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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Prima Tech (1 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761531637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761531630
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 1.5 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,160,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In this well-organised, image-filled book, the author promises to show readers who have some computer experience but are new to digital photography (that is, neither computer neophytes nor professional photographers) how to take, touch up, edit, and publish digital pictures for the Web. As she puts it, "I start with a crash course about how to take a good picture, and then try to show off some basic and advanced tasks you can perform to create spiffy-looking Web-ready photographic images."

In a way, the whole of Photoshop 6 Digital Darkroom is a crash course--plenty of full-colour screen shots accompanied by short but insightful explanations and step-by-step instructions that take you from opening screen to finished image quickly. Tips and cautions pop up frequently, and the pithy, concise text says a lot without taking up much space. For example, the author clearly and speedily explains why applying the sharpen filter to a blurry image won't make much of a visual change. And in just five pages, the section on image masks touches on RGB and alpha channels, the high pass filter, the magic wand and the lasso tools, and many keyboard shortcuts, as well as showing you a decent composite image. The discussions in the book are like recipes: you may not know why you should use baking soda rather than baking powder, but you'll eat a satisfying dish in the end.

The author writes, "I'm assuming if the image looks good to you, using your eyes as your guide, then it's okay for your Web site." Prospective buyers can check out the book's example images, as well as download a few of the .psd files, at her site ( This would be a good way to gauge your level of experience against what's covered.

With its detailed index, art-book shape, and lie-flat spine, the book is handy for finding quick fixes or creative ways to experiment with digital photos. One note: Macintosh users are favoured since all the screen shots were made using that version of Photoshop, but all instructions are cross-platform. --Angelynn Grant


This book provides instructions for using Photoshop, especially when working with images created with digital cameras. It explains the uses of Photoshop's various tools, and offers advice on techniques like adding textures, correcting color, combining images, and creating animation. The use of Photoshop images on the Web is highlighted. Color illus

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Knocker3769 on 26 Feb. 2001
Format: Paperback
Fundamental aspects of PhotoShop, such as History Brush are completely omitted from this book...the content is nothing more you can get from other 'learner' books. After reading thouroughly for anything useful, i returned my copy, after finding nothing. If you want a good book on Photoshop aimed at digital imaging, i suggest any of Martin Evenings 'for Photographers' series, which are infinitely preferable to this incomplete work
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
a delight to study 18 Jan. 2001
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Format: Paperback BOOK BYTES review by John Nemerovski
Regular readers of will remember Lisa Lee for reviews of her award-winning books, plus a Nemo Memo interview. She's back with an unusual book published by Prima Tech. Book Bytes welcomes this new publisher, with encouragement for their future titles.
Why does a $600 application require a $50 third party book? Don't you think the software developer of a world-class product would hire the best authors on the planet to develop printed manuals and online help guides? What's wrong with this picture?
I can never get enough illustrated tutorials. Book Bytes will continue to review them as often as we can. Most of these graphics-heavy texts come from two or three of the major computer book publishers. Adobe Photoshop 6 Digital Darkroom breaks new ground, and sets a high standard.
FACTS: This book is big, heavy, expensive, and worth the effort. Author Lisa Lee itemizes the crucial steps in making Photoshop 6 the premier creative working tool for the next generation of talented digital photographers. Her lessons are informative and well-illustrated, and the book is designed, not merely assembled.
Four major parts contain 19 chapters, assisting readers on "Taking Pictures," and learning how to manipulate them in Photoshop, through "Creating Complex Images" and publishing the results on the Internet. Lisa knows both photography and Photoshop, and incorporates them together seamlessly.
The oversized pages contain instructional material, brilliant color images, detailed steps, and hundreds of helpful hints. If you utilize only a few of the author's lessons, Adobe Photoshop 6 Digital Darkroom will pay for itself.
My favorite aspect of this book is Lisa's consistency. Her writing and visual styles are no-nonsense casual. She includes an ongoing visual conversation with readers, featuring a few versatile generic images given very different treatment as the book progresses. Here we have a book that is a delight to study and full of wisdom.
An invasion of Photoshop 6 titles from every computer book publisher is about to commence. Hey! Two more just arrived. You can't own every one, so give Adobe Photoshop 6 Digital Darkroom serious consideration.
Mac Mice Rating: 4 out of 5
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Really nice introduction to digital darkroom 26 Feb. 2001
By K. B. Bruun - Published on
Format: Paperback
Lisa Lee writes in a down-to-the-point-way. The book is en excellent INTRODUCTION to the digital darkroom. However: this is no specific introduction to using Photoshop 6, as one might believe.
I've not yet had the time to dig reeeally deep into this book, but a few hours of looking through it tells me that the experienced (I'm an ACE in Photoshop) user might feel that this book doesn't contain what one might expect.
Lisa Lee writes about different cameras, going deeper under the surface at one of them. I think that is a good idea, because most of the digital cameras have many options in common.
She also tips the reader on HOW to take pictures, in the short-and-to-the-point-way one needs. (Time is not what we have most of, is it?) I do recommend this book - especially for beginners to intermediate users :)
79 of 98 people found the following review helpful
In color . . . and GREAT 19 Nov. 2000
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I like the layout and great color. Pages lay flat on the desk. Good crisp text on quality paper; and rich in-depth content presented on bigger than usual pages. I'm a photoshop novice, and this book satisfies my craving for help with understanding and using some advanced features. Screen snapshots (in color) illustrate effects of features being discussed.
Book has a nice table of contents -- four parts (19 chapters): Working with Digital Pictures, Photoshop 6 Basics, Creating Complex Images, and Publishing Pictures. There is also an adequate glossary, and rather complete index. (good for reference)
The introduction states: ... designed for the casual or amateur photographer with an intermediate to advanced level of computer and graphics application experience; there is no coverage of the history brush, color theory, pre-press, or printing...
This book suits me well. Most chapters are useful, and the examples are great. I love the presentation (layout).
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Nicely Done! 24 Feb. 2001
By "intentaccess" - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book was well done with very useful imagies on digital imagining editing! Any photoshop user will find it very helpful! It lacks on imagies from the digital camerea but you can't put it all in one book : ) A great assest to all Photoshop users! A must have for sure...
17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
nicely done 22 Jan. 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Finding my way around Photoshop and Image Ready has always been a challenge. I'm not a beginner or an expert, more like a Photoshop book collector. I really liked the way the content is presented in this book.
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