Real World Adobe Photoshop 7 Paperback – 16 Jul 2002
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About the Author
David Blatner is a Seattle-based graphic arts consultant specializing in electronic publishing. He has authored or co-authored several books, including the award-winning bestseller The QuarkXPress 4 Book, Real World Scanning and Halftones 2nd Edition, and Real World Photoshop 6. @AUTHBIO= Bruce Fraser has authored or co-authored several books, including Real World PageMaker 5, Real World Photoshop 6, and the forthcoming Print Production Essentials.
Top customer reviews
along with "real world color management" & "Photoshop 7 Color Correction" are worth buying. I gave these books high marks, I've read some really bad ones and some just plain re-hashed stuff but
the above 3 are real "life changing". The writing style is fluent and readable. No gimics just the facts. I now understand why my prints don't look my monitor, why I need profiles and why I need colour management and what LAB space can do for me.
Best of all I now know what questions to ask and how to understand the answers when searching on the internet.
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Blatner and Fraser's book is it. I still have a lot more to learn, but now I feel comfortable with using Photoshop 7. The book is oriented to photographers, not web designers, which is what I wanted and their description of the uses of levels and curves is great. Also, since I'm not a professional, my interest does not lie in preparing images for a commercial print shop, however,my guess is that the discussion of how to do such work would be extremely helpful to those who do.
I hope the author will continue to write about CS 3,4,5 and 6 books
Real World Photoshop is a large text but fails to provide even minimum pictorial guides and step by step instructions. The lengthy text does not stay on target and show how to actually resolve the issues or photographic problem being discussed. There are far better Photoshop books available that teach you needed skills. This one doesn't do the job.
They cover lots of issues that help me understand WHY I might want to do something a certain way. Such as, the differences between RGB, CMYK and LAB color. When I bring a digital photo into Photoshop, I almost always feel a need to adjust it, fix the levels, etc. Fooling with the levels usually causes a color shift. To avoid that, they explain how to change the mode from RGB to LAB color, and then apply the levels command to the L (luminance) channel, leaving the color untouched. I can change the mode back to RGB afterwards, if I want.
In discussing color correction, they talk about fixing the neutrals so the rest will follow and explain that in Photoshop's RGB mode, it automatically calculates the amount of CMYK to produce neutrals, but in CMYK mode, you have to manually fill in the percentages. The section on color correction is incredible.
They discuss printing from Photoshop 7, the issue of different file formats and which to use when; the Rule of 16; which settings take precedence over others, and much more.
The book is well laid out, with an easy to follow structure. Several light bulbs spontaneously illuminated for me while reading this book. This book is useful to new Photoshop users and for seasoned photographers who have past experience with Photoshop but like to keep a reference of new features.
I consider myself to be an advanced amateur photographer and my equipment includes a digital SLR. This book is helping me to get the most out of my camera.
I have used a few different photo editing software packages but was new to PS7. Using tutorials that I found on the WEB, I was able to do some basic editing but wanted to know much more. Well, "Real World Adobe Photoshop 7" is a treasure trove of information.
The book is easy to read and the occasional humor makes the journey through the book even more enjoyable. The book is full of tips and "how-tos". Note that this book is NOT a step by step tutorial with a CD where you get to practice on someone else's photos. I wanted a how-to guide where I could immediately apply the technique to my own photos - and this book fulfills that need. I have no desire to waste time on someone else's images.
"Real World" includes chapters on color management, curves and levels, sharpening, printing, etc. The instructions on profiling using Adobe Gamma were the best I've seen. I thought I already knew something about USM and sharpening until I read that chapter. Do you convert from RGB to LAB and back again when you apply USM? Well, that may not be a good idea. Did you know that you can sharpen very effectively without USM by using Layers? There is so much more I could mention but hopefully this gives you a little flavor for the book. I also like that the book provides instructions for more than one way (sometimes many ways) of accomplishing a task. In this way, you can try them all and determine what's best for your workflow.
So, what about negatives? The authors wrote the book from a MAC perspective. This is clearly mentioned up front and occasionally elsewhere when there are functional differences. At other times however, you will find that their descriptions do not exactly match what you are seeing on your PC. I found this to be very minor but wanted to mention it here, just in case.
Also, I would not recommend this book for true PS beginners. The authors do assume a certain pre-level of knowledge.
If you want the get the most out of PS7 or want to learn alternative (better) ways of doing something, you won't regret this purchase. Thanks to this book, I'm able to give advice to others regarding PS7 questions and problems.
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