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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Wednesday Surprise

Frederick L. Chipkin was nice enough to donate a book for our give-away.  Before I tell you about the book, let me tell you about Mr. Chipkin.  This is a mish mash from the internet and the back of his book:

"Frederick Chipkin of Kew Gardens NY has earned inclusion in Who's Who in America since 2004. He is also included in Who's Who in the world. To be chosen for inclusion, candidates must have held a position of responsibility or have attained a significant achievement. Frederick is best known for his book "Adobe PhotoShop for textile design". A textile designer for Liz Claiborne, Bernard Chause, Manager CAD dept I Appel, Owner of Design Society, and most recently Owner of Origin inc. Textile Design studio, Fredericks career has spanned 20 years in the industry."

Are you impressed yet?  You should be because he has figured out all the bells and whistles of Adobe Photoshop Elements.  Do you own the program and have figured out how to do, kinda, one of two things with it?  Well, that's me.  And I didn't have a clue how to use it for textile design. He has it all figured out and has written a book.


I started learning on the first pages of the book when he was just talking about the basic tools.  I have always wondered about the clone stamp tool.  I have tried to use it but never been successful.  Chipkin gives step by step instructions for using the tool and includes a CD that has practice images for experimentation.  Frankly, that step by step instruction and the practice image files are what makes the book invaluable.  The book builds from instructions for each basic tool to instructions on how to combine all the tools to create complex patterns.  And, from beginning to end all the instructions are step by step and have practice images on the CD.  Did I mention that the instructions are step by step with images to practice on?  Yep, I am just that excited by how easy to follow the instructions are!

If you are interested in owning this book for yourself,  just leave a comment on this post.  The drawing will be on Saturday.  Good luck!

72 comments:

  1. This look like a wonderful and interesting book.

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  2. Sounds like a really interesting and practical book.

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  3. Wow! Wonderful surprise... Looks like a very educational book that I would definitely be able to use... Thank you for the opportunity, I hope I win!

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  4. Looks like he's done a great job and I'm sure much of it can be applied to Photoshop as well as Elements

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  5. That book would be very handy, my Adobe knowledge is still limited -:)

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  6. What perfect timing. Photoshop Elements classes online with Kris Sazaki and Deb Boschert were wonderful, and my New Year's Resolution list includes trying to master PE. This is a perfect opportunity to add to that knowledge base. Thank you!
    bethany

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  7. Would love to have this book together with my PS Elements!

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  8. I could use a brush-up on making brushes - is that included in the book? That would make it worth it for me. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.
    Diane

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  9. My New Year's Resolution is to use Photoshop to help with quilt design. This book sounds like it could really help!

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  10. This would be helpful! Like you, I also have Elements but haven't really tried out a lot of the features. Thank you for this chance...

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  11. WOW.....very impressive....and I need all the help I can get in regard to Photoshop....it's kind of you to take the time to do these give-aways!

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  12. What's not to love. Looks like a fab guide! Thanks for putting it out there!

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  13. I fully intended to only comment on 'must haves'. Gosh I'm in for every draw. Me and photos shop have yet to become real close friends! Thank you so much for 'keeping the fires burning'!!!

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  14. I use PSE on my photos but really know so little about it! This would be great!

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  15. What an exciting way to begin a new year!
    I learn so much from your posts.

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  16. Very intriguing! Learning more about using Photoshop AND about textile design - sounds terrific!

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  17. Sounds like a great book! I know I have barely used all the things that my program can do.

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  18. Photoshop baffles me so this would definitely help!

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  19. It looks like an amazing book and resource for using Photoshop Elements. I love the step by steps

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  21. I have lost track of the number of times I have tried to learn this program, presently have 13 on my laptop and I need a refresher after taking an on line course last year, use or loose I guess. Maybe this would help.
    Bev Longford

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  22. this is my new years resolution--to learn a new computer program to make my art. thanks for the opportunity.

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  23. That would be a great book to have to learn more about Photoshop Elements.

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  24. It sounds like a book that I would like to have.

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  25. what's not to love to learn more about a computer program for our art, thanks

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  26. I have the Adobe Photoshop but never had the time to really understand it to use it. How wonderful. Carol

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  27. Wow! This looks like a very valuable tool...

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  28. Would love the book. I am always designing fabric in two weaving programs but would love to use Elements for some additional design.
    Thanks,
    Terry

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  29. Elements is on my list to buy so this book would be wonderful to have. I am still running PS6!

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  30. Sounds like it is well worth reading.

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  31. I like the fact that the book is geared to textile artists.

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  32. Sounds like the perfect way to finally learn Photoshop Elements. If it doesn't relate directly to something I want to do, I have a hard time learning new software.

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  33. I'm stuck doing just the same few things in Photoshop Elements. This would help me move to the next level - though designing my own textiles may be a ways away!

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  34. Sounds fabulous! All I know how to do with it is crop pictures and change the image size! I could definitely use this book.

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  35. I can do a few things well in PSE. Would love to learn some new tricks.

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  36. OMG! I SOOOO need this book. When I win it, I will wow you with my photoshop abilities! It will definitely have a good home!

    PS One of my goals this year is to learn this stuff.....

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  37. I will put this on my birthday wishlist, along with the Elements program haha!

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  38. Yes, please! Thanks for offering this.

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  39. What a delight this would be to have!

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  40. Photoshop (in any form) is an amazing and frustrating program. I am excited to know that someone has tackled it for textile design!

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  41. A book to help master Photoshop specifically for use with textiles sounds marvelous!

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  42. This book would definitely be a great resource and I would dearly love to win it. http://lindasartquilts.blogspot.com

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  43. Wow - I'm trying to hard to learn more about Photoshop and how to use it in my design process, but it's so complicated! Would love this book.

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  44. I love this website - always something to learn!

    Oh how I would LOVE to win this book! I am currently in a career change to surface and textile design at age 53!!! I am taking Adobe classes and this would be a "Godsend" to win! Thank you for the chance as this resource looks AWESOME!!

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  45. Put my name in the hat foe this one. I desperately need a hand holding with PE

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  46. What a useful way to teach. Hands-on always accelerates the retention.

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  47. I would love to learn more about PS. this book just sounds like what I need.

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  48. OMG, if I don't win this I'm buying it!! How have I not heard of this title?! So perfect...I'm with you, only fumbled my way through a couple features and hadn't thought of how to use it for my textile work. Too cool

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  49. Sounds like it would be good to own, or if I'm not the lucky winner, to borrow from the library. Thanks, 'fire' and Mr. Chipkin!

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  50. This looks wonderful! Thanks so much!

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  51. Sounds like a book that I as a stark beginner would really benefit from to carry on my journey of art quilting.I love your blog and have really learned so much. I thank you all...the wonderful people who share in their fun and mistakes!! Thanks for giving everyone a chance to win this great book. Cheers!! Pam

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  52. I own an older version of the full blown PhotoShop. I only recently learned how to watermark my photos. I'm sure that many of the same tools and techniques that are in Elements would apply to PS as well. I would LOVE to own this and learn to use and know about a few of the icons I see on the sidebar of PS.

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  53. When it comes to Photoshop I have SOOO much to learn......lol. This would be a great start and save countless hours of trial and error.

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  54. What a fabulous sounding book. When an artist such as Fredrick is willing to share his talent with the rest of the world in a book, that is a wonderful thing. Making it user friendly is the second best thing.
    Thanks for sharing...😀

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  55. Learning elements has been on my list for a long time. This sounds like the perfect tool for me. Thanks for the opportunity. gjeneve@gmail.com

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  56. Wow.....this book is just what I have been looking for to further my knowledge of Adobe Photoshop Elements. I have taken a couple of classes online and know just a tiny bit of how to apply this program to my quilted textiles, but this book would be such find!
    Many Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!
    LuAnn in Oregon

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  57. Textile design. That would be interesting for me.

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  58. Wow! That looks like a fantastic book! I do have and use Photoshop Elements ( 7and 11) regularly, but mostly for photo editing and cleaning up my own hand drawn designs
    It is a powerful program with many tools I have yet to explore .....perhaps this book can unlock the magic

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  59. I love using Photoshop Elements but I am still a novice. This book sounds like just what I need.

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  60. I would LOVE this book - thanks for alerting us to it - would be great to go beyond the few things I know how to do!

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  61. The thought of this one almosts makes me drool--can only hope that I get picked to get it!!

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  62. Have Elements, have textiles. Need the guidance.

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  63. I would love to read this book and learn more about Ps as I'm trying to develop designs and get into the industry.

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  64. Looks great - would really enjoy this one.

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  65. Excited to read this! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  66. Wow, this book looks awesome, I'll probably want to buy one if I don't win it.

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  67. What wonderful giveaways! How can one choose what is best.
    Jo

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  68. Just what I am hoping to learn in a class some day with Pixeladies. But sounds like this book would be even better than the class.

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  69. This sounds great! Thanks for all the great info. On this blog.

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  70. Thank you for informing us about the publication of this book. I hope I can find it in France.

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  71. Randomly just read your blog:
    Chipkin's book is EXCELLENT. Expect to need a month to go through it learning what there is to know.

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