A cool, free Photoshop book comes to iPad

Photographer Dan Marcolina has used InDesign’s new tablet-publishing tools to create the very cool The World Without Photoshop, “A unique interactive iPad book featuring a dozen Photoshop Masters.”

See for yourself what some of the best digital artists’ work looks like without the software. Then with the touch of your finger The World Without Photoshop is transformed and you can see and hear the imaginations of these artists come to life in their work. Pinch and zoom into over 48 works by artists, illustrators, designers, and photographers and get their insights into how twenty years of Photoshop innovation have changed their world.


Bonus content includes an interactive timeline of 20 years of Photoshop features, Russell Preston Brown’s Photoshop ODDyssey presentation, more.

8 thoughts on “A cool, free Photoshop book comes to iPad

    1. How mind-bogglingly stupid must you be to read an Adobe blog if positive comments about Photoshop make you react in a negative way?
      Masochist, much?
      [“Some days, the web feels like 5 people trying to make something; 5k people turning it into a list; and 500MM people saying, ‘FAIL.'” — Merlin Mann –J.]

    2. Well PS certainly changed my world. I used to be a fairly accomplished darkroom printer and after my first go of PS, I never had any desire to go in the darkroom again and my DeVere 504 enlarger simply gathered dust until I gave it away. I certainly do not miss the stink of toxic chemicals either.

  1. Were any Adobe products used in the making of this book app?
    [Yes–sorry, I forgot to note that; I’ll update the post. –J.]

  2. I was so happy when I read this post, I ran to get my iPad and install the app. I’m sorry to confess I was disappointed.
    It’s pretty, but buggy, and the interface is confoundingly opaque. I have nothing but good things to say about the content and the concept, but the app itself seems like an early prototype.
    I’m sorry, but books should not have a learning curve. There are buttons there I still don’t know the function of. And in spite of having at least 3 ways to move to the next page I could find not one to STOP it from moving. I finally quit after 20 unsuccessful stabs at the “touch here” spot on the JPC chapter.
    I suspect at least one picture error (or it could just be my own shortcoming, but I never could find Big Ben in the lumber shot).
    A third of a gigabyte did seem a bit excessive, but I forgave that until I read “volume 1”.
    Sorry for sounding so negative. It really is pretty.

  3. Agreeing with Doug – good idea, good potential, horrible execution. You try to swipe across the photos to see the before and after (bad approach all around) and you end up turning the pages accidentally. I guess people are going to be spending a lot of time learning that IA/UI/UX design is not so simple, unfortunately, they’re doing it at the expense of their customers.

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