series of screen displays representing a sense of speed and energy.
  • Seagrams "Seventh Heaven" Ad: Seagrams logo created out of a photograph of real clouds.
  • Discover Magazine, "Save Our Fragile Earth": The earth is formed into the shape of an egg with a parachute symbolizing its fragility.
  • Var Business Magazine, "Diving Into the Pen Market": An executive turns into a stylus as he dives into a liquid display notepad.
The book concludes with a panoply of images in a portfolio. Blackman’s step-by-step instructions, eye-catching graphic images, and non-technical writing style will benefit students eager for hands-on applications of academic theories, art directors and graphic designers interested in advanced techniques, computer artists seeking new aesthetic perspectives, and photographers concerned about the manipulation of their work once it leaves their hands. Lay-people interested in the ways in which magazine, advertising billboard, and brochure images are created will find Creating Digital Illusions fascinating, absorbing, and a pleasure to read.

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"This book is written in non-system specific language. This is a great feature because no matter what program(s) you work in, this book can help you.... Not only did Creating Digital Illusions show me the ‘how,’ but it also explained the ‘why.’ It’s one of the few how-to books I’ve read that do this." —Stephen K. Close Art Supervisor NCI Advertising "Barry Blackman’s creative approach by far surpasses even the latest in image creation technology. If they could just design a SCSI connector to his imagination.... Barry has truly mastered the fine art of the electronic canvas and made it a breeze to understand!" —Frederick Rescott Vice President and Art Group Supervisor Kallir, Philips, Ross, Inc. "Barry Blackman is definitely the authority on using computers in photography because of his early entry into the field, his visibility in advertising, and editorial use of this kind of image." —Al Francekevich Advertising photographer and former columnist Popular Photography "Creating Digital Illusions is a guidebook for any photographer or artist who wants to survive commercially into the next century. Blackman presents the new technologies in an approachable step-by-step style. The tutorials educate. His images inspire." —Kevin Hogan Writer Imaging Magazine "Creating Digital Illusions is a must for anyone who is serious about image making. Many artists get caught up in the visual and do not address the underlying issues of symbolism and color theory. To get the insight of a seasoned professional on these topics is invaluable. In addition, 20 assignments are presented and the entire creative process, both aesthetic and technical, is revealed. By combining step-by-step visuals with easy to understand text, this book is appropriate for photographers, artists, and computer-literate individuals. The layout of the book makes it an extremely effective teaching tool. I am planning on making it required reading for my students." —Bruce Wands Chairman, Computer Art Department School of Visual Arts

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