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Professional Photoshop: The Classic Guide to Color Correction - 4th Edition [Paperback]

Dan Margulis
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6 Sep 2002
Professional Photoshop 7 not only covers color correcting for press, but also reflects the changing needs of readers by addressing issues such as outputting to color printers and high–volume copiers. The author teaches color correction with Photoshop by demystifying classic skills–analyzing images, understanding colorspaces, working with numerical color curves, using the Unsharp Mask filter.
Covers new Photoshop 7. This edition includes three completely new chapters on previously unpublished techniques for correcting color.
Includes original images from the book, bonus instructional materials, Adobe Acrobat Reader for Windows and Macintosh.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 4th Edition edition (6 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764536958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764536953
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 681,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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" a wealth of information on this crucial, complex subject Star Rating ∗∗∗∗ " (Mac World, December 2002)

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Bring your images to life!

The common–sense, by–the–numbers approach of Professional Photoshop has changed the way professional retouchers, photographers, and artists prepare their files for print. Although many of the corrections are technically difficult, the concepts are logical and can be understood even by color beginners. This extensively revised edition, covering versions through Photoshop 7, continues the tradition of introducing astoundingly effective, previously unknown methods.

Here′s what the experts had to say about the best–selling Professional Photoshop 6:

"This is the best guide to color correction there is, period. The information on color correction by the numbers is invaluable for anyone involved with the commercial application of photography and is especially pertinent for digital photography that can be used in print. This is a book that you will want to re–read numerous times."
–Lee Varis, Digital Photography for Graphic Designers

"Dan is the experts′ expert on the logical and effective ways to make any image look its best when printed. He has a very likable writing style that integrates metaphors and examples from other disciplines to engage your interest and explain his techniques."
–Jay Nelson, Design Tools Monthly

"The cover would have you believe that this is a book about digital prepress color correction, which is like saying that Leonardo da Vinci was a medical illustrator. Margulis′ real agenda is to teach us to look critically at digital images, to understand what we see, and finally how to reason from our understanding toward an image we can take pride in. Best of all, this book is a fun read about a subject that′s hardly a great party topic, written with wit, and illustrated with impressive corrections of some profoundly discouraging original images."
–User manual for dPhoto software

In addition to its relentless exploration of curves, this volume teaches:
∗ The uses of LAB color correction
∗ How to bring out detail in the most important areas of the image
∗ Precision control of unsharp masking
∗ Channel blending to build contrast
∗ The pivotal role of the black plate
∗ Blending in Luminosity mode
∗ Custom profiles to correct hopeless images
∗ A powerful new overlay blend method that will revolutionize the handling of faces
∗ Control of all facets of the separation process
∗ The unwanted color and how to exploit it
∗ Correcting for factors beyond the photographer′s control

Includes a CD–ROM containing many of the images plus extra instructional material!

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The single best photoshop book out there 5 Mar 2004
By A Customer
Unless you're experience of photoshop extends to high-end retouching this book is going to open up a whole new world to you. If "Bible this" and "Quickstart that" are what you've been reading so far, then take it from me you've only glimpsed the tip of the iceberg. This book will show you what you've been missing and you've got no idea how deep it goes.
It doesn't deal with how to animate gif's, or what the levels command does - it's ruthless in it's pursuit of practical perfection and the author's view is that there's no point teaching anything else except the best tools to do the best job, backed up by an expert understanding of the theory.
Please don't think this makes this a dry read. On the contrary, this is the single most absorbing, fascinating, well-written and useful books I've read on computer imaging.
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4.0 out of 5 stars professional photographer 2 Feb 2009
This book is certainly encyclopaedic in its scope, it covers virtually everything one might ever wish to do in colour correction terms,and some one never knew about! From sensitive 'tweaking ' and enhancement to 'salvaging' files that appear to be beyond redemption. It can indeed be used as a drop in reference, but the author has taken the trouble to coax the reader to go through the volume methodically and this yields the greatest rewards. The author honestly states it is for professionals but that should not intimidate less experienced practitioners, indeed if one carefully and diligently follows the path from beginning to end one will be much more expert at the finish! The only reason it does not get 5 stars, perhaps harshly, is that in some cases the actual reproduction quality of the illustrations just fails to do justice to the topic described this is picky but if that can be forgiven and one practices the techniques so that they are properly understood, don't try to get it all at once, then this book will educate, reward and greatly enhance the possibilities of ones work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hard-going basics 10 Sep 2010
By peterc
A classic of professional photo-processing .Very clearly and entertainingly written .To read the 1st 3 chapters is to grasp the principles of processing .This is not for the lovers of quick fix fancy tools ;it deals with getting the fundamentals of getting the basic image as right as can be and gives an understanding of why this is the only sound basis for using the tools for the detailed stuff later . he has some annoying habits e,g,giving his curves illustrations the opposite way around and up to the way most of us use them .He gives his good reasons for this ,but to me the greatest value of the quirk is that it forces me to think what an adjustment does to the light and the image ,rather than as a sort of ritual alteration of the curve on the screen .THIS IS NOT A PHOTOSHOP RECIPE BOOK - It will make you think about how the system works and why ,and with a bit of luck understand . A book that will help you to master what can be done with your images .-A book to keep, use, read and re-read .
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to understand colour correction ... 14 Jun 2006
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then this is the best book I have seen. Unlike most 'how to' books this tells you why as well. If the only thing you ever get out of it is using the CMYK correction by numbers then it is still worth it. Don't expect to read it only once and don't expect to suddenly become a colour master. This book is like having an expert friend who can show you things and help you understand how to do it but in the end most of the judgement calls are up to you.

This is the most dog-eared book on my shelves and that says it all.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creates understanding rather than workflows 3 Nov 2007
By Dapto
I chose this over other books on image handling because it is, despite the name, not especially bound to one piece of software (or version of said software). Instead Dan works at creating a proper and profound understanding of the principles at work in the reproduction of colour.
It's based on a great deal of practical experience and much of the results can be achieved with any of the more competent image editors on the market - not just PS.
The writing is lively, engaging and openly biased. This is one man's earnest presentation of the challenges of getting the right colours in print, with all the pitfalls and misunderstandings exposed within the industry.
The book's printing is good enough to show Dan's examples and these examples focus on the educational rather than spectacular. A sound choice in my view.
The only weakness I've noticed so far is a rather limited view of the RAW format. The only software mentioned is Camera RAW (from the CS2 suite), which Dan rightly criticises. Already in late 2007 there are many more competent tools available which address the limitations with Camera RAW. Nevertheless even this weakness is a strength of sorts - by working from first principles throughout the book it becomes obvious what to look for in a RAW converter today.
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