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Photoshop 6 Artistry: Mastering the Digital Image [Paperback]

Barry Haynes , Wendy Crumpler
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17 May 2001 0735710376 978-0735710375 1

Over 50 small sections show you a focused approach to doing specific tasks. Working through the reference chapters and the hands-on, step-by-step exercises, you gain an in-depth understanding of complex topics such as calibration and ICC color management. You master the relationship between Photoshop's tools and learn how to get the most out of these tools for greater creativity and performance. The book will guide you to create and output stunning artistic images for a myriad of professional uses, including use for the Web. In short, Photoshop 6 Artistry will instruct the reader how to get the most out of Photoshop 6.This book is an in-depth course in digital imaging for intermediate and advanced users who need to create the best possible photographic images. Professional users, serious students, and serious amateurs will all be interested in this book. It works well as a course book for instruction as well.

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (17 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735710376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735710375
  • Product Dimensions: 25.5 x 20.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,617,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Barry Haynes, Apple pioneer and photographer with over a decade of experience working with digital images, has been using Photoshop since its beginning. His work and experience shows in Photoshop 6 Artistry--his latest edition to the Photoshop Artistry series. The writing is clear and thorough. Each section covers some aspect of Photoshop in detail, whether it's explaining formats like TIFF and PDF, gleaning information from histograms, or using levels and curves for colour correction. Within the explanations are exercises set in bold type (with project files on the CD-ROM), giving the text the one-two punch of "learn" and "do".

The first section goes over tools and functionality; section two shows colour correction and how to create a "master dig ital image" and section three covers a myriad of colour, layer and selection techniques using chapter-length hands-on projects, including one that covers restoring old photographs. Screen shots are plentiful, as are sample photos and other graphics, and the captions are a skimmer's delight--readers can learn a lot without even reading the full text.

Those who own previous editions will want to know what's new in this book. In addition to rewriting examples found in Photoshop 5 & 5.5 Artistry to reflect all the new features of Photoshop 6, the author has added new techniques he has learned from printing and selling his own art since the last book. There are several new examples that cover Photoshop 6's new colour-management and colour-calibration features. Also, this latest book has been reorganised so that it can be used as a classroom textbook. The CD-ROM has an improved version of the author's ArtistKeys--automated sequences, assigned to function keys, that save time by doing common tasks like opening or closing palettes and converting file formats.

The book works well for Photoshop-experienced professional designers and photographers, but would also be a good choice for a beginner. If you come to Photoshop by way of Photoshop 6 Artistry, you'll surely be a nimble expert by the end of the book. --Angelynn Grant

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Over 50 small sections show you a focused approach to doing specific tasks. Working through the reference chapters and the hands-on, step-by-step exercises, you gain an in-depth understanding of complex topics such as calibration and ICC color management. You master the relationship between Photoshop?s tools and learn how to get the most out of these tools for greater creativity and performance. The book will guide you to create and output stunning artistic images for a myriad of professional uses, including use for the web. In short, Photoshop 6 Artistry will instruct the reader how to get the most out of Photoshop 6.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 12 July 2001
By A Customer
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What a fantastic book! Having used Photoshop for a number of years (since versin 3.0) I was in danger of becoming stuck in some old and inefficent habits. Photoshop Artistry 6 has changed all that. All sorts of wonderful new features are now comprehensible, useable as well as very useful. This book is indispenable. It's like having an expert personal tutor at your side. You can work through the exersises in order, or jump to the chapter you need. Brilliant and inspiring! This is a short review as I'm on a creatrive roll and need to get back to the book....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only Photoshop book that you will ever need! 17 Oct 2001
By A Customer
I have both looked at and bought several Photoshop books over the years and none has ever come close to the clarity and depth of knowledge that this book offers. One area that always seems to cause total confusion in other publications is on the subject of Colour and setting Photoshop up correctly, most important if you are working with colour slides. This is explained fully - at last...I understand this and how it applies to Photoshop. A personal thanks to the authors for this exceedingly well written & illustrated book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Most photoshop books concentrate on explaining the features or going through the motions in a general term. This book actually looks at real world tasks, such as creating digital images from photos, and using colour modes correctly. I had tried other photoshop books before, which allow you to ge a feel of where menu items are, but this book actually gives you a feel of the power behind photoshop. If you know some basic photoshop, then this will add alot to your skills, if you are a complete beginner you may find the learning curve too steep.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best you can get 21 Oct 2001
By A Customer
A very well explained book about all the items of photoshop.A teoric and practical book with very good exercises about all the issues and with all the files in the cd-rom.It works like a point of departure for all the "flights" you may wantto do.It has a very good approach of digital image from both points of view -Photographic in the sense of "good tonal and color image" and the more "manipulative sense of digital image (Special effects)".A very good "Black and white" section.Very good image and layout quality.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Must-Buy for Photo Editors!! 19 Jun 2001
By S. Nare - Published on Amazon.com
Being both a professional graphic designer & webmaster and a part-time photography buff, I get the opportunity to use Photoshop regularly. With the introduction of Photoshop 6, Adobe added quite a few new features that will really interest those of you who are into editing photos.
Barry Haynes has published previous versions of this book, which I must admit, I had never read. Now after having had the opportunity to read this one, I have to say, I am sorry I didn't read his books sooner. This book rocks. It contains a TON of information not only about photo editing, but also the using of Photoshop to a truly advanced level. I think the reason this book is so extremely useful is due to the fact that the author is a professional photographer. This means he has personally practiced what he is preaching. The layout of the book is easy to read and done in full color throughout. The book is part regular instructional text and part hands-on projects using materials found on the accompanying disc.
Both the instructional material and the projects are extremely detailed. While the book assumes a level of knowledge, it does however work really hard to help you gain that professional edge. After reading this book, I felt both inspired and prepared to push some serious pixels. I have to warn beginners out there that this will blow them all away. This is definitely an intermediate to advanced book. If you are a beginner, I suggest you try Scott Kelby's Photo-Retouching Secrets (ISBN: 0735711461). Once you master that, run to the store and buy this book.
This said, here is a run down what the book contains:
SEC. 1 - ESSENTIAL TOOLS & FUNCTIONS (107 pp) Navigation, Preferences, Tool Palette, Picking & Using Color, Selections, Paths, Masks, Channels, Layers, Layer Masks, Adjustment Layers, History Palette, History Brush, Snapshots, Transform Images / Layers / Paths / Selections, File Formats / Compression and Automation with Actions.
SEC. 2 - COLOR CORRECTION AND CALIBRATION (100 pp) Color Corrections Tools, Digital Imaging and the Zone System, Color Spaces, Device Characterization, Color Management, Color Preferences, Monitor / Scanner / Printer Calibration, Image Resolution, Scanning Film, Digital Cameras and Steps to Create a Master Image.
SEC. 3 - OVERALL COLOR CORRECTION, SELECTION & LAYER TECHNIQUES (52 pp) Detailed Lasso, Quick Mask, Color Selection Techniques, Overall Color Correction, Correcting a Problem Image, Replacing Color, Color Range, Mask Blur for Selection, Color Change and Color Matching Images.
SEC. 4 - ADVANCED COLOR CORRECTION AND RESTORATION TECHNIQUES (26 pp) Duotones, Complex Color Correction and Retouching, Restoring Old Photos, Colorizing B&W Photos, Combining Bracketed Photos or Two Scans to Increase Dynamic Range, LAB Color Correction and Using Layers to Tune Opposite Color Areas.
SEC. 5 - COMPOSITING MULTIPLE IMAGES WITH LAYERS, ADJUSTMENT LAYERS & LAYER MASKS (26 pp) Basic Composting, Seamless Composites, Color Correction of People and Complex Composite Production Ad.
SEC. 6 - CALCULATIONS, PATTERNS, FILTERS, COMPOSTING AND EFFECTS (82 pp) Blend Modes, Calculations, Apply Image, Layer Clipping Paths, Shape Layers, Layer Styles, Posterize, Bitmaps, Textures, Patterns, Using Built in Filters & Effects and Considerations for Multimedia, Premiere, Director, After Effects and the Web.
SEC. 7 - IMAGES FOR THE WEB AND MULTIMEDIA (30 pp) Differences in Creating for the Web and 8-bit Color, Optimizing Images for the Web & Multimedia, Creating Your Own Web Photo Gallery and Creating Slices / Animations / Rollovers in ImageReady.
56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Amazing Photoshop Book!!!! 3 July 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
It is by far the most comprehensive Photoshop book for touching up and manipulating photographs out in the market.
Normally, Photoshop is used for three purposes:
1. Photographers use it to touch up and manipulate photos.
2. Graphic Designer use it to make logos, etc.
3. Web designers use it to design web page layouts and web graphics.

If you belong to the first category, you simply will not be able to buy a better book than this.
Most how-to-books are filled with large illustrations and words in big fonts. Photoshop Artistry, on the other hand has tons of rather small full color photographs on every page with tiny texts. If the Photoshop 6 Artistry was layed out like the typical how-to-books, it will become a 3000-5000 page text book. It is that packed with useful information.
The book is well written and easy to understand by most beginners to the advanced photoshop user. I can see how some (not all) absolute photoshop beginner might be overwhelmed by the depth and the breadth of the information in the book. My recommendation to the beginner is to buy this book first. And if you have trouble understanding it, buy an intro book and read that first and come back to Photoshop Artistry. Your money will not be wasted by buying this book first because you will find yourself coming back to this book over and over again. (A good beginner book I recommend is Adobe Photoshop 6.0 Class in A Book by Adobe Press)
Again, if you are using Photoshop to manipulate photos there is no better book than this. Many photographers I met online consider this book as the Bible of digital imaging. Now I understand why. On the other hand if you are using Photoshop for web layouts, your needs may be better served by another book.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, thorough, well worth it ... 3 Nov 2001
By G. M. Matthews - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent book. It is thorough and well-written. It's definitely for the photographer, rather than the graphics artist. It covers the underlying details you need to understand before you can be successful in making your photos into what you want them to be. I had the predecessor (PS 5 Artistry), and was happy to get the updated edition.
This is the kind of book that you'll read many of the sections over and over. Not because they're hard to understand, but because they are so thorough and complete. Photoshop is a complex tool, and as you learn more about one area, you'll realize you can go back and better understand other areas of the tool.
The information density is very high in this book. The print is small but easy to read. There are a lot of words (and information) on every page. The quality of the book is very high. It is in full color, and has scores of images and screen shots.
The book has two basic parts. An overview and theory part, and a step-by-step example part. The two sections are VERY complimentary. You'll get to the examples, and realize you are ready to go back and read more about the theory. All of the examples are provided on the supplied CD, including before, during and after versions of most so you can do the examples yourself, and then compare your work to Barry's. I have done most of the examples (there are many), and I was always able to understand what to do, and when I was done, I was ready to apply what I'd learned to my own photographs.
I have looked at many of the Photoshop titles in bookstores, but this is the only one so far that I own. I keep looking for a better or more thorough book but I haven't found it yet. Sometimes Barry tends to be a bit conversational, as other reviews have noted, but to me this simply makes the book more enjoyable. He not only shares his knowledge, but also his experiences. It's well written and interesting, not dry. It is not filled with endless descriptions of every detail of every tool. If you want PS manual, this isn't it. But it does thoroughly explain all of the tools that you'll use for manipulating photographs, they way Barry uses them (which he does well).
Barry is excited about the changes in PS 6, which at first I didn't fully appreciate, but now do after reading this book. This book is fully updated for PS 6, and includes some walkthroughs that weren't in his PS 5 Artistry book. I have been completely satisfied with PS 5 Artistry, and now with PS 6 Artistry.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on the subject... hands down. 25 Jun 2001
By Douglas Roach - Published on Amazon.com
After three years of sifting through seemingly endless texts on Photoshop, I am able to competently make my way through the program and earn a full-time salary using it. I thought there was little that I could learn from yet another book until I was sent by my employer to Santa Fe Workshops for a class on print-making taught by Barry Haynes. I bought this book shortly before leaving and spent the flight out there flipping through it.
Shortest four-hour plane trip I ever took.
For those new to Photoshop, this is not the tool for you.... yet. For those who want to understand and use the remarkable new color management tools of the program, this is without a doubt the way to go. The detailed exercises will soon have you up to speed using new tools and techniques to save time in editing and money in print supplies. Barry seems to intuitively understand what it is that Photoshop veterans need to know and he answers those questions in this volume with panache. The section on Color Spaces, Color Management and Color Correction are alone worth the price of admission. Additionally, the companion cd, usually a waste of plastic in many books of this type, contains invaluable tools that will have you accessing it for months. I have finally met the master and his name is Barry.
By the way, the workshop in Santa Fe was great. Barry teaches the Photoshop gospel in New Mexico, West Palm Beach and at his home in Oregon. Check his website for details. I found his class on color correction and print making to be the best I've taken and for the professional in search of the finest in Photoshop training, I don't hesitate to recommend it. If you can't get to Oregon, buy the book. It's the next best thing to being there. (Have I heard that before?)
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So far the best Photoshop book that I have seen 13 Jun 2001
By Igor Shpak - Published on Amazon.com
I am a photographer and web designer, so I use photoshop on a regular basis. I have more than 10 photoshop books, and this one is by far the best. Most of the books deal with one side of the photoshop and not the other. This one takes you step by step, from setting up your preferences (I have yet to see a book, besides this one, which does this) to teaching you everything that you have to know about this great application. This is a must have for a photographer, and anybody who is interested in learning advanced Photoshop 6.0
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