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Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: A Professional Image Editor's Guide to the Creative use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and PC Paperback – 8 Dec 2008
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"When it's all said and done, tools-whether hardware or software-are just tools, and it's your ideas and images that matter. You'll find that Martin knows both sides of the equation and never lets the techniques distract from the vision. I think you'll find his perspective and experience invaluable."--John Nack, Principal Product Manager, Adobe Photoshop
"Evening's Adobe Photoshop for Photographers titles have become classic reference sources, written to deal directly with the needs of photographers and filled with a wealth of practical advice, hints and tips to help you achieve professional results."--Professional Photographer
"Richly illustrated with photos and screen grabs, this is an invaluable guide for anyone serious about Photoshop at a very reasonable price."--What Digital Camera
"...the bible for digital photographers. Wonderfully illustrated and incredibly detailed to help you master all aspects of the program."--ephotozine
"[A] survey packed with digital photo examples, screen shots, and all aspects of working with Photoshop CS4. An outstanding way to learn Photoshop CS4."--California Bookwatch
About the Author
Martin Evening is a professional photographer and digital imaging consultant, an experienced Photoshop user and key demo artist for Adobe. Based in London, UK, Martin was inducted into the legendary Photoshop Hall of Fame in 2008.
Top Customer Reviews
I have raed Martin Evening's book on Lightroom and like his approach so invested in this Photoshop book. It is a complete Photoshop Bible.
It starts on recommendations for setting up Photoshop. THese chapters are normally the stuff you don't bother reading, but there is some very interesting stuff in these pages.
The book is well laid out, and follows a logical sequence as to how you would use it.
For me everything is explained in a way I can understand, with box outs giving additional relevant information, without muddling the main text.
I would recommend reading it from beginning to end.
I defy anyone to read any chapter of this book and not learn something new, whatever their level of Photoshop knowledge.
SOME of the pictures are available on the accompanying DVD, allowing you to work on he same files and replicate the results in the book.
THere are 2 hours of video on the DVD as well, as sometimes seeing is better than reading.
Great book, which I would describe as the ultimate Photoshop reference.
The books title gives some indication of the target audience: A professional image editors guide indeed, any long time photoshop users would be well served picking up a copy of this book, and although not a guide for a complete novice, any level of photoshop user would benefit from using this as a comprehensive reference guide.
Not only are the new features practically explained, but more importantly the author gives best practice advice throughout, his recommended workflow for sharpening for example has changed even from Cs3.
All the bases are covered here, the interface and features tour is enough to cover the new features and fundamentals, which brings the reader quickly up to speed with the CS4 mindset. Adjustment Layers are dealt with particularly well, and the image adjustment techniques and explanations built very well on top of this new feature, and explained in depth with plenty of examples.
The book although huge is well laid out and absolutely packed with information, the author gets his point across succinctly and yet always takes time to explain the reasoning behind the various techniques.
There is very comprehensive coverage of file formats, especially the coverage of RAW and DNG. Comprehensive information on color profiling, and printing and other forms of output.
Camera Raw and Bridge are covered in depth, and where there is overlap between Raw, Photoshop or Lightroom, the various techniques are compared allowing the digital photographer to make well informed decisions on how to proceed confidently. Lightroom is mentioned here only in passing but 95% of the material on Camera Raw is easily adapted.Read more ›
The book really covers the difference and improvements between CS3 and CS4. I thought that the organization of the chapters, was well thought out and successfully delivered. Martin has the ability to explain and describe CS4 functionality down to a fine art. I found the chapter on ACR to be a great help, with each function being explained to help you understand how making adjustments can enhance your images. Martin also goes into great detail on Colour workspace, the different workspaces available what they are for, what you should use and why.
This is a fantastic reference book, and honestly I keep it to hand every time I plug in my camera.
I wholly recommend this book to anyone who really wishes to learn how to use Photoshop in the world of Photography. It's worth every penny/cent.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book promised much - it's heavy - looks well laid out and a lot of pages for the money - but is it useful? For me no. Read morePublished on 15 Jan. 2014 by J. A. Davies
Received the book in the allocated time frame. The book so far has been more for reference it a hefty book just to read and you need some prior photo shop experience to understand... Read morePublished on 4 Sept. 2011 by buzzmik
Yes I would recommend anyone considering learning Photoshop to get this book AND enrol on the Kelby Training site. The two resources are a formidable combination. Read morePublished on 17 Aug. 2011 by Churchill (We will never give in)
This review does not reflect on the quality of the information in the book or the writer, but is a comment on Amazon and its distribution methods. Read morePublished on 27 Mar. 2011 by Dougal
Well written, comprehensive and clear guide with loads of usefull information. I use Photoshop at work all the time, but this opened up a lot of new features to me and improved my... Read morePublished on 18 Nov. 2010 by Slybacon
This is an excellent and easy to understand fully comprehensive manual for all aspiring Photshop CS4 users. Read morePublished on 22 Sept. 2010 by Tadpole
It very well explains all the functions Photoshop offers. A bit too technical for my taste. If you're a beginner and want to learn some quick tricks to fix your photos, this is not... Read morePublished on 12 April 2010 by X. Melichar
I have purchased other Martin Evenings Photoshop manuals in the past and this one is as good as all the others I have had before. Read morePublished on 9 April 2010 by Michael Van Der Vord
Martin Evening really knows about Adobe and Photoshop and it is worth investing in his book. The downside is its immense size - while it is interesting and answers most of one's... Read morePublished on 24 Mar. 2010 by Sally Gordon-Boyd
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