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Idea to Image in Photoshop CS2: Rick Sammon's Guide to Enhancing Your Digital Photographs

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From "America's Most Popular Photo Expert" comes this beautiful book on working and playing with the Photoshop digital darkroom.

World-famous, award-winning professional photographer and writer Rick Sammon, author of 25 books and host of 2 television programs, shares his favorite creative enhancements for turning "straight" digital pictures into more creative and imaginative images. With this book you will become not only a well-rounded ...

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Overview

From "America's Most Popular Photo Expert" comes this beautiful book on working and playing with the Photoshop digital darkroom.

World-famous, award-winning professional photographer and writer Rick Sammon, author of 25 books and host of 2 television programs, shares his favorite creative enhancements for turning "straight" digital pictures into more creative and imaginative images. With this book you will become not only a well-rounded photographer but also a self-motivated artist in the powerful age of digital imaging.

Rick begins the book with advice on seeing creatively and outlines his winning artistic process to help you learn to visualize the end-result before taking a picture. He then turns to the technical aspects of taking photographs, including his philosophy of using features like Camera Raw in Photoshop and how it is a must to obtain the best possible images. Step-by-step lessons follow, each showing how Rick transforms his digital photographs into compelling images. Detailed screenshots of the process accompany Rick's stunning photography and amusing anecdotes of photo shoots from around the world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321429186
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 8/22/2006
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 7.46 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Sammon has published 25 books, his latest: Rick Sammon’s Complete Guide to Digital Photography, Rick Sammon’s Digital Imaging Workshops and Flying Flowers – the beauty of the butterfly. In 2006, Rick Sammon’s Travel and Nature Photography will be published. Rick is the host of the Digital Photography Workshop on the Do It Yourself (DIY) network and the guest host of the Canon Photo Safari on the Outdoor Life Network. In his TV workshops, as well as in his live workshops, Rick covers the basics of digital imaging: shooting, scanning, saving, enhancing, sharing and printing. He has produced a DVD for Photoshop Elements users: 3-Minute Digital Makeover, and a DVD for Photoshop CS user: Awaken the Artist Within. Rick’s has also produced two interactive CDs for Software-cinema, Photoshop for the Outdoor and Travel Photographer and Photoshop Makeovers. Rick gives more than a dozen photography workshops and presentations around the world each year. Rick is also the author of the Canon Digital Rebel lessons on the Canon Digital Learning Center. See www.ricksammon.com for more information.

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Table of Contents

1 The photographic idea 3
Seeing the end result 4
Seeing more possibilities with Photoshop 14
2 Image-enhancement artistry 31
Jump into easy image enhancements 32
Let the sun shine in 38
Draw attention to a subject 40
Enhance landscapes 42
Saving face 46
Only the shadows know 52
3 Creative-image artistry 59
All about hue 60
Move the clock ahead 64
After midnight 68
Speed-aging a photograph 72
Control the weather 74
Filter transformation 76
A note paper effect 80
Create a pinhole camera effect 84
Create a basic montage 88
Liquify reality 94
Reflecting on an image 98
A quick pencil sketch 104
Posterize an image 108
4 Advanced-image artistry 113
Creative explorations 114
Art history brush 101 118
An illuminating lighting effect 122
Black-and-white and beyond 126
Color and black-and-white together 136
Hand-color a black-and-white image 138
Intensify action 144
Saving the lion king 152
Create an artistic montage 156
The evolution of an image 164
The never-ending quest 168
Variations on a theme 174
5 The photographic image 179
See the story 180
See beyond the frame 188
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2006

    Going from the Basics to Photographic Artistry

    Before I give you my review of Rick Sammon¿s new book, Idea To Image in Photoshop CS2, let me tell you a bit about me. I am an enthusiastic advanced amateur photographer¿with roughly 40 years of experience that includes published magazine and Associated Press photos and numerous awards. I gave up my wet darkroom a few years ago for digital photography, image editing in Photoshop and ink jet printing. But, enough about me let¿s get on to the important stuff and why you¿re reading this review: my thoughts on Idea To Image in Photoshop C2. So, what kind of book is this, and who is it for? What Kind of Book is This? Strictly speaking, this is not a how-to-do-it book. Yes, it has many examples of how Rick created his photos and associated effects. And, looking in the Table of Contents, you¿ll find a goodly list of projects that offer numerous techniques, such as, A Note Paper Effect, A Quick Pencil Sketch and Speed-Aging A Photograph. But the crux of the book is an attempt (mostly successful) to teach the reader how to take a concept for a photograph and, through a combination of careful planning, good photographic techniques and post shoot Photoshop image enhancements, create professional-level images. There are three sections to the book: Chapter 1 on how to get ideas for innovative images Chapters 2 through 4 about actual shooting and enhancement techniques, and Chapter 5 on how Rick (and you) can envision and carry through projects, as the title of the book says, from idea to image. Who is Idea To Image in Photoshop C2 for? This book is definitely not for absolute beginners in either photography or Photoshop. Rick assumes some basic knowledge in both areas. And, since this is a project-oriented book, he assumes the reader wants to learn, not only how, but also why, Rick recommends each technique. Rick also goes to great lengths to explain where each concept he describes fits into the scheme of the creation of the final image. Conclusion The obvious question now is, will this book at least return your investment? If you¿re looking to up your photography/Photoshop skills beyond the basics, to what Rick refers to as photographic artistry, the answer is yes. Rick¿s premise is that any photographer only gets out of a photographic project what he or she puts into it, and besides reasonable skill and imagination, that also means sufficient time. If you¿re willing to put in that time, this book will prove an excellent guide.

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