Photoshop Restoration and Retouching Paperback – Apr 3 2001
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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, digitalretouch.org, which also includes all project images and other resources. --Angelynn Grant
From Library Journal
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
A very useful book and a very good reference. Easy to read and refer to. Absolutely love it. Thank you.Published on Dec 22 2012 by Julie Richer
I'm a novice who wanted to restore a whole bunch of all photos from family that my grandmother had in her atic, so I decided to buy Photohop by recomendation of a friend of mind. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2004
I will admit it. Many of my photos have flaws. Many have not been preserved properly.
They represent memories, however, so I am reluctant to toss them in the trash. Read more
I've been thru this book, was not able to put it down. After going throught the tutorials and reading through the chapters I feel very confident that I will be able to really... Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2003 by DK
This is a fantastic book for photographers who wish to gain greater facility with Photoshop. It is (appropriately enough for a photography book) written in a pellucid style, and... Read morePublished on April 16 2003 by leeyo
if you don't know where the show/hide button is don't get this book (just one example). not meant to be for biginners. sorryPublished on Feb. 20 2003
This is a great book on retouching and restoring photos. It's divided into different parts, each one having tutorials with helpful pictures. Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2003
Katrin Eisman's book is a goldmine for aspiring restorers of old photographs. I thought I was fairly well versed in using Photoshop, but I found invaluable information, tips and... Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2003 by Joachim Smith
I'm an Elements user, as I can't afford Photoshop. I'd had Katrin's book for a while, hoping I'd be able to use it to glean technique for Elements. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2003
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