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Well written - gets you to professionalism, maybe not for experts.,
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This review is from: Adobe Photoshop Restoration & Retouching (Voices That Matter) (Paperback)
I suspect this book will have to be updated to deal with some of the new features of PsCS3 (Brightness and Contrast, for instance, the new interface, smart filters and so on) but overall Eismann writes in a fun and informative style that kept me reading despite knowing most of the techniques she describes. For the professional, who has been learning about and playing with Photoshop for a while, many of the techniques are likely to be minor variations of ones you already use. Many of the best tips are those overlooked by poor retouchers, and should be natural to most pros (previsualisation, and actually looking at the whole image!), but I've also found a wealth of helpful technical data, as well as the clearest description of Photoshop colour modes I've seen in any book.
I'd also have to say that this book is better set than Dan Margolis's "The Canyon Conundrum", and held my attention far longer than anything of Scott Kelby's I've tried to read. As a primer for anyone getting into photoshop, this book should be enough to give you near expert skills in a matter of months. All the essential shortcuts are covered (apart from brush blend modes, but she offers an even quicker alternative!), as well as information on the essential tools and workflows of the trade. I'd highly recommend having a copy of this, unless you've been using the application since it was called ImagePro - the four stars is because the value to someone familiar with colour management and decent retouching experience is slightly less.