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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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!
Author: Glenn Honiball
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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
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 morePublished on March 28, 2007 by Halifax Creative User Group
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 morePublished on November 26, 2006 by Jeremy Hall
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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Written clearly, easy to understand. I learned a lot from this book. Highly recommended!Published on June 28, 2006 by M. Alger
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 morePublished on March 3, 2006 by Jon Snelling
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 morePublished on February 22, 2006 by Edit Pal
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