Photoshop How-To: Something’s Fishy

Excerpted from Adobe Photoshop Master Class: Maggie Taylor’s Landscape of Dreams. Published by Peachpit Press.

Maggie Taylor is a digital artist with an unsual primary image source: a flatbed scanner. She uses Photoshop to combine odd bits of scanned ephemera, such as the museum postcard in the image below, with her own photographs. The end result is completely original and often hauntingly beautiful.

This photo is from a postcard showing a costume at the Victoria and Albert Museum. It was Maggie’s starting point.

The final image is a long way from the antispetic original scan.

In this excerpt, you’ll learn how Maggie manipulated her source material to achieve the piece she calls “Twlighlt Swim.”

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Excerpted from Adobe Photoshop Master Class: Maggie Taylor’s Landscape of Dreams by Amy Standen. Copyright © 2005. Used with the permission of Pearson Education, Inc. and Peachpit Press.


Posted on: January 13, 2006

2 Comments on Photoshop How-To: Something’s Fishy

  1. why when i click on the link to see the tutorial it takes me to where they want me to pay in order to continue?

  2. Our apologies for the error. The PDF is now available, and for free as always.

    Terri Stone
    Editor in Chief,

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