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The hidden powers of blend modes remain hidden here.
on 6 August 2015
Ever heard of "Show, don't tell"? Well this is a perfect example of "Tell, don't show".
Oh, you can look at a picture and read a brief explanation of what they did but there are no step-by-step workshops; you have to have work on something of your own - which of course will have different lighting and other important basics - and, as they tell you, experiment. That's what I've been doing for nearly 10 years. That's why I wanted a book, so as to follow what to do on a given image and how to get the final effect.
It's getting returned just as soon as I print out the return label. Adobe seems incapable of producing a decent book on Photoshop - I'm returning the similarly presented 'Master Class: Advanced Compositing in Photoshop as well for exactly the same reason. It is just so cheapskate; it cost them nothing to put the images on their website. You may just as well go an on-line tutorial site - there are absolutely no benefits in spending money buying these books - the on-line tutorials are often much better and at least you have the images to work with.
I know a lot of people get irritated by the chat in other PhSh books such as those published by Kelby Media but at least they supply you with the images they worked on so as you can follow step by step and learn practically, not theoretically.