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Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: A Professional Image Editor's Guide to the Creative use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and PC

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Overview

Martin Evening's Adobe Photoshop for Photographers titles have become classic reference sources for photographers at all skill levels. Whether you are an accomplished user or just starting out, the Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers book contains a wealth of practical advice, hints and tips to help you achieve professional-looking results.
Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers begins with an overview of the Photoshop interface and the fundamentals of how to use Photoshop, followed by how to configure and optimize your computer's performance to run the program and then it dives straight into the essentials of Camera Raw image editing. The Sharpening chapter shows how to use the Camera Raw controls to obtain optimum capture sharpening and noise reduction and the Essentials chapter outlines how to work with all the basic image adjustment tools that are in the program, some of which have been there since the very beginning.
Practical workshops show you how to master the essential techniques, such as color correction, retouching techniques, toning a black and white image, creating composite images and so on. Each technique is described in step-by-step detail, showing exactly which command to use, whether you are working with a Mac or PC computer.
The accompanying DVD contains a Photoshop for Photographers Help Guide. This is supplied in a web browser format that you can either run from the DVD or copy to your computer hard disk for off-line viewing. The Help Guide contains a complete guide to all the tools and panels in Photoshop as well as other items in the program. It is like having an off-line manual with which to learn more about what each Photoshop tool and palette does. The guide also provides 120 minutes of movie tutorials on Photoshop CS4. If you are just beginning to work with digital images or are looking for new ideas, the best techniques and ways to improve the quality of your work, this is the book for you!

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Editorial Reviews

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"When it's all said and done, tools-whether hardware or software-are just tools, and it's your ideas and images that matter. You'll find that Martin knows both sides of the equation and never lets the techniques distract from the vision. I think you'll find his perspective and experience invaluable."John Nack, Principal Product Manager, Adobe Photoshop

"Evening's Adobe Photoshop for Photographers titles have become classic reference sources, written to deal directly with the needs of photographers and filled with a wealth of practical advice, hints and tips to help you achieve professional results."Professional Photographer

"Richly illustrated with photos and screen grabs, this is an invaluable guide for anyone serious about Photoshop at a very reasonable price."What Digital Camera

"...the bible for digital photographers. Wonderfully illustrated and incredibly detailed to help you master all aspects of the program."ephotozine

"[A] survey packed with digital photo examples, screen shots, and all aspects of working with Photoshop CS4. An outstanding way to learn Photoshop CS4."California Bookwatch

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240521251
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 704
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Evening is a professional photographer and digital imaging consultant, an experienced Photoshop user and key demo artist for Adobe. Based in London, UK, Martin was inducted into the legendary Photoshop Hall of Fame in 2008.

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Table of Contents

Introduction; Chapter 1: Photoshop Fundamentals; Chapter 2: Configuring Photoshop; Chapter 3: Camera Raw Image Processing; Chapter 4: Sharpening and noise reduction; Chapter 5: Image Editing Essentials; Chapter 6: Black and white; Chapter 7: Extending the dynamic range; Chapter 8: Image Retouching; Chapter 9: Layers, Selections and Masking; Chapter 10: Essential filters for photo editing; Chapter 11: Image Management; Chapter 12: Color Management; Chapter 13: Print Output; Chapter 14: Output for the Web; Chapter 15: Automating Photoshop;

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

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    Good technically, not so good as a learning tool

    The book is well organized, very extensive and very well edited. If you are interested in the technical aspects of Photoshop, the book covers almost all the subjects of this software in good depth. The major flaw is that the author did not pay enough attention to the hands-on training that other Photoshop books provide. To begin with, many images shown in the book are not included in the lessons file contained in the CD. To follow the work performed by author on these photos is frustrating and time consuming. Also, the photos included in the CD correspond to the final edited version. A more comprehensible approach should have been to provide the original version of the image and let the reader work through the editing process. The description of the editing work perfomed by author on a given image lacks, in many instances, sufficient details, assuming that the reader knows how a certain task is performed, which is not necessary the case (some editing even includes subjects which are covered in subsequent chapters). It is regretable that the author did not pay enough attention to the fact that this type of book is not for mere reading, but for practicing as you go.

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  • Posted June 20, 2009

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    Martin Evening does it Again

    Simply put, Evening writes the best of the comprehensive Photoshop books for photographers. Many great tips and tricks withing this text. Others may do individual topics in much more depth but Evening's work is overall much more useful. His recent book with Jeff Schewe, CS4 for Photographers, The Ultimate Workshop is also a great buy for those who wish to take their knowledge to a new level.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Great for advanced users

    This book is recommended for one of my classes. I have found it very useful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2009

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    Probably the best Photoshop CS4 book on the market...

    There are many "Photoshop" books on the market, but if you need one for CS4, this is the one to get. It is far and away the best organized and most complete work on the subject, making it easy to quickly locate any needed information. It also provides background information on choices for computer hardware that will make CS4 run better. This is not an introductory type book, but, rather, one that will appeal to advanced amateurs and professionals. As a reference it is invaluable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2009

    Clear, Concise, Comprehensive, Excellent Organization

    Martin Evening is not only a well known and successful photographer, he has a gift in his ability to write a concise, logical, and deeply thorough presentation. CS4 is a remarkably deep and complex software program and I am a complete novice to this amazing application. Having read Deke McClelland's book on the subject had me wondering if I would ever come to master Adobe CS4. My second book on CS4, Classroom in a Book, did little more to instill confidence in my struggle to obtain a basic understanding of selections, masking, pixel masks, vector masks, alpha channels, paths, layers, adjustment layers and all of the other the tools and panels one has at his disposal within photoshop. After having read these first two books on the subject of CS4, I was feeling like a sailor hopelessly lost at sea. At last, I spotted an island , and this island is Martin Evening's book, Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers! Finally, some firm footing under my sea-weary legs from which I began to grasp what CS4 is all about thanks to the author's innate ability to provide comprehensive instruction in a straight forward manner. <BR/><BR/>Martin Evening starts out with Photoshop fundamentals in chapter one and right away I am able to appreciate not only is the author a master Photoshop user, he is indeed a photographer! After configuring Photoshop in chapter 2, I was off to a great start with Camera Raw image processing in Chapter 3. A wonderful bonus in Chapter 3 is the straight forward explanation how one can go about customizing the Camera Raw output to produce a custom calibration of each individual camera! In other books I have read on the subject of color calibrating one's camera, the authors wrote off such a task as "beyond the scope of this book". Yet Martin Evening had my camera profiled within a mere four pages within his book of over 650! <BR/><BR/>You heard me correctly, this book has over 650 pages of logical, color-coded chapters taking on the task of explaining to the likes of a beginner like myself sharpening and noise reduction, image editing essentials, black and white, extending dynamic range, image retouching, and then onto what makes photoshop the leader of the pack... layers, selections, and masking. I have just finished Chapter 10 on essential filters in photo editing and I could not wait any longer to write this review. <BR/><BR/>I should add, in my conclusion to this review, if one is a beginner, this is the book to read if one is serious about learning what photoshop has to offer to a photographer. However, I am confident that for those who already have a basic understanding of Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers will improve one's basic understanding immensely. Martin Evening hit a home run.

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  • Posted January 8, 2009

    One of the best photoshop books

    And YEAS, it is one of the best photoshop books on the market today. I'm using photoshop since version 4.5 and together with photography, computers and cameras, Adobe software is my passion. What I like about this book: it covers everything you need to know to fix your photos in CS4. You will learn about RAW format, bridge, levels, curves and all adjustments you can make to your photos to make them look just great. Even if this is just the beginning of your interest in Photoshop, and this will be your first photoshop book, you will find all the instructions easy to understand. If you are looking for something very very simple, go for book by S.Kelby.

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