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Photoshop CS3 for Forensics Professionals: A Complete Digital Imaging Course for Investigators Paperback – July 30, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0470114544 ISBN-10: 0470114541 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (July 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470114541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470114544
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,501,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The First Practical Guide to the Use of Photoshop in Forensics Investigations

This timely book is the first to take the forensic use of digital imaging out of the classroom and into the real world for law enforcement, legal, and other forensics professionals. How do you show the exact position or size of a fluorescing blood stain in a crime scene? How do you analyze and enhance stills from security video? How do you explain your Photoshop efforts in court?

From metadata and sharpening methods to using the History log and accurately evaluating scale within a scene, this serious guide from one of the most highly sought trainers in imaging forensics outlines the processes you need for using Adobe® Photoshop® in a forensics environment. Whether you're working with the newest features of Photoshop CS3 or using an earlier version of the software, these clear, step-by-step tutorials will help you:

  • Follow and apply legal rules of digital evidence and master best practices
  • Maintain an audit trail for non-standard enhancements to an image

  • Evaluate metadata to determine if an image is what it purports to be

  • Measure objects and scale in a photograph

  • Take advantage of non-destructive image enhancement techniques

  • Extract fingerprints from backgrounds using color isolation techniques

  • Take advantage of Adobe Camera Raw file formats in a forensic workflow

  • Correct bad exposures and color shifts in crime scene, evidence, and traffic collision photos

  • Perform frame averaging natively in Photoshop for image noise reduction

  • Get great prints for use in court by following good color-management policies

CD-ROM Included
The companion CD contains all the images used in each tutorial, allowing readers to practice along with the tutorials and compare their results, plus valuable scripts and links to many more resources.

About the Author

George Reis provides training and consulting services in photography, image analysis, and digital imaging through his company, Imaging Forensics. He worked for the Newport Beach Police Department for fifteen years as a forensic photographer, fingerprint examiner, and crime scene investigator and introduced that agency to digital imaging in 1992. With prior experience as a photojournalist, freelance photographer, and commercial photo lab processor, Reis is uniquely qualified to teach imaging forensics and is in great demand as both a trainer and an image-analysis expert witness.

More About the Author

George Reis is the owner/president of Imaging Forensics, Inc. - and provides consulting, training, and expert witness services in forensic image analysis, forensic video analysis, and forensic photography. In 2004, Reis took an early retirement from the Newport Beach Police Department where he worked as a forensic photographer, fingerprint examiner and crime scene investigator. He is currently on the forensic photography and imaging certification board of the International Association for Identification.


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As for the book, it is awesome (hence the four copies to date).
Sunchine
This book is an excellent student resource and an invaluable tool for the forensic professional.
Laurel S. Thompson
I would compare this book to a "Forensic Photoshop" course costing much more, well done!
Gerald Whealton

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Laycock on August 6, 2007
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I bought this book recently to add to my library of image processing books. I have been "in the field" for almost ten years now and am always excited to learn new skills. This book will benefit the person just getting into the field as well as the seasoned pro.

The author, George Reis from Imaging Forensics, walks you through many processes using several different image processing techniques. There are side by side comparisons of tools native in Photoshop as well as third party applications.

Also of great importance is the discussion of best practices as well as court room preparation. In addition there is a companion CD included with the book that has some trial software and some very useful scripts.

The price isn't too bad and this book will help out Photoshop users of all levels. I am very happy with the book and am glad I bought it. I rate it a must have for anyone interested in forensic imaging using Photoshop.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mike Ornelas on September 18, 2007
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George Reis has done a fabulous job in the writing of this book. I recently purchased this book and found it not only informative, but easy to read (a far cry from the normal techie manual). This book is a must have for anyone using Adobe Photoshop for image analysis or forensic video analysis. I especially appreciated George's references to CS2 and the changes/improvements with CS3. Thanks for not throwing all of us who are too poor to upgrade to the curb!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jason D. Latham on August 23, 2007
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I would list this as a "must have" in your forensic library. George has done a great job at breaking down image processing using PhotoShop CS3 (and other plug-ins) for the type of work we do. He has provided a bunch of useful techniques/processes. The companion CD which comes with the book allows you to reinforce the teaching points with hands on practical exercises. Lots of bang for your buck.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Heppler on August 17, 2007
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George Reis has written the ultimate guide for anyone looking to improve their knowledge of Forensic Imaging using Adobe Photoshop. It is easy to read and understand. Like George's training class, it is filled with the latest information on Best Practices, Testimony, Proper Settings and how to use Adobe's powerfull program Photoshop CS3 for Forensics. There is plenty here for the experienced professional as well as anyone looking to get started with Forensic Imaging.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Larry A. Compton on March 5, 2008
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Part 1, "The Essentials", is comprised of six chapters. The first two chapters are not specific to Photoshop, and are a must read for anyone interested or involved in the use of digital images within a legal setting. The remaining four chapters provide an important foundation for analysts and investigators using Photoshop.

Part 2, "The Digital Darkroom", and Part 3, "Image Analysis and Enhancement", are detailed instructions regarding Photoshop's settings, filters, and the multitude of related processes to achieve optimum imaging results. Included with the book is a CD-ROM contianing sample images to work with when going through the tutorials, as well as some free scripts and trial plugin's.

I've been using Photoshop for several years now in my Forensic Video workflow, as well as personally for Graphic and Web design projects. This book has already proven to be the single most valuable reference for me pertaining to the use of Photoshop in either setting. It's also probably the smartest investment I've made in quite some time.
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Two points that are important in assessing this book: 1) while it specifically identifies Photoshop CS3, nearly all the techniques described can be used in all versions from CS2 onward, and 2) while sub-titled "A Complete Digital Imaging Course for Investigators", it is more of an introductory course and a very good one.

This book is primarily oriented toward law enforcement personnel, i.e., "police officers, fingerprint examiners, crime scene investigators, forensic video analysts, photographers, and imaging specialists". But attorneys, forensic specialists and others, including photography hobbyists, may find the book helpful.

Reis spends a few pages (16) on the basics of forensic evidence preservation, rules of evidence, presentation of evidence and testimony. This section barely escapes classification as superfluous for all except the rank newcomer.

The balance of the book is given over to using Photoshop as a forensics tool and it is truly a superb introduction to the subject.

Beginning with establishing workflow and preparing the Photoshop workspace, Reis walks the neophyte or minimally experienced user through the basics of using Photoshop for forensic purposes where every action must be logged in detail and reproducible.

He then moves into techniques with specific uses in forensic examination, enhancement and analysis of photographs (and to a very limited degree, video). Reis is a terrific teacher. His style is clear and highly readable. While he actually doesn't get into ultra-sophisticated forensic analysis, what he provides is more than adequate for day to day use.

Overall, while I am not in law enforcement, I am a computer forensics specialist who gets involved in certain aspects of photo and video analysis, and I think Reis's book should be essential reading for anyone in these or related fields.

Jerry
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