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Photoshop CS Artistry: Mastering the Digital Image (Voices) Paperback – 20 Jan 2004
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Artistry is the key word here: When competent doesn't cut it. When what you're going for is museum-quality art prints, high-end advertising effects, and dizzyingly beautiful digitally manipulated images, this is the place to start. Providing a focused approach to the advanced features of Photoshop CS, this beautiful full-color guide tackles complex yet essential topics like color calibration and correction. Along the way, you'll learn how Photoshop's newest features-Photomerge technology (which allows you to create seamless panoramas from multiple images), enhanced Camera Raw support, an improved File Browser, nonsquare pixel support, and more-can aid in your quest for the perfect image. Throughout, the authors emphasize the relationship between Photoshop CS tools and traditional photography to provide essential context for complex tasks. The knowledge is sure to stick as you work your way through the detailed, step-by-step exercises and use the companion CD to view before-and-after images and access masks and tool settings for the book's tutorials.
About the Author
Barry Haynes has been involved with photography since he was 14 using a Kodak Instamatic 104 on a trip to England. He later became a U.S. Navy photographer and attended most of the Navy's advanced photography courses. After getting his BA in computer science from University of California, San Diego, Barry spent 10 years, from 1980 to 1990, doing software development and research at Apple. It was a great time to be at Apple, and Barry was able to be a part of Apple's growth from 500 employees to over 10,000. He took a leave of absence from Apple in 1990 to set up a darkroom and get back to his photography. He soon found himself teaching Photoshop workshops and the notes for those evolved into Barry's advanced Photoshop Artistry book series, the latest of these being this Photoshop CS Artistry: Mastering the Digital Image from New Riders. His books are very popular with photographers and artists who are using Photoshop to create their final artwork.
He also teaches in-depth digital printmaking workshops from his studio in Corvallis, Oregon. Barry enjoys using his Photoshop darkroom techniques to print, show, and sell his own photography using Epson 4000 and 7600 printers. Check his image gallery at http://www.barryhaynes.com. He is currently working on a new training DVD and/or book entitled Making the Digital Print, which will cover all aspects of making the best art quality digital prints. Barry has given talks and workshops for Palm Beach Photographic Center, Santa Fe Workshops, Anderson Ranch, International Center of Photography, the Photoshop Conference, Seybold Seminars, MacWorld, the Center for Creative Imaging, advertising agencies, design firms, photography stores, and other organizations. His articles appear in Communication Arts, Camera Arts, and other photography magazines.
Wendy Crumpler has been in advertising and design since 1980. She has worked in print, television, CD-Interactive, interactive television, and computer-based training. Prior to her discovery of the computer in 1981 and the Macintosh in 1986, she was an actress and teacher. She is the author of two versions of her popular Photoshop, Painter, and Illustrator Side-by-Side book from Sybex and also Gateway: A Spritual Journey on the Andean Path. She has done production, illustration, design, and training for a variety of clients using many applications. She has worked for Angotti Thomas Hedge, Boardroom Reports, Deutsch Advertising, J.Walter Thompson, TBWA Advertising, Wechsler Design, Wells Rich Greene, Canon, Parke Davis, and AT&T.
Seán Duggan is a photographer and digital artist who combines a traditional fine art photographic background with extensive real world experience in the field of digital imaging. He is a co-author of Real World Digital Photography (Peachpit Press, 2003) and is an Adobe Certified Photoshop Expert. His Photoshop tutorial column can be seen regularly in MacDesign magazine and he also writes articles on Photoshop and digital imaging for PCPhoto, Outdoor Photographer, and Digital Photo Pro magazines. His photographs have been exhibited at the Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, California. He is an instructor in the photography department at University of California, Santa Cruz Extension, where he teaches regular classes on Digital Photography and Digital Imaging for Photographers. Seán provides Photoshop and imaging consulting services for photographers and companies and also teaches custom and private workshops at his studio. Visit his Web site at http://www.seanduggan.com.
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They say suitable for beginners up, but I think that a beginner would struggle a little.
Otherwise well written, with lots of colour images giving the reader a point of reference.
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Why not 5 stars? The book need some serious editing. There is too much carried along about how things were done in previous versions, what features were added when, etc. Get rid of it. This is a CS book, not a history of PS. Use the extra space for better layout and bigger fonts. The pages are so crowded for space as to be hard to read. Margins are used for the numerous screen shots, but when a page has none, fill the white space. These are editing criticisms and should not deter the reader from buying the book!
I must say, I'm disappointed. It's feels like this version was rushed to press. The new features are mentioned but not explained very well at all. In many cases, the explanations are nothing more than a rehash of the Adobe documentation.
For example, the camera raw section doesn't really give much insight into what you are trying to accomplish through the use of the feature (some, but not much). Nor does it give a very good description of the recommended workflow within the feature or how to incorporate it into your overall workflow. Further, there are no hands-on examples.
The Shadow/Highlight section is similarly lacking. The authors seem to allude to the fact that this may be more of a "simple tool" rather than one for the serious user. But they don't really come right out and say that. If so, tell us. If not, tell us how to incorporate it into the workflow, especially since it isn't available as an adjustment layer.
The section on the color replacement tool is as obscure as Adobe's. I still can't figure this tool out very well. The descriptions for sampling and limits are extremely confusing. This is a case where the book could have cleared up the mysteries that remain after reading the Adobe documentation several times.
I still think this series is very good and I have learned a great deal from it. I would still recommend it to anyone wanting an in depth understanding of Photoshop. I am simply disappointed that the authors appear to have taken shortcuts with the new features in CS and don't seem to have carried through with the same quality of the previous editions.
2. The book looks very nice, color pictures etc... You would think a book this heavy, with such small font, with so many pages would be the ultimate photoshop book. Reality--> it appears to be a book with a lot of pages but with little substance. Here is a very simple example: I wanted to get some information on how to really use the gradient tool--> there's like several pages on it, but more from a theoretical poitn of view. There was no clear cut instruction how to actually use it. Ultimately, when I go to a photoshop book, I want to immediately and easily learn how to do something. This book amazingly does not do that. Ultimately, I found my answer via Scott Kelby's book--> very simple, to the point etc...
3. Thus if you want to get a photoshop book to actually learn how to do things, I would recommend that you not get this book. However, if you're an expert in photoshop and want to learn more about the nitty gritty and theoretical aspects, this book may have some pertinent information.
If you are looking for a quick reference or "Photoshop basics in 3 hours" DON'T buy this book! You will be better served by something else; BUT, if you are looking to really learn the program and willing to invest the time, your efforts will be richly rewarded using this book. I can't say enough for it.
If you look through reviews, you will see either love it or hate it. The ones that love it are looking to learn/understand the program. The ones that hate it are most likely looking for a quick reference book or to learn the bare basics quickly which is totally fine as everyone has different needs but this book simply is not designed for that.
I will say that the screen captures are not as good as previous versions but still acceptable. Hopefully future versions will go back to the previous quality.
Thanks to Haynes and Crumpler for their great work!