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Adobe Photoshop CS for Photographers: Professional Image Editor's Guide to the Creative Use of Photoshop for the Mac and PC 1st Edition

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Editorial Reviews


'Photoshop can be daunting, photography even more so. To have someone expertly versed in both, presenting his knowledge here in a clean and clear manner, is a real treat.'
Marc Pawliger, Director of Engineering, Digital Imaging, Adobe Systems

"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

"Evening's book is like a star in the sky among so many books on Photoshop...this book is a reference goldmine for the photographer."
Royal Photographic Society Journal

"This is the latest addition to the best selling and PEI Cool2 award winning books...these books have long been considered as the ultimate in Digital Imaging instruction...This book is no exception...essential for any digital photographer who wants to get the most from Photoshop...Highly recommended"
Timeless Digital Imaging

"...a very comprehensive will be very useful to any photographic enthusiasts who are determined to ensure that they get the very best from their images, and it is also packed with masses of more general information on image manipulation and effetcs for anyone who is intetrested in these techniques."
Image Technology

"...a must-have item for all photographers working digitally on their images...Quite simply, it's fantastic."
Practical Photography

Reviews of 'Adobe Photoshop 7 for Photographers':

'For this reviewer the stand-out title from this current crop is Martin Evening's 'Adobe Photoshop 7.0 for Photographers'. Evening's offering eschews all the 'geeky' phraseology that mars the bulk of Photoshop books and instead focuses directly on the issues of interest to photographers... Definitely the 'daddy' of all Photoshop books.'
British Journal of Photography

'...if you own one book about Photoshop 7, this is the one to buy...' Rangefinder

'Anyone serious about using Photoshop needs to get a manual to demonstrate its depth and abilities. This is that book. Its writing and blending of images, and keywords embedded in the text, make you want to hold the book with one hand and try out the features with the other.'
Sunday Herald, The Nova Scotian

"...a super intro to the digital darkroom from the photographer's point of view." Professional Photographer

"If your goal is to expand your technical, image editing, and artistic abilities, then Adobe Photoshop for Photographers most likely will help you achieve the high quality results you desire." PC Create IT

'Among the references I consult most often is... Martin Evening's 'Adobe Photoshop 7 for Photographers', it offers outstanding information, techniques, examples from the author's professional photo assignments, and includes a CD with tutorials.' eDIGITALPHOTO

"This is a very good book for any photographer who is interested in digital photography. Many photographers are now switching to digital with even hardened film users scanning in slides for archiving, re-touching or just being creative." reviewer

" focuses on Photoshop from a photographer's point of view rather than from a graphic designer's. There are many tips for beginners and advanced users alike. Highly recommended for all photographers wanting to learn Photoshop." reviewer

"The steps for just about anything you'd want to do creatively are short, easy to follow, and are accompanied by excellent demonstration photos. The book is in full color, which is extremely important given the subject matter." reviewer

"I highly recommend this book to anybody who wants to take digital photographs and do artistic and wonderful things with them." reviewer

"If you need to learn Photoshop, get the 'Classroom' book. If you want your photos to literally come alive in Photoshop and have that translated to your prints, get this book. You'll also pick up all of those handy keyboard shortcuts that make the process fly." reviewer

"This is an amazing book... I came to buying this book from a recommendation and was only interested in looking at the colour management side to it, but I found myself learning SO much about the application itself. I now input my own photos and use the knowledge I learned from this book to print out wonderful photographs that I have manipulated myself. I RECOMMEND anyone (novice or experienced in Photoshop) to purchase this book, you WILL NOT regret it." reviewer

Award winning:
Adobe Photoshop 6.0 for Photographers was awarded a COOL 2 Award from PEI magazine.

The Designer's Bookshelf ( gave Adobe Photoshop 6.0 for Photographers an Editor's Choice Award.

Reviews of previous editions:

'To be called the 'bible' in a given field is a high honour for any book. But this updated edition deserves the accolade, as it's the essential reference work for all digital photographers.' Computer Arts

'... the chapter [on Color Management] is far and away the best I've ever read on the subject... Digital photographers should buy [this book] even if they have to pawn their analogue SLRs to get it; other Photoshop users will also find it useful.'

'Martin has changed the rules for publishing Photoshop tutorial books... [he] includes real-life assignments from leading photography professionals -the real difference between the bulk-book authors who guess at the technique and the pros who are actually doing it.'
DT&G magazine

'With the previous version never straying from the Top Ten digital imaging publications for photographers at, [this is] THE digital imaging book that photographers must have.'
Digital Photography & Design

'Adobe Photoshop 6.0 for Photographers carries on the series that has become an invaluable guide to getting the most out of the program, particularly in a photographic workflow environment.'
Professional Photographer

'This publication is a must for all photographers, independent of your level of experience with the package, as it's written by a practising professional photographer with you, the photographer, in mind.'
The Association of Photographers

'Quality - that's the one word that sums this book up. The professional advice, the beautiful images... make this book a class act all the way.' reader

'This is the book I wish I'd had five years ago when I was first learning Photoshop.'
Russell Williams, Adobe Photoshop chief engineer.

'It's reassuring to be taught by someone with many miles of real output to his name'

Book Description

Bestselling essential reference work for all digital photographers.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (February 18, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240519426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240519425
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,888,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By CMOS on April 23, 2004
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This book is not *intended* for inexperienced users, therefore it's not surprise it might also be confusing to the same group. The last reviewer answered his own complaint: if you don't know Photoshop at all, buy a cookie cutter / how-to book like those from Deke McLelland or even Scott Kelby. If you're looking for a comprehensive view of the application from a professional photography perspective, buy this book. You're not likely to be disappointed.
Among all the Photoshop books which attempt to detail all aspects of the digital photography workflow (from hardware to color management to editing techniques), Martin Evening's books are among the very best.
He also does make a habit of updating content wherever practical from edition to edition. Obviously it's silly for an author to change every screenshot and example for every edition. When you find one that works well for illustrating a particular technique, you keep it until the tool in question changes. If it isn't broken....
And to say this is poorly written reflects more on the commentator's reading comprehension ability, than the author's writing ability. Evening's work is very accessible, assuming you already know the basics of Photoshop. The only complain I have about this book is that I would like him to focus a little more on facial retouching aspects, as it's obviously a big part of his business. I'm sure he has more to share on that topic. Hopefully next edition....
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By remko dalkmann on May 1, 2004
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Photoshop for Photographers is highly inspiring for me. During the four weeks I posess a copy of it I hardly did other things then discovering more and more on Photoshop... It is like discovering the world (which is my second job as a tourleader and travel journalist/photographer, next to my daily work as a photographer and editor/desktoppublisher).
Although I am working with Adobe Photoshop for over ten years as a photographer and desktoppublisher Martin Evening showed me a number of new methods which I could not find in other books on this program. Especially the extensive chapters on Color Correction, Color Management and Output for Print were very interesting to me; but every chapter contains interesting stuff. I am convinced that there is no better book on this subject, with the things together that belong together (for example colorcorrection) and not a full technical description of menu-item by menu-item which in daily practice are used mixed up.
I am sure that Photoshop for Photographers is very close to the way photographers (amateur and pro) think and work. This is not such a dull computerbook, from which there are already too much. Even for a non-native English-speaker as I this book is written in a very clear and understandable language. The fullcolor examples and how to's that are mixed througout the book are very instructive and inviting to try it yourself.
Martin Evening tried to keep a highly complex program simple for his readers. Meanwhile his texts stimulated me to try to understand how Photoshop really works (those technical backgrounds are not inside, to keep the book understandable for starters. And that is how it should be).
I wish you a lot of photo-editing fun!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brown on July 13, 2004
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I was a very early adopter of Photoshop and used it extensivly for 10 years until I decided to try something a little different (farming) a couple of years ago. Now I have decided to get back into the game and in preperation I read four of the most current books on Photoshop.
Martin Evenings book is truly incredible for both the level of detail and the breadth of the material presented. I read this book cover to cover and then picked it up a week later and read sections of interest again.
This is not a book for those who want to gloss over the subject, it is a book for serious imagers who want to play at the top of their profession.
Honestly this book put to shame the other books that I read which tended towards little nuggets of information and specific techniques rather then presenting a solid understanding of how Photoshop works and the implication of not only technique but fundamentals like workflow, color management, planning for re-purposing files and so on.
It is a little humbling to know that there are wizards like Martin Evening out in the marketplace. This book is incredible.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By N. Walker on August 22, 2004
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I have a stack of the latest Phtooshop CS books by the best in the industry and have updataded myself over the last five years with such books. All have their strenghts and weaknesses.

However if I had to recommend only one book it would be Martin Evening's Photoshop for photographers. Some other more vocal authors might like to think their books are Bibles for Photoshop but simply are no match overall for this book.

No other book I own is better presented or reproduced. A most usefull bonus is the enclosed CD with several Quick Time movies which cover subjects in great detail which are areso easy to absorb.

Four stars is an insult to the best Photoshop book on the market to date period. The price of this book IMHO is incredible value for money.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By WGS on July 21, 2004
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I purchased this book immediately after seeing Martin at a Digital Design conference. As an "old school" (mind you, I graduated art school in 1998) photographer, I admit hesitation when dealing with digital cameras. However, Martin's techniques combine the genius of Photoshop with the "old school" craft of traditional photography.

For instance, the use of the MacBeth Color Checker Chart blew me away. This is ordinarily used with film cameras. To see traditional items and techniques used in digital media is both amazing and ground breaking. He has mastered the art of fine color correction and digital imaging and this book has changed the way I use Photoshop forever.
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