If you’re serious about your images, and you use Photoshop CS, you need Scott Kelby’s The Adobe Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers.
This isn’t the place for total newbies: There are no introductory essays about f-stops, lenses, or framing your shots here. Rather, Kelby focuses on the questions serious photographers and hobbyists ask him. And they ask him plenty of questions -- in his enormously popular seminars, as Editor in Chief of Photoshop User Magazine, and in his role as President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.
Kelby 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. Sharpening. And finally, the money moment: client review and approval.
You’ll begin with a professional’s eye view of the new Photoshop File Browser -- from contact sheets to Photoshp’s convenient batch renaming feature. Then, it’s on to cropping, resizing, and straightening: getting the custom sizes you need; creating your own custom crop tools (and why you might); and automating all sorts of tasks, including close cropping. Kelby shows how to straighten photos using visible grids, and even presents 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 -- the nerve of them!
Kelby introduces detailed color correction techniques for correcting flesh tones, both for photos intended for print and the Web. There’s coverage of working with raw digital camera files -- a feature that’s been fully integrated into Photoshop CS for the first time. You’ll also find techniques for editing, dodging, and burning 16-bit photos -- a topic nearly every photographer wants to know about, and few digital photography books mention.
You’ll find chapters on masking, special effects, sharpening, and more. 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, and wrinkles. In fact, Kelby offers fix-ups for the whole body -- removing love handles, slimming thighs, performing digital “tummy tucks,” even fixing “grannies”: excess skin under the arms. (There are still more tips for women’s portraits later, when Kelby turns to sharpening.)
There’s a full chapter on photographic special effects: everything from blurred lighting vignettes to added motion, replacing the sky to layer masking in collages. In this chapter, Kelby also introduces Photoshop CS’s new Photomerge feature for building seamless panoramas. He wraps up with nine great techniques for showing your work to clients: everything from watermarking to web proofing, and sending complete portfolio presentations. 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.