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Professional Photoshop: The Classic Guide to Color Correction - 4th Edition Paperback – 6 Sep 2002
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"?a wealth of information on this crucial, complex subject?Star Rating ∗∗∗∗?" (Mac World, December 2002)
From the Back Cover
Bring your images to life!
The common–sense, by–the–numbers approach of Professional Photoshop has changed the way professional retouchers, photographers, and artists prepare their files for print. Although many of the corrections are technically difficult, the concepts are logical and can be understood even by color beginners. This extensively revised edition, covering versions through Photoshop 7, continues the tradition of introducing astoundingly effective, previously unknown methods.
Here′s what the experts had to say about the best–selling Professional Photoshop 6:
"This is the best guide to color correction there is, period. The information on color correction by the numbers is invaluable for anyone involved with the commercial application of photography and is especially pertinent for digital photography that can be used in print. This is a book that you will want to re–read numerous times."
–Lee Varis, Digital Photography for Graphic Designers
"Dan is the experts′ expert on the logical and effective ways to make any image look its best when printed. He has a very likable writing style that integrates metaphors and examples from other disciplines to engage your interest and explain his techniques."
–Jay Nelson, Design Tools Monthly
"The cover would have you believe that this is a book about digital prepress color correction, which is like saying that Leonardo da Vinci was a medical illustrator. Margulis′ real agenda is to teach us to look critically at digital images, to understand what we see, and finally how to reason from our understanding toward an image we can take pride in. Best of all, this book is a fun read about a subject that′s hardly a great party topic, written with wit, and illustrated with impressive corrections of some profoundly discouraging original images."
–User manual for dPhoto software
In addition to its relentless exploration of curves, this volume teaches:
∗ The uses of LAB color correction
∗ How to bring out detail in the most important areas of the image
∗ Precision control of unsharp masking
∗ Channel blending to build contrast
∗ The pivotal role of the black plate
∗ Blending in Luminosity mode
∗ Custom profiles to correct hopeless images
∗ A powerful new overlay blend method that will revolutionize the handling of faces
∗ Control of all facets of the separation process
∗ The unwanted color and how to exploit it
∗ Correcting for factors beyond the photographer′s control
Includes a CD–ROM containing many of the images plus extra instructional material!
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It doesn't deal with how to animate gif's, or what the levels command does - it's ruthless in it's pursuit of practical perfection and the author's view is that there's no point teaching anything else except the best tools to do the best job, backed up by an expert understanding of the theory.
Please don't think this makes this a dry read. On the contrary, this is the single most absorbing, fascinating, well-written and useful books I've read on computer imaging.
This is the most dog-eared book on my shelves and that says it all.
It's based on a great deal of practical experience and much of the results can be achieved with any of the more competent image editors on the market - not just PS.
The writing is lively, engaging and openly biased. This is one man's earnest presentation of the challenges of getting the right colours in print, with all the pitfalls and misunderstandings exposed within the industry.
The book's printing is good enough to show Dan's examples and these examples focus on the educational rather than spectacular. A sound choice in my view.
The only weakness I've noticed so far is a rather limited view of the RAW format. The only software mentioned is Camera RAW (from the CS2 suite), which Dan rightly criticises. Already in late 2007 there are many more competent tools available which address the limitations with Camera RAW. Nevertheless even this weakness is a strength of sorts - by working from first principles throughout the book it becomes obvious what to look for in a RAW converter today.
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