Digital Graphic Design

by Ken Pender, Focal Press (1997)

This book is a “must-have” for anyone who intends to work with digital graphics. Funny thing, though, it has nothing to do with digital graphic design! It is, in fact, an excellent introduction to the concepts, processes and techniques available in today’s digital image manipulation software. Yeah, I know it’s old, but it is still a valuable book and it is still in print!

This is not a “how-to” book. Pender explains things at the conceptual level, only digressing to specific examples to clarify his point. His coverage is comprehensive and his treatment is in-depth. When mapping his generalities to the real world, Pender cites features in almost every major graphics application on the market today.

I have many “how-to” books on Photoshop, Corel Draw, etc. Each one seemed more confusing than the last! After reading Digital Graphic Design everything suddenly made sense. In about thirty days I was able to master more techniques from the “how-to” books than I had in the previous year.

When you have finished with this book, you will understand the “domain” of the digital graphic designer. When faced with a digital design project, you will know what steps must be taken to create the design. You will also be able to select the software that is best suited to the project. If you intend to use that software, you will be “up-and-running” in no time at all!

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