Photoshop LAB Color: The Canyon Conundrum and Other Adventures in the Most Powerful Colorspace

Photoshop LAB Color: The Canyon Conundrum and Other Adventures in the Most Powerful Colorspace

by Dan Margulis
     
 

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With a mantra like “There are no bad originals, only bad Photoshop operators,” you know best-selling author Dan Margulis is serious about exposing people to the magic of Photoshop. Nowhere is that magic more apparent than in its LAB color processing capabilities, which can make even the subtle canyon colors of rock, sand, and dirt come to vivid life.…  See more details below

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With a mantra like “There are no bad originals, only bad Photoshop operators,” you know best-selling author Dan Margulis is serious about exposing people to the magic of Photoshop. Nowhere is that magic more apparent than in its LAB color processing capabilities, which can make even the subtle canyon colors of rock, sand, and dirt come to vivid life. However, you may be wary of taming the complex beast. Here’s your guide! In these pages, Dan shows that you can derive enormous benefits from just a few simple tools and techniques. He also demonstrates that you can take these techniques as far as you wish, employing the power-user features he describes in later chapters. Starting with canyons and progressing to faces, you will see just how quickly you can begin improving your images by following the “recipes” included here. Each chapter includes a sidebar with review questions and exercises as well as a “Closer Look” section that examines some of the principles behind the techniques. A CD includes exercise files.

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Many Photoshop users have never worked with the LAB color space. Some have experimented with LAB, based on its reputation as a great tool for intensifying color. But hardly any users recognize its true power, or its compelling workflow advantages. If you’re a serious Photoshop user, get ready for an adventure: Dan Margulis’s Photoshop Lab Color.

Yes, you will learn how to get more vivid color. But you’ll also learn breakthrough techniques for retouching; for improving impressionistic shots; for dramatically enhancing the believability of portraits. Some of this material is complex, but Margulis has gone beyond the call, having this book reviewed by readers with widely varying backgrounds, and refining everything for the greatest possible clarity. If you’re ever going to master LAB, now’s the time -- and it’ll be worth your time, big time. Bill Camarda, from the November 2005 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780321356789
Publisher:
Peachpit Press
Publication date:
09/15/2005
Pages:
366
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.81(d)

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Dan Margulis is known as "the experts' expert on the logical and effective ways to make any image look its best" (Design Tools Monthly) and "the father of digital prepress" (Scott Kelby). In 2001, he was one of the first three individuals—and the only writer—to be named as a member of the Photoshop Hall of Fame. In announcing this election, the National Association of Photoshop Professionals said, "Dan's ability to reduce complicated concepts to words that users can understand and his insistence on dealing with real-world relevance have made him today's most influential voice in color reproduction."

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