- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (Dec 4 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735714118
- ISBN-13: 978-0735714113
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.1 x 25.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #821,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Adobe Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers Paperback – Dec 4 2003
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From the Back Cover
This update is so important, because if there was ever a version of Photoshop that was aimed at digital photographers, Photoshop CS is it, and "The Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers" by Scott Kelby (Editor of Photoshop User magazine) once again breaks new ground by doing something for digital photographers that's never been done before--it cuts through the bull and shows you exactly "how to do it." It's not a bunch of theory; it doesn't challenge you to come up with your own settings or figure it out on your own. Instead, it shows you step by step the exact techniques used by today's cutting-edge digital photographers and retouchers, and it does something that virtually no other Photoshop book has ever done -- it tells you, flat-out, which settings to use, when to use them, and why.
If you're looking for one of those "tell-me-everything-about-the-Unsharp-Mask-filter" books, this isn't it. You can grab any other Photoshop book on the shelf, because they all do that. Instead, this book gives you the inside tips and tricks of the trade that today's leading pros use to correct, edit, sharpen, retouch, and present their photos to some of the most demanding clients on the planet. You'll be absolutely amazed at how easy and effective they are--once you know the secrets.
LEARN HOW THE PROS DO IT Each year Scott trains thousands of professional photographers how to use Photoshop, and almost without exception they have the same questions and the same problems -- that's exactly what Scott covers in this book. You'll learn:
- The secrets of how the pros retouch portraits
- How to color correct any photo without breaking a sweat (you'll be amazed at how they do it!)
- How to unlock the power of Photoshop CS' new features for digital photo pros
- Amazing digital body-sculpting techniques
- How the pros use CS' File Browser (it's much more powerful than you think)
- Tricks that can send your productivity through the roof
- The sharpening techniques the pros really use (there's an entire chapter just on this!)
- How to deal with common digital camera image problems
- Removing noise, avoiding halos, and protecting your images
- How to use Match Color, The Color Replacement Tool, and other amazing CS tools.
- Masking techniques for photographers
- The most-requested photographic special effects
- and much more!
About the Author
Scott Kelby is President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), the trade organization for Adobe Photoshop users, with thousands of members in the US and 63 countries. Scott is Editor-in-Chief of both Photoshop User magazine and Mac Design magazine. He serves as training director for the Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour and is the technical chair of the largest Photoshop gathering, Photoshop World. Scott is one of the leading Photoshop trainers in the country today and trains thousands of Photoshop users across the country each year, and is featured in a series of Photoshop training videos.
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What it is is a collection of (brilliant) how to's for digital photo management and correction - what to do when your fill flash was too bright, How to recover an underexposed image. How to turn a snapshot into a poster sized print with mininal loss of detail. The absolute best ways to get maximum sharpness without experiencing color halos and image degradation. How to prepare flesh tones for a CMYK press. Matching color and tone throughout a series of images. Etc.
You can even download the example images in the book, try the techniques out and compare your results to Scott's. If you are a digital photographer who would rather spend more time in the field shooting and less at a computer endlessly tweaking curves and levels and you are looking for a book of down and dirty tips, tricks and how to secrets of the pros then this is it.
Way to go, Scott!
I gave this book only 4 stars instead of 5 because I feel that more new material should have been included instead of using so many techniques from the previous edition of this publication.
Second, a number of books use dreadful images as examples. Now the authors of these books are certainly photoshop experts, but apparently only use 'left-over' images from a previous family vacation in their books. Photoshop experts, but not expert photographers. Scott uses excellent images, most of which were contributed by friends who are excellent, professional photographers! Just browse...
Third, the earlier books were often hard to read; small fonts, a ton of material, lousy layout. Sure they were comprehensive in coverage, but I think too much for a photgrapher. (I now have a good working knowledge of what features were added to every version of PS that ever was, and all about every digital camera the author ever owned. Didn't really need all that.)
Scott's book is really fun to read. He uses humor well, has great images (downloadable from his site) as examples, and covers material needed to turn good photographs into great photographs. You won't find any information on shutter speeds, f-stops, selecting cameras, printers, etc, just Photoshop. Kinda respectful of the reader...
If you're a photographer and you're going digital, you'll have some very specific needs; get Harald Johnson's book on printers and printing, and this book on Photoshop CS.
Okay, now that that's done..... this is a great book for people working with digital photos in Photoshop. I think the thing I liked best is that Kelby is straightforward and approaches it from a perspective of not telling you all about HOW to take the picture, but how to improve it once you've got it in the camera. If you're looking for f-stops, lighting tips and camera tricks, this ain't your book.
If, however, you're looking for ways to improve your digital photos in Photoshop; from sharpening without harshness, to great greyscale photos with sizzle, and a thousand other things, then you'll get great tips in this book.
In addition to the focus and content in each chapter, he has what he calls "advanced" tips in the book...don't skip over these... they're great and they are often more involved stepwise (nothing that can't be followed!)--but the results are impressive.
Yes, Scott has a very informal writing style--if you've read any of his other books, you'll know what I mean. If you haven't, be aware that he doesn't preach that he's THE Photoshop guru, he's more than willing to learn from anyone and then shares those tips with everyone. Sometimes his tangents are so funny I have to wonder what WAS in the Mountain Dew he was drinking.
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