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"Despite the rather serious moniker, a cursory flick through the 260-odd full-colour pages reveals an approachable, engaging and, above all, entertaining guide to professional retouching techniques. Illustrated throughout with great visual examples of the many techniques outlined, this is a fantastic resource for every aspiring professional retoucher." Advanced Photoshop, Jan/Feb 2006

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A Guide to Professional Photo Retouching & Compositing

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  • File Size: 7540 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (August 22, 2005)
  • Publication Date: February 9, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0026OR312
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Glenn Honiball has been retouching since 1985 and has a masters eye for
understanding light and knowing where the shadows should fall. Coming from a
family of commercial artists, he has spent the last 20 years developing both an
eye for subtle detail and style that is so natural the images don't appear to
have been retouched at all. Combining skillful use of basic Photoshop tools
with an intuitive understanding, he can transform an image into a client's
vision in almost less time than it would take for the client to explain what
needs to be done, producing high-end quality image work.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By V. Maciulski on October 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have read a few Photoshop books on retouching and restoration and a lot of books which included sections on retouching. Many of them cover the same issues over and over. They are very good, but this title is in a different league. It truly is for retouching and printing at the commercial, professional level!

This one covers issues I don't recall seeing before, such as how to trap color so it doesn't shift during printing (page 140), how to simulate a newspaper press (page 208), improving a file to help it survive magnification (page 187), tips to make the Vanishing Point feature work better (page 113), adding shadows and correcting them on multiplied layers (page 20), and a great section on "Shining Things Up" (page 114).

There is a great segment on Creating Touch Plates. I haven't seen this topic in any previous Photoshop book that I have reviewed. A Touch Plate adds a special color to an existing CMYK color of a particular item in an image, making it appear richer in color. Glenn Honiball gives you two different methods for doing this.

Everything in the book is well explained and accompanied by all of the photos and illustrations you need. This book is not for beginners, but anyone who is an intermediate user or above will find it can help you take your Photoshop work to the next level.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Eric Wuehler on September 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book focuses more on techniques for retouching photos rather than a guide to Photoshop. With the focus on technique, I found that this book was really easy to follow along with my own pictures. There is very little Photoshop-ish "select Tool X, click here, then use Tool Y and click there" language in the book. As another reviewer pointed out, even if you're using other image manipulation applications such as GIMP, Paint Shop Pro, etc, the techniques still apply. That said, some of it is Photoshop-specific and all the example are taken using Photoshop CS2 on the Mac.

Personally, I really liked the sections on changing image colors - which I find myself doing (or wanting to do) a lot lately. A lot of what I discovered while reading this book centers around "retouching is subtle".

If you are considering making a career or a profitable hobby out of photo retouching, I would highly recommend this book. Along with the techniques, it also contains advice from the author on professional retouching as well as information on preparing images for newsprint and other printed media. While I won't be sending any pictures to the professional print media any time soon, I will definitely be using this book as a guide for retouching my own photographs.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CMOS on September 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
As someone who is lucky enough to work with Adobe as a beta tester, and who has read through many a Photoshop book, I can recommend this title to anyone who is an amateur photographer or serious hobbyist (or even a graphic designer who is into photography and retouching). While it won't teach you everything, there are many valuable techniques to be found here.

Bear in mind what this book isn't. It is not a Photoshop reference, and by that I mean it's not the right book -for example- if you're unsure how layers work or how to use channels. It's not a way to understand and learn the tools for the first time, but rather a way to use those tools in the specific context of retouching images. IOW, it will teach you a better way to skin the cat. (note: I like cats, it's just an expression).

The examples used are mostly relevant to real world usage and they are easy to understand and follow. Probably this is not the best book for learning special effects or the kinds of compositing you might see in product advertisements where graphical elements are blended with photographic ones. There are gigantic books dedicated to stuff like that, and so if that's what you're after, better to use one of those.

But if you want to learn useful ways of touching up skin tones and faces, adding a mood to a photograph by manipulating tonality across the canvas, etc. This is a good place to start.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Oconnell on October 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
I cannot believe a retoucher of twelve years said in his reveiw that he was afraid the contents of this book would become common knowledge! HELLO, It is common knowledge. I visited Glenn honiball"s wed site and found him to be an enormously talented retoucher. Does he share that expertise here? Not even close! He will tell (not show) you how to lay down a drop shadow. And in another chapter apply blush with the History Brush. Oh, and let"s not forget how to use the Clone Tool! But wait, there's more! Let's change the color of that car.But if you really want to get high tech let's make steam or motion blur!! My first photoshop class showed me how to do motion blur with a golf swing, this book will show you with a hammer.

Maybe, if you want some prepress advice this book might be helpful, but if retouching is your goal, Katrin Eismann"s "Restoration and Retouching' and"Masking and Compositing" is the best books out there!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D-MAG.org Reviewer on June 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
Title: Commercial Photoshop Retouching in the Studio - A Guide to Professional Photo Retouching and Compositing

Author: Glenn Honiball

Publisher: O'Reilly

ISBN: 0-59-00849-X

Reviewer: Bruce Frank

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Whether you're a seasoned Photoshop pro or a casual user attempting to revitalize the family photo album (or somewhere in between), this book will be an invaluable resource. Beware, however, that there are no quick fixes to some of the more serious retouch challenges.

For example, Honiball states that the best option for sharpening image details in a particularly fuzzy image is to "painstakingly draw in paths around the troublesome area." Those of us who have been using Photoshop for a while have unfortunately discovered this phenomenon - it can frequently take hours to achieve a satisfactory result when attempting to enhance a problem image.

Taking, in effect, the opposite approach to Scott Kelby, whose shoot-from-the-hip writing and Photoshop-user style gets right to the point in rapid fashion, Honiball exhaustively details the steps it takes to achieve a specific effect or correction. Although at times didactic, he nevertheless creates a thorough and informative textbook, rather than the educational comic that Kelby or Russell Brown might offer (not that there's anything wrong with that!, to put Jerry Seinfeld's immortal words in a different context).

"Commercial Photoshop Retouching in the Studio" is illustrated throughout with well-chosen color screenshots, most of which are presented in cinematic fashion - a true step-by-step approach which is extremely effective. It's like watching a video you can pause or continue at the flip of a page.
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