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Classic Photoshop reference work
on 19 June 2010
Martin Evening's Adobe Photoshop for Photographers is established as one of the classic Photoshop reference works. With Adobe Photoshop CS5 Martin Evening continues to maintain this standard.
Adobe Photoshop is used by a range of professionals such as web designers and print designers as well as photographers. Many of the features in Photoshop are rarely, if ever needed for photo editing and this book focuses on Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Camera Raw and Bridge for photo editing enabling a much deeper explanation of how to use a particular Photoshop technique than could be covered in a book aimed at all the Photoshop features. Most techniques are described in detail and provide an excellent understanding of how the technique works so you can apply them to your own photographs. Unfortunately, some features do not include this background understanding and are presented as a part of a recipe e.g. the blend if slider. This makes it more difficult to get to grips with these method.
There are 15 chapters in 746 pages covering:
Camera Raw Processing
Sharpening and Noise Reduction
Image Editing Essentials
Black and White
Extending the Dynamic Range
Layers, Selections and Masking
Essential Filters for Photo Editing
Output for the Web
Everybody will have their own favourite new feature in CS5 and these are all covered in the book along with extensive information on existing features.
A few items have been dropped from previous versions for the book e.g. "What's New" chapter has been dropped and Darkroom Effects has less coverage so you may want to hold onto older copies of the book.
Although the "What's New Chapter has gone the included DVD has movie tutorials on all the new features in Photoshop CS5 relevant to photographers:
The new raw converter engine
Raw sharpening and noise reduction
Content aware fill
New HDR features
New masking and selection techniques
New print output features
Since the book was published an update to Adobe Camera Raw 6.1 features Lens Correction in Camera Raw as well as Photoshop. A movie covering this can be downloaded for free from the companion web site for this book.
The DVD also contains many, but not all (due to copyright), of the sample photographs so you can practice the techniques described in the book.
Photoshop CS5 is a significant update from CS4 for photo editing and this book is an excellent reference work and guide to the new features. A few minor points could improve the book but this is still the best reference work for photo editing using Photoshop CS5.