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Professional Photoshop 6: The Classic Guide to Color Correction [Paperback]

Dan Margulis
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November 20, 2000 0471403997 978-0471403999
An electronic prepress master reveals how to get the most out of Photoshop

Renowned among graphic design professionals for his technical grounding and ability to clearly explain difficult principles and techniques, Dan Margulis has updated his bestselling book, Professional Photoshop 5, to help readers quickly master Photoshop 6 and learn how to take full advantage of its latest tools and capabilities. Rather than focusing on program features, Dan Margulis builds on a solid foundation of classic design concepts and skills. This new edition has been substantially expanded to include coverage of issues surrounding image handling for devices other than offset printers, such as final output on desktop color printers, high-volume copiers, and large-format printers for outdoor displays.


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Plenty of books cover all things Photoshop, but Professional Photoshop 6: The Classic Guide to Color Correction is probably one of the few that ought to be required reading. Filled with clear text and color images, this new edition of the classic color usage guide stands out among its peers. Updated to reflect changes in Photoshop since the previous edition, nearly half the material is either new or has been rewritten. Color correction itself hasn't changed, but the way it's done and the need for doing it certainly have.

The book contains 17 chapters, each dealing with a different aspect of correction and image reproduction: colorspaces, resolution, luminosity, separation, channels, and much more. Each chapter is worthy of study, and all are interesting. While not a step-by-step tutorial guide, the text is written so that the driving idea behind each technique--in addition to a demonstration of it--is explained, allowing the reader to apply what is learned to his or her own work.

For the first time, this book includes a CD-ROM. While not exactly overflowing with content, it does include images from the book that anxiously await color correction, as well as some chapters that were in earlier editions of the book but are not present in this one. There is also an important chapter on moving from a pre-version 5 Photoshop to version 6 (a significant jump).

The book doesn't try to be a Photoshop all-inclusive encyclopedia. Instead, it focuses on one aspect of the tool. Fortunately, since color correction is probably the most important, complex, and misunderstood area of digital imaging, Professional Photoshop 6: The Classic Guide to Color Correction excels at explaining and exploring the process behind the curtain, and the right and wrong way to adjust the color of images. --Mike Caputo


Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (November 20, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471403997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471403999
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,001,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! February 8, 2001
Format:Paperback
I own several PS instructional books, and this is the first that tackles color-correction in a serious way. Call me crazy, but I read through it like a novel, albeit with a highlighter, as suggested by Norman Sanders' review.
This is not for the beginner learning PS -- Adobe's PS Classroom in a Book is good for that. Likewise, it is not for a person using PS LE or Photo Deluxe, which do not support all of the pre-press features of the full version. Instead, like Bert Monroy's "Photorealistic Techniques with PS & Illustrator," and Biedny, Moody, and Monroy's "PS Channel Chops," this is a book for someone who knows his way around PS, but realizes there is still lots to learn. This is a book that will put hair on your chest.
Margulis essentially shows how to get the best possible corrected color and contrast for a published image. The first two or three chapters of the book are about tweaking the CMYK curves, reading the numbers from PS's info palette. This is the part he calls "monkey work," the correction by the numbers. Of course, it is the basis for all color correction and image improvement. Margulis then goes further, including an entire chapter on the subject of how dot gain settings affect output, for example. His explanation of sharpening -- also an entire chapter -- is excellent. He has a chapter devoted to RGB versus CMY curves, a whole chapter about the importance of the black channel, a chapter about Lab mode corrections, and a chapter or two about adding depth and detail to images by adding contrast to the "unwanted color" (i.e., the cyan plate for a red object). He explains how and when to use channel operations to give images more snap, depth, and detail.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb resource for getting proper color output May 9, 2001
Format:Paperback
This is one of the 2 or 3 most useful Photoshop books available today. Other books just basically cover tips and techniques. This book specifically targets proper color output.
Dan Margulis describes how to effectively color balance and adjust contrast without loss of detail. Chapter 4 is probably worth the price of the book alone. In it, Margulis describes a very effective sharpening technique which does not produce the usual "halo" effect if you try to oversharpen.
Margulis accomplishes all sorts of wonderful image enhancements without the use of tricky selections or masking. He also covers a radically different method of moving between RGB, CMYK, and/or LAB modes to get the best possible image quality.
If you already feel somewhat comfortable with some of Photoshop's capabilities, but you just aren't getting the printout "punch" you'd otherwise expect, this book is highly recommended.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Got Over My CMYK Phobia February 12, 2001
Format:Paperback
I have purchased several photoshop books over the past year with mixed results. Most of them were "Wow look what I can do" crap showing off silly tricks I could have grabbed off an online tutorial. Thankfully, this book is not in that category. Not only are there no "Gee whiz I can make a toilet look like polka dot glass " sections, but the author helped dip[eled some of the misinformation I got reading that other crap. I too was intimidated by other reviews at first, but I am glad I ignored them. The book also reads well, although some may find the author a little egotisitical ( I think he is kind of cool myself). If you can only own one photoshop book, this is the one to buy. You can learn parlor tricks online for free, but this information is next to impossible to come buy in book form.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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If you choose to buy "Professional Photoshop 6" I suggest that you also invest in a yellow highlighter and keep it close by as you read each chapter. Dan Margulis offers so many clear explanations and so much practical advice and direction that, unless you take a moment to re-read and mark particularly cogent passages, you may not absorb their full value. I endorse this book to my colleagues and students in the strongest possible terms.
Having said that, I must add that I believe this book is not for the Photoshop beginner. There are no sections devoted to using particular tools, no hints about where Version 6 has hidden the Paint Bucket or Measure tools this time. On the other hand there is superb instruction regarding creative use of what Mr. Margulis refers to as Channel Blending (to differentiate it from the Channel Mixing function). Moreover, his detailed discussion of the purpose and application of LAB is the most lucid and useful that I have found anywhere.
Although several of the illustrations and explanations in the new edition appeared in his earlier book, many now also appear on the accompanying CD along with additional ones, and provide the reader with the opportunity to apply the techniques described throughout the text. At least half of this latest edition seems like new vital information, and his summation of just one aspect, in a chart on Page 184, outlining the strengths of CMYK, LAB and RGB when retouching, ties it all into a neat, useful package of reminders.
Whether your goals are to enhance good images destined for print reproduction, or to salvage poor ones, I can think of no better expert to look to for practical advice. This book, "Professional Photoshop 6", encapsulates a tremendous amount of it. Congratulations, Mr. Margulis!
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5.0 out of 5 stars professional photoshop 6
It doesn't get any better than this. Dan's ability to communicate by thoroughly explaining and then demonstrating is excellent. Read more
Published on April 21, 2003 by jim bean, professional photographer
4.0 out of 5 stars Really one of the best
If you are a photographer, this is the book for you. If you do any prepress work, this is the book for you. I have read and re-read this book to try to absorb everything inside. Read more
Published on June 23, 2002 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Colour Correction Bible
First of all I would like to say this is not a book for beginners, it is intended for people who have a good understanding of Photoshop and how to apply it. Read more
Published on April 21, 2002 by Dean Bonkovich
5.0 out of 5 stars Number 1 in Color Correction
If you want to learn beautiful and powerfull world of color correction, go and get it.
Published on March 5, 2002 by german raf
2.0 out of 5 stars CMYK color correction with lots of ego.
Most of the online reviews promise a lot but the book doesn't deliver and that is a great disappointment since an understandable guide is need. Read more
Published on January 28, 2002 by Richard Bigus
5.0 out of 5 stars Why this book stands out? Dan writes well!
The information in this book is indispensable. What sets this book apart from other technical writing is that Mr. Margulis writes so well. I read, therefore I understand. Read more
Published on November 7, 2001 by John Randazzo
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, concise book on color correction
As a small time publisher with no training in Photoshop, I struggled along doing my best to make things look good. Read more
Published on October 30, 2001 by Chris Doyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Photoshop trainers and instructors
This book is an excellent resource for Photoshop instructors and trainers. As a fairly experienced Photoshop trainer and user myself, it's hard to find books that actually teach me... Read more
Published on October 2, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Color correction demystified by a master
I had the Margulis' book "professional photoshop version 3" and i thought this was the best book on color correction ever written. Read more
Published on August 16, 2001 by Lorenzo Colloreta
5.0 out of 5 stars The only of its kind, a real masterpiece
If you thought you couldn't salvage some bad looking images because there wasn't enough information available, think again. Read more
Published on June 18, 2001 by Tim C
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