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Posted July 25, 2007
This book changed the way I think and work with Photoshop
Barry Huggin¿s book covers Photoshop CS2 and it is an excellent book in many ways. I especially recommend it for photomanipulators who wonder what CS2 can do for them that Photoshop Elements 3 or 4 can¿t do. I¿m not talking about all the things that happen when a professional ships his photo-file to a publisher, I am only concerned about getting some photos fixed, upgraded, or created and delivered to your kids, friends, and neighbors. This book changed the way I think about Photoshop and the way I work with photos. I started working with photoshop 13 Years ago when I bought my first 600-pixels/inch scanner. It scanned each photograph 3 times, one for each color, and it came with Photoshop version 2.5 Limited Edition. Soon thereafter I upgraded to Photoshop 3.0, the full version and I have been upgrading about every other version that Adobe ships out. I enjoy using Photoshop Elements 4 now, using it for about 85% of the work that I do and I use CS2 for the other 15%. My use of CS2 was pretty limited in nature, for example when I needed 16 ¿ bit scans. I often wondered what all those new CS-2 features were and whether they were worth learning. The easy answer was to do as much as I could with Elements and avoid the frustration of learning something new until I absolutely had to. For example, the ¿Warp¿ tool! Now, is that anything I want to learn about? What am I missing here do I want to warp my photos? On page 64 Huggins gives a wonderful example of how the warp tool can change a portrait and better yet, on the next page, he shows how to use the Liquify Pucker tool to improve the same portrait even more! Yes, this is a great book for someone that already has some Photoshop experience.. The author has picked a number photographs to demonstrate his art and they are available for downloading from the Web. All his examples are represented in the downloaded files except ¿Depth of Field¿, ¿Creating Film Grain¿ , and ¿Removing Moire Patterns¿. Of course the first file I wanted to work on was Moire Patterns and I was a little disappointed that photo was not there. The Moire Pattern shown on page 148 was sort of faint compared to the problem that the librarian at the local library was having with her scanner. I completed both exercises [the author often shows two or more ways to accomplish some repair or enhancement] and then I was able to solve the problem using real-life scans. Do you know what the problem is with Adobe¿s Photoshop books [User guide ¿ 0.8 inches thick ¿ and Classroom ¿ 0.9 inches thick]? They are very good books, most people agree, but they are boooring! I can¿t find something in the middle of either of those books without first going back a step, or two steps, or more, to find the place that I can start reading so that I can understand the part that I need to know about. That must have been what Huggins was trying to avoid. After you have looked through the first three pages, which explain the selection tools, layer masks and clipping masks, the reader is off and running! What a pleasure to use his book. The excellent publishing job [good paper, good color] added to my enjoyment of this learning process. There were a few places that I think I could have done a better job at fixing a picture than the author did. However, the author probably did it in half the time it would have taken me to do it with Elements. I noted that Huggins was specially creative with Photoshop. When the programmers at Adobe saw his book I expect they were saying ¿Look at this, he used the ____ tool to do _____! On page 23 he talks about setting the Burn Tool range to midtones rather than highlights to fix the highlights. That is a creative choice, not a logical choice. On page 61 he uses the Dust and Scratches filter to remove blemishes from a model¿s face. That was another creative choice made by this artist with extensive experience in Photoshop. He taught me to apply tools/processes in unconveWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 4, 2005
This is the book I¿ve been waiting for!
At last! This is the book I¿ve been waiting for! I¿ve been on the hunt for a book that goes over practical photo editing with Photoshop¿you know, how to alter colors, fix over/under exposure, remove distractions, etc. Most books I¿ve come across are either designed for the Photoshop professional (meaning they leave out all the steps between A and Z), or they¿re too basic. This book is it¿a step-by-step guide to Photoshop editing for the casual Photoshop user. The author does an excellent job in identifying all the Photoshop tools you should be familiar with right off the bat. This introductory material is a great crash-course in Photoshop tools. This basic material forms a foundation for successfully understanding the rest of the book¿s material. While there are tools and editing methods the author did not identify, I felt satisfied that the most important tools were not only identified but demonstrated in action. In my own photo editing attempts, I felt like I should be using certain tools, but didn¿t know how. Using some very illustrative photographs, the author works his way through using the curves tool, the levels tool, masks, layers, etc. The author provides the reader with the tools s/he needs to successfully complete the most common photo editing assignments. I would highly recommend this book for digital photographers. Huggins¿ book is now the favorite among my digital photography books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.