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Worthy Companion to Evening's CS5 for Photographers,
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This review is from: Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop (Paperback)Many consider Martin Evening's Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers to be the single best and most comprehensive book available for CS5. This book is a welcome companion that further expands on that book with more detailed examples of professional workflow, retouching and advanced techniques.
The 26 movie tutorials with over 3 hours of content are worth the price of the book many times over.
Interestingly, the first chapter, entitled "Before You Shoot" is a wealth of advice from a seasoned professional on how to prepare before shooting to give yourself a better setup for using Photoshop.
The 2nd chapter is a very detailed and well explained camera raw workflow. Camera raw is a very important part of my processing and this chapter illustrates Raw workflow with beautiful progressive step-by-step images with full explanatory text. The movie tutorial covers these same pages so you have the advantage of seeing his workflow in both the text and in the video. Very well done.
The 3rd chapter you almost never find in a Photoshop book and goes over all the things a good photographer does to guarantee the maximum image IQ before Photoshop is ever opened. There are many jewels here that many photographers may never consider and have a great deal to do with that elusive snap you are looking for in your final image.
The book continues with example after example of fully explained and illustrated step-by-step "how-to's". I've found a wealth of information and technique combining the text with the movie tutorials. These are very well done.
All the example files are on the DVD so you can work alongside the text.
I don't see a list of chapters in the book description, so here they are:
1. Before you shoot
2. Camera Raw workflow
3. Raising your IQ
4. Mending and blending
5. Now you see it, now you don't
6. Retouching people
7. Masking and compositing
8. Photoshop after dark
10. Cooking with Photoshop
11. Robo Photoshop
12. Photoshop output
13. Minding your own business
If you already own Evening's Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers, don't hesitate to buy this book.