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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Pap/Cdr edition (3 Jan 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471403997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471403999
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Plenty of books cover all things Photoshop, but Professional Photoshop 6: The Classic Guide to Color Correction is probably one of the few that ought to be required reading. Filled with clear text and colour images, this new edition of the classic colour usage guide stands out among its peers. Updated to reflect changes in Photoshop since the previous edition, nearly half the material is either new or has been rewritten. Colour correction itself hasn't changed, but the way it's done and the need for doing it certainly has. The book contains 17 chapters, each dealing with a different aspect of correction and image reproduction: colourspaces, resolution, luminosity, separation, channels, and much more. Each chapter is worthy of study, and all are interesting. While not a step-by-step tutorial guide, the text is written so that the driving idea behind each technique--in addition to a demonstration of it--is explained, allowing the reader to apply what is learned to his or her own work. For the first time, this book includes a CD-ROM. While not exactly overflowing with content, it does include images from the book that anxiously await colour correction, as well as some chapters that were in earlier editions of the book but are not present in this one. There is also an important chapter on moving from a pre-version 5 Photoshop to version 6 (a significant jump). The book doesn't try to be a Photoshop all-inclusive encyclopedia. Instead, it focuses on one aspect of the tool. Fortunately, since colour correction is probably the most important, complex, and misunderstood areas of digital imaging, Professional Photoshop 6: The Classic Guide to Color Correction excels at explaining and exploring the process behind the curtain, and the right and wrong way to adjust the colour of images. --Mike Caputo

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Craig on 22 Jan 2001
Format: Paperback
Before you rush out and buy this though, don't be mislead by the title. A guide to Photoshop 6 it is not. There are no hints and tips on where the paint bucket tool has been moved to, since version 5.5 of photoshop, or even a breakdown on the various tools available.
This is a complete handbook to correcting colour, contrast, sharpness and preparing for printing. Dan Margulis is a colour expert, not a photographer/artist. Thus this is a technical book covering a very difficult subject and offers a particular 'by the numbers' approach that could change your way of correcting images. Particular emphasis is placed on using the CMYK colourspace; although the LAB and RGB spaces are not missed.
Although a beginner could understand the principles and approaches used, certain knowledge of Photoshop and colour is required to reap the full benefits of the text. This is a book that serves as a reference guide and manual that is first read. Then read again, and again, and again.
A CD-ROM is supplied with some pdf format chapters taken from the earlier books that have been omitted for 'the better stuff'. This also contains most of the images used in the book for side by side learning.
In short: Buy this book to learn about colour correction. Be prepared to put a large chunk of brainpower into understanding the elements discussed and ultimately produce better colour images.
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding! 8 Feb 2001
By B. Kennedy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I own several PS instructional books, and this is the first that tackles color-correction in a serious way. Call me crazy, but I read through it like a novel, albeit with a highlighter, as suggested by Norman Sanders' review.
This is not for the beginner learning PS -- Adobe's PS Classroom in a Book is good for that. Likewise, it is not for a person using PS LE or Photo Deluxe, which do not support all of the pre-press features of the full version. Instead, like Bert Monroy's "Photorealistic Techniques with PS & Illustrator," and Biedny, Moody, and Monroy's "PS Channel Chops," this is a book for someone who knows his way around PS, but realizes there is still lots to learn. This is a book that will put hair on your chest.
Margulis essentially shows how to get the best possible corrected color and contrast for a published image. The first two or three chapters of the book are about tweaking the CMYK curves, reading the numbers from PS's info palette. This is the part he calls "monkey work," the correction by the numbers. Of course, it is the basis for all color correction and image improvement. Margulis then goes further, including an entire chapter on the subject of how dot gain settings affect output, for example. His explanation of sharpening -- also an entire chapter -- is excellent. He has a chapter devoted to RGB versus CMY curves, a whole chapter about the importance of the black channel, a chapter about Lab mode corrections, and a chapter or two about adding depth and detail to images by adding contrast to the "unwanted color" (i.e., the cyan plate for a red object). He explains how and when to use channel operations to give images more snap, depth, and detail. And he ties everything together as the book goes along, explaining how to correct specific problems, with before and after illustrations. The differences can be quite subtle -- but it is those subtleties that give the final image a more professional, polished look. And, as often as not, the differences can be quite dramatic.
Margulis is clearly a little full of himself -- see Stephen Gracey's note about his "caustic criticism of others in his field." But he's convinced that sometimes the "flavor of the day" is wrong, mostly about ICC tagging of documents and the problems with color calibration hardware and software. He's probably right. This doesn't get in the way of the numerous useful techniques detailed in this book, and you can skip some of his tirade sections if you want.
One note -- this is not a book just for pre-press professionals or people who use a CMYK workflow. But it will clearly help them most. Even so, anyone who wants to get the best quality printed or on-screen image can benefit from the techniques in this book. It will help photographers printing high-quality digital images on RGB desktop inkjet printers, or advertisers or internet professionals who must prepare images to be posted to the web. Yes, Margulis can occasionally gloss over a point he assumes "anyone" would understand, but if you stick with it the book, you'll see how everything fits together. Margulis *realizes* that good color correction is more art than science. He aims to give the reader the tools and some inspiration to tackle the art and science of color correction, and he succeeds. On several occasions, I found myself thinking, "Hey, I never thought about doing that!"
Highly recommended; not necessarily for the beginner, though.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Superb resource for getting proper color output 10 May 2001
By Don Kenny - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is one of the 2 or 3 most useful Photoshop books available today. Other books just basically cover tips and techniques. This book specifically targets proper color output.
Dan Margulis describes how to effectively color balance and adjust contrast without loss of detail. Chapter 4 is probably worth the price of the book alone. In it, Margulis describes a very effective sharpening technique which does not produce the usual "halo" effect if you try to oversharpen.
Margulis accomplishes all sorts of wonderful image enhancements without the use of tricky selections or masking. He also covers a radically different method of moving between RGB, CMYK, and/or LAB modes to get the best possible image quality.
If you already feel somewhat comfortable with some of Photoshop's capabilities, but you just aren't getting the printout "punch" you'd otherwise expect, this book is highly recommended.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I Got Over My CMYK Phobia 12 Feb 2001
By "indeepthought" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have purchased several photoshop books over the past year with mixed results. Most of them were "Wow look what I can do" crap showing off silly tricks I could have grabbed off an online tutorial. Thankfully, this book is not in that category. Not only are there no "Gee whiz I can make a toilet look like polka dot glass " sections, but the author helped dip[eled some of the misinformation I got reading that other crap. I too was intimidated by other reviews at first, but I am glad I ignored them. The book also reads well, although some may find the author a little egotisitical ( I think he is kind of cool myself). If you can only own one photoshop book, this is the one to buy. You can learn parlor tricks online for free, but this information is next to impossible to come buy in book form.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
There is no better expert to look to for practical advice 6 Jan 2001
By Norman Sanders - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you choose to buy "Professional Photoshop 6" I suggest that you also invest in a yellow highlighter and keep it close by as you read each chapter. Dan Margulis offers so many clear explanations and so much practical advice and direction that, unless you take a moment to re-read and mark particularly cogent passages, you may not absorb their full value. I endorse this book to my colleagues and students in the strongest possible terms.
Having said that, I must add that I believe this book is not for the Photoshop beginner. There are no sections devoted to using particular tools, no hints about where Version 6 has hidden the Paint Bucket or Measure tools this time. On the other hand there is superb instruction regarding creative use of what Mr. Margulis refers to as Channel Blending (to differentiate it from the Channel Mixing function). Moreover, his detailed discussion of the purpose and application of LAB is the most lucid and useful that I have found anywhere.
Although several of the illustrations and explanations in the new edition appeared in his earlier book, many now also appear on the accompanying CD along with additional ones, and provide the reader with the opportunity to apply the techniques described throughout the text. At least half of this latest edition seems like new vital information, and his summation of just one aspect, in a chart on Page 184, outlining the strengths of CMYK, LAB and RGB when retouching, ties it all into a neat, useful package of reminders.
Whether your goals are to enhance good images destined for print reproduction, or to salvage poor ones, I can think of no better expert to look to for practical advice. This book, "Professional Photoshop 6", encapsulates a tremendous amount of it. Congratulations, Mr. Margulis!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Color correction demystified by a master 16 Aug 2001
By Lorenzo Colloreta - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I had the Margulis' book "professional photoshop version 3" and i thought this was the best book on color correction ever written. The author is a true expert of pre-press color management and it writes in a really enjoyable way.
This edition for Photoshop 6 keep the content at highest standards and it's even more detailed with color photos and schemes.
This book covers every aspect of color correction, RGB, CMYK, LAB systems are fully examined and (most important) it does not behave like a second Photoshop manual, it is totally oriented to the image point of view. That's why I believe the title is reductive, this is a book on color systems not just on Photoshop itself. Every argument is discussed with incomparabled skill and professionality, nothing is underestimated. Color correction is explained "numerically", even a color blind person could make the right adjustments!.
Beware of complexity! this book is for professionals, mostly involved in pre-press environments, this is not a tips & tricks book on how to remove red eyes from your photos. For the not-trained eye some of the pictures in the book showing "before" and "after treatment" will look the same!
The whole book is not an easy reading, because the subject itself isn't. The force of this book is to keep discussing complex issues without giving up.
The CDrom included (this is the first edition to include one) completes the masterpiece because you get the high resolution images discussed inside, ready to test your skill.
This is a must-have.
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