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Photoshop Restoration and Retouching Paperback – Apr 3 2001

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Que Publishing; 1 edition (April 3 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789723182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789723185
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 798 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,086,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's disappointing when a photo of a loved one is marred by "red eye" or the wrong exposure, or a cherished picture from long ago cracks and fades. Luckily, Katrin Eismann seems to know every trick available in Photoshop for making photographs--film or digital--look just how you want them to, whether that means restoring what has been lost, fixing incorrect exposures, erasing dust and scratches, or even re-creating reality. (Who wouldn't want to lose a few wrinkles?) Eismann has the artistic eye to appreciate good photography, the technical savvy to be able to offer numerous solutions to any given problem, and the writing and teaching skills to walk readers clearly through them.

Photoshop Retouching and Restoring assumes readers have a working knowledge of Photoshop; it does not go through the basics or cover complex selections or masking, although it does quickly explain essentials such as shortcuts, context-sensitive menus, quick image-navigation tricks, the varieties of layers, and smart file management--all issues that expedite workflow and distinguish regular and power users. It even outlines what it takes to set up shop as a professional retoucher--equipment, studio arrangement, and working with clients and contracts.

The author strongly advises reading from start to finish, and she's structured the projects so that they build upon each other. The book is divided into three sections: correcting tone, exposure, and colour; restoration, repairing, and rebuilding; and portrait and glamour retouching. Each page is filled with plenty of before-and-after images, along with screen shots of palettes and dialogue boxes.

This book makes tackling each flaw look easy--it seems like even the worst photo can be saved. Also, by the end, readers will have an appreciation for those who do retouching for a living--it takes planning, a good eye, consistency, and a lot of organisation, or you're just flailing away with adjustment layers. You can get a look at a sample tutorial and chapter on the companion Web site,, which also includes all project images and other resources. --Angelynn Grant

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Everyone has old photographs stored in a shoebox or album. Storing them electronically allows for the preservation and, in some cases, the enhancement of these irreplaceable mementos. Both of these works feature a new angle on Adobe Photoshop training by focusing on retouching. Although the majority of techniques discussed here are found in every other Photoshop book (e.g., Carla Rose's SAMS Teach Yourself Adobe Photoshop 6 in 24 Hours, Computer Media, LJ 4/1/01), both authors do a good job of walking readers through the process. Kiteley's volume is an e-book available for Macintosh and PC. It comes only as a CD-ROM in PDF format and requires Adobe Acrobat to read (a free download from the Adobe site). Eismann's book is an attractive, paper equivalent of Kiteley's work, covering almost exactly the same techniques. Pass on both if you already have a Photoshop title; if not, I prefer the presentation of Eismann's volume.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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By A Customer on May 6 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a deep, professional treatment of it's topic. I've seen several nice books on retouching, but none that treat restoration with such skill. Eismann doesn't back away from the really treacherous restoration problems and obviously enjoys tackling and renewing a photo that everyone else considers hopeless. She generously offers up information and techniques that I think a lot of other restorers would jealously guard.
I was recently put in charge of digitally archiving and restoring my family's pictures. Some photos dating from the 1800's were in terrible condition--my main problem was the images had faded to almost nothing. I bought this book because Eismann specifically addresses this problem and my results were fantastic. My family thinks I'm a photoshop magician (I'm not--I consider myself a solid intermediate user who intends on becoming a photoshop magician....) and I am so proud that I was able to preserve something this important to my family.
The other reviews support how terrific this book is but I really wanted to show my appreciation by adding another. With so many expensive photoshop books to wade through, this one rises to the top as essential.
PS--I use photoshop 7. Though this book was printed before photoshop 7 was released, it is still completely relevant. People who think the "healing brush" (wonderful as it is) fixes all ills couldn't have very big restoration problems.
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By A Customer on Nov. 26 2002
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I am a graphic design professional and I own quite a few of the recent Photoshop guides. This one is below par in quality, although it is rather pretty both on the outside and on the inside.
After having read classics like Margulis's and Evening's PS guides, this book looks rather unprofessional. Many of the techniques the author presents result in plastic faces. Dozens of the "after" images look MUCH worse than the "before" images; some are even ruined. Some of the examples are almost ridiculous, like the excessive wrinkle removing around the eyes but not elsewhere in the face, making the man in the photo look like he has had massive plastic surgery. And another one where the author added contrast to the background but not in the people in the foreground, making them look like ghosts. And the repeated lack of knowledge of human anatomy, bad colors... etc. etc.
It seems to me that the author does not have the necessary skills or she doesn't mind if the retouched images look retouched and unnatural. If your goal is to produce life-like work, this book is not a good purchase. And most of the images in the pages are of thumbnail size, which is irritating. But on the positive side, this book covers a wide area on photo retouching, although on a superficial level.
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I ordered this book about six months ago because it looked interesting. I didn't do much with it until recently, when I began to scan, edit, and burn to CD about a thousand family slides dating back to the mid 1960s. Wow, has this book ever been helpful! I knew some clumsy techniques for doing what I needed to do, but with the help of Eismann's book I've greatly increased my proficiency while drastically reducing the amount of time needed to edit my images. The neat, clean, and uncluttered layout of the book makes it easy to read so don't worry about getting lost in a tangle of arcane instructions. I'm using Photoshop 6.0, and while the healing brush in version 7.0 might be helpful with dust and scratches -- I have very little experience with version 7 -- there are many other things that can ruin a photograph. The techniques in this book are easy to learn and quite effective. If you are looking for a book to help you learn Photoshop's photo-editing tools, I highly recommend this one. Even if you are not currently working on a Photoshop project, it is interesting reading in its own right.
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If you are into digital photography and like to use Photoshop for image manipulation, this book will give you numerous very precise tips and examples on how to refine your photos, and how to repair or enhance typical problems. It is very much "hands-on"-oriented, and this is also my only criticism of the book - sometimes I would like a little more explanation as to *why* things work as they do... However, I can very much recommend the book. It has already made my digital photo prints look a lot more attractive, and also helped me save several shots which I otherwise thought were ready to enter the "trash can". The book is also good in recommending practical workflows, so you can learn a lot from an experienced user - as Katrin Eismann obviously is. But to gain the most from the book, you should already be at least an intermediate level user of Photoshop (this is also stated in the book). The book has a small "Photoshop Essentials" chapter at the beginning; in my opinion, this chapter is really not worth the effort. If you are truly a novice, it won't help you much - on the other hand, if you are experienced, you don't need it. My overall conclusion: A very good book, with many practical, useful workflows which I use again and again to improve on my collection of digital photography!
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I have been through dozens of Photoshop books now looking for just one book that could explain how to use the program in an easy-to-follow, professional manner. This is it. Not cluttered with excess information and always getting to the point with great exercises to follow. I finally know how to tackle any digital photographic problem.
Pay no attention to, "you don't need this book if you have PS 7". Removing unwanted lines from faces or other marks from a photograph (now easily done with the healing tool) are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to retouching and restoration. This book covers so much more. Katrin also has a website you can visit for updated information about PS7 and other helpful tips. The PS 7 files are in pdf format and written as additional sections for the book.
Lastly this book is not for someone who has only just started using PS. You need to be somewhat familiar with the program. The "Photoshop 6 WOW! Book" will solve that problem. These are the only two books you'll ever need.
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