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
From the Back Cover
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.