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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; 1 edition (August 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937538036
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937538033
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #810,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steve Laskevitch, founder of Luminous Works Training & Consulting in Seattle and a teacher for almost three decades, has designed workflows for hundreds of photographers and companies. As an Adobe Certified Instructor, he trains creative individuals and firms and has regularly helped Adobe Systems prepare Photoshop Certified Expert exams. Steve has always enjoyed creating photographs-in the field, studio, or lab; on film and digitally. Students of all levels have appreciated Steve's friendly and approachable style in the Luminous Works classroom and at the colleges, universities, and conferences where he has taught.


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Steve Laskevitch, founder of Luminous Works and a teacher for two decades, has designed digital workflows for hundreds of photographers and companies. An Adobe Certified Instructor, he trains creative individuals and firms and has regularly helped Adobe Systems prepare Photoshop Certified Expert exams. Steve has always enjoyed creating photographs-in the field, studio or lab; on film or digitally-as well as working with computer graphics. Students of all levels have appreciated Steve's friendly and approachable style in Luminous Works' classroom and the colleges, universities, and conferences where he has taught.

Steve has a degree in physics, but a passion for the arts. With his wife, Carla, "travel" usually means wonderfully long visits to art galleries and museums. Home is Seattle where he teaches and enjoys the company of his friends and family.

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Wish I did check youtube before buying this book.
igorkusa
I love the way that Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 4: A Photographer's Handbook shows how one would work similarly in Bridge/Adobe Camera Raw and in Adobe Lightroom.
Andrew Kavanagh
I found this book very easy to read and the examples practical.
Charles Kreszock

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Bill Trueit on August 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book has outstanding organization, concise and clear writing, and makes points crystal clear with impressive images and screen captures that are labeled beautifully. It is no surprise that the author, Steve Laskevitch, is an experienced teacher and trainer. In actuality this book is a class covering how to use the most sophisticated image editing tools available, Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 4. This book serves a beginner well because it introduces important terms and even how to set up software preferences so that the user can get the most out of their experience. The explanations give you a solid understanding with careful efficiency.

The illustrations throughout are second to none. On page 53 there is a 3-D illustration that is the best I have ever seen to teach the concept of layers in Photoshop. It slices a multi-layered file in Photoshop and labels it to perfection. Screen captures also do a fantastic job of showing the reader what is happening in a given window. Laskevitch takes great effort to label and highlight the points that he is trying to illustrate.

After the introduction, the author offers a logical workflow that provides the structure for the majority of his book. He begins with "Capture & Import," progressing to "Organize and Archive," "Global Adjustments," "Local Adjustments," "Cleanup & Retouching," "Creative Edits & Alternates," and finishes with "Output." This works well because it allows the reader to "chunk" a manageable set of steps and tools to practice before moving on to what would be a sensible next step. Get through the whole book and you are well on your way to producing satisfying quality work.

This book is also comprehensive without being overwhelming.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Kavanagh on August 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 4: A Photographer's Handbook is divided into two sections-
Section 1: The Setup, and Section 2: The workflow.
This book reviews the technical details of setting up preferences and settings, and the creative process to develop your photos in the best way possible.

I love the way that Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 4: A Photographer's Handbook shows how one would work similarly
in Bridge/Adobe Camera Raw and in Adobe Lightroom.
And helpful suggestions, settings, and keyboard shortcuts are interspersed throughout.

Chapter 6 on Global Adjustments is excellent.
Concise but professional descriptions of the tonal adjustment tools/panels like Levels, Curves, Brightness & Contrast,
Shadows/Highlights, HDR Toning, and the various color adjustment tools/panels such as Vibrance & Saturation, Hue/Saturation, and more!
Sharpening and Noise Reduction, and Lens & Composition Corrections are also examined.

Easy to read and comprehensive make this a great photographer's handbook.
And in my opinion better than a 5 star rating!
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Conrad J. Obregon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
There are a lot of similarities between the image processing functions in Photoshop CS6 software, including the Adobe Camera Raw plug-in, and Lightroom software. For example, Photoshop, Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) and Lightroom all include similar functions for controlling tonality. In addition, a companion, but separate piece of software that comes with Photoshop, Bridge, also provides some functions similar to Lightroom. Thus, the image processing features this book attempts to explain and distinguish can be confusing.

The book begins with a general section describing the basic functions of all of the software with a short look at the interface that each provides. The second section describes the actual workflow, considering capture and import; organizing and archiving images; global adjustments; local adjustments; cleaning and retouching; creative edits and alternates and outputs. Within each of these sections the author sometimes breaks down the functions by software such as Bridge/ACR, Lightroom and Photoshop. Often he presents the key concepts related to a function, including a discussion of how it is similar and different in each program. He distinguishes the software he is talking about with symbols in the page margin for the software.

The introductory chapters are quite well written, but in the later chapters I often found the distinction between the software confusing. Moreover jumping back and forth between the different software makes it difficult to understand how the workflow through any one piece of software might work. Added to that was the fact that the level of detail provided was often inadequate for a beginner. I frequently found that it was only because I was well familiar with all of the software that I could understand the author's point.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frank Beckendorf on September 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
If you're a fan of Photoshop, you need this book, because this book deals with a topic that others really do not. It deals with lightroom techniques. Photographers seem to be overwhelmed with all the different things one must be cognizant of when taking quality pictures.

Steve Laskevitch uses his experience as a teacher and user to creat a how-to guide for the user to consider when lightroom techniques are a must to master.

The new things covered in this edition are: tagging a photo, blurs, camera raw, retouching photos, publishing to Blur, video, adaptive wide angles and Adobe Camera Raw 7.

Yes, this is an expensive title at $44.95, but if you want to buy just ONE tille, this is the one you'll treasure.
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