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Book List

Aaland, Mikkel. Photoshop Elements Solutions. Sybex, 2001. Harness the power of Photoshop with a guide to the new Adobe Photoshop Elements program. Trial version on the included CD.

Adler, Elizabeth. Everyone's Guide to Successful Publications. Peachpit, 1993. How to produce powerful brochures, newsletters, flyers, and business communications, start to finish.

Aldrich-Ruenzel, Nancy. Designer's Guide to Print Production. Watson-Guptill, 1990. Excellent step-by-step guide for preparing work for print.

Bain, Steve & Daniel Gray. Looking Good Online: The Ultimate Resource for Creating Effective Web Designs. Ventana, 1996. What to do before you go online to assure you'll get it right the first time.

Bann, David & John Gargan. How to Check and Correct Color Proofs. North Light, 1990. Easy guide to working with color proofs.

Beach, Mark. Graphically Speaking: An Illustrated Guide to the Working Language of Design and Printing. Elk Ridge, 1992. The vocabulary of design and printing. an indispensable dictionary of terms.

Beach, Mark & Erik Kenly. Getting It Printed: How to Work With Printers and Graphic Imaging Services to Assure Quality, Stay on Schedule and Control Costs. North Light, 1999. Classic handbook.

Beach, Mark & Ken Russon. Papers for Printing: How to Choose the Right Paper at the Right Price for Any Printing Job. Coast to Coast, 1989. Excellent guide, but doesn't include newer papers.

Black, Roger. Desktop Design Power. Bantam, 1991. Creates awareness of design possibilities.

Bothwell & Mayfield. Notan: The Dark-Light Principle of Design. Dover, 1991. The interaction between positive and negative space.

Bourges, Jean. Color Bytes: Blending the Art and Science of Color. Chromatics, 1998. Unusual theory, useful for digital designers.

Busche, Don & Bernice Glenn. Desktop Design Workbook. Prentice Hall, 1992. An idea sourcebook with instructions.

Carucci, John. The New Media Guide to Creative Photography. Amphoto, 1998. Image capture and printing in the digital age. A very helpful starter book.

Castro, Elizabeth. HTML 4 for the World Wide Web, Fourth Edition: Visual QuickStart Guide. Peachpit, 1999. My Web bible.

Cohen & Williams. The Non-Designer's Scan & Print Book. Peachpit, 1999. Excellent guide for desktop publishing.

Cost, Frank. Pocket Guide to Digital Printing. Delmar, 1997. Comrehensive guide to digital printing processes.

Cox, Mary, ed. Artist's and Graphic Designer's Market 2001. Writer's Digest, 2000. Comprehensive listing of buyers of freelance art and design updated annually.

Craig, James. Production for the Graphic Designer. Watson-Guptill, 1990. A reference guide for print production.

D'Amelio, Joseph. Perspective Drawing Handbook. John Wiley, 1984. One of the best perspective books I've found.

Davis, Harold. Publishing Your Art as Cards, Posters and Calendars. Consultant, 1996. Practical guide for artists to self-publishing or working with others to publish their art.

Davis, Susan. 59 More Studio Secrets for the Graphic Artist. North Light, 1989. Tips and tricks from working artists.

Dewsnap, Don. The Desktop Publisher's Easy Type Guide. Rockport, 1992. The 150 most important typefaces.

Dondis, Donis. A Primer of Visual Literary. MIT, 1974. Learning to see and understand visual data.

Dow, Arthur Wesley. Composition. University of California, 1997. A Series of exercises in art structure for the use of students and teachers.

Field, Gary. Tone & Color Correction. Graphic Arts Technical Foundation, 1991. Technical problems and methods of correction.

Eckstein, Helene W. Color in the 21st Century. Watson-Guptill, 1991. A practical guide for graphic designers, photographers, printers, separators, and anyone involved in color printing.

Fraser, Bruce, et al. Real World Color Management. A comprehensive treatment of the mystifying systems of understanding computer color.

Georges, Gregory. 50 Fast Digital Photo Techniques. Hungry Minds, 2001. Fantastic book with clear instructions for digital darkroom techniques.

Graves, Maitland. The Art of Color and Design. McGraw-Hill, 1951. A classic text still available in the used-book market.

Green, Chuck. The Desktop Publisher's Idea Book. Random House, 1997. One-of-a-kind projects, expert tips, and hard-to-find sources.

Guptill, Arthur. Color in Sketching & Rendering. Reinhold, 1949. A nifty old guide for architects.

Haskett, Mark. Design Your Own Logo. 1984. A step-by-step guide for businesses organizations and individuals.

Howard, Rob. Gouache for Illustration. Watson-Guptill, 1993. The best book on gouache, but hard to find and apparently going out of print. Grab it if you can find it.

Howard, Rob. The Illustrator's Bible: The Complete Sourcebook of Tips, Tricks, and Time-Saving Techniques in Oil, Alkyd, Acrylic, Gouache, Casein, Watercolor, Dyes, Inks, Airbrush, Scratchboard, Pastel, Colored Pencil, and Mixed Media. Watson-Guptill, 1992. Great studio handbook, especially for commercial art techniques.

Jackson, Richard, et al. Computer Generated Colour: A Practical Guide to Presentation and Display. John Wiley, 1994. A technical guide to color.

Lambert, Patricia. Controlling Color: A Practical Introduction for Designers and Artists. Design, 1991. Theory, contrasts, color mixing.

Leland, Nita. Exploring Color: How to Use and Control Color in Your Painting. North Light, 1998. The best book on color for artists--trust me! More than 80 exercises and demos, plus wonderful examples by 65 artists. Look here for more information.

Leland, Nita. Exploring Color Coloring Book. Moonflower Books, 2000. A color reference handbook and workbook for Exploring Color printed on acid-free watercolor paper. You don't need the book to do the workbook (but it helps) Look here for more information.

Loomis, Andrew. Creative Illustration. Search ABEbooks A timeless book for illustrators, very hard to find.

Lute, Gwen. Photo Retouching with Adobe Photoshop. Amherst Media, 2000. Step-by-step projects in photo restoration.

Mayer, Ralph. The Artist's Handbook of Materials and Techniques. Fifth ed. Viking, 1991. A technical reference all serious artists should be familiar with.

McClelland, Deke and Katrin Eismann. Real World Digital Photography. Peachpit, 1999. My favorite reference book on the subject.

Meggs, Philip. Type and Image: The Language of Graphic Design. John Wiley, 1992. Working with the two major elements of graphic design.

Metzger, Phil. The Artist's Illustrated Encylopedia: Techniques, Materials & Terms. North Light, 2001. A comprehensive reference, lavishly illustrated with contemporary art works, photographs and charts.

Murphy, John and Michel Rowe. How to Design Trademarks and Logos. North Light, 1995. Easy steps to creating your own.

Nelson, Roy. Publication Design. William Brown, 1987. An excellent text for print media--hard to find in these days of electronic everything.

Norling, Ernest. Perspective Made Easy. Dover, 1999. One of the best books for artists on basic perspective.

Olsen, Gary. Getting Started in Computer Graphics. North Light, 1993. Good beginner's guide even though outdated as to technology.

Parker, Roger. Roger Parker's One-Minute Designer. IDG, 1997. Quick-and-easy ideas for graphic design.

Paul, Stephen, ed. Illustrator's Figure Reference Manual. Bloomsbury, 1997. Hundreds of photos of men, women and children engaged in different activities.

Perspection, Inc. Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 Step-by-Step. Perspection, 2002. This books demystifies PowerPoint and makes it easy to put together a professional presentation.

Pitz, Henry. How to Use the Figure in Painting & Illustration Search ABEbooks Watson-Guptill, 1968.

Pollard, Jann and Jerry Little. Creative Computer Tools for Artists. Using software to develop drawings and paintings. Watson-Guptill, 2001.

Priester, Gary. Looking Good in Color: The Desktop Publisher's Design Guide. Ventana, 1995. Easy-to-understand guide to how color works in print and computer.

Raimes, Jonathan. The Digital Canvas: Discovering the Art Studio in Your Computer. Abrams Studio, 2006. This book almost makes me want to sell all my painting stuff and just paint with my computer. It's dazzling and I really think I could do it with this book as my text.

Sadun, Erica. Digital Photography: I Didn't Know You Could Do That. Sybex, 2000. Great resource and projects, plus CD with photo-editing and web software.

Sanders, Linda. 47 Printing Headaches: How to Prevent Costly Printing Mistakes. North Light, 1991. A solution book for designers, production artists, and desktop publishers (and how to avoid them).

Schider, Fritz. An Atlas of Anatomy for Artists. Dover, 1981. Diagrams and photos of the skeleton and musculature.

Schaub, George. Using Your Digital Camera. Amphoto, 2003. The best book I've found so far on all aspects of digital photography.

Schildgen, Thomas. A Pocket Guide to Color, With Digital Applications. Delmar, 1997. Practice of using color in reproduction.

Siegel, David. Creating Killer Web Sites: The Art of Third Generation Site Design. Hayden, 1997. Up-do-date design ideas.

Simon, Hilda. Color in Reproduction. Viking, 1980. Theory and technique for artists and designers.

Smith, Stan, ed. The Artist's Manual. Mayflower, 1980. Equipment, materials and techniques. Includes painting, drawing, graphic design and sculpture.

Sullivan, Michael J. Make Your Scanner a Great Design & Production Tool (rev.). North Light, 1998. Very useful book, lots of ideas.

Taylor, Dave. Creating Cool HTML4 Web Pages. IDG, 2000. Up-to-date ideas in this revised version.

Vasquez-Petersen, Anna-Rae. Teach Yourself Great Web Design in a Week. Sam, 1997. This really is a quick way to get started.

Whelan, Bride. Color Harmony 2 With Palette Picker CD. Rockport, 1997. The only one of the color-swatch books I like--groups colors into color schemes. Use to design Web palettes.

White, Jan V. Color for the Electronic Age. Strathmoor, 1990. Effective color design for print or screen.

White, Jan V. Color for Impact. Strathmoor, 1996. How color can get your message across or get in the way.

White, Jan V. Editing by Design. Bowker, 1982. A guide to effective word-and-picture communication for editors and designers.

White, Jan V. Graphic Design for the Electronic Age. Watson-Guptill, 1988. Traditional and desktop publishing.

Wilson, Adrian. The Design of Books. Chronicle, 1993. Classic survey of book design; great illustrations.

Wong, Wucius. Principles of Color Design, 2nd ed. Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1997. Excellent book, especially with the new electronic color information.

Wong, Wucius. The Principles of Form & Design. John Wiley, 1997. Wong's books are always worth a read.

Wong, Wucius. The Principles of Two-Dimensional Design. John Wiley, 1997. An excellent book on design.

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