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Commercial Photoshop Retouching: In the Studio

Commercial Photoshop Retouching: In the Studio [Kindle Edition]

Glenn Honiball
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"Despite the rather serious moniker, a cursory flick through the 260-odd full-colour pages reveals an approachable, engaging and, above all, entertaining guide to professional retouching techniques. Illustrated throughout with great visual examples of the many techniques outlined, this is a fantastic resource for every aspiring professional retoucher." Advanced Photoshop, Jan/Feb 2006

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A Guide to Professional Photo Retouching & Compositing

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gifted artist shares his secrets 9 Nov 2005
By Daryl
I started using Photoshop right out of the box and taught myself just by trial and error (clicking on everything). Let’s face
it-it’s an incredible program that is fun to use.
I have done a lot of retouching of my personal photos and for my web page with satisfactory results using some of the most
basic commands. There were always certain things I knew Photoshop could do but didn’t know how to get the results I wanted.
Glenn explains how to make most of the image modifications one could ever want in a very straightforward and easy to
understand way. This book is extremely user-friendly, encourages experimentation and gives us some lessons in our perception
of images from a gifted artist with vast experience in the field. The narration and examples given are almost like having an
old friend sit beside you and take you through the steps. I lost count of the times I smiled or thought “aha” to myself as
the surprisingly simple techniques were revealed.
This book has allowed me to use existing tools I had never known how to properly exploit. It is exactly what a book of this
type should be: A valuable reference that will surely help any retouch artist produce better work in less time.
Adobe should recommend it in their readme file!
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1.0 out of 5 stars A very appaling how to book 15 Sep 2010
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The book is very unclear of how the tools are used and how the techniques are done. If anything this book has put me off of retouching. You get more from than this book! no disrespect to the Author
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5.0 out of 5 stars Take Your Photoshop Retouching To The Next Level 28 Oct 2005
By V. Maciulski - Published on
I have read a few Photoshop books on retouching and restoration and a lot of books which included sections on retouching. Many of them cover the same issues over and over. They are very good, but this title is in a different league. It truly is for retouching and printing at the commercial, professional level!

This one covers issues I don't recall seeing before, such as how to trap color so it doesn't shift during printing (page 140), how to simulate a newspaper press (page 208), improving a file to help it survive magnification (page 187), tips to make the Vanishing Point feature work better (page 113), adding shadows and correcting them on multiplied layers (page 20), and a great section on "Shining Things Up" (page 114).

There is a great segment on Creating Touch Plates. I haven't seen this topic in any previous Photoshop book that I have reviewed. A Touch Plate adds a special color to an existing CMYK color of a particular item in an image, making it appear richer in color. Glenn Honiball gives you two different methods for doing this.

Everything in the book is well explained and accompanied by all of the photos and illustrations you need. This book is not for beginners, but anyone who is an intermediate user or above will find it can help you take your Photoshop work to the next level.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Technique Tutorial 2 Sep 2005
By Eric Wuehler - Published on
This book focuses more on techniques for retouching photos rather than a guide to Photoshop. With the focus on technique, I found that this book was really easy to follow along with my own pictures. There is very little Photoshop-ish "select Tool X, click here, then use Tool Y and click there" language in the book. As another reviewer pointed out, even if you're using other image manipulation applications such as GIMP, Paint Shop Pro, etc, the techniques still apply. That said, some of it is Photoshop-specific and all the example are taken using Photoshop CS2 on the Mac.

Personally, I really liked the sections on changing image colors - which I find myself doing (or wanting to do) a lot lately. A lot of what I discovered while reading this book centers around "retouching is subtle".

If you are considering making a career or a profitable hobby out of photo retouching, I would highly recommend this book. Along with the techniques, it also contains advice from the author on professional retouching as well as information on preparing images for newsprint and other printed media. While I won't be sending any pictures to the professional print media any time soon, I will definitely be using this book as a guide for retouching my own photographs.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet 15 Sep 2006
By CMOS - Published on
As someone who is lucky enough to work with Adobe as a beta tester, and who has read through many a Photoshop book, I can recommend this title to anyone who is an amateur photographer or serious hobbyist (or even a graphic designer who is into photography and retouching). While it won't teach you everything, there are many valuable techniques to be found here.

Bear in mind what this book isn't. It is not a Photoshop reference, and by that I mean it's not the right book -for example- if you're unsure how layers work or how to use channels. It's not a way to understand and learn the tools for the first time, but rather a way to use those tools in the specific context of retouching images. IOW, it will teach you a better way to skin the cat. (note: I like cats, it's just an expression).

The examples used are mostly relevant to real world usage and they are easy to understand and follow. Probably this is not the best book for learning special effects or the kinds of compositing you might see in product advertisements where graphical elements are blended with photographic ones. There are gigantic books dedicated to stuff like that, and so if that's what you're after, better to use one of those.

But if you want to learn useful ways of touching up skin tones and faces, adding a mood to a photograph by manipulating tonality across the canvas, etc. This is a good place to start.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment. 24 Oct 2005
By Kevin Oconnell - Published on
I cannot believe a retoucher of twelve years said in his reveiw that he was afraid the contents of this book would become common knowledge! HELLO, It is common knowledge. I visited Glenn honiball"s wed site and found him to be an enormously talented retoucher. Does he share that expertise here? Not even close! He will tell (not show) you how to lay down a drop shadow. And in another chapter apply blush with the History Brush. Oh, and let"s not forget how to use the Clone Tool! But wait, there's more! Let's change the color of that car.But if you really want to get high tech let's make steam or motion blur!! My first photoshop class showed me how to do motion blur with a golf swing, this book will show you with a hammer.

Maybe, if you want some prepress advice this book might be helpful, but if retouching is your goal, Katrin Eismann"s "Restoration and Retouching' and"Masking and Compositing" is the best books out there!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable resource 29 Jun 2006
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Title: Commercial Photoshop Retouching in the Studio - A Guide to Professional Photo Retouching and Compositing

Author: Glenn Honiball

Publisher: O'Reilly

ISBN: 0-59-00849-X

Reviewer: Bruce Frank

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Whether you're a seasoned Photoshop pro or a casual user attempting to revitalize the family photo album (or somewhere in between), this book will be an invaluable resource. Beware, however, that there are no quick fixes to some of the more serious retouch challenges.

For example, Honiball states that the best option for sharpening image details in a particularly fuzzy image is to "painstakingly draw in paths around the troublesome area." Those of us who have been using Photoshop for a while have unfortunately discovered this phenomenon - it can frequently take hours to achieve a satisfactory result when attempting to enhance a problem image.

Taking, in effect, the opposite approach to Scott Kelby, whose shoot-from-the-hip writing and Photoshop-user style gets right to the point in rapid fashion, Honiball exhaustively details the steps it takes to achieve a specific effect or correction. Although at times didactic, he nevertheless creates a thorough and informative textbook, rather than the educational comic that Kelby or Russell Brown might offer (not that there's anything wrong with that!, to put Jerry Seinfeld's immortal words in a different context).

"Commercial Photoshop Retouching in the Studio" is illustrated throughout with well-chosen color screenshots, most of which are presented in cinematic fashion - a true step-by-step approach which is extremely effective. It's like watching a video you can pause or continue at the flip of a page.

If you need to know how to prepare artwork for a printer, retouch photos like a pro, or create photo-illustrations for the commercial marketplace, you can't do better than Glenn Honiball's book. However, when using this book to guide you through your own projects on a computer, I would advise keeping one hand on your mouse, and one on a Mocha Cappuccino Grande.
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