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Photoshop® Retouching Cookbook for Digital Photographers: 113 Easy-to-follow Recipes to Adjust and Correct Your Photos (Ilex Digital Studio) [Paperback]

Barry Huggins
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19 Sep 2005 Ilex Digital Studio

With the introduction of affordable and easy-to use digital cameras, people are taking photographs like never before. While the digital medium greatly simplifies the photographic process, it also offers photographers unprecedented opportunities to manipulate their images on their personal computers.

Photoshop Retouching Cookbook for Digital Photographers tells you everything you need to know to use Adobe Photoshop CS2 to adjust, correct, retouch, and manipulate your photographs-without making you first learn everything there is to know about the application. These straightforward, easy-to-follow recipes give you specific directions so you can quickly and easily:

  • Fix exposure, focus, and color problems
  • Add special effects like motion blurs, lens effects, and surface textures
  • Improve portraits by removing red eye, wrinkles, and blemishes
  • Add and remove objects from photos seamlessly
  • Use lighting effects to create more dramatic images
  • Restore faded and damaged photos
  • Give new shots a vintage, old-fashioned look
  • Create posterized and hand-tinted images
  • Assemble and fine-tune composite photos
  • Correct perspectives

The book tackles each real-life project in full color, with a hands-on approach. The fully illustrated recipes produce reliable and immediate results, and include "at a glance" panels and tip boxes that cover key techniques in detail.

Barry Huggins, the author of Photoshop Retouching Cookbook for Digital Photographers, has created the only recipe-format manual on photographic retouching targeted specifically to digital photographers. Founder of a highly successful multimedia training and consulting company, Huggins is uniquely qualified to deliver step-by-step instruction in digital retouching methodology, with easy-to-follow recipes that address specific problems and teach "best practices" techniques. This is his fifth book on digital imaging and graphics software.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: ILEX (19 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904705596
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904705598
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 23.2 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,145,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Photoshop Retouching Cookbook for Digital Photographers tells you everything you need to know to adjust, correct, retouch, and manipulate your photographs-without making you first learn everything there is to know about Photoshop CS2. These straightforward, easy-to-follow recipes cover everything from fixing problems with exposure, color, and focus to hand-tinting, adjusting lighting, adding special effects, and restoring faded and damaged photos. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Barry Huggins' design work and digital imagery has been used by clients throughout Europe, the USA, and the Far East. In recent years the demand for intensive professional training led Barry to form his own multimedia training and consultancy company, The success of his techniques in one-to-one and group training courses have resulted in offers to deliver his ideas and methodology to a wider audience. This is his fifth book on digital imaging and graphics software.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful series 25 Feb 2014
By Albear
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Although written for Photoshop, the books in this series are valuable sources of ideas and approaches for other photo manipulation applications, for example Serif CraftArtist. The books are a treasure trove of ideas.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Cookbook Approach to Photoshop 28 Oct 2005
By V. Maciulski - Published on
When I saw that O'Reilly would be coming out with a series of "Cookbooks" related to the digital arts, I was intrigued. This book did not disappoint. It is 10 inches wide - wide enough to display lots of photos, which are plentiful.

It really is set up like a cookbook. There are 113 recipes divided into 11 groupings with names like: Exposure Correction, Color Correction, Focus Manipulation, Lighting Effects, Photo Restoration, Traditional Darkroom Techniques and Photo compositing Techniques. Each of the groupings contains some recipes.

The Retouching Landscapes grouping has recipes for Interesting Skies, Removing Unwanted Objects, Correcting Perspective, etc. Traditional Darkroom Techniques has the most recipes, with 9. There are recipes for Creating Film Grain, Hand-tinting, Cross-processing, Reticulation effects and more.

I was impressed with the multiple techniques for Correcting Perspective (page 84) and Replacing Color (page 92). The recipes for Revitalizing Faded Photographs (page 150) and Recreating Damaged Areas are worth the price of the book alone. We all have those old faded and damaged photos needing repair. And I will be using the recipes for emulating Starburst Filters (page 97) soon.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars if you already have photoshop training... look to better books 3 Mar 2007
By blair - Published on
The book is ok for what it is. One to two pages of how to do different tecniques to your photos...but if you have any training in basic photoshop you will know most of this stuff. Changing contrast? Making a picture dark enough to look like it is at night? Using layers to import one picture into another and masking out other parts? Using the clone tool to copy from one area and cover up another area? getting rid of red eye using the 'red eye tool'? Very simplistic stuff...and I am only a novice at photoshop. They do cover a section on using raw pictures from your digital camera... I think that covers about 10 pages. For the cost you could find great books on using photography and photoshop. Although visually filled with information with big pictures and small amounts of is great in that area of display...but for the money I would suggest you get "Photoshop CS2 - One On One" by Deke (it will teach you all these tecniques (and comes with a CD of the artwork so you can work with what you are learning) plus teach you how to use PhotoShop. If you want to get a good book on Photo Retouching with Photoshop... I would reccomend "Commercial Photoshop Retouching - In the Studio" by Glenn Honiball. He has been doing Phtoo Retouching for 20+ years and teaches you to use tried but true tecniques that moset every professional uses without all the bells and whistles (you can use just about any photoshop program for these) These two books are a better bang for your buck.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cookbook for Common Photo Retouching Needs 21 Nov 2005
By Don R. Hanson II - Published on
This is an excellent cookbook that follows the traditional format. Recipes are logically grouped into easy-to-understand categories, e.g. Strengthening Color, Saturating Color and Working with Color Casts (getting rid of those tints) are covered under the Color Correction category.

The categories cover a wide gamut including; Retouching Portraits, Retouching Landscapes, Exposure Correction, Color Effects and Photo Restoration.

The recipes for more common photo re-touching problems describe a spectrum of ways to fix the problem using different Photoshop tools, generally ranging from light re-touching to methods for fixing larger problems.

One of the main reasons I really liked this book is the selection of recipes covers just about everything I've ever wanted to fix in my own digital photos. I'm not a professional photographer but I have been using digital cameras for several years. I've bought a number of books on using Photoshop to retouch images. None of them are as complete as this one. All of the ways (that I remember) in which I've either screwed up a picture or wanted to touch one up are covered in the book.

These include; Removing red eye & changing eye color, Enhancing lips, Removing skin blemishes and wrinkles, Removing unwanted objects, Removing dust and scratches (from old photos), to a large number of exposure and color related problems.

This book does not cover how to use Photoshop, but if you're slightly familiar with Photoshop you should be fine. I would recommend this book to anyone has taken a digital picture that would be perfect "if only I could fix that one ..."
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Several ways to do the same thing... 17 Nov 2005
By Eric Wuehler - Published on
I really liked the approach in this book, which presented several methods for achieving a desired result. Not only does this allow you to enhance your knowledge of a variety of tools, but you get to pick the one that achieves the best results. Or, pick the one that was the easiest to replicate using your own photos.

I didn't try out all 113 recipes (as the cover calls them), but of the techniques I tried on my own photos, most "worked" and the rest were either my photoshop ignorance or I otherwise couldn't get the results I wanted following the steps in the book. The toughest ones (i.e. the ones I just couldn't get to work to my satisfaction) were the photo compositing techniques - if it wasn't the color, it was the lighting or the edges just weren't quite right. The bonus was I got more practice at it. The recipes I found that worked the best were in the photo restoration and photo retouching sections.

The text and descriptions are easy enough to understand. Neither a plus or nor minus, but the font is pretty small and occasionally got lost between the pictures. I did like the many over-sized pictures that went along with the text, so if I were to choose between larger font but smaller pictures, I'd leave it the way it is.

This is not really a "learn Photoshop" book, but I would recommend the book to someone who is comfortable with Photoshop.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the book I've been waiting for! 4 Dec 2005
By ueberhund - Published on
At last! This is the book I've been waiting for! I've been on the hunt for a book that goes over practical photo editing with Photoshop-you know, how to alter colors, fix over/under exposure, remove distractions, etc. Most books I've come across are either designed for the Photoshop professional (meaning they leave out all the steps between A and Z), or they're too basic. This book is it-a step-by-step guide to Photoshop editing for the casual Photoshop user.

The author does an excellent job in identifying all the Photoshop tools you should be familiar with right off the bat. This introductory material is a great crash-course in Photoshop tools. This basic material forms a foundation for successfully understanding the rest of the book's material.

While there are tools and editing methods the author did not identify, I felt satisfied that the most important tools were not only identified but demonstrated in action. In my own photo editing attempts, I felt like I should be using certain tools, but didn't know how. Using some very illustrative photographs, the author works his way through using the curves tool, the levels tool, masks, layers, etc. The author provides the reader with the tools s/he needs to successfully complete the most common photo editing assignments.

I would highly recommend this book for digital photographers. Huggins' book is now the favorite among my digital photography books.
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