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Photoshop Workflow Setups: Eddie Tapp on Digital Photography

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Leery of 800-page books that try to teach you everything about digital photography? You should be. Rather than delve into the nuances of efficient workflow, color management, or creating spectacular enhancements, these doorstop volumes tend to gloss over key information in an attempt to cover everything.

Our new book series, Eddie Tapp on Digital Photography, is different. An award-winning photographer, Eddie is acknowledged as one of the premier trainers of digital imaging in ...

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Overview

Leery of 800-page books that try to teach you everything about digital photography? You should be. Rather than delve into the nuances of efficient workflow, color management, or creating spectacular enhancements, these doorstop volumes tend to gloss over key information in an attempt to cover everything.

Our new book series, Eddie Tapp on Digital Photography, is different. An award-winning photographer, Eddie is acknowledged as one of the premier trainers of digital imaging in the world, a highly sought-after expert who educates many corporations, studios and agencies. In this series, he brings his teaching experience to bear on technical issues in six focused and affordable books on digital photography that offer one topic per volume with answers that are quick to find when you need them most.

The first book, Photoshop Workflow Setups: Eddie Tapp on Digital Photography, offers a step-by-step approach for configuring key areas of Adobe Photoshop CS2 to create an efficient, visually uncluttered workspace. Photoshop has so many different work areas and tools that it can become confusing or even intimidating for digital photographers to use in a production environment-whether you're a serious amateur or a working professional.

This highly-visual, well-designed book presents Photoshop's vast collection of menus, palettes, and tools, showing you not only how they work, but how they should work for you and your specific needs. With his easygoing and authoritative style, Eddie demonstrates how to:

  • Create an efficient workspace by using the "arrange" menu and setting the screen view
  • Become familiar with palettes for layers, channels and paths; history and actions; color, swatches and styles; and more
  • Set preferences for file handling, guides and grids, memory and image cache, and more
  • Customize keyboard shortcuts and menus
  • Work with Adobe Bridge
  • Use Photoshop's selection, painting, graphics, and vector tools, among others

In addition to this title, Eddie Tapp on Digital Photography will also focus on color management; advanced and professional production techniques; controlling digital color and tone; and creative enhancement techniques. We're thrilled that Eddie Tapp has finally agreed to publish books-and with O'Reilly.

Acknowledged as one of the premier trainers in digital imaging, Tapp presents the key areas of Photoshop that with an expert's guidance, showing not only how they work, but how they should work for the user and his or her specific needs.

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Everyone talks about efficient digital workflow. If you're a Photoshop-using photographer, this book shows how to make it happen. It'll save you hours every week: more time to be creative, take on new projects, or just live your life.

Legendary instructor Eddie Tapp starts by showing you how to set up a photography-optimized, super-efficient Photoshop workspace. You'll learn more about using palettes efficiently than you ever thought possible. You'll discover Preferences tweaks that are actually worth your time. You'll even create custom keyboard shortcuts and color-coded menu items that trigger specific tasks. Tapp shows how to make the most of Adobe Bridge in everything from previewing images to buying stock. Last but not least: workflow-oriented tips for dozens of Photoshop features, from Clone Stamp to vector masks.

Short, sweet, and easy to use, this book is as efficient as the workflow it teaches. Bill Camarda, from the November 2006 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596101688
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Eddie Tapp is an award-winning photographer, lecturer, consultant and author on digital imaging issues with over 20 years of experience in computer technology. Eddie has shared his knowledge worldwide through a series of instructional CDs on Professional Enhancement Techniques, Color Management and Digital Workflow available from Software Cinema, as well as numerous contributions to publications such as "The Professional Photographer", "Photo Electronic Imaging", "Infoto Magazine", "Southern Exposure", and "Digital Capture" among others.His professional clients include Epson, Eastman Kodak, Foveon, Polaroid, Apple Computer, The Society for Imaging Science and Technology, Dynacolor Graphics, Marathon Press, American Color Lab, Millers Color Lab, H&H Color Lab, CPQ Color Lab, PhotoLogic (Ireland), PGC (Japan), DOD, DOE, US Army, US Navy, and other government agencies, and a long list of photographic studios. Having served as print judge at many professional photographic competitions, he currently is a Nationally Qualified Juror for the Professional Photographers of America association in Electronic Imaging.Currently the Director of the Institute of Visual Arts in Maui, Hawaii, Eddie served 6 years as the Chairman of the Committee on Digital and Advanced Imaging for the Professional Photographers of America where he holds the Master of Photography, Master of Electronic Imaging & Photographic Craftsman degrees, API (Approved Photographic Instructor), and is a Certified Professional Photographer. He also is the Commercial Council representative to PPA for the GPPA. Eddie serves on Adobe's Photoshop beta team and on NAPP's (National Association of Photoshop Professionals) Photoshop Dream Team.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Creating efficient workspaces in Photoshop 1
Ch. 2 Getting familiar with palettes 21
Ch. 3 Setting important preferences 81
Ch. 4 Customizing keyboard shortcuts and menus 101
Ch. 5 Working in Bridge 115
Ch. 6 Tapping into the tools 139
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2006

    Tips to increase your Photoshop productivity

    This book is really different from any other Photoshop book I¿ve come across. Many Photoshop books seem bent on illustrating every feature the software provides. This can be a bit intimidating for beginning Photoshop enthusiasts, who still have trouble navigating the software. This book simply aims to help the reader organize the Photoshop environment in a way that makes it easy to perform the work of digital enhancement. The author begins by helping the reader get the Photoshop environment set up in a useable fashion. The author discusses techniques for organizing the many menus and palettes that Photoshop shows by default. The author then proceeds into a really good discussion of some of the more important palettes in Photoshop (including layer, color, and brushes palettes). The author then shows how to customize certain preferences, so that you are not forced to change them every time you open Photoshop. He then shows how to customize some of the menus and keyboard shortcuts. Finally, with the environment set up just so, the author illustrates how to use a couple of Photoshop¿s most famous tools (including selection and methodical tools). If you find yourself working often with Photoshop, then I would highly recommend taking a look at this book. The author identified several things that will likely make my Photoshop experiences more productive. Armed with the knowledge this book provides, the reader will find their Photoshop sessions more enjoyable and more worthwhile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2006

    SMILE! YOU'RE ON PHOTOSHOP!!

    Are you having a problem with digital imaging and processing problems? If you are, then this book is for you! Author Eddie Tapp, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that shows you step-by-step digital imaging and processing production techniques that are easy to understand Tapp, begins by covering how to set up the general Photoshop workspace. Then, the author shows you some of the key options, preferences, and fly-out menu features of key palettes. Next, he looks at setting preferences that he¿s found to be most important. The author continues by showing you how you can adapt Photoshop to your way of thinking. He also shows you how to manage images and files between all Adobe applications. Finally, the author looks at some powerful tools in Photoshop, what they do, and how you can establish options for a more productive workflow. This most excellent book presents the key areas of Photoshop that you can configure for an efficient, visually uncluttered workspace. More importantly, the author not only shows you how Photoshop features work, but how they should work for you and your specific needs.

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