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A Good Book for the Serious Photoshop User,
This review is from: How to Wow: Photoshop CS3 for Photography (Paperback)
How to Wow: Photoshop CS3 for Photographers, by Jack Davis
Jack Davis is a Photoshop Hall of Fame member, as well as a part of the "Dream Team" that teaches at Photoshop World conferences. So, not surprisingly, Jack knows his Photoshop stuff. And, more important for anyone planning to buy this book, he knows how to show and tell his readers everything they need to recreate his fine Photoshop techniques.
This is strictly a how-to book (as the title suggests), and is meant to be more of a reference than a cover-to-cover read. The goal of the book is to allow non-experts to make significant improvements in their good-but-not-great images. Some of the areas covered are facial retouching and body sculpting, Bridge and Camera Raw workflow enhancements, black and white conversions and hand tinting and non-destructive workflows.
How to Wow is considered an intermediate-to-advanced Photoshop book, and much of the initial image processing relies heavily on ACR (Adobe Camera Raw). The good news is that, even if you're not proficient in using Raw, HTW provides an excellent introduction and overview of this must-use Photoshop application.
HTW come with a CD that lets readers use Jack's techniques as they follow along with his text. He also offers a Web site where there is additional text-related material (including some Photoshop actions and presets). I recommend How to Wow to anyone who is serious about learning and using Photoshop and who wants to take the time to let Jack guide you through some excellent advanced techniques.