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Photoshop 6 Photo-Retouching Secrets [NOOK Book]


Photo Retouching Secrets is not another color correction book, or scanning manual. It covers only one topic: retouching images to make them look better. What type of retouching are we talking about? Thing like:

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Photo Retouching Secrets is not another color correction book, or scanning manual. It covers only one topic: retouching images to make them look better. What type of retouching are we talking about? Thing like:

  • tricks for removing red eye and then recoloring the eye to its natural color
  • tricks for removing the signs of aging
  • how to fix underexposed or overexposed images
  • how to remove spots, rips, and tears

In Photo Retouching Secrets you will also learn:

  • how to seamlessly splice images together
  • repair damaged body parts
  • remove unslightly shadows
  • fix some of the other problems that digital cameras can often introduce to photos

Photo Retouching Secrets shows you feathering tricks, cropping and straightening tricks to save you time and frustration. If you want nothing but the tips, the tricks, and the secret inside shortcuts to make retouching images easy and fun, this book is the right one.

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In this book, Scott Kelby shares all the neat Photoshop retouching tricks that wouldn't fit in his bestselling video course or his legendary seminars. The result: a 240-page, full-color, no-theory guide packed with techniques you will use. As Kelby puts it, this is " 'the funk and not the junk'...a 'down and dirty, get the job done fast, use all the shortcuts and tricks, and, most importantly, have a great time while you're doing it' book."

So, what do you want to do today? Remove a harsh shadow? Repair an underexposed or overexposed image? Remove signs of aging (from a photo, not you)? Shrink someone's nose? Eliminate a moire pattern? Straighten a crooked scan? It's all here, step by step, and as clearly explained as we've ever seen it.

There's a full chapter on color correction -- more than enough for most tasks you'll encounter (say, for example, removing the odd color casts scanners introduce, or adjusting flesh tones for CMYK). You'll also learn how to add depth, detail, and contrast back to your grayscale images, even if your dad's Brownie camera missed them back in '58. Retouching has never been so thoroughly demystified, or this much fun. (Bill Camarda)

Bill Camarda is a consultant and writer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

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Kelby (editor of magazine) explains how to use features of the photo manipulation software to cause various effects. Topics include cloning tips and techniques, retouching, digital plastic surgery, repairing damaged images, adjusting color, cropping and straightening images, getting better grayscale images, cleaning up line art, photo-collaging, and studio and advertising techniques. Step-by-step illustration instructions accompany the text throughout. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132932233
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 5/16/2001
  • Series: Voices That Matter
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 50 MB
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Meet the Author

Scott Kelby is president of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), the trade organization for Adobe Photoshop users. NAPP has thousands of members in the US and 63 countries around the world. Additionally, Scott is editor-in-chief of both Photoshop User magazine, the "how-to magazine for Adobe Photoshop Users," and Mac Design magazine.

Throughout the year, Scott serves as training director for the Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour and is the technical chair of the largest Photoshop gathering, PhotshopWorld. Scott is one of the leading Photoshop trainers in the country today and trains thousands of Photoshop users across the country each year, and is featured in a series of Photoshop training videos.

In addition to Photo Retouching Secrets, Scott is the author of Down & Dirty Tricks (New Riders). He has also contributed to a number of books including:

  • Photoshop 6 Effects Magic (New Riders)
  • Adobe Web Publishing and Design Unleashed (Sams)
  • Maclopedia (Hayden)
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Table of Contents

1. Send in the Clones (Cloning Tips and Techniques).

Basic Cloning with the Clone Stamp Tool. Cloning away Unwanted Objects in Your Image. Removing Harsh Shadows with the Clone Stamp Tool. Cloning from Layer to Layer.

2. Spare Me the Details (Essential Retouching Techniques).

Repairing Images that Are Too Light (Overexposed). Repairing Images that Are Too Dark (Underexposed). Selectively Painting in Detail with Complete Control. Retouching Images Where the Subject Is in Shadows. Increasing Highlight (or Shadow) Detail. Selective Sharpening. Enhancing Shadows with the Burn Tool.

3. Face-Off (Digital Plastic Surgery).

Removing Signs of Aging. Wrinkle Removing (Method Two). Brightening Teeth. Removing Red Eye. Red-Eye Removal Quick Tip. Nose Reduction. Enhancing Eyes. Removing Braces, Shadows, and Other Blemishes. Enlarging and Shrinking Facial Features with Liquify.

4. Damaged Goods (Repairing Damaged Images).

Quick Fix for Removing Spots. Tricks for Removing Moiré Patterns. Retouching Using Define Pattern. Tear Fix with a Tonal Adjustment. Removing Scratches the Easy Way. Removing Scratches with the Blur Tool. Repairing Damaged Facial Features.

5. True Colors (Getting Your Color on Track).

Removing Color Casts. Quick Trick for Finding Highlight and Shadow Points. Adjusting Flesh Tones for CMYK Printing. Adjusting RGB Flesh Tones. Sharpening Images. Color Retouching One Area.

6. Scared Straight (Cropping and Straightening Images).

Cropping Techniques. Cropping to Repair Barrel Distortion. Straightening Crooked Scans. Straightening Crooked Scans Using the Grid. Combining Images too Large to Fit on Your Scanner. Expanding Backgrounds.

7. Gray Matter (Getting Better Grayscale Images).

Correcting Grayscale Images. Converting Color to Grayscale (Channels). Converting Color to Grayscale (Lab Color). Converting Color to Grayscale (Calculations). Converting Color to Grayscale (Channel Mixer). Creating Duotones.

8. The Thin Red Line (How to Clean Up Line Art).

Getting Rid of the Jaggies. Getting Crisper Line Art. Cleaning up Jaggies Quick Tip. Cut Your Cleanup Time in Half. Turning Photos into Line Art.

9. Dirty Work (Other Retouching Dirty Tricks).

Bringing Back Lost Colors in the Shadows. Instant Polaroid Effect. Glamour Photo Effect. Adding Motion Effects to Backgrounds. Background Vignette Effect. Adding Starbursts. Quick Color Change for an Object.

10. Come Together (Photo-Collaging Techniques).

Layer Masks for Collaging. Hiding Edge Pixels when Collaging. Adding Objects to an Existing Image. Feathering Tutorial. Vignette Effect.

11. Studio 54 (Studio and Advertising Techniques).

Setting Up a Studio Product Shot. Creating Studio Portrait Backgrounds. Adding Color as an Effect. Depth of Field Effect. Adding Shadows for Drama.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2001

    Another Permanent Tool in my Photoshop Toolbox

    This book is a clean, concise and meaty work of art. How¿s that for an opener? By clean, I mean that the presentation is not cluttered with too many words or unnecessary asides. Graphics are only what¿s necessary, large and clear. The process flow is exact and each tutorial is full of the type information I look for. Needless to say, I like this book very much. As a proud owner of Scott Kelby¿s ¿Photoshop Down and Dirty & Tricks¿, I was anticipating another gem coming from Scott¿s laptop. I was not disappointed. ¿Photo Retouching Secrets¿ covers material that can also be used in non-photo related graphics. If you have a damaged photograph this is the place to come for assistance. As the back cover says, ¿¿No boring chapters¿just how to repair, enhance, and retouch photos like a pro!¿ I think if I read enough of Scott¿s books I¿ll become a Photoshop pro. From Cloning Tips to Digital Plastic Surgery, from Getting Your Color on Track to Photo-Collaging Techniques you will find what you need. Add to this dozens of good down and dirty tricks along the way and you¿ll have a Photoshop adventure. Folks, Photoshop is truly amazing and in the hands of a guru it becomes a magic show. Scott may not like the title of guru, but I thought that ¿The Grand Potentate of Photoshop¿ was a bit much. Scott is so good with Photoshop that I wonder sometimes are those real pictures of him on the book covers. Regardless of whose picture that it is, I recommend you buy his newest book and have some learning fun. Once again, thank you Scott Kelby for your time and efforts in producing another permanent tool in my Photoshop toolbox.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2001

    Photo-Retouching Techniques You'll Want to Master!

    As a member of the NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals), I was already familiar with the great work of Scott Kelby. I eagerly looked forward to the release of this book and I must say I was not disappointed. True to Scott's style of teaching, this book is easy to follow, contains skills you want to learn and has very appropriate artwork throughout. Several of the reviewers have mentioned the quality of the images contained in the book. I have to admit that when I first looked at the book, I thought 'What? These are old photos in bad condition. Why don't these look like stock photography images?' Then I thought about it and realized - that's the point. I know from experience that the most challenging and frequently occurring photo-retouching projects are usually bad images that contain many problems like color fading, scratches, tears, etc. I think Scott knew this was the case and used images that are worse case scenario so you could see the difference his techniques make even on really bad photos! That to me was important because it made me realize how really good his techniques are since they even made some bad images look a lot better! Some of the flesh tones in the book are a bit on the orange side. I think it was the printing process. Regardless, the layout of the book and the lessons contained within it are top notch and well worth purchasing! This book is meant for people with an intermediate to advanced knowledge of Photoshop 6. If you are a beginner, this doesn¿t mean you cannot buy the book, but I warn you that you might want to get a grip of the basic functions of Photoshop before you tackle this subject matter. It is easy to get overwhelmed when you use this program because it does SO many things. The book contains the following techniques (in parenthesis is the number of lessons in each category): CLONING (4), INCORRECT EXPOSURE (2), DETAILING (1), SHADOW CORRECTION (4), SHARPENING (1), DIGITAL PLASTIC SURGERY (9), REPAIRING DAMAGED IMAGES (7), COLOR ADJUSTMENT (6), CROPPING & STRAIGHTENING (6), WORKING WITH GRAYSCALE (6), CLEANING UP LINEART (5), SPECIAL EFFECTS (6), COLLAGING (5) and STUDIO & ADVERTISING TECHNIQUES (5).

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