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Gnomon Workshop Releases Texture Libraries & Adobe Photoshop Training

Artist Jeremy Engleman returns to the Gnomon Workshop with a series of texture resource DVDs. This series features hundreds of original brick, metal and wood textures as 24-bit, seamlessly tileable uncompressed tiffs. Also included are the corresponding bump and specular maps, textures with alpha masks, and more.

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 one 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 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."

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. Included are features commonly found with bricks like graffiti, paint, windows and more.

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. Included are features common to worn metal like paint, rust, bolts and more.

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. Included are features commonly found with structured wood like nails, bolts, signs, hinges and more.

All Gnomon Workshop textures are high resolution and seamlessly tileable. This allows for the creation of texture pages of any size. 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.

ADOBE PHOTOSHOP FOR DIGITAL PRODUCTION 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 (www.thegnomonworkshop.com) has provided artists and students with the educational resources in design, modeling, effects, animation, storytelling or matte painting. 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, California.

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