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Martin (Jeff) does it again !!,
This review is from: Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop (Paperback)I have bought a number of Martin's books over the years, from Adobe Photoshop For Photographers 7, through to the current CS4 version (which I also purchased at the same time). For me Martin has never failed to deliver and neither does `The Ultimate Workshop'.
The title `Ultimate' is perhaps overselling the content slightly and I advise any potential buyer to read the description by Amazon...
Martin Evening and Jeff Schewe each describe in detail how to carry out some of their favorite Photoshop image editing and retouching techniques.
Do not expect the book to cover the extensive range of tools or available option in Photoshop (If that's more what you're looking for I recommend you take a look at Martin's `Adobe Photoshop CS4 For Photographers'), What the book does offer is an excellent insight and understanding into some alternative advanced techniques employed by both Martin and Jeff.
For me the book works on two levels. First, I thoroughly enjoyed working my way through the many demonstrations (most of the images used can be found on the accompanying DVD). Second, it presented me with new, alternative ways to employ advanced editing techniques I hadn't come across before.
The illustrations and photographs are top notch, the `lessons' are very descriptive and easy to follow and the examples and `tips' genuinely useful.
The content is excellent as is the quality of the paper it is printed on.
For me the accompanying DVD is an added bonus. As I mentioned earlier there are a number of photos on the DVD from which to try out the demonstrations at your own pace, there are several video demonstrations so you can exactly how Martin & Jeff use the techniques `live' and there are also a number of files in .pdf format.
The sound quality of the videos is not exactly `high definition audio' but I had no problems playing them back on my standard `Windows' system.
To those thinking of buying the book I would suggest you read the description, don't expect it to cover everything about Photoshop..... then buy the book!!