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  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (16 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321115600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321115607
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 4.1 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,319,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David Blatner is a Seattle-based graphic arts consultant specializing in electronic publishing. He has authored or co-authored several books, including the award-winning bestseller The QuarkXPress 4 Book, Real World Scanning and Halftones 2nd Edition, and Real World Photoshop 6. @AUTHBIO= Bruce Fraser has authored or co-authored several books, including Real World PageMaker 5, Real World Photoshop 6, and the forthcoming Print Production Essentials.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By MR STEPHEN OROBEC on 20 July 2003
Format: Paperback
This is not a photoshop for dummies book, but if you have got past the basics and want to move to higher levels then this book
along with "real world color management" & "Photoshop 7 Color Correction" are worth buying. I gave these books high marks, I've read some really bad ones and some just plain re-hashed stuff but
the above 3 are real "life changing". The writing style is fluent and readable. No gimics just the facts. I now understand why my prints don't look my monitor, why I need profiles and why I need colour management and what LAB space can do for me.
Best of all I now know what questions to ask and how to understand the answers when searching on the internet.
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111 of 113 people found the following review helpful
Gets My Highest Recommendation! 22 Aug. 2002
By Robert M. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When I purchased PS7, I knew that the standard manual was not going to cut it. I then began my search for a real guide to PS 7. After considering many different books, I settled on this one.

I consider myself to be an advanced amateur photographer and my equipment includes a digital SLR. This book is helping me to get the most out of my camera.

I have used a few different photo editing software packages but was new to PS7. Using tutorials that I found on the WEB, I was able to do some basic editing but wanted to know much more. Well, "Real World Adobe Photoshop 7" is a treasure trove of information.

The book is easy to read and the occasional humor makes the journey through the book even more enjoyable. The book is full of tips and "how-tos". Note that this book is NOT a step by step tutorial with a CD where you get to practice on someone else's photos. I wanted a how-to guide where I could immediately apply the technique to my own photos - and this book fulfills that need. I have no desire to waste time on someone else's images.

"Real World" includes chapters on color management, curves and levels, sharpening, printing, etc. The instructions on profiling using Adobe Gamma were the best I've seen. I thought I already knew something about USM and sharpening until I read that chapter. Do you convert from RGB to LAB and back again when you apply USM? Well, that may not be a good idea. Did you know that you can sharpen very effectively without USM by using Layers? There is so much more I could mention but hopefully this gives you a little flavor for the book. I also like that the book provides instructions for more than one way (sometimes many ways) of accomplishing a task. In this way, you can try them all and determine what's best for your workflow.

So, what about negatives? The authors wrote the book from a MAC perspective. This is clearly mentioned up front and occasionally elsewhere when there are functional differences. At other times however, you will find that their descriptions do not exactly match what you are seeing on your PC. I found this to be very minor but wanted to mention it here, just in case.

Also, I would not recommend this book for true PS beginners. The authors do assume a certain pre-level of knowledge.

If you want the get the most out of PS7 or want to learn alternative (better) ways of doing something, you won't regret this purchase. Thanks to this book, I'm able to give advice to others regarding PS7 questions and problems.
48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
The Ultimate Digital Dark Room Technique Book 15 May 2003
By V. Maciulski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Real World Photoshop 7 is an ultimate digital dark room technique book for Photoshop 7 users. The largest part of the book is dedicated to dark room techniques, but a good part of the book covers such things as getting the best scans, creating effects, saving for the web, making half-tones, etc.
They cover lots of issues that help me understand WHY I might want to do something a certain way. Such as, the differences between RGB, CMYK and LAB color. When I bring a digital photo into Photoshop, I almost always feel a need to adjust it, fix the levels, etc. Fooling with the levels usually causes a color shift. To avoid that, they explain how to change the mode from RGB to LAB color, and then apply the levels command to the L (luminance) channel, leaving the color untouched. I can change the mode back to RGB afterwards, if I want.
In discussing color correction, they talk about fixing the neutrals so the rest will follow and explain that in Photoshop's RGB mode, it automatically calculates the amount of CMYK to produce neutrals, but in CMYK mode, you have to manually fill in the percentages. The section on color correction is incredible.
They discuss printing from Photoshop 7, the issue of different file formats and which to use when; the Rule of 16; which settings take precedence over others, and much more.
The book is well laid out, with an easy to follow structure. Several light bulbs spontaneously illuminated for me while reading this book. This book is useful to new Photoshop users and for seasoned photographers who have past experience with Photoshop but like to keep a reference of new features.
42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Expert Information 23 Sept. 2002
By J. Erb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A wonderful and thorough job of covering topics such as tonal and color corrections, scans, color management, spot colors and duotones, prepress and the web. I found answers to topics such as spot colors in this book that I haven't found anywhere else. The authors are expert in their field and portray that information in an easy to understand format. They also throw in some humor here and there.
You'll get very comfortable using levels and curves by the time you complete this book, it is very thorough and in-depth. You'll learn how to judge what adjust needs to be made and the best way to do it. Like most full-featured programs these days, there is more than one way to achieve a task. These authors teach you the most expedient way to accomplish a wide range of tasks.
You'll learn how to calibrate your monitor, make tonal corrections, remove color casts and silhouette an image for catalog work and more. This book should be on the shelf of every serious photographer
33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Better than Adobe Photoshop 7.0 for Photographers 5 Sept. 2002
By Mr Photo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was looking for a good reference book to learn about Color Management and using it to print photos to an inkjet printer. This book's color and printing section is much more thorough than the book Adobe Photoshop 7.0 for Photographers. If you want all your questions answered about color management, this is the better book.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
In Depth coverage of InDesign 22 Oct. 2003
By V. Maciulski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is recommended by the Adobe InDesign Development Team and I can see why. Kvern and Blatner cover all of the basics you would expect; page layout, text controls, type characteristics, drawing, transparency, importing, exporting, color, printing, etc.
But it's the depth at which they are able to cover each area that is astounding. Anyone who has used InDesign 2 knows it has a zillion palettes and tools. This book covers them all in great detail. I venture to say that you would be hard pressed to come up with a question about InDesign 2 that this book doesn't cover.
And they put their money where their collective mouth is. They laid out the entire 650 page book using InDesign 2. One of them used a Titanium Powerbook running OS X and the other used Windows. A nice demo of its true cross-platform capabilities.
I was particularly impressed by how they showed the differences in results you get when performing a task (such as transforming the contents within a path), depending on which options are selected. This is the best reference book on InDesign I've seen. I like the Adobe Classroom in a Book, but wouldn't use it as my handy reference on how to do some little obscure thing.
I didn't realize how powerful the drawing tools in InDesign are until I read this book. And I didn't understand the difference between downsampling and subsampling (for exporting as a PDF), but they explain it well.
There is a nice section on managing long documents, their tables of contents and indices.
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