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on 2 February 2009
This book is certainly encyclopaedic in its scope, it covers virtually everything one might ever wish to do in colour correction terms,and some one never knew about! From sensitive 'tweaking ' and enhancement to 'salvaging' files that appear to be beyond redemption. It can indeed be used as a drop in reference, but the author has taken the trouble to coax the reader to go through the volume methodically and this yields the greatest rewards. The author honestly states it is for professionals but that should not intimidate less experienced practitioners, indeed if one carefully and diligently follows the path from beginning to end one will be much more expert at the finish! The only reason it does not get 5 stars, perhaps harshly, is that in some cases the actual reproduction quality of the illustrations just fails to do justice to the topic described this is picky but if that can be forgiven and one practices the techniques so that they are properly understood, don't try to get it all at once, then this book will educate, reward and greatly enhance the possibilities of ones work.
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on 5 March 2004
Unless you're experience of photoshop extends to high-end retouching this book is going to open up a whole new world to you. If "Bible this" and "Quickstart that" are what you've been reading so far, then take it from me you've only glimpsed the tip of the iceberg. This book will show you what you've been missing and you've got no idea how deep it goes.
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.
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on 10 September 2010
A classic of professional photo-processing .Very clearly and entertainingly written .To read the 1st 3 chapters is to grasp the principles of processing .This is not for the lovers of quick fix fancy tools ;it deals with getting the fundamentals of getting the basic image as right as can be and gives an understanding of why this is the only sound basis for using the tools for the detailed stuff later . he has some annoying habits e,g,giving his curves illustrations the opposite way around and up to the way most of us use them .He gives his good reasons for this ,but to me the greatest value of the quirk is that it forces me to think what an adjustment does to the light and the image ,rather than as a sort of ritual alteration of the curve on the screen .THIS IS NOT A PHOTOSHOP RECIPE BOOK - It will make you think about how the system works and why ,and with a bit of luck understand . A book that will help you to master what can be done with your images .-A book to keep, use, read and re-read .
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on 14 June 2006
then this is the best book I have seen. Unlike most 'how to' books this tells you why as well. If the only thing you ever get out of it is using the CMYK correction by numbers then it is still worth it. Don't expect to read it only once and don't expect to suddenly become a colour master. This book is like having an expert friend who can show you things and help you understand how to do it but in the end most of the judgement calls are up to you.

This is the most dog-eared book on my shelves and that says it all.
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on 3 November 2007
I chose this over other books on image handling because it is, despite the name, not especially bound to one piece of software (or version of said software). Instead Dan works at creating a proper and profound understanding of the principles at work in the reproduction of colour.
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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on 7 May 2014
dear god of everything rant like this guy claps on about some pointless things. It needs a good editor to remove about all of the authors pointless stories to turn it into a what could be and should be and I desperately would like it to be tutorial book. But until that day happens you will be reading something that is just intolerable, pointless and a needless waste of oxygen generating tree's book.
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