Adobe Photoshop CS6 essentials/ Scott Onstott

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One thing I learned from this book: manipulating text/ fonts and working in tandem with path/ vectors.

Easy to follow short exercises.


Painter X for photographers/ Martin Addison

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Useful primer on Corel Painter. I’m using version 12 and can follow this easily even if its talking about an older version.

Comprehensive section on the various brushes, pens, pencils etc. Particularly useful on understanding the various Clone Brushes and their effects.

Dedicated section on Clone painting. With short descriptive tutorials and examples.

Customising brushes, paper textures.

Explains watercolours, oils and pastels, blender brushes, portrait painting, hand colouring, Layers, printing and presentations (colour management).

Adobe Photoshop CS6 Digital Classroom/ Jennifer Smith, AGI Creative Team 26

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Clear instructions; illustrated. Good systematic approach in learning Adobe Photoshop CS6. Presented as specific lessons and tasks (vs just describing each features).

Secrets of Corel Painter Experts: Tips, Techniques, and Insights for Users of All Abilities/ Daryl Wise

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Features individual Corel Painter users. Each digital artist shows a work, explains how its done. Most have a sequenced walk-through.

Plenty of inspiring works; insights into the digital art creation process using varying preferred techniques and styles.

A few artists I really liked (interestingly they happen to be asians):

The Hidden Power of Blend Modes in Adobe Photoshop/ Scott Valentine

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Many ‘Single-technique’ examples of Photoshop CS6 blend modes (in Layers).

Second part has a more technical explanation of the workings and mathematical calculations.

UI Design with Adobe Illustrator: Discover the ease and power of using Illustrator to design Web sites and apps/ Rick Moore

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Well-organised book.
Clear instructions and illustrations.
Concise chunks on using specific Adobe Illustrator features.
Step-by-step guide in using the required features to complete a (mock) site.

Tan Kah Kee and Lee Kong Chian in the making of modern Singapore and Malaysia/ Edited by Leo Suryadinata

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Published by the Chinese Heritage Society, the Tan Kah Kee Foundation, and the National Library Board. 2010.

A compilation of papers (in English and Chinese) that examines the two Chinese leaders.

Tan Kah Kee (1874-1961) was the father-in-law of Lee Kong Chian (1893-1967). Both were successful businessmen who were also active civic leaders, but who pursued different political paths.

P31 “Tan Kah Kee’s major legacy was more narrowly confined to education with tangible results and depth of impact. On the other hand, Lee Kong Chian’s major legacy, Lee Foundation, was rich in funds and had broader influences in society.”

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