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Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3: A Photographer's Handbook [Paperback]

Stephen Laskevitch
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7 Aug 2010

Adobe Photoshop is central to almost all photography workflows today. Each new version fo the software is a milestone in the development of this imaging behemoth, and 2010's release of CS5 is no exception.

Photographers often feel overwhelmed when starting with Photoshop; the sheer number of tools and options make it difficult for the novice. There is no shortage of instructional books, yet very few direct the user to the most significant aspects of the program in a way that reflects a real workflow for the photographer.

Adobe Certified Instructor Steve Laskevitch has leveraged his experience as a teacher and practitioner to create a step-by-step guide that provides a clear and effective workflow for editing photographs in the latest version of Photoshop and its companions Bridge, Camera Raw, and Lightroom. Focusing on the critical elements of the workflow rather than covering every arcane feature, the Handbook is designed to get you working quickly in these applications.

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; 1 edition (7 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933952679
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933952673
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 20.8 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 341,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Steve Laskevitch, founder of Luminous Works and a teacher for two decades, has designed digital workflows for hundreds of photographers and companies. An Adobe Certified Instructor, he trains creative individuals and firms and has regularly helped Adobe Systems prepare Photoshop Certified Expert exams. Steve has always enjoyed creating photographs-in the field, studio or lab; on film or digitally-as well as working with computer graphics. Students of all levels have appreciated Steve's friendly and approachable style in Luminous Works' classroom and the colleges, universities, and conferences where he has taught.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb for designing end to end workflow 29 Jan 2011
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I use Lightroom and Elements 9, and bought this to help me establish a workflow that is 95% Lightroom, but points me in the right direction when pixel-level editing is required. It did the job admirably, with clear concise guidance in each section. The author manages to fit Lightroom, Photoshop and Adobe Camera RAW guidance into each section without ever confusing the reader. For the Photoshop suggestions, I will use my Elements 9 book to guide me through how to do those pixel level edits. Highly recommended for anyone who wants clarity when deciding what to do with an image, and in what order.
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5.0 out of 5 stars photo hand book 28 Sep 2013
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Dont know much about photo shop so i thought i would purchase this book a good buy helped me with my photo editing easy to understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A complete guide to several Adobe photography products 13 Aug 2010
By Thomas Crouse - Published on
This book takes a different approach than other "Photoshop" books in that it addresses, fairly completely, all four Adobe products typically used by digital photographers: Photoshop CS5, Lightroom 3, camera raw and Bridge. It does this in a fully integrated progression from system configuration through work flow and printing. When more than one of these programs might be useful for a given task, all are covered so if you have both CS5 and lightroom, it will discuss how each could be used. Each page is clearly marked with the appropriate logo so you'll see which of these programs the page addresses. I don't use them all so it was easy to skip the pages that didn't apply.

It is designed as a standalone book that covers everything you need to know to get started w/ these programs. Given the breath of the coverage, it doesn't get too in-depth so it's best for beginner to intermediate users. While it covers the major new features of CS5, it doesn't cover them all - just the ones that could be part of a typical work flow. So less useful features, like "puppet warp", are skipped. It's not a "what's new in CS5" type book - it addresses the complete work flow and addresses the most used features, both old and new.

Overall, this is a very good review of these adobe products. If you have them all, it's one-stop-shopping. But even if you only use a few, you will find it easy to use and helpful.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CS5 & LR3: A Photographer's Handbook 23 Aug 2010
By Dave Johanson - Published on
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If you are planing on purchasing only one book this year for guidance on CS5 & LR3, make this book your choice! Starting out with one of the BEST basic technical sections I've read in any book, and I have literally dozens of books on digital photography/editing, through to the integration of Lightroom with Photoshop, Steve leads the reader with the recognizable skill of a polished instructor. Moreover, the book's pages are icon (Ps, acr, Br, and Lr) tabbed allowing for rapid location of information pertaining to the area of immediate interest. The information is easy to understand, flows smoothly, and is fully complemented with hundreds of illustrations and screen shots with full explanations of how, when, and why you would employ the features being discussed. Unlike many tomes currently in vogue, this is not a cookbook designed to show you how you would get a specific photo to look a certain way, but rather a guide that will provide you with the knowledge needed to work on any image to improve it. In the process, Steve fully describes his workflow approach to creating the final output with a minimum of effort. Without a doubt, this is one of the very best books ever published for working with digital images.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like 3 great books in one! 23 Aug 2010
By Andrew Kavanagh - Published on
Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3: A Photographer's Handbook by Stephen Lakevitch is an excellent book!
Very well organized & easy to read.
This book generously shows how a similar procedure can be done in either Photoshop CS5, Camera Raw 6, or Lightroom 3,
and uses visual anchors/icons of the application being presented on the side of each page to remind you which application is being focused on.
Technical jargon is simplified so anyone at any level can understand, and keyboard shortcuts are introduced step-by-step
in a practical way as you learn more, and not as an intimidating list that you feel forced to memorize.
Stephen Lakevitch is an Adobe Certified Instructor, and has consulted with Adobe to prepare the Photoshop Certified Expert exams.
Stephen shows his expertise by taking you through his time tested workflow, and by sharing various photography tips such as creating panoramas and High Dynamic Range images.
Like getting 3 books in one without the superfluous explanations, this book will get you up to speed in no time creating great images!
29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Jumble 18 Aug 2010
By Conrad J. Obregon - Published on
When I first learned to use Photoshop, there was no Bridge, no Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) and no Lightroom. Even so, it took several books and advice from more experienced users to get a handle on the software. As new features were added, I had to keep working to learn how to edit images. Now Stephen Laskevitch proposes to initiate the new user to everything Photoshop in one swoop in "Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3: A Photographer's Handbook." For those not familiar with the software, Bridge and ACR are included with Photoshop but function much like separate pieces of software. Lightroom functionality overlaps with ACR and Bridge.

The book begins by defining the terms and concepts the author considers necessary to master Adobe's image processing tools, followed by the configuration settings he considers essential. Next the author tours the screens of Photoshop, Bridge, ACR and Lightroom and considers the steps to take to import images and organize them. There are chapters on global adjustments, local adjustments, cleanup and retouching, creative edits and output. His method is to describe similar functions in each of the pieces of software at one time.

This is an interesting pedagogical approach. There are many functions that are similar in adjusting images in Photoshop, ACR and Lightroom. For example, tone can be adjusted in all three tools with a form of the curves tool. But each of these curve tools has just a slightly different way of being applied. For the new user, covering these subjects together can easily generate confusion. Moreover, probably because a book ultimately must have some page limits, specific instruction for any one particular mode was sometimes scanted. I would think that for the new user it would be better to deal with Photoshop, ACR and Lightroom separately, and to use one piece of software well before trying to learn another, especially since both ACR and Lightroom on their own can probably handle most of the adjustments that a new user would need.

Add to that the fact that the new user probably would benefit from plenty of practical examples of using the functions. While the author does give a few practical examples, most of the instruction is of a narrative sort. Moreover, some of the narrative just skims the surface, such as the discussion of noise reduction in ACR and Lightroom, which presents the luminescence and color sliders but doesn't discuss the detail sliders that go with them.

Like virtually every book that introduces beginners to photo-processing, Laskevitch discuses the effects of the various buttons and sliders on images, but doesn't suggest when a certain adjustment would be most appropriate to help the photographer achieve his or her vision and that's too bad since it could be a strong motivational factor for the beginner.

It's easy for a tyro to get discouraged trying to learn to use image processing software. Bundling interwoven explanations of several different pieces together in a single book makes it just that much harder.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally Both Programs in One Book 24 Dec 2010
By Blaine E. Moyer - Published on
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One of the challenges I have experienced as a 64 year old dinosaur with a Master's Degree in Fine Arts Photography is trying to learn to use the various software programs and how they interact. Generally speaking the books and videos that are available out there assume that you know how to use all of the peripherals. This is the first tool I have found that integrates the programs I use and allows me to learn from one source.

Very well done. Not too difficult. Not too simple.
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