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Complete Photoshop Cs2 for Digital Photographers (Digital Photography) [Paperback]

Colin Smith
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1 Dec 2005 Digital Photography
"Photoshop CS2" is brimming with new features and serves as a comprehensive follow up to "Photoshop CS for Digital Photographers". It is designed and written especially for digital photographers. Using "Photoshop CS2" is essentially like having one's own digital darkroom right on the desktop, which includes all of the tools a photographer needs to achieve professional quality results. To help digital photographers master these tools, "Photoshop CS2 for Digital Photographers" teaches them professional techniques to overcome the many challenges presented by digital photography. By using these techniques, photographers will be able to bring out the best from any image, and they'll establish an efficient workflow. Everything from the basics of organizing and renaming pictures in Bridge, processing multiple RAW images and removing blemishes, to adding special effects is taught through practical tutorials and projects. Some of the topics include using curves, creative cropping, color and tone correction, understanding histograms, learning about LAB mode, sharpening and removing grain, retouching faces, batch processing groups of images, using exciting new features like Vanishing Point and Lens Correction, and framing techniques. In addition, special effects that teach how to turn photos into paintings or how to merge multiple images seamlessly into collages are provided. With the techniques and skills taught throughout the book, photographers will learn how to make their photographs shine and manipulate their digital photos into truly customized and personalized images, and they'll master many of the powerful features of Photoshop CS2. This no-nonsense, completely updated, full color guide is the one resource digital photographers need!

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  • Paperback: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Charles River Media; Pap/Cdr edition (1 Dec 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584504625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584504627
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 18.3 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,064,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Colin Smith (Irvine, CA) has written multiple books on the subjects of Photoshop and digital tools, including Photoshop CS for Digital Photographers, How To Do Everything with Photoshop CS, New Masters of Photoshop 1 & 2, Photoshop Most Wanted, and Photoshop Most Wanted 2, etc., He is the author of a video training series from PhotoshopCD.com. His writing credits also include Mac Design Magazine, a regular column in Photoshop User, and weekly columns for Planet Photoshop and the official NAPP members' site. Colin is the founder of the very popular online community Photoshopcafe.com, and his work has been recognized by Photoshop User, Mac Design, Computer Arts, Dynamic Graphics, and WWW Internet Life magazines.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Average 26 Aug 2007
I didn't learn a great deal from this book. I found it just went over the basics but I was hoping as it was for photographers it would come up with some new great ideas. For this price there are other books available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Photoshop CS2 for Digital Photographers 19 Jan 2006
By Darren - Published on Amazon.com
This book has 11 Chapters packed with need to know information for everyone interested in Digital Photography.

Chapter 1. Explores file formats, resolution and pixels, gets involved with 16 bit images, then it goes into adjusting in Camera Raw.

Chapter 2. Is all about Adobe Bridge, this helps plan and organize your images.

Explains how you can label, rate your images. Want to add copyright information to your image; you need Metadata, shows how to make a Metadata Template.

Use batch Renaming to rename an entire folder of images. Learn how to do contact sheets, picture package, PDF presentation with security. Make a Web Gallery add Watermark to your images automatically.

Chapter 3. It tells you how to crop and size your images without destroying their appearance. When you resize images you need to know all about resolution, this chapter explains in very good details about resolution, image size, canvas size all the resampling methods are here. Learn how to crop unwanted detail so that the picture draws the viewer into the picture, shows different cropping methods.

Chapter 4. Covers Image Correction, learn about histograms in detail.

Brightness/contrast, Shadow/highlight, Levels, Curves, Adjustment layers, it's all here.

Chapter 5. Bring out the best color in your images. Yes, this chapter is all about color Correction, try using adjustment layers. Learn Color Balance using variations, Match Color, Hue/Saturation use levels or curves to correct color.

Chapter 6. Sharpening and Noise Reduction, use the unsharpe mask to sharpen images, work in Lab Mode to sharpen, fading the sharpness, the Smart Sharpen tool will sharpen an image but not the grain, Nondestructive sharpening. Use Channels for noise reduction, Smart Blur for reducing Luminosity Noise, Lab Mode to reduce color noise.

Chapter 7. Takes you to the image retouching world, remove moles, blemishes, reduce wrinkles, whitening teeth, use the Healing brush, patch tool and liquify tool.

Chapter 8. Color effects, convert your images to grayscale and sepia, or just change the color of an object in a photo, add a vignette or an edge to your photo, make frame effects that mimic reality.

Chapter 9. Cover Special Effects, add depth of field to images, and turn a photo into a sketch or a watercolor painting. This chapter also involves the Vanishing Point, Speech Bubbles this chapter is a lot of fun.

Chapter 10. Working with multiple image, learn how to use color range to remove an object from its background, use the extract tool to extract images compositing two images, combining images, creating cast shadows.

Chapter 11. Covers Collaging Techniques and printing, blend collage using Layers, Masks and Blending Modes, use the advanced blending. Create a seamless panorama, also make an animation with the help of Image Ready, learn about color management and print accurate colors.

Conclusion: - This book is for Photographers who are changing from film to digital, amateurs and hobbyist that want to master Photoshop for their digital images.

The book is nicely laid out, clear figures and instructions. Comes with a CD-ROM with image files used from the tutorials also five video clips are included along with some actions.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Rate! 30 Nov 2005
By G. Tobin - Published on Amazon.com
I must have 15 Photoshop CS/CS2 books on my shelf and although I've learned something from each of them, there is one thing that is missing. That is, readability. Complete Photoshop CS2 for D.P. is the first book that I WANT TO READ!! I like reading this book!!

Each chapter is clear, concise, and full of tips. It is presented in such a way that you learn twice as much, in half the time!

If only I could start over I'd buy this one book. Not only would I save space on my bookshelf, but I would have enough money for CS3!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and easy to find answers 1 Feb 2006
By Frank Jay Priboy - Published on Amazon.com
I've been using Photoshop for quite a while but have only recently been delving into digital photography. I haven't really been able to harness the power of combining the two and this book has many of the answers I was seeking in an organized and logical progression. I also appreciate the friendly voice in which it's written, it's not filled with head spinning jargon but is not "for dummies" either. All in all a valuable read and a book that won't just sit on my bookshelf but will be used as a reference for a good while to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Book for Digital Photographers 1 Feb 2006
By Matthew Keefe - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a must have for any user of Photoshop both amateur and pro. It covers a wide range of topics including raw format, color correction and the bridge just to name a few. The examples and concepts are provided in a great amount of detail so you never get lost. The author will walk you through each and every step of the process and explain alternatives to complete the task. Source material is available on the provided CD for a majority of the tips, tutorials and some extra content like Actions.

If you are a photographer by day or just like to shoot for fun then this book is for you. Colin really knows how to cover a topic in great detail and without all the fluff you find in most books. A few of the chapters are devoted to specific additions to CS2 which is great to get up to speed on the new features such as the bridge or the new and improved photo gallery. I give this book a 5 out of 5 and the reason for that is because the content is relevant, to the point and it is nice to get some sample source to work with.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just What the Digital Photographer Needs 11 Dec 2005
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
Photoshop is a tremendous package that will enable you to do justa bout anything you want. But one of its problems is that it is so all encompassing that there are many features you will not use. This book is oriented specifically to the digital photographer. It includes everything that you could want to know about working with the images from your camera while minimizing the coverage on other things.

Photoshop has often been called a digital darkroom. Like in a regular darkroom, this book talks about things like working with multiple images and in printing. Unlike a lot of other books it covers a lot of information on types of paper, color management and other details for getting the best possible print. Another point worth mentioning is the additional coverage on the new features included in CS2.

A CD is included with the book that has all of the images used in the book so you can see them on the screen as well as on the printed page. It has five video files from Photoshopcafe. There is an overview of Adobe Bridge, using shadow/highlights, reducing grain with the new Reduce Noise filter, and using the new Vanishing Point.

Perhaps the strongest point of the book is the writing style of Mr. Smith. He has the ability to make the most complex task rather simple to both understand and to use.
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