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.