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Adobe Photoshop CS3 for Photographers: A Professional Image Editor's Guide to the Creative use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and PC
Adobe Photoshop CS3 for Photographers: A Professional Image Editor's Guide to the Creative use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and PC
by Martin Evening
Edition: Paperback
134 used & new from $0.01

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Comprehensive Reference, September 7, 2007
It is interesting to read the existing reviews of Martin Evening's CS3 book and note the wide disparity in opinion. There can be several reasons for this, including a wide disparity in the needs and level of the readers.

I bought this book because I was looking for additional breadth on the Sharpening book by Bruce Fraser (which I recommend highly also), but what I found was a breadth and depth that I had not expected on virtually every topic in PS CS3 that I have examined. I know of no other book that lays out the whole (almost) picture of the new Photoshop, and does it in such detail and technical depth. There are three authors that I trust to bring me the technical depth I need: Eismann, Fraser, and now Evening.

There are high spots and low spots in the coverage. In some areas the coverage is just that, coverage. But in many, the depth is incredible, perhaps due to his own level of experiences.

Another aspect of the book that is highly valuable is the presentation of the author's opinions and methods. This is incredibly useful information because it overcomes the smooth bland formal treatments available elsewhere and gives you techniques used by (more than one) working professionals. This is exactly what I like about Eismann and Fraser as well.

Another aspect that rings true is that Evening refers to other subjects and authors that I have found very useful, such as for example The DAM Book by Peter Krogh and the issues related to Digital Asset Management.

It is not, however, an introductory book for most people. It goes fast and it goes deep. Other books would probably serve many who are looking for beginning books.

I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting an in depth treatment of Photoshop CS3 at an advanced level and who is willing to work to obtain it.


The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographers (O'Reilly Digital Studio)
The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographers (O'Reilly Digital Studio)
by Peter Krogh
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars for the DAM Book, December 1, 2005
This is an essential book for nearly all digital photographers, and not a bad book for anyone managing digital image databases in any context. There is no other book that addresses these issues more directly and explicitly and in such a comprehensive manner. The only digital photographers for whom reading this book is not mandatory are those who can afford to have someone else do the work for them. Or my grandchildren.

The key factors in the book that make it so valuable are:

1. A clear presentation of the issues.

2. A step-by-step introduction to the methods.

3. A deep treatment of the technical material, including software issues, hardware choices, systems arrangements.

4. Example-based presentation that translates the ideas into practice.

5. It is comprehensive but direct.

6. The methods presented are nearly universal.

7. WE ALL NEED IT SO MUCH!

Although the book is very well written and clear, it is still not an easy book to work through because the issues and concepts have a lot of technical content. The support of the author and the DAM Book Forum is essential in implementation.


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