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Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop Paperback – October 4, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0240814834 ISBN-10: 0240814835 Edition: Pap/DVD

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; Pap/DVD edition (October 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240814835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240814834
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[This book] shows you in-depth how to master the features of CS5 so that you can take full advantage of the program and produce the highest quality imagery possible.. The book is broken down into 13 topic-based chapters, each of which are designed to simulate an actual workshop session. It shows you the specific methods, tips and techniques that are needed to complete each process, and explains, in detail , how it all fits into your complete workflow.. The chapters are well written and clearly noted whether they've been written by Martin, Jeff or both, and every single page features screenshots and photographic examples to illustrate the topic or method that's being explained. There are also tons of sidebar tips and explanations that help you better understand just what you're doing and why.. If you've reade Martin Evening or Jeff Schewe's books before, you know that they're both excellent, no nonsense writers and teachers, so having a book that's written by not just one expert, but two, means having one of the best, if not the best Photoshop reference manuals around. Whether you're looking to become an expert at retouching, or if you want to be more efficient at outputting professional quality digital image files for print or for commercial clients, this book will advance your skills to a new level of mastery and Photoshop expertise.. The bottom line is this: if you're a professional photographer, then you'll definitely want Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: the Ultimate Workshop. I'd also highly recommend it to amateurs and hobby photographers, because you'll learn a while lot in 426 pages from a pair of experienced experts."--Dan Bailey's Adventure Photography Blog

"Intended for readers comfortable with the basic functionality of Adobe Photoshop CS5, this volume provides a series of tutorials intended to showcase the unique capabilities of this ubiquitous photo manipulation and processing software. Topics discussed include image optimization, photography techniques for better processing outcomes, retouching, object removal, masking and compositing, and working with light and darkroom effects. Chapters include numerous illustrations, photographs and screen shots and tutorial files are provided on an accompanying DVD."--Reference and Research Book News

"Although Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers, The Ultimate Workshop includes a DVD, it won't teach you the basics. Not for the occasional Photoshop user, this book is written for photographers who have regularly used the Adobe editing software. One should be very familiar with Photoshop CS5 software before reading The Ultimate Workshop.. For those photographers who are Photoshop veterans, The Ultimate Workshop will teach you some tricks to produce better photos. From what to look for in setting up the shot to the nuances seen after a slightly changed photo during the editing process, this is a complete guide.. The side-by-side, before and after photographs and color screen shots used in the text help even the Photoshop novice see the difference CS5 software makes when editing an image.. Professional photographer Martin Evening and professional imager and Photoshop expert Jeff Schewe, both Photoshop Hall of Famers, created this guidebook that requires little reading yet is full of information to help your Photoshop CS5 skills skyrocket and give your photos the edge they need to push them to the top of the publishers stack.. If you are savvy with Photoshop CS5, grab your copy and have fun with it!"--San Francisco Book Review

"Evening's book convinced me that I need to buy the upgrade from CS4 to CS5, and that his books belong on every professional photographer's bookshelf."--The Picture Professional

About the Author

Martin Evening is a professional photographer and digital imaging consultant, an experienced Photoshop user and key demo artist for Adobe. Based in London, UK, Martin was inducted into the legendary Photoshop Hall of Fame in 2008.
Jeff Schewe is a world renowned Photoshop expert, professional commercial photographer, and digital imaging artist. Jeff is a member of the NAPP Photoshop Hall of Fame. An award winning advertising photographer by trade, he is known as a digital pioneer and has been a long term alpha/beta tester for Photoshop, Camera Raw and Lightroom.

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BOTTOM LINE This is an excellent book.
Mark Colan
Those of us who use a PC and read Photoshop "how to" books regularly will intuitively know what keys to press.
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Highly recommended for advanced Photoshop users.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By TraderGary on October 16, 2010
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Many consider Martin Evening's Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers to be the single best and most comprehensive book available for CS5. This book is a welcome companion that further expands on that book with more detailed examples of professional workflow, retouching and advanced techniques.

The 26 movie tutorials with over 3 hours of content are worth the price of the book many times over.

Interestingly, the first chapter, entitled "Before You Shoot" is a wealth of advice from a seasoned professional on how to prepare before shooting to give yourself a better setup for using Photoshop.

The 2nd chapter is a very detailed and well explained camera raw workflow. Camera raw is a very important part of my processing and this chapter illustrates Raw workflow with beautiful progressive step-by-step images with full explanatory text. The movie tutorial covers these same pages so you have the advantage of seeing his workflow in both the text and in the video. Very well done.

The 3rd chapter you almost never find in a Photoshop book and goes over all the things a good photographer does to guarantee the maximum image IQ before Photoshop is ever opened. There are many jewels here that many photographers may never consider and have a great deal to do with that elusive snap you are looking for in your final image.

The book continues with example after example of fully explained and illustrated step-by-step "how-to's". I've found a wealth of information and technique combining the text with the movie tutorials. These are very well done.

All the example files are on the DVD so you can work alongside the text.

I don't see a list of chapters in the book description, so here they are:
1. Before you shoot
2.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By tachi1 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 4, 2010
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I really wouldn't have needed another Photoshop book if I hadn't recently gotten the "extended" version. Having seen this book at a bookstore, I knew that it had an excellent tutorial on a feature that only applies to the extended version (stacking multiple shots to automatically remove variable elements, such as tourists walking in front of a fountain--the fountain remains, the tourists disappear). This wasn't in any of my other books, I needed to this and couldn't locate the video I'd seen it in. That--and maybe some more info on extended--was all I was expecting out of it.

How wrong I was! This book is a treasure trove for owners of both versions. In addition to the information I needed,
--I got a lot of other valuable information I either didn't know previously or had forgotten explained in a refreshingly uncomplicated way;
--I got "old" information presented in a better and clearer way to understand what is happening under the hood;
--I gained additional understanding about why some tools work better in different situations, as well as color spaces, and pre-press;
--I gained a better understanding of tools/functions I knew about but had ignored (such as nearest neighbor interpolation);
--in short, it was like seeing Photoshop from a new and smarter perspective.

I love the way the authors present the material. It is not only in a clear and conversational manner without forced humor, but it is illustrated by tons of screen shots detailing every step. The tone and level is casual, no more technical than necessary, respects your time and intelligence, and can make the most dreary and monotonous task seem entertaining and interesting.
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66 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Thomas H. on December 25, 2010
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It is a phantastic book - it gives you insight into not only how to get the pictures done which appear on the billboards, but also into the creative process and the caveats when dealing with the ad agency. Just love the content.

Unfortunately, I ordered the Kindle edition. And that means - no DVD with sample pictures, you cannot really follow the book. Apparently, you also cannot download the material (which I would have expected). And there was no warning about that when I bought the Kindle book. So basically, to learn with the respective sample material, I have to buy the paper book as well. :-(((

I am fairly disappointed a) that I pay almost the same price, but a very significant piece is missing b) that there is no way of buying a combined product containing both the Kindle and the print edition c) that after 20 min of searching, I still have not found any way of contacting Amazon to figure out how such a situation should be handled.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By tikcuf on December 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
Please be aware that this book addresses ADVANCED PS techniques and seems primarily relevant for professionals and advanced hobbyists. To this point, the last chapter of the book addresses business issues related to professional photography such as copyright, marketing, sales, and pricing. Other reviewers have described this book as the missing PS CS5 manual etc. etc.. This is certainly not true and inexperienced PS users would be best served by purchasing one of the many excellent basic PS texts which exist. This book assumes basic to intermediate familiarity with photoshop and its functions. It is further not intended to be encyclopedic. Rather the authors have chosen specific PS techniques to highlight in the various chapters.

Beginning users and even many intermediate users will likely find the information in this book overly specialized and often lacking in detail. For example, the book assumes knowledge of PS commands, icons, keyboard shortcuts etc., and significant facility with layering and other techniques. As such, many of the techniques described lack complete, detailed step-by-step approaches to problems. Its strengths are in its detailed coverage of advanced photoshop raw techniques, particularly editing techniques and PS's camera raw functions and workflow. It also covers aspects not covered in many other PS books such as camera and lens - PS interface issues. It does a nice job in covering issues related to fashion and portrait photography and advertising, as well as landscape photography, including HDR techniques. The illustrations are excellent.

Having said that, this is an excellent book written well in an engaging style by two obvious PS master photographers. Aspiring intermediate to advanced PS users will find a treasure trove of advanced PS "pearls" in this excellent book.
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