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From Barnes & NobleLike Photoshop itself, Martin Evening's Adobe Photoshop for Photographers books keep getting better. If you're making the plunge with Photoshop CS3 -- especially if you're a photographer, but even if you aren't -- you'll find his new CS3 book breathtakingly useful.
Evening's roots are in fashion and beauty photography, two areas that really give Photoshop a workout. While he's become increasingly well known for his books, he's still first and foremost a working commercial photographer: someone who uses Photoshop to create better work, offer more services, and earn more money. That perspective shows through on every page: this book is relentlessly practical. (It's also gorgeous, filled with Evening's own full-color work, and that of his colleagues. Plus, there's a new DVD packed with images and video tutorials.)
Thanks to Evening's practical perspective, you'll learn when and why to use CS3's new features, not just how. Evening illuminates Camera Raw 4's many new image adjustment controls, even showing how to custom-calibrate your own camera for your own studio environment. You'll learn how to use Align Image to register two or more portrait images and create a merged composite that uses the best parts of each. There's guidance on using Photoshop CS3's Quick Selection and Refine Edge tools more effectively (while you can refine a selection's edges using dialog slider controls, try converting it to a layer mask first). And if you're fortunate enough to own CS3's "Extended" version, Evening helps you explore Image Stacks, which can automatically remove individuals from a photograph (if only they'd had that in Stalin's day).
We've only scratched the surface. Evening systematically covers darkroom effects, correction and image repair, layer effects, all of it. Especially welcome: one of the world's most intelligible, usable discussions of color management. Bill Camarda, from the September 2007 Read Only