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3.0 out of 5 stars You had better buy the 2004 Edition of Masking and Compositing, 15 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Photoshop Masking & Compositing (Voices That Matter) (Paperback)
First of all I don't understand why there are 3 authors needed to write a book about Photoshop titled Masking and Compositing
while it lies in Katrin Eisman's power to do this job by herself in an excellent way.

Her collegues and students don't understand either nor do they understand why.

Sean Duggan seems always to have been selected as co-author but unfortunately he is by far not as talented as Katrin Eisman with reference to writing books.

Compared to the edition 0f 2004 this book lacks some of the in-depht tutorials as to selecting and extracting very intricate objects like smoke, hair and foliage.
Discussing the Pen Tool is fully neglected in this edition of 2012 while she makes clear in the former Edition
that the Pen Tool is one of her most favourites to use in Photoshop.

When I browse through the table of contents of the Book I can only conclude that it deals more with Compositing than
Selecting and Masking.

The Chapter History of Compositing Images included in this edition is written in that typical encyclopedian style, hence very boring and tiresome to read.
It consists of numerous dates, facts and names of Photo Artists referring to the History of Compositing Images.
And it gives the impression that this mind-numbingly drearly to read chapter is directly copied from an encyclopedia.

The following chapter The Creative Process is full of general statements and explanations which speak for themselves.

The last parts of the book involve general elementary philosophical theories and contemplations on the subject of compositing and postproduction images.
Any person with basic knowledge of the theme is able to write that sort of things down hence very annoying to read, superfluous anyhow not inspiring and instructional at all.

Through the whole book you will find lots of pictures but the majority of them is just gimmick and glamour in other words to make the book look like more attractive and engaging.

The only part of the book of real importance and relevance are the chapters that deal with Selecting and Masking.

Such as the chapter on using the Refine Edge tool that is new and explained in a way typical for Katrin Eisman.
I mean in such a manner that all aspects and features of this tool of Photoshop are discussed.
in a clear, understandable and in depht way but the Refine Edge Tool too has its flaws on selecting and extracting intricate objects.

As I wrote earlier this Edition lacks some of the essential tutorials on selecting and masking difficult to extract objects
the former edition has.

When you do want to become an expert at Selecting and Masking using Photoshop buy the edition of 2004,
read and study its great contents and the use of Plugins like Onone Mask Pro or Fluid Mask is definately not needed.
That book contains tutorials on the subject you won't find anywhere else and is 100% Katrin Eisman's,
the most recent edition is unfortunately and definately not.

Katrin Eisman is a well-respected, great and jaw-dropping lecturer and a very talented author, one of the most sought after\in demand worldwide as a presenter and instructor
on topics related to photoshop that's why I am looking forward to the next edition of Masking and Compositing or other titles which should be a 100% Katrin Eisman's,
I mean no other authors being involved in the project of writing a book.

One reviewer states: all the chapters are placed in a context and all the pieces come together at the end that's why it makes the book so great.
But that context is created artificially with the sheer aim to make the book look like more impressive and fascinating
while it isn't cutting-edge stuff at all except for the chapters written by Katrin Eisman.

The 2004 Edition of Masking and Compositing is a pleasure to read from the first word to the last one written in the book
but whether it's the case as for the 2012 Edition of Masking and Compositing it's up to the readers to judge.

As regards to compositing and post-production images there is a very interesting title on shelf.
How to Cheat in Photoshop CS6: The art of creating realistic photomontages [Paperback] Steve Caplin (Author)

Another Title that might be of interest: Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks for Designers [Paperback] Corey Barker (Author)
( Tutorials on how to create genuine Hollywood Effects are included )
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