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Adobe Bundle: Adobe Photoshop CS2 for Photographers: A professional image editor's guide to the creative use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and PC Paperback – May 25, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0240519845 ISBN-10: 0240519841 Edition: Pap/Cdr

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Editorial Reviews


"Adobe Photoshop CS2 for Photographers by Martin Evening is the latest update to his esteemed guide for professional image editors. It includes practical techniques, step-by-step tutorials, and is illustrated throughout with high-quality images, including real-life assignments." - MacWorld

"Don't be misled by the title: This book is for just about every Photoshop User, not just photographers. It's a top-notch general reference on Photoshop, a book to which you can refer for answers to most of your Photoshop questions." - Photoshop User Magazine

"Everything is explained clearly and there are plenty of colourful images to help back up the words. All of this alone would be enough reason to go and buy the book, but there's also the CD to get excited about. In addition to source images, this little gem has video tutorials and extra instruction. You get an awful lot of content for the £27.99 asking price, and we'd thoroughly recommend you buy this book." - Photoshop Creative

"One of the best and most comprehensive guides available...Each section includes examples with before and after images; we found some of the ideas really inspiring...If you are a photographer using CS2, this book is a must buy." - Which Digital Camera

"This one book excellently covers all aspects of Photoshop CS2 and presents them clearly from the photographer's point of view." - Advanced Photoshop

"Still very much the daddy of all Photoshop books...the quality of illustration and production are top rate...if this book is impressive then the accompanying CD-ROM is a delight." - British Journal of Photography

"Adobe Photoshop CS2 for Photographers by Martin Evening is like the contains everything you would want to know about the creative use of Photoshop for a Macintosh or PC...a must-have guide." - Amateur Photographer

"The book is organized in a very clear and helpful color coding scheme...I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent volume. Evening covers a lot of ground and I want more from this expert and author... Highly recommended for anyone interested in real-world imaging processes and techniques."

"Clearly, this book will satisfy the most demanding Photoshop junkie... Martin Evening is a professional photographer who really understands his audience. It's amazingly comprehensive, and pitched to be suitable for all levels of users, from experienced pros to people with a more basic grasp of the software... There is an excellent mix of images that add relevance and credibility to the overall professional level of this book... This book could prove to be one of the most useful books you'll ever buy." - Digital Photographer

"Covering both Mac and PC, this is a great buy for the photographer who wants to get to grips with the latest features." - Digital Creative Arts

"The book does a great job of introducing all the features that are new to CS2. The tips on colour correction and setting up Photoshop for photographic work are invaluable. Even the most hardened Photoshop pro will find useful insights and tips here. The section on colour workflow is particularly good and one of the most lucid insights into the confounding world of reproducing accurate colour... Martin Evening's book is probably the best Photoshop manual available. Well priced and thoroughly informative." - MacFormat

"Richly illustrated with photos and screen grabs, this is an invaluable guide for anyone serious about Photoshop at a very reasonable price." - What Digital Camera

"The best just got better... For those who have the first CS version of the book, the decision to upgrade will depend on how much emphasis you place on the new features, however for others who are contemplating which book to buy, look no further - this book has it all... a must buy for every aspiring digital photographer and Photoshop user." - Timeless Digital Imaging

"Martin Evening has produced an indispensable guide to all of the new features and tricks... This is an easy to follow and well written guide." - Computer Arts

" the best software manual that you might expect with expensive computer programs, but actually rarely receive... (it is)beautifully illustrated. Evening's book - with its tutorial CD - manages that rare achievement, of hand-holding the fast-learning novice and old pro alike through some pretty involved procedures." - Stills Audio Motion

"My all time favourite books on Photoshop are those by Martin Evening...Martin shares his expert knowledge to help you combine photography and Photoshop to devlop memorable images." - PSA Journal

"Proving that indeed good things come in large packages, Evening's somewhat text heavy book is nevertheless blessed with great text and images." - Shutterbug

"This is highly recommended and a publication I will not be able to manage without." - The Picture Professional

"This book is a must-have for any photographer serious about editing his or her images." -

Praise for the CS edition:

A newly updated book, Adobe Photoshop CS for Photographers, by Martin Evening, offers more than usual for serious photographers." - Photo Techniques

"Martin Evenings 554 page Adobe Photoshop CS for Photographers, offers outstanding information, techniques, examples from the author's professional photo assignments, and includes a CD with tutorials." -

On the previous edition:

"Proving an excellent resource for digital photographers looking to use Photoshop to repair and enhance makes interesting reading for both serious photographers and graphic designers looking to improve their Photoshop skills." - Digital Creative Arts

"...there are a few gems out there, and Martin Evening's Adobe Photoshop CS for Photographers is still the daddy of all Photoshop books...His latest edition manages to improve this already high standard, with a revised format that makes it easier to get to grips with the subject."
British Journal of Photography

"If you own a previous version of Martin's book it's worth ditching and buying this as there are a lot of rewritten sections and the structure has changed with new illustrations. Basically the best just got better."

"This is a comprehensive manual...Evening is an entertaining and informative writer and there is a wealth of information in the seventeen chapters in this book...Highly recommended."
Journal of Audio Visual Media in Medicine

"With 704 pages to boast of, this is one huge bargain to be had, and a worthy one if you're at all into enhancing your photographs in post-production, from basic tweaks to outputting advice." Digital Photographer Magazine, Issue 47.

Book Description

Bestselling essential reference work for all digital photographers.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; Pap/Cdr edition (May 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240519841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240519845
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.5 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #820,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is very well laid out and has great tutorials.
Photo Guru
This book covers pretty much everything you need to know to be comfortable with Photoshop CS2, up to the point when you can start experimenting on your own.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is serious about Photoshop and digital photography.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

73 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Laskevitch on June 28, 2005
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I teach digital photographic workflows in the Puget Sound region: an area with more than its share of hardworking photographers needing to keep their technical edge. These folks need direct, relevant, thorough but easy to find methods of getting the job done. This is what I strive to provide in my classes, and this is what Martin Evening provides in this book.

Although my working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop is extremely solid, I always appreciate Martin's keen insights. I have recommended his previous editions to my students whether they're new to the medium or old pros. I'm more enthused than ever to recommend this edition as both a class text and desk reference.

One minor quibble carried over from the last edition: I wish that image acquisition chapter were earlier in the book. However, the book is so excellently laid out that no one will have the slightest difficulty finding whatever they seek.

It's such a relief to find such a standout text on the overcrowded Photoshop bookshelf.
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118 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Darwin's Bulldog VINE VOICE on June 21, 2005
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If you are an experienced photographer, this may be the only Photoshop book you'll need. This book is expressly written for people who understand f-stops and shutter speeds, color temperature (white balance) etc. If you are an experienced photographer moving from film to digital, stop here; this is what you are looking for. There's also some guidance on digital equipment selection with details on Martin's web site.

What makes this book standout? First, it's written by a photographer. Not just any photographer, but a famous, working fashion phpographer, Martin Evening. Many Photoshop books seem to be written by people who are clearly skilled enough to earn their living with Photoshop, but are not photographers. Their books are filled with pictures taken on vacation. This is the real thing; top quality photographs; real world skills.

Second, this book is 100% color. Some Photoshop books have only a small selection of color photos stitched into the middle of the book; the bulk of the pictures are black and white. (OK... there is small section on converting color to B&W.)

Third, top quality paper; coated stock. Of course, it weighs a ton, but then it won't turm to pulp if your model spills her wine on it <g>!

If you are an experienced photographer, and want to get the most out of Photoshop, this is the book you need.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Benita R. Cloward on September 30, 2006
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Well, I was hoping for this book to help me understand special CS2 filters, enhancements, etc....and what I got, was great stuff I cannot redo as shown in the pictures and very short guidelines for the most part of it. One example was the enhancing of the eyes (sometimes the iris turns out too dark, and there are ways of enhancing it to brighten the eyes.) The so called step-by-step guide in the book, I followed it and followed it, even got my husband to take a turn, and neither one of us was able to manage the enhancement, at least not in either of the 2 different versions explained. (We later figured out a different way, but I'm sure it's not as good as the example pictures shown in this book.) Like I said, overall it's a great book, that teaches you tons of neat stuff, but I don't think it's very easy to recreate, not even with the provided CD. You really need to be a very advanced CS2 user to be able to use this book as a tool for it's full potential. I'm hoping that once I've mastered more about CS2, this book will come in handy again. And yes, all the pictures are terrific quality, and it's nice to read and look at, but how much does that really matter, if you can't even recreate the things explained in it?
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. Matson on December 13, 2005
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In my recent effort to educate myself in matters of Photoshop CS2 I read in detail three books - Adobe Photoshop CS2 for Photographers by Martin Evening, Photoshop CS2 by Fraser & Blatner, and The Photoshop CS2 book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby. Of the three, I would rank the Evening and the Fraser & Blatner books as comprehensive books that, if the reader would fully understand all that was discussed, they would be considered a Photoshop Pro. The Kelby book I considered to be quite basic in that it covered only some of the principal topics and did so in an elementary fashion (it would take Kelby four pages with all his illustrations and stepwise instructions to cover what the other books might cover in one). I would recommend the Kelby book for a hobbyist that doesn't want to devote a lot of learning time and who wishes only a basic knowledge of Photoshop CS2 in order to occasionally turn out a nice image. I would recommend either of the other two books if one wants a mastery of what CS2 can really do. But, be warned that the subject is complex and will take a lot of time to learn. Of the two, Evening's book has the advantage in that it is a little less expensive, he includes a disk containing the images used in many of his tutorials so the reader can follow along with the same exercises, and because he is a fashion photographer many of his images are fashion shots of pretty women. The Fraser & Blatner book has the advantage of being somewhat larger and more complete and goes into deeper detail on some aspects of CS2. Both of these books have a high orientation to producing images for commercial press publication. I would recommend that if one wants to really learn CS2 they read both books, even though the same topics are covered in both, the subject is sufficiently complex it pays to learn it twice from perhaps somewhat different angles.
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