- Paperback: 768 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (1 June 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 024052604X
- ISBN-13: 978-0240526041
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.4 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: A professional image editor's guide to the creative use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and PC Paperback – 1 Jun 2012
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"A true masterpiece." ―John Nemerovski, Pixiq.com
"To me Adobe Photoshop CS6 For Photographers is still just about the most important reference book I have. It covers every aspect of Photoshop in detail and presents them with an eye toward the photographer. It is written by a professional photographer for professional photographers. It covers both the Mac and Windows in a clear and concise manner. For intermediate and advanced Photoshop users, it is the definitive word on Photoshop. For the beginner, along with other sources for additional foundation, it will make you that advanced user. For anyone who is serious about photography and Photoshop,Adobe Photoshop CS6 For Photographers is a must have." ―T. Michael Testi, BlogCritics.org
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Renowned Photographer and Photoshop hall-of-famer, Martin Evening returns with his comprehensive guide to Photoshop. This acclaimed work covers everything from the core aspects of working in Photoshop to advanced techniques for refined workflows and professional results. Using concise advice, clear instruction and real world examples, this essential guide will give you the skills, regardless of your experience, to create professional quality results. A robust accompanying website features sample images, tutorial videos, bonus chapters and a plethora of extra resources. Quite simply, this is the essential reference for photographers of all levels using Photoshop.See all Product description
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Here is my personal opinion after having just finished reading this book, and why I consider it to be average rather than super good or super bad:
• Index is woefully lacking, which renders this less useful as the resource book it purports to be
• You MUST have some experience with PS – some concepts are simply mentioned with nothing further, and if you don’t know what they are you will have to look elsewhere to figure out what the author is talking about – it is written as if the reader has at least an operational knowledge of PS (just as one example, the author briefly mentions alpha channels and how they are similar to mask channels, but does not go into detail on either – if you don’t know what channels are, you will not get an in-depth explanation of that here)
• The book contains some great information and tips on structuring workflow from capturing the image all the way to print
• The writing is concise and in short enough blocks that it is easy to read a while, practice, take a break, then read a little more
• The images and many of the examples are great, and some of the images are available online to download and practice yourself
• There are many points when the author says “for more information go to the website and read pdf blah blah blah” – so be prepared to have to use supplemental materials from the web that are not included in the book (not my favorite task)
• There is a HUGE amount of material and reference for using Camera Raw (in fact a nearly 140-page Chapter 3 is nothing but raw, which is about 20% of the book, and then raw is mentioned sporadically throughout after) – if you only shoot in jpeg or you use some other process and will not use Camera Raw, just know that probably 25% of the book is devoted to raw processing, and the author’s thinking seems to be that much of what needs to be done to an image should happen in Camera Raw before it even gets into PS for further editing (a point with which I happen to agree, but only because I shoot raw and use Camera Raw to process my photos)
• Finally, I’m both an intermediate user of PS and a fairly adept photographer, and I don’t believe this is the best that could be created for a photographer – I know in my circle of photographer friends, they are more interested in shooting than photoshopping, and so a book written in the style of a McClelland or Kelby might be more suitable for those individuals who just want to know what settings to use without the why, and without all the history about the evolution of PS and how things came to be as in PS6 this author sprinkles throughout the book
All in all this is a good book, and a decent read. I’m glad I read it and I learned several things that I now routinely use, and the workflow information and the raw information (for me, since I always shoot raw and use Camera Raw) were the most helpful.
Edit - The missing file problem seems to be a MAC issue, but the book is geared to those with both MACs and PCs so this issue should be addressed. My friend with a PC was able to download. Publisher never did contact me even though I wrote to them.
There are many tips that he passes along from his vast experience as a fashion photographer, as well as hands-on examples, that make life easier for the work we do. The book is logically organized by program tasks and is easy to read. There are the inevitable quirky differences between the author's British English and our American implementation, but they are never confusing. Study this book and you will know how to make Photoshop sing.
There are chapters left out of this version that were in previous editions, but they are downloadable from his website for free. There are also downloadable image files from the examples in the book if you're inclined to practice his techniques. There is no DVD of tutorials either, but the videos are available online for free as well.
All in all, a very thorough treatment of one of the most complex applications around.
That's not to say you shouldn't buy other books. Only that this one is the single best reference book that I have found over the years, and it keeps getting better. The sections on ACR / raw editing is great, as are the sections detailing the new interface options, preferences and other important settings. Lots of important details and hidden tips. Often overlooked by other authors or glossed over, Evening handles these types of topics the right way, making you more efficient / good at what you do.
The one downside is that if you like to carry your reference books around with you this thing is (by necessity because it only gets longer with each version, as new features are added) is pretty huge. Weighs in around 750 pages so it's bulky and heavy but hey, it's worth it.