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Smart Object Pipeline: Revolutionary Tactics for the Photoshop Layer Workflow (A Lark Photography Book) Paperback – Bargain Price, July 7, 2009

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About the Author

Ted Dillard is a nationally exhibiting artist and an instructor who has taught classes in Fine Art Digital Imaging and Photoshop. He is part of the team at Tech Superpowers, Inc., where he works as the resident photographer and imaging specialist with the most respected team of Apple consultants.
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Product Details

  • Series: A Lark Photography Book
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books (July 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600593976
  • ASIN: B0046LUXRE
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #823,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ted's career in Photography spans over three decades, from his first work in his grandfathers darkroom, through his early work for the local newspaper, college yearbook and through 25 years of commercial and advertising work for a national client base.

He has exhibited nationally, and has taught at the Maine Photo Workshops, New England School of Photography, The Art Institute of Boston and Northeastern University.

In addition to his work in Photography, Ted has an unhealthy obsession with electric motorcycles... Have a look at The Electric Chronicles, at www.electricchronicles.com.

For Ted's complete profile, see LinkedIn at: http://www.linkedin.com/in/teddillard

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Conrad J. Obregon VINE VOICE on August 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
Warning! This book is only for experienced users of Photoshop (PS) and the Adobe Camera Raw Plug-in (ACR).

Although smart objects have been around since PS 2, and although most PS authors make at least some reference to them, this is the first photography book devoted to them. (A smart object is an image file that you can reedit and readjust in ACR, even after opening in the main PS. The purpose of this attribute is that it may be easier (and according to the author) less destructive of image data to adjust in ACR.

The book opens with a lengthy review of RAW files, ACR, and PS layers and masking (as well as an introduction to the smart object) to the extent, and only to the extent, that this knowledge is key to the author's process. Once this is done the author explains how to use smart objects, and related smart filters, to adjust images, primarily through selective adjustments and including more advanced techniques that one might never encounter if one were not using smart objects to adjust an image.

To me, smart objects are most useful, first, when there is a chance that one might want to go back to the original RAW file to recover more data from the original image; and second, when one is applying a non-editable filter or certain image adjustments to an image, like unsharp mask, that one might want to change in the future. Dillard caries this a step further, preferring ACR smart filters instead of adjustment layers.

What the author hardly mentions is that using smart objects creates files that are several times the size of a picture adjusted with adjustment layers, and that each time one returns to ACR for an adjustment a great deal more processing power and time is taken then with adjustment layers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DaveInAZ on March 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
My only real complaint about this book is that there isn't enough content to justify making an entire book out of it. But, that's a huge problem, in my opinion. The "pipeline" workflow the author recommends could easily have been described in a magazine article. Half the book is about Camera Raw, and covers no new ground.

Like the previous reviewer, I find some of Mr. Dillard's recommendations highly questionable. And, if this is the forefront of SmartObject use, in my opinion it's not yet ready for prime time. The disadvantages more than balance out the advantages as described here.

The book, itself, is beautifully produced, aside from the now-standard lack of actual editing, beyond spellchecking. Beautifully printed on high quality stock, very well bound, with dual cover flaps for marking one's place, and extensively illustrated, though many of the illustrations serve only to pad out the size of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Len E. Doimo on April 25, 2012
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I have three of Ted Dillard's "Pipeline" books: RAW, Smart Object, and B&W. I have only finished the first read-through on B&W, but that is because that is my current interest.

There is a lot of redundancy in the three books, but there is a valid reason for it: Dillard is helping you create a process, a methodology. And he is very excited about Smart Objects. His argument for them, in all three books, is the amount of time and effort they save you and the creativity they allow you. This is especially true when coupled with RAW - then you can do much of your adjustment layer work in the RAW editor instead of on Adjustment Layers. A great OOPS convenience.

I can't recommend one over the others - it depends on your current interest; but since all three talk about Smart Objects and the RAW editor, any one you choose will be a valuable resource.

If you opt for more than one, as I did, you will have a great mini-library, just be aware of the redundancy.

I have recommended Ted Dillard books to my brother, another post-processing amateur.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By charles k rankin on February 25, 2015
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A outstanding buy.
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SMART OBJECT PIPELINE: REVOLUTIONARY TACTICS FOR THE PHOTOSHOP LAYER WORKFLOW tells how to edit in Photoshop layers and markets, and how to gain access to a digital image to maximize image quality. Smart object technology teaches access to the raw file, and offers a clear, specific guide to Photoshop layering's complexities perfect for any Photoshop collection.
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