The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers

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Finally, a Photoshop book that is written expressly for professional photographers and hi-end serious amateurs that doesn't talk about F-stops, exposures, and how to frame a shot (you know all that stuff already?if you don't?I hate to say it, but this isn't for you).

This new book, from Photoshop User magazine editor and bestselling author Scott Kelby, starts at the moment your digital camera photos come into Photoshop, and he shows you the Photoshop pros techniques for ...

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Overview

Finally, a Photoshop book that is written expressly for professional photographers and hi-end serious amateurs that doesn't talk about F-stops, exposures, and how to frame a shot (you know all that stuff already—if you don't¿I hate to say it, but this isn't for you).

This new book, from Photoshop User magazine editor and bestselling author Scott Kelby, starts at the moment your digital camera photos come into Photoshop, and he shows you the Photoshop pros techniques for managing, correcting, retouching and outputting your photos to knock your client's socks off, and turn you into a Photoshop production wizard. This book is absolutely ideal for traditional photographers who are making the jump to digital photography, and Scott's casual, step-by-step, plain-English style makes even the most complex Photoshop techniques seem so easy and accessible. It's the type of book that makes you smile and think "Ahhhh, so that's how they do it" and then immediately you realize "Hey, I can do this!"

The entire book is graphically rich, in full color cover-to-cover, and best of all it's packed with real-world project-based tutorials that will take you through the process of sizing your images with the proper resolution (and the secret to doing so without losing image quality), how to deal with High ISO noise, blue channel noise, and other common plagues introduced by digital cameras; you'll learn how the pros color correct their photos for output on everything from inkjet printers to printing presses, and the secrets to getting perfect fleshtones no matter where it¿s output. You'll learn the sharpening techniques today's top digital photographers use, and how the leading retoucher's perform "digital plastic surgery" in Photoshop, plus professional facial retouching techniques using Photoshop 7.0's amazing new tools.

Plus, you'll also learn how to manage your photos, "digital dodging and burning" tricks, dealing with common problems, making client presentations within Photoshop and on the Web, and the inside tips on how to work faster and more efficiently than you ever thought possible. If you're serious about digital photography and Photoshop, this is book you've been waiting for.

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Are you a serious photographer? Do you take photographs for a living? If not, are you a “prosumer” who still cares deeply about the quality of the images you’re creating? Do you work with Photoshop?

If so, chances are, you’ve been frustrated with the digital photography books you’ve read. Ever say to yourself: “I know how to focus. Tell me something that’ll really help me!”

Sound familiar? Then you really ought to check out Scott Kelby’s The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers.

Kelby’s organized the book’s content around the questions serious photographers ask him in his enormously popular seminars -- and on evening-long discussions with two of the industry’s top digital photographers, one specializing in commercial products and another in fashion. So there are no introductory essays about f-stops, lenses, or framing your shots. Just the stuff real photographers want to know.

He starts at the moment your photos enter Photoshop from your digital camera. Then, he scrupulously follows real professional workflow. Sorting and categorizing photos. Coping with image problems that jump right out at you. Color correction. Selections and masking. Retouching. Special effects. Sharpening. And finally, the money moment: client review and approval.

Kelby begins with a professional’s eye view of the new Photoshop File Browser. Shrink the filenames that appear under your thumbnails so you’ll be able to read the entire filename later, when you need to. Why you should create a second contact sheet manually -- one that shows only your best shots. Faster and more flexible ways to rank and rename your photos -- including Photoshop’s very convenient batch renaming feature.

Then, it’s on to cropping and resizing: getting the custom sizes you need; creating your own custom crop tools (and why you might); automating close cropping; straightening photos using visible grids; even a handy trick for turning small photos into poster-sized prints.

You’ll learn how to compensate for problems in your original image -- from too much (or little) flash to color aliasing, keystoning to digital noise -- including topics like high ISO and blue channel noise that most books skip entirely. There’s even guidance on removing moiré artifacts that arise when your subjects wear clothes with regular patterns of stitching or weaving -- the nerve of them!

Kelby introduces detailed color correction techniques for correcting flesh tones. You’ll also find techniques for editing, dodging, and burning 16-bit photos -- a topic that nearly every photographer wants to know about, and few digital photography books mention.

You’ll find chapters on masking, special effects, pro-quality special effects and sharpening, and more. In particular, there’s plenty of coverage of retouching portraits to make people look the way they wish they did. (Say g’bye to all blemishes, dark circles, acne, gray hair, dull eyes, wrinkles, and excess poundage!)

Wherever Kelby provides a really advanced tip, he flags it with a “For Pros Only” logo. Those flags warn you about techniques that take a little extra effort -- but experienced non-pros are absolutely welcome. If your images matter, Scott Kelby is writing for you. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735712362
  • Publisher: New Riders
  • Publication date: 3/26/2003
  • Series: Voices That Matter Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.92 (w) x 10.04 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Kelby is Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of Photoshop User magazine, Editor-in-Chief of Nikon's Capture User magazine, and Editor-in-Chief of Mac Design Magazine. He is President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), the trade association for Adobe® Photoshop® users, and he's President of KW Media Group, Inc., a Florida-based software education and publishing firm.

Scott is author of the best-selling books Photoshop 7 Down & Dirty Tricks and Photoshop Photo-Retouching Secrets, and co-author of Photoshop 7 Killer Tips, all from New Riders Publishing. He's a contributing author to the books Photoshop Effects Magic, also from New Riders; Maclopedia, the Ultimate Reference on Everything Macintosh from Hayden Books; and Adobe Web Design and Publishing Unleashed from Sams.net Publishing. Scott has authored two best-selling Macintosh books: Mac OS X Jaguar Killer Tips, and the award-winning Macintosh: The Naked Truth, both also from New Riders.

Scott is Training Director for the Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour and Conference Technical Chair for PhotoshopWorld (the twice-yearly convention for Adobe Photoshop users), and he is a speaker at graphics trade shows and events around the world. He is also featured in a series of Adobe Photoshop training videos and CD-ROMs and has been training Photoshop professionals since 1993. For more background info on Scott, visit www.scottkelby.com.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Start Me Up: Mastering the File Browser 5
Ch. 2 Cream of the Crop: Cropping and Resizing 39
Ch. 3 The Big Fixx: Digital Camera Image Problems 71
Ch. 4 Color Me Badd: Color Correction for Photographers 103
Ch. 5 The Mask: Masking Techniques 149
Ch. 6 Head Games: Retouching Portraits 169
Ch. 7 Invasion of the Body Snatchers: Body Sculpting 221
Ch. 8 38 Special: Photographic Special Effects 237
Ch. 9 Back in Black: From Color to Grayscale 271
Ch. 10 Sharp-Dressed Man: Professional Sharpening Techniques 291
Ch. 11 The Show Must Go On: Showing It to Your Clients 321
Contributing Photographers 350
Index 352
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2003

    Recipes to edit digital images without learning Photoshop

    If you do not know Photoshop and want to manipulate digital photographs, then this book is for you. It provides step by step guides to do a variety of operations, from basic every day tasks (e.g. red eye removal), to more complex effects (e.g. creating panoramas). However, coupled with the absense of more advanced techniques, and assuming little prior experience, this is a book for beginners. Each recipe is well writen, self-contained and only assums a basic knowledge of the Photoshop layout. Thus, anyone can start any where in the book. Personally, this is exactly what I want, as I am a amateur phototographer who enjoys taking the pictures more than editing them. This book is great if you already have Photoshop but do not know how to use it. If you want to edit digital images, and do not have software, then Adobe Elements and Jasc Paint Shop Pro are much cheaper.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2003

    Useful for entry level Photoshop processing only

    This book could be very useful for beginner amateur digital photographers not having enough experience with Photoshop. It is mainly focused on relatively simple photo corrections (cropping, color adjustments, removing blemishes, etc.), but doesn't address higher level artistic techniques. If you are using a digital camera for vacation or family pictures, this manual will let you make your photos look more natural, but if you are into serious digital photography and would like to learn those neat techniques that always aspired you, look elsewhere. For example, try the 'The Photoshop 7 Wow! Book', or similar publications, which will give you in-depth coverage of those techniques. This book uses 'step-by-step' approach, which is helpful for the beginners, but can get very irritating for those who have some experience already. Nevertheless, for what it is intended for, the book is quite good.

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