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davpunk
04-08-2005, 06:07 AM
I saw this in the CG NEWS section, so I thought I would post it in the Photoshop section as well...

Gnomon Releases Texture Libraries and Photoshop Training!
http://www.thegnomonworkshop.com/newsletter_033005.html

This month, artist Jeremy Engleman returns to the Gnomon Workshop with a series of texture resource DVDs. This incredible series features hundreds of original brick, metal and wood textures as 24bit, seamlessly tileable uncompressed tiffs. Also included are the corresponding bump and specular maps, textures with alpha masks, and more. This resource will prove indispensable to any artist who needs to texture his models quickly and efficiently.

Says director Alex Alvarez of these new titles, "I have been collecting texture libraries for many years, yet have too often found limitations with resolution and variety. For this reason, many texture artists, especially those working in film, rely on photographing, painting and editing their own textures. With these libraries, we are addressing the issue by providing uncompressed ultra high-resolution textures that include hand-edited bump and specular maps. Jeremy, a highly skilled professional texture artist, spent many months assembling these libraries, and has done an amazing job."

Also this month, artist/designer Dave Pasciuto provides the fundamentals of Adobe® Photoshop® with “Adobe Photoshop® for Digital Production.” This DVD instructs the student on the skills he needs to master this essential industry-standard application.

"Dave Pasciuto has worked with Gnomon for several years, art directing and designing for various projects including websites, magazines and DVDs." states Alex Alvarez. "He is a highly skilled designer with impeccable Photoshop skills and thorough knowledge of the application. This DVD is an amazing asset for anyone needing to improve their efficiency with Photoshop in a digital production environment."

DVD Descriptions:
Bricks and Blocks
Texturing Resource by Jeremy Engleman
Bricks and Blocks (2 DVDs of textures and 1 DVD of training) contains 250 high resolution textures for the creation of all kinds of brick and cement block surfaces. Included are photographs of clean bricks, bricks which have been painted, bricks used as paving stones, rough and worn bricks, as well as specialty and decorative bricks. Gnomon Workshop textures are high resolution and seamlessly tileable. This allows for the creation of texture pages of any size - from the walls of an entire factory complex down to the exposed brick surrounding a mouse hole. Every texture has a corresponding bump and specular map. These have been hand manipulated to ensure a proper bump and specular response, and are not simply a grayscale version of the color map. The textures are entirely handled and stored in 24-bit TIFF format to avoid any compression artifacts normally associated with JPEG images. Also supplied are more than 200 features - texture maps with alpha masks that add richness and variety to any texture project. Included are features commonly found with bricks like graffiti, paint, windows and more.

Distressed Metal
Texturing Resource by Jeremy Engleman
Distressed Metal (2 DVDs of textures and 1 DVD of training) contains 280 high resolution textures for the creation of all kinds of deteriorated and fatigued metal surfaces. Included are photographs of corroded metal, metal which has been painted, scratched metal, burnt metal, and severely damaged metal. Gnomon Workshop textures are high resolution and seamlessly tileable. This allows for the creation of texture pages of any size - from the small scale of a ragged cuff link up to the immense scale of a deteriorating oil refinery. Every texture has a corresponding bump and specular map. These have been manipulated to ensure a proper bump and specular response, and are not simply a grayscale version of the color map. The textures are entirely handled and stored in 24-bit TIFF format to avoid any compression artifacts normally associated with JPEG images. Also supplied are more than 150 features - texture maps with alpha masks that add richness and variety to any texture project. Included are features common to worn metal like paint, rust, bolts and more.

Planks and Panels
Texturing Resource by Jeremy Engleman
Planks and Panels (2 DVDs of textures and 1 DVD of training) contains 305 high resolution textures for the creation of all kinds of man-made structured wooden surfaces. Included are photographs of boards, panels, planks and posts as well as specialty wood constructions. Gnomon Workshop textures are high resolution and seamlessly tileable. This allows for the creation of texture pages of any size - from a fly's eye view of a backyard fence up to the broadside of a majestic Spanish galleon. Every texture has a corresponding bump and specular map. These have been manipulated to ensure a proper bump and specular response, and are not simply a grayscale version of the color map. The textures are entirely handled and stored in 24-bit TIFF format to avoid any compression artifacts normally associated with JPEG images. Also supplied are more than 160 features - texture maps with alpha masks that add richness and variety to any texture project. Included are features commonly found with structured wood like nails, bolts, signs, hinges and more.

Adobe Photoshop® for Digital Production
Essential Techniques for Film, Broadcast and Games
Adobe Photoshop® is the preferred, industry-standard software for photo manipulation and graphics creation, but using it effectively for projects in production is key. Learning the tools inside and out will help develop the knowledge, efficiency and workflow for creating your next masterpiece or for your project's success. This DVD unfolds the myriad of tools and production techniques for compositing, color correcting, masking, digital painting, photo-collage and design. This DVD contains an overview of the most commonly used tools in production, and then applies them with added techniques to real-world projects. The DVD also addresses program management issues that are essential for today's "generalist" or 2D/3D production artist.

Since 2000, The Gnomon Workshop has provided artists and students with the educational resources they need to succeed as artists in the entertainment industries. Whether they're interested in design, modeling, effects, animation, storytelling or matte painting, these DVDs provide a valuable educational resource for students around the world. The Gnomon Workshop is the sister company of The Gnomon School of Visual Effects, which provides professional-caliber visual effects instruction to students and professionals in Los Angeles, CA.

Visit http://www.thegnomonworkshop.com (http://www.thegnomonworkshop.com/) for more information on The Gnomon Workshop and our library of over 125 training DVDs.

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