Top 10 Best Books to Read in Visual Arts - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Visual Arts. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Adobe Photoshop Classroom in a Book (2021 release)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Visual Arts - August 2021

The fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn Adobe Photoshop  Classroom in a Book®, the best-selling series of hands-on software training workbooks, offers what no other book or training program does -- an official training series from Adobe, developed with the support of Adobe product experts.  Adobe Photoshop Classroom in a Book (2021 release) contains 15 lessons that cover the basics and beyond, providing countless tips and techniques to help you become more productive with the program. You can follow the book from start to finish or choose only those lessons that interest you.  Purchasing this book includes valuable online extras. Follow the instructions in the book’s “Getting Started” section to unlock access to:  Downloadable lesson files you need to work through the projects in the book  Web Edition containing the complete text of the book  What you need to use this book: Adobe Photoshop (2021 release) software, for either Windows or macOS. (Software not included.)  Note: Classroom in a Book does not replace the documentation, support, updates, or any other benefits of being a registered owner of Adobe Photoshop software.

  • Author: Conrad Chavez
  • Publisher: Adobe Press; 1st edition (December 23, 2020)
  • Genre: Computers & Technology, Graphics & Design
  • ISBN: 978-0136904731
  • Dimensions: 7.35 x 1.15 x 9.05 inches


2. Photoshop Elements 2021 For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Visual Arts - August 2021

Get picture-perfect results with Photoshop  Elements 2021   Photoshop Elements has a reputation for delivering the photo editing power that non-professional photographers and designers need to get eye-catching―and art-quality―results. This book offers guidance for applying everything from simple, one-click fixes all the way up to detailed retouching of your images.   Photoshop Elements  2021 For Dummies  assumes no prior photo-editing experience and makes it easy for even the absolute beginner to quickly grasp how to edit to create slick, professional-looking photos. In no time at all you’ll feel confident in everything from common image fixes to utilizing more creative techniques, such as using image layers to create a standout look. You’ll also find tips on building and managing complex photo projects. Understand photo-editing concepts Adjust clarity, color, and brightness Add artistic touches Catalog and organize your work This fun and easy guide provides the steps you need to get the most out of this popular version of Photoshop―and will help you achieve truly beautiful results!

  • Author: Barbara Obermeier
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1st edition (November 17, 2020)
  • Genre: Computers & Technology, Graphics & Design
  • ISBN: 978-1119724124
  • Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches


3. Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Visual Arts - August 2021

A book whose sales have not diminished but rather increased dramatically since its publication 45 years ago, this bestselling classic is the ultimate manual of drawing taught by the late Robert Beverly Hale, who’s famed lectures and classes at New York City’s Art Student League captivated artists and art educators from around the world. Faithfully producing and methodically analyzing 100 master drawings—including works of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Rodin, Goya, and Rembrandt among others—Hale shows how these artists tackled basic problems such as line, light and planes, mass, position and thrust, and anatomy. With detailed analytical captions and diagrams, every lesson is clearly delineated and illustrated. Throughout, also, is commentary that sheds light on the creative process of drawing and offers deep insight into the unsurpassed achievements of the masters.

  • Author: Robert Beverly Hale
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; 10th edition (August 1, 1989)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, History & Criticism
  • ISBN: 978-0823014019
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.7 x 10.9 inches


4. Cinematography: Theory and Practice: Image Making for Cinematographers and Directors

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Visual Arts - August 2021

The world of cinematography has changed more in the last few years than it has since it has in 1929, when sound recording was introduced. New technology, new tools and new methods have revolutionized the art and craft of telling stories visually. While some aspects of visual language, lighting and color are eternal, shooting methods, workflow and cameras have changed radically. Even experienced film artists have a need to update and review new methods and equipment. These change affect not only the director of photography but also the director, the camera assistants, gaffers, and digital imaging technicians. Cinematography: Theory and Practice covers both the artistry and craftsmanship of cinematography and visual storytelling. Few art forms are as tied to their tools and technology as is cinematography. Take your mastery of these new tools, techniques, and roles to the next level with this cutting-edge roadmap from author and filmmaker Blain Brown. Whether you are a student of filmmaking, just breaking into the business, currently working in the industry and looking to move up to the next level, or an experienced professional who wants to update their knowledge of tools and techniques, this book provides both a basic introduction to these issues as well as more advanced and in-depth coverage of the subject. The companion website features additional material, including lighting demonstrations, basic methods of lighting, using diffusion and other topics. Topics Include: Visual language Visual storytelling Continuity and coverage Cameras and digital sensors Exposure techniques for film and video Color in-depth Understanding digital images Waveform monitors, vectorscopes, and test charts Using linear, gamma, and log encoded video Image control and grading on the set The tools and basics of film lighting ASC-CDL, ACES and other new methods Optics and focus Camera movement Set operations Green screen, high speed and other topics.

  • Author: Blain Brown
  • Publisher: Routledge; 3rd edition (September 15, 2016)
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Movies
  • ISBN: 978-1138940925
  • Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 11 inches


5. The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Visual Arts - August 2021

When Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain was first published in 1979, it hit the New York Times bestseller list within two weeks and stayed there for more than a year. In 1989, when Dr. Betty Edwards revised the book, it went straight to the Times list again. Now Dr. Edwards celebrates the twentieth anniversary of her classic book with a second revised edition. Over the last decade, Dr. Edwards has refined her material through teaching hundreds of workshops and seminars. Truly The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain , this edition includes: the very latest developments in brain research new material on using drawing techniques in the corporate world and in education instruction on self-expression through drawing an updated section on using color detailed information on using the five basic skills of drawing for problem solving Translated into thirteen languages, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is the world's most widely used drawing-instruction guide. People from just about every walk of life—artists, students, corporate executives, architects, real estate agents, designers, engineers—have applied its revolutionary approach to problem solving. The Los Angeles Times said it best: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is "not only a book about drawing, it is a book about living. This brilliant approach to the teaching of drawing . . . should not be dismissed as a mere text. It emancipates."

  • Author: Betty Edwards
  • Publisher: Tarcher; 2nd Revised & enlarged edition (August 30, 1999)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Humanities
  • ISBN: 978-0874774245
  • Dimensions: 8 x 0.75 x 9.5 inches


6. The Filmmaker's Eye: Learning (and Breaking) the Rules of Cinematic Composition

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Visual Arts - August 2021

This is the only book that combines conceptual and practical instruction on creating polished and eloquent images for film and video with the technical know-how to achieve them. Loaded with hundreds of full-color examples, The Filmmaker's Eye is a focused, easy-to-reference guide that shows you how to become a strong visual storyteller through smart, effective choices for your shots. After a short introduction to basic principles, a variety of shots are deconstructed in the following format: Why It Works: an introduction to a particular type of shot How It Works: callouts point out exactly how the shot works the way it does--the visual rules and technical aspects in action Technical Considerations: the equipment and techniques needed to get the shot. Breaking the Rules: examples where the "rules" are brilliant subverted This book: Helps you make smart visual choices with this quick, focused, and visual guide to cinematic composition. Shows you how to master the rules, then break them. 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  • Author: Gustavo Mercado
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1st edition (September 15, 2010)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Humanities
  • ISBN: 978-0240812175
  • Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches


7. Rapid Viz: A New Method for the Rapid Visualization of Ideas

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Visual Arts - August 2021

Rapid Viz, Third Edition: A New Method for the Rapid Visualization of Ideas provides hands-on instruction on quick sketching skills and techniques that allow you to picture your ideas mentally, and then quickly convert those thoughts into visual reality on a piece of paper. The method is not designed to help you become a master illustrator, but rather a visual thinker and communicator. Emphasizing speed and simplicity, the Rapid Viz method breaks down drawing to the essentials, teaching the fundamental techniques of graphic art and design using only the simplest of tools: felt-tip pens or pencils and paper. Using a minimum amount of time, trouble, and effort, Rapid Viz enables you to nail down your ideas onto paper, rapidly converting your thoughts while they are still fresh, and then polish them for clear visual communication with others.

  • Author: Kurt Hanks
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 3rd edition (March 1, 2006)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-1598632682
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.75 x 9 inches


8. Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Visual Arts - August 2021

Certain symbols abound in modern Western culture that are instantly recognizable: the cross signifies Christianity, the six-pointed Star of David is revered by Jews, the golden arches frequently means it's time for lunch. Other symbols, however, require a bit of decoding-particularly those found in cemeteries. Cemeteries are virtual encyclopedias of symbolism. Engravings on tombstones, mausoleums and memorials tell us just about everything there is to know about a person- date of birth and death as well as religion, ethnicity, occupation, community interests, and much more. In the fascinating new book Stories in Stone: The Complete Guide to Cemetery Symbolism by noted author Douglas Keister, the secrets of cemetery symbolism are finally revealed. For instance, did you know that it is quite rare to see a sunflower on a tombstone? Did you know that the human foot symbolizes humility and service since it consistently touches the earth? Or the humble sheaf of wheat-while it is often used to denote someone who has lived a long and fruitful life, do you know other meanings it might carry? Stories in Stone provides history along with images of a wide variety of common and not-so-common cemetery symbols, and offers an in-depth examination of stone relics and the personal and intimate details they display-flora and fauna, religious icons, society symbols, and final impressions of how the deceased wished to be remembered. Douglas Keister has created a practical field guide that is compact and portable, perfect for those interested in family histories and genealogical research, and is the only book of its kind that unlocks the language of symbols in a comprehensive and easy-to-understand manner. Douglas Keister has photographed fourteen award-winning, critically acclaimed books (including Red Tile Style: America's Spanish Revival Architecture, The Bungalow: America's Arts & Crafts Home, and Storybook Style: America's Whimsical Homes of the Twenties) earning him the title "America's most noted photographer of historic architecture." He also writes and illustrates magazine articles and contributes photographs and essays to other books, calendars, posters, and greeting cards. Doug lives in Chico, California, and travels frequently to photograph and lecture on historic architecture and photography.

  • Author: Douglas Keister
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (April 5, 2004)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-1567317763
  • Dimensions: 4.82 x 0.7 x 9.32 inches


9. Short Course in Photography, A: Digital (What's New in Art & Humanities)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Visual Arts - August 2021

For courses in the fundamentals of digital photography. Explores basic techniques in digital photography Modeled after the widely used A Short Course in Photography: Film and Darkroom , the 4th Edition of A Short Course in Photography: Digital presents the basic techniques of photography in its contemporary, digital form. This brief volume emphasizes the most up-to-date learning techniques, allowing readers to keep up with modern technology and explore artistic choices via in-depth discussion of photographic techniques.  In addition to covering the basics of digital photography, this title also covers the impact of computers and software on the art of photography. The 4th Edition includes new contemporary photographs by great artists, information on the latest digital camera technology and software, and integration of workflow applications.

  • Author: Jim Stone
  • Publisher: Pearson; 4th edition (February 6, 2018)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-0134525815
  • Dimensions: 3.94 x 3.94 x 3.94 inches


10. FORCE: Dynamic Life Drawing: 10th Anniversary Edition (Force Drawing Series)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Visual Arts - August 2021

Bring your artwork to life with the power of the FORCE! Watch, listen, and follow along as Mike Mattesi demonstrates the fundamental FORCE line and explains dynamic figure drawing techniques through 30 videos that are launched through the book's companion App. Packed with superb, powerfully drawn examples, the updated third edition of FORCE features an all-new section on the "FORCE blob," and dozens of fresh illustrations. Mike Mattesi’s 10th anniversary edition of FORCE will teach readers how to put thought and imagination to paper. Whether you are an illustrator, animator, comic book artist, or student, you'll learn to use rhythm, shape, and line to bring out the life in any subject. The 10th Anniversary Edition contains numerous improvements. Around 30 videos are embedded within the book and accessible through the FORCE Drawing App. In the App, click on the image of the camera, point your mobile device’s camera at the page with the symbol, and then finally tap the video card image floating above the drawing to launch the video. Then sit back and watch the video that shows me creating that drawing and discussing my process. Many new drawings can be found within this edition and the addition of color now further clarifies the theory of FORCE.   Key Features The unique, dynamic learning system that has helped thousands of artists enhance their figure drawing abilities Dozens of updated illustrations and all-new content, exclusive to the 3rd edition Select pages can be scanned by your smartphone or other device to pull up bonus video content, enhancing the learning process Companion App: Nearly 50 videos are available on the free FORCE Drawing companion app that can be downloaded through Google Play or the Apple App Store

  • Author: Mike Mattesi
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 3rd edition (March 29, 2017)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, History & Criticism
  • ISBN: 978-1138919570
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches