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Commercial Photoshop Retouching: In the Studio [Kindle Edition]

Glenn Honiball
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Book Description

For both Mac and Windows PC users, Photoshop CS2 is the market leader and industry standard for commercial bitmap image manipulation. Also known as the "digital dark room," Photoshop is the unparalleled tool of choice among graphics professionals and hobby photographers alike.

Written by 20-year photo retouching veteran Glenn Honiball, Commercial Photoshop Retouching: In the Studio is the only book to deliver advice for the photographer and artist working with Photoshop CS 2 in a real world commercial environment. Honiball offers incomparable technical and artistic guidance for professionals, graphic artists, photographers, and just about anyone involved in creating and manipulating digital images.

Production artists face unrealistically tight deadlines and heavy workloads that leave little time for trial and error. Photo retouchers need practical, immediate Photoshop solutions to help them produce quality images with minimal effort and in a short amount of time. All the tools, techniques, and skills you need to achieve consistent, professional results with Photoshop CS2 can be found in Commercial Photoshop Retouching: In the Studio.

Anyone with intermediate-to-advanced Photoshop skills--whether you want to explore photo retouching personally or as an imaging professional or student--can use Commercial Photoshop Retouching: In the Studio to produce sharp, expert, extraordinary photos that don't look retouched.

Under Honibell's seasoned direction, you'll be able to tackle your greatest photo-retouching challenges with ease, precision and efficiency. He guides you through Photoshop CS2's new and innovative features; explains advanced capabilities; shows you how to adapt and custom-fit the software to meet your needs; offers time-saving tips for accelerating your workflow; and delivers advice and inspiration for exercising your own creative genius.

Commercial Photoshop Retouching: In the Studio is the ideal resource for any digital artist who wants to develop and perfect professional-level retouching using Photoshop CS 2. With this book, you will bring photo correction and manipulation to a whole new level.

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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 (February 9, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0026OR312
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take Your Photoshop Retouching To The Next Level October 28, 2005
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Technique Tutorial September 1, 2005
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet September 14, 2006
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
1.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment. October 23, 2005
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
4.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable resource June 28, 2006
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this it's outdated.
Outdated. Photoshop 6 is out, and this covers Photoshop 2, don't waste you money when there are better books on the market.
Published on January 6, 2013 by Jim Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Photoshop for Photographic Illustration
This book came too late. I was wrestling with a large billboard design and finally had it shipped to the printer when this book came in the mail. Read more
Published on March 28, 2007 by Halifax Creative User Group
5.0 out of 5 stars Precise and well presented
Honiball has chosen a collection of useful advanced techniques to present that every serious Photoshop user should take the time to learn and add to their arsenal. Read more
Published on November 26, 2006 by Jeremy Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent techniques for color and retouching
Great techinique and the tips that he book has for color balance. the photo retouch very clear.
Published on July 5, 2006 by Claribel Milanes
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Published on June 28, 2006 by Digital Media Artist Group Member
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative.
Written clearly, easy to understand. I learned a lot from this book. Highly recommended!
Published on June 28, 2006 by M. Alger
4.0 out of 5 stars Review for the Alaska and Military Members Apple User Group
Commercial Photoshop Retouching: In the Studio is an excellent resource for anybody who already has basic experience in the Adobe Photoshop program and has an interest in post... Read more
Published on March 3, 2006 by Jon Snelling
5.0 out of 5 stars Every graphic designer who works in Photoshop should own this book!
I was very happy to finally find a Photoshop retouching book that I can keep at my fingertips and use regularly for my work as well as for my personal use. Read more
Published on February 22, 2006 by Edit Pal
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Glenn helped restore a badly damaged photo of my Grandfather. It was in fact one of the two only remaining photos of my Mother's father. Half the photo was torn off. Read more
Published on November 23, 2005 by Carolyn Koo
5.0 out of 5 stars Accessable text suitable for College courses and pro's alike
Very readable, friendly and collaborative tone, with humorous and relevant asides. No-fuss approach to retouching methodically builds upon acquired skills in a well-organized... Read more
Published on October 28, 2005 by Dierdre Finch-Hatton
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More About the Author

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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