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Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop [Paperback]

Martin Evening , Jeff Schewe
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17 Mar 2009

Professional commercial photographer and digital imager Jeff Schewe (based in Chicago, USA) has teamed up with best-selling Photoshop author Martin Evening to create this goldmine of information for advanced Photoshop users.

Building on Martin Evening's successful Adobe Photoshop for Photographers series of titles, this new guide takes the same winning approach and applies it to a professional Photoshop workflow. Highly visual, with clear, step-by-step tutorials, this advanced guide will really appeal to those who want to see how the experts approach Photoshop, producing consistent top-quality results on time and to budget.

The authors describe in detail how to carry out some of their favorite Photoshop image editing and retouching techniques using examples taken from real-life professional shoots. The techniques described here don't just show you clever things you can do in Photoshop, they show how you can use Photoshop in a professional context, meeting the demands of art directors and fulfilling tricky briefs.

Highly practical, unique and inspiring, this is essential reading for all professional and aspiring professional photographers, and anyone else looking for high-quality results using Photoshop.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; Pap/Dvdr edition (17 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240811186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240811185
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 19 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 302,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Martin Evening is a professional photographer and digital imaging consultant, an experienced Photoshop user and key demo artist for Adobe. Based in London, UK, Martin was inducted into the legendary Photoshop Hall of Fame in 2008.
Jeff Schewe is a world renowned Photoshop expert, professional commercial photographer, and digital imaging artist. Jeff is a member of the NAPP Photoshop Hall of Fame. An award winning advertising photographer by trade, he is known as a digital pioneer and has been a long term alpha/beta tester for Photoshop, Camera Raw and Lightroom.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Martin (Jeff) does it again !! 25 April 2009
I have bought a number of Martin's books over the years, from Adobe Photoshop For Photographers 7, through to the current CS4 version (which I also purchased at the same time). For me Martin has never failed to deliver and neither does `The Ultimate Workshop'.

The title `Ultimate' is perhaps overselling the content slightly and I advise any potential buyer to read the description by Amazon...

Martin Evening and Jeff Schewe each describe in detail how to carry out some of their favorite Photoshop image editing and retouching techniques.

Do not expect the book to cover the extensive range of tools or available option in Photoshop (If that's more what you're looking for I recommend you take a look at Martin's `Adobe Photoshop CS4 For Photographers'), What the book does offer is an excellent insight and understanding into some alternative advanced techniques employed by both Martin and Jeff.

For me the book works on two levels. First, I thoroughly enjoyed working my way through the many demonstrations (most of the images used can be found on the accompanying DVD). Second, it presented me with new, alternative ways to employ advanced editing techniques I hadn't come across before.

The illustrations and photographs are top notch, the `lessons' are very descriptive and easy to follow and the examples and `tips' genuinely useful.

The content is excellent as is the quality of the paper it is printed on.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Martin and Jeff are both highly regarded professional photographers with a knowledge of Photoshop that most can only aspire to. Throughout this book they demonstrate their skills and knowledge of both Photoshop and Camera Raw. The written and video tutorials compliment each other well and should get even slowest learner up to speed very quickly.

The book is very well structured with chapters on: how to prepare for a shoot, in depth explanations of Camera Raw and Photoshop editing tools, retouching, blending, masks, composites and even printing.

A quick skim through Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop will give the impression that this book will benefit studio based photographers more than those who shoot landscape and nature. However, spend a little more time working through the excellent tutorials and it becomes apparent that the tips and techniques employed have their uses in all types of photography.

Other highly recommended Photoshop CS4 books by these authors are:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0240521250/Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: A Professional Image Editor's Guide to the Creative use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and PC: A Professional Image ... Use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and PC

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Real-World-Camera-Adobe-Photoshop/dp/0321580133/Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS4
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5.0 out of 5 stars workshop wonderland 26 April 2009
By simon gurney HALL OF FAME
Ultimate Workshop is an excellent Photoshop Cs4 reference for the digital photographer, and one of the most useful and informative Photoshop books available.
The quality of the book and the sample photography is excellent, and as an advanced photoshop user for many years i did indeed find the book comparable to attending a power users training course, practical solutions to real world problems, emphasising good working practices throughout.
There is so much useful material here its difficult to know where to start, but they manage to pack in lots of advanced techniques to tackle many common problems, dealing with noise, creating depth of field, sharpening, simulating ir film, even removing color casts from underwater photography.
The authors have an incredible depth of knowledge, and theres plenty here to keep the Photoshop nerd happy. Many techniques present solutions to common studio problems, but nearly all can be applied to a variety of situations with a little bit of imagination.
The chapter on image optimization was very useful, and a great explanation of the controls in camera raw (directly transferable to lightroom users).
ultimate workshop makes a lot of use of the various new tools in photoshop cs4, and even demonstrates some very powerful uses of the extended version, and is a great way of getting up to speed for the intermediate or advanced user.
Overall a very inspirational book, which will inspire the photographer with some new approaches and even some complete new directions, especially the ability to remove noise, people or unwanted objects by combining new shooting techniques with powerful photoshop tricks. The authors make reference to how camera techniques and set-up can avoid some problems, or improve some creative techniques.
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This is one of the most valuable publications on Photoshop I have read. Its realistic understanding of the practical issues that all photographers have to face, builds a strong sense of confidence in the authors' integrity.

They have an all-encompassing grasp of the current photographic environment and are able to relate this understanding in a way that enables the photographer to fully exploit the potential of Photoshop. This ensures the book is especially relevant both to the enthusiastic amateur and the aspiring professional.

The layout and explanations are a model of clarity. The structure of the chapters is most effective and logical. They introduce the issues that affect the required quality,the practical creative processes and the challenges of meeting the needs of the art market. They do this in a way that shows a clear grasp of the demands placed on the photographer when producing images that are both relevant and innovative.

This book is the most effective, accessible and intelligent explanation of the photographic experience I have encountered. I can confidently say the term `Ultimate' in the title is not marketing hype.

I cannot praise this book enough and would highly recommend it.
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advanced photoshop skill for photographers, if you are a photographer, with this book your skill could jump to the next higher step ... do it !!!
Published on 22 Dec 2010 by zen masseur
4.0 out of 5 stars Workshop on hand
Not a book for reading cover to cover but excellent for dipping into to sort out problems of using this complex software package.
Published on 13 Dec 2009 by John Dowsett
2.0 out of 5 stars something new please!!!!!
Yeah... i think its about time that Michael stopped rehashing the same old tutorials and bunching them together in a different order, giving it a new name and calling it something... Read more
Published on 29 July 2009 by Peter O'donnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and Informative
This is one of the best Photoshop "how to" books I have read. Martins books are always excellent and easy to follow but in conjunction with Jeff Schewe this is even better. Read more
Published on 13 May 2009 by Mrs. Norma Walton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent advanced reference
This is an excellent advanced reference book which I bought because I like Martin Evening's writing. Read more
Published on 28 April 2009 by Bob Margolis
5.0 out of 5 stars Another joyful read
After just reading martins book on CS4 this new book with Jeff Schewe has been very helpful and a very good companion. Read more
Published on 19 April 2009 by L. J. Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the best from your camera and Photoshop CS4 with two of the best.
Martin Evening and Jeff Schewe are two world class experts in Photoshop and both are accomplished photographers. Read more
Published on 27 Mar 2009 by Mrs. J. R. Mead
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