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Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Photographers by: Martin Evenin,
This review is from: Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: A professional image editor's guide to the creative use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and PC (Paperback)
Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Photographers by: Martin Evening
This reference guide is aesthetically pleasing, well bound, and contains color-coded chapters that makes it a breeze to find the information one needs to complete most any task at hand. Included on every page are color-coded keyboard short cuts for either the Mac or PC user and the content is well placed representing a workflow most any photographer would use to manipulate either a single photo or a whole project.
First you will orient yourself to the anatomy of photoshop learning the what, when, where and why of tools. This is an introduction to the important-to-learn aspect of photoshop "language", yes, photoshop has it's own language as does Science, the Medical field, and as well as many other disciplines used in today's society.
Secondly, Camera Raw takes the reader through a series of features very similar to the workflow one uses in Lightroom, and again as noted in the forefront of the book, the author explains in-depth the tools used in a step-by-step manner to fully process the photographer's images. Did I mention Lightroom? Though the two are very similar, just remember this, Camera Raw is integrated into CS6 thus the combination offers not only more tools but more tools with the capacity to dramatically change and refine image detail. Having worked in a processing lab using a huge Fuji machine with few knobs, dials, and push buttons to tweak images I tend to like the availability of any and all prospects for refining the littlest detail.
Thirdly, Camera Raw concludes with applying Pre-sharpening or capture sharpening images prior to taking them into Photoshop for editing. I can't express enough the importance of sharpening not only once, twice, but thrice! This concept is dubbed "multi-pass sharpening workflow: capture sharpening, optional creative sharpen, and finally sharpening for print". It appears "Pixel Genius PhotoKit Sharpener plug-in: by Bruce Fraser" has been integrated into Camera Raw. Noise, color noise, moire, and the de'mosaic process are also discussed in this section. This is one of the new changes not only in CS6 but in Evenings book. He does not elaborate on the UnSharp Mask filter in his new text but continues to offer the information at the online website.
By no means is this a comprehensive overview of the features presented by Martin Evening in his new edition of Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Photographers but I want the reader to perceive the gist of things so they may better understand my review.
What I especially like about this book; the author gives the necessary "particulars", for instance, computer specs needed for installation, how to configure the program, customizing menu options and the knowledge of creating actions. WOW! As an instructor, I could justify teaching at least an 8 hour workshop just on the above mentioned topics.
Next, he's created an easy read by presenting this body-of-work with concise, detailed information and How-to photographs. He further enhances learning with an online website containing downloadable interactive sample test images, tutorial videos, and bonus chapters available in PDF format for printing, example: keyboard short cuts, Unsharp Mask filter for the hard core users.
I specifically like the user friendly ability of downloading information from PDF form. It's simple for everyone to do and the plus about having the information in hand allows for more time working on the task at hand. In other words, I don't have to switch back and forth from screen to screen and so on. It's just a simple answer to a learning style that some people need to understand the material at a faster rate or to keep an ongoing continuity in their learning process.
As an instructor of photography I understand most everyone has a unique learning style and this author offers a variety of learning tools needed for one to grasp the material.
This book should be in the hands of every CS6 user therefore I'm not only recommending it to the seasoned photographer for the well explained changes, or to the novice who wants to get started becoming a Master in photoshop image processing and editing but to all of my students as well.