MyMac.com BOOK BYTES review by John Nemerovski
Regular readers of MyMac.com 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