Part four, "Photoshop and Other Programs" begin by showing how to bring stale 3D images to life. The author says that while the potential of photography is recognized by digital artists, the usefulness of 3D is often overlooked. You will learn techniques that, by using Photoshop's wide range of tools, will bring your images alive. Next you will use Poser and Photoshop to emulate the techniques of the old masters. Then, creating Art Noveau couldn't be easier when pasting vector art from Adobe Illustrator. Here you will learn why Illustrator should be part of your digital tool kit. Finally the book concludes by explaining how, using Illustrator files as Smart Objects, you can create M.C. Escher like morphing pattern images.
There are a couple things that I really like about Creative Photoshop. First, I like the fact that the chapters/parts are project-oriented. You can actually accomplish a goal. Many books show a technique here and there and expect you to figure out how to use it. Second, I liked the detail that is explained in the chapters to get you to your goal; it is very well written.
Obviously, Creative Photoshop is geared more for digital artists, illustrators, cartoonists, designers, and graphic artists more than for photographers, but I think that the more creative photographers; ones to whom treat photography as an artistic expression, the book will be informative. It is also a must have for those who want to truly be Photoshop gurus as there are a lot of unique techniques that are not found elsewhere.