Photshop CS For Digital Photographers

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If you've jumped into the digital realm, it's time to learn how to enhance, correct, and manipulate your photos. Photoshop CS for Digital Photographers teaches you how to take your images into Photoshop and turn them into masterpieces.

Photoshop CS is jam-packed with new features designed especially for digital photographers. Using Photoshop CS is essentially like having your own digital darkroom right on your desktop, which includes all the tools you need to achieve ...

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Overview

If you've jumped into the digital realm, it's time to learn how to enhance, correct, and manipulate your photos. Photoshop CS for Digital Photographers teaches you how to take your images into Photoshop and turn them into masterpieces.

Photoshop CS is jam-packed with new features designed especially for digital photographers. Using Photoshop CS is essentially like having your own digital darkroom right on your desktop, which includes all the tools you need to achieve professional quality results. To help you master these tools, Photoshop CS for Digital Photographers teaches you professional techniques to overcome the many challenges presented by digital photography. By using these techniques, you'll be able to produce professional-quality results, and you'll establish an efficient workflow. Everything from the basics of organizing pictures and removing blemishes, to adding special effects is taught through practical tutorials and projects. Some of the topics include creative cropping, color and brightness correction, color shifting variations, removing wrinkles and red eye, nose reduction and eye enlargement, and framing techniques. In addition, special effects that teach how to turn your photos into paintings or change the time from day to night are also provided.

With the techniques and skills taught throughout the book, you'll learn how to manipulate your digital photos into truly customized and personalized images, and you'll master many of the powerful features of Photoshop CS. This no-nonsense, easy-to-read, full color guide is the one resource digital photographers need!

KEY FEATURES:
* Provides a masterful blend of theory and hands-on tutorials for easy learning
* Introduces each topic in a real-world workflow that is easy to apply to your own projects
* Includes stand-alone sections that allow reading from cover to cover or browsing by particular technique
* Illustrates examples with eye-catching photos and a beautiful color design throughout
* Provides plain English explanations of techniques, so the reader is not just "following blindly"

 

About the Author:

Colin Smith (Laguna Niguel, CA) has written multiple books on the subjects of Photoshop and digital tools, including How To Do Everything with Photoshop CS, New Masters of Photoshop 1&2, Photoshop Most Wanted, and Photoshop Most Wanted 2, Foundation Photoshop, Photoshop 7 Trade Secrets, and From Photoshop to Dreamweaver. He is the author of a video training series from PhotoshopCD.com. His writing credits also include Mac Design Magazine, a regular column in Photoshop User, and weekly columns for Planet Photoshop and the official NAPP members' site. Colin is the founder of the very popular online community Photoshopcafe.com, and his work has been recognized by Photoshop User, Mac Design, Computer Arts, Dynamic Graphics, and WWW Internet Life magazines.

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Editorial Reviews

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Scores of devoted Photoshop users and recent converts have generated demand for more titles on the latest version of Photoshop CS (see also Computer Media, LJ 4/1/04). A basic, step-by-step guide, QuickSteps uses full-color examples, screen shots, short tips, and notes to illustrate features; "How to" lists summarize each chapter; and "Quick Steps" sidebars show how to accomplish common tasks. Appropriate for libraries serving new users, but supplement with more thorough guides. Artistry will accommodate intermediate to advanced photographers and digital artists, including an annotated table of contents as well as "Must Reads" and images where appropriate. Although the text encompasses a lot of information, the pages are cluttered, the font size is too small, and typos abound. The CD contains project images and extra image files, plus links to demo software. Only for large libraries. Digital Photographers lives up to its title, focusing on various techniques for modifying digital photos. Step-by-step instructions, full-color examples, and screen shots demonstrate techniques, from reducing red-eye to adding special effects; explanations tell why and when to use particular tools. Its CD contains a Photoshop CS trial version, project images, tutorials, video examples, and demo third-party plugins. For medium and larger libraries. As with Digital Photographers, Real World is full color but includes fewer examples and screen shots in favor of more text and explanation, attempting to give readers the background to understand how Photoshop works and when its various features are needed. It generally assumes a finished print project and discusses optimizing for print, although the final chapter addresses multimedia and the web. Particularly helpful are explanations of different techniques for achieving similar results and examples of when to use each, as well as tips from the authors' real-world experience. For medium and larger libraries. Studio Techniques also attempts to provide background on when and why to use techniques, though in a more step-by-step fashion. It emphasizes nontechnical language and explanations and employs full-color examples throughout, with a CD of practice images. Straightforward prose and a sense of humor recommend this for medium and larger libraries. Also full-color, One-on-One includes two hours of training video on CD-ROM that corresponds with the exercises and chapter lessons in the book; this helps replicate a classroom experience and provides multiple learning methods. Quizzes and "Extra Credit" exercises aid in self-study; step-by-step discussions and illustrations let readers see if they are completing lessons correctly. A useful beginning to intermediate teach-yourself guide for all libraries. For intermediate users, Special Edition provides two thorough guides for the price of one, showing how to use Photoshop and Illustrator CS together--a useful approach given Adobe's new focus on the CS products as a cohesive suite. Unfortunately, it is not full color, though a color insert is included. The CD contains images, bonus chapters, and demo plugins and tools. For medium and larger libraries. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584503217
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 4/15/2004
  • Series: Charles River Media Graphics Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 363
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Colin Smith has written numerous books on Photoshop, including previous editions of this book, Photoshop CS for Digital Photographers, How to Do Everything with Photoshop CS2, New Masters of Photoshop, and Photoshop Most Wanted. He is the author of a training series from PhotoshopCD.com. His writing credits also include a regular column in Photoshop User magazine and weekly columns for Planet Photoshop and official NAPP members site. Colin is the founder of Photoshopcafe.com, and his work has been recognized by Computer Arts, MacWorld, Digital Photographer, Advanced Photoshop, Photoshop Creative, and many other magazines. Colin is in high demand as a speaker at conferences around the country.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I Basics
Chapter 1 Before you Begin
Chapter 2 Organizing, Automation, and Output
Chapter 3 Cropping and Sizing
Part II Enhancement
Chapter 4 Image Correction
Chapter 5 Color Correction
Chapter 6 Sharpening and Noise Reduction
Part III Effects
Chapter 7 Image Retouching
Chapter 8 Frame and Color Effects
Part IV Advanced Concepts
Chapter 9 Special Effects
Chapter 10 Working with Multiple Images
Chapter 11 Collaging Techniques
Appendix A About the CD-ROM
Index
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