The Photoshop CS2 Channels Book Paperback – 14 Feb 2006
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About the Author
Scott Kelby is President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) as well as Editor-in-Chief of both Photoshop User and Mac Design magazines. Scott also serves as Training Director for the Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour and is the Technical Chair of the PhotoshopWorld conference. Scott has written numerous books on Photoshop and is the creator of the best-selling Killer Tips series.
Top Customer Reviews
The chapter on Colour to Black & White is very informative in showing various ways to achieve very good black & white images. All easy to use.
An outstanding book and the best I have bought on using Photoshop; that includes other books by the same author.
Because I thought I was buying a book on a technical aspect of Photoshop (= channels), not a book on lame jokes (and excuses about them such as "sorry, I was drunk when I wrote that intro)!
This is probably the most unprofessionally written book I ever bought on Photoshop (and I started with PS4, so believe me I bought a load) and it's so irritating that I'm writing my first review here to vent it out.
When it comes to tech details, Kelby is a proper author, explaining from his experience in a clear and easy to understand manner. If you took away all the chapter introductions, and the unnecessary prose Kelby produces, you'd have a good solid book, probably 30/35 pages smaller but well worth it.
Too bad that the author just had to play the comedy card: remember the jolly uncle that is funny for approximately two minutes, while after 10 you are ready to strangle him? Imagine READING it and knowing that instead of learning you're wasting time!
And I bet mr Kelby laughed all the way home from his editor thinking about how people finally would be able to read and re-read his WONDERFUL prose.
A couple of times throughout the book Kelby suggests other authors, one of which is Katrin Eismann. While on photoshop I'm sure he doesn't need any tips, I strongly advise him to take lessons from her regarding writing style.
A particularly intriguing part of the book is the part about working with the Lab channels, and if anything, this is the part I have found most useful. So it's a bit of a shame that he barely touches on the subject and spends most of the time in the RGB channels.
Anybody who uses Photoshop regularly but perhaps not so expertly, like me, will also pick up plenty of other tips and tricks to get things done. Just following some of Scott Kelby's recipes will give you an insight into parts of Photoshop you might not otherwise have reached.
Kelby's style is unrelentingly joke-ridden. I can forgive him for trying to make the subject more fun, but the jokes get in the way a bit when you're trying to follow a complex series of instructions. Despite this, the book still comes across as friendly and accessible, written in plain English, or at least, plain American.
Of all the books about Photoshop I've bought and read, this is probably the most interesting and has been the most useful.
If channels remains as just another mysterious area within Photoshop then this book will transform your use and understanding of of channels and how to utilise them when making selections and masks of your photos. Difficult selections become much more simple when using channels and enhancing the selections becomes so much easier.
The book is easy to follow and even the sample pictures are available as free downloads for you to use when following the techniques outlined.
Start at chapter 1 and you wont go wrong, miss out the early chapters and you will definately miss out overall.
I am a big fan of the Big Man and recommend this book without hesitation, buy it on amazon, save money, save time, become a better photographer, I did and want to spread the word. So don't delay buy it today. Sorry I might be taking this a little too far.
I had used channels in a very basic form before picking up this book, but now I'm hooked! Scott explains the uses very well, as always, and gives some great examples too. All the images can be downloaded so that you can work through the book, rather than just read it.
I think my girlfriend's comment was "...I take it you like that, seeing as you've not put it down since you got it...", which I think says it all!
Once again, a brilliant book by a brilliant author. Highly recommended. Thanks Scott!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought as a christmas present for somebody and have gotten the chance to look through it myself.
If you're a Photoshop beginner or intermediate, I'd say this book is a very... Read more
As usual Scott Kelby makes, what had been previously incomprehensible to me, relatively easy.
I quite like his corny jokes too!
I suspect that the author gets paid by the word. The book is hopelessly and unnecessarily verbose. Does it really take 8 whole pages with 15 screen shots and text to explain masks? Read morePublished on 19 Jan. 2009 by K. Wells
This is an excellent book on all things Photoshop channels. All of the tutorials are very easy to follow and I've learned a great deal. Read morePublished on 8 May 2007 by D. Allen
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