Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: A professional image editor's guide to the creative use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and PC 1st Edition
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"When it's all said and done, tools-whether hardware or software-are just tools, and it's your ideas and images that matter. You'll find that Martin knows both sides of the equation and never lets the techniques distract from the vision. I think you'll find his perspective and experience invaluable." -- John Nack, Principal Product Manager, Adobe Photoshop
"Evening's Adobe Photoshop for Photographers titles have become classic reference sources, written to deal directly with the needs of photographers and filled with a wealth of practical advice, hints and tips to help you achieve professional results." -- Professional Photographer
"Richly illustrated with photos and screen grabs, this is an invaluable guide for anyone serious about Photoshop at a very reasonable price." -- What Digital Camera
"...the bible for digital photographers. Wonderfully illustrated and incredibly detailed to help you master all aspects of the program." -- ephotozine
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Renowned Photographer and Photoshop hall-of-famer, Martin Evening returns with his comprehensive guide to Photoshop. This acclaimed work covers everything from the core aspects of working in Photoshop to advanced techniques for refined workflows and professional results. Using concise advice, clear instruction and real world examples, this essential guide will give you the skills, regardless of your experience, to create professional quality results. A robust accompanying website features sample images, tutorial videos, bonus chapters and a plethora of extra resources. Quite simply, this is the essential reference for photographers of all levels using Photoshop.
- Item Weight : 3.7 pounds
- Paperback : 768 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0240526041
- Product dimensions : 7.47 x 1.83 x 9.7 inches
- Publisher : Focal Press; 1st edition (May 25, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #922,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Here is my personal opinion after having just finished reading this book, and why I consider it to be average rather than super good or super bad:
• Index is woefully lacking, which renders this less useful as the resource book it purports to be
• You MUST have some experience with PS – some concepts are simply mentioned with nothing further, and if you don’t know what they are you will have to look elsewhere to figure out what the author is talking about – it is written as if the reader has at least an operational knowledge of PS (just as one example, the author briefly mentions alpha channels and how they are similar to mask channels, but does not go into detail on either – if you don’t know what channels are, you will not get an in-depth explanation of that here)
• The book contains some great information and tips on structuring workflow from capturing the image all the way to print
• The writing is concise and in short enough blocks that it is easy to read a while, practice, take a break, then read a little more
• The images and many of the examples are great, and some of the images are available online to download and practice yourself
• There are many points when the author says “for more information go to the website and read pdf blah blah blah” – so be prepared to have to use supplemental materials from the web that are not included in the book (not my favorite task)
• There is a HUGE amount of material and reference for using Camera Raw (in fact a nearly 140-page Chapter 3 is nothing but raw, which is about 20% of the book, and then raw is mentioned sporadically throughout after) – if you only shoot in jpeg or you use some other process and will not use Camera Raw, just know that probably 25% of the book is devoted to raw processing, and the author’s thinking seems to be that much of what needs to be done to an image should happen in Camera Raw before it even gets into PS for further editing (a point with which I happen to agree, but only because I shoot raw and use Camera Raw to process my photos)
• Finally, I’m both an intermediate user of PS and a fairly adept photographer, and I don’t believe this is the best that could be created for a photographer – I know in my circle of photographer friends, they are more interested in shooting than photoshopping, and so a book written in the style of a McClelland or Kelby might be more suitable for those individuals who just want to know what settings to use without the why, and without all the history about the evolution of PS and how things came to be as in PS6 this author sprinkles throughout the book
All in all this is a good book, and a decent read. I’m glad I read it and I learned several things that I now routinely use, and the workflow information and the raw information (for me, since I always shoot raw and use Camera Raw) were the most helpful.
There are many tips that he passes along from his vast experience as a fashion photographer, as well as hands-on examples, that make life easier for the work we do. The book is logically organized by program tasks and is easy to read. There are the inevitable quirky differences between the author's British English and our American implementation, but they are never confusing. Study this book and you will know how to make Photoshop sing.
There are chapters left out of this version that were in previous editions, but they are downloadable from his website for free. There are also downloadable image files from the examples in the book if you're inclined to practice his techniques. There is no DVD of tutorials either, but the videos are available online for free as well.
All in all, a very thorough treatment of one of the most complex applications around.
Edit - The missing file problem seems to be a MAC issue, but the book is geared to those with both MACs and PCs so this issue should be addressed. My friend with a PC was able to download. Publisher never did contact me even though I wrote to them.
That's not to say you shouldn't buy other books. Only that this one is the single best reference book that I have found over the years, and it keeps getting better. The sections on ACR / raw editing is great, as are the sections detailing the new interface options, preferences and other important settings. Lots of important details and hidden tips. Often overlooked by other authors or glossed over, Evening handles these types of topics the right way, making you more efficient / good at what you do.
The one downside is that if you like to carry your reference books around with you this thing is (by necessity because it only gets longer with each version, as new features are added) is pretty huge. Weighs in around 750 pages so it's bulky and heavy but hey, it's worth it.
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Rather than detail the content (which you can see from the helpful "Look Inside" feature), it might be more helpful to compare three of the most widely used of the myriad of Photoshop user guides that are on the market - Photoshop CS6 For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers)) , The Adobe Photoshop CS6 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) and Martin Evening's Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Photographers.
The Dummies book is best for those completely new to Adobe Photoshop and indeed to image processing software. Unlike the other two, it is more general and so includes more on the creative art or design elements of the software. It's well organized, logical and clear. While none of the three books come with a CD of photos, the Dummies is the only one not to provide web-based images that you can work on along with the book. In fact, it's less of an instruction book and more of a general resource, although it is laid out such that you can work through it if you want to with your own images. The trademark List of 10s contained in Dummies works well here - and is less of a stretch than it can sometimes be in the series. For the new user it's very, very good indeed.
Kelby though is still my "go-to guy" for Photoshop. With Kelby you get the feeling that you are being given advice from someone who uses this software day in day out and really knows the best ways to organize your workflow. It's the shortest of the three books and is strongest for those who have upgraded from earlier versions or indeed come up from Elements. First time users will get something out of this book but it's far from comprehensive. Neither is it helpful for the graphic design elements. The biggest loss is that while he provides one of his excellent workflow examples, unlike some of his earlier Elements guides, this is a general one and doesn't detail for example different workflows for say landscape and portraits. I still refer to an old Elements guide of his for this. If you are upgrading though, this is the one I'd go for, but you may need one of the other two for the missing bits.
The Martin Evening book is a veritable brick of a book. It's longer than the other two put together. Comprehensive isn't the work but it's best for those who like to know why things happen rather than just what to do. He explains the technical bits behind the processes well. If you are the type of person who loves to read instruction manuals - this is the one for you. I find it much drier than the other two. Both Kelby and the Dummies range are known for a quirky sense of humour - Evening possesses none of this. I was around 170 pages into it before it got to something you could do with the images you can download from the website. It's a superb reference book to have but less user friendly as a guide. It's more technical and best suited to those who are already knowledgeable about both Adobe and ideally Photoshop.
Irritatingly, all have something to offer and none are cheap. I love the practicality of Kelby and remain a fan - and in fact one of the negatives about his style, his quirky humour, is more restrained here. Ideally you will want to back this up with either of the other two though - which one depends on your previous experience with the software and, to a lesser extent, the type of person you are. If you crave detail and technical information, Evening is unsurpassed. If you are newer and want a more basic introduction, you don't need to be a Dummy to benefit from the Dummies series.
There is a link to additional material on the internet once you enter the code shown in the book, I had a slight problem with this and e-mailed Martin who responded within 24 hours.
The book is well laid out and most people will use it as a reference book rather than reading it cover to cover but the first few chapters are essential reading as they deal with setting up Photoshop for your individual needs and how to get the best out of the program.
It is important to note this book is for photographers and there are a number of areas in CS6 it does not cover such as the 3D facilities or Video.
For photographers it's an excellent book, even more so at the price Amazon is selling it for.
Buy it ! You will not be disappointed.
Navigating this on a Kindle is nigh on impossible. Or at least it is on the Kindle for Mac App. I don't own a Kindle (and after this experience I won't be buying one either), so I'm guessing the method of navigation is the same.
I decided to buy the Kindle for Mac version for two reasons, the first being one of economy ; Amazon has brutal rip off postage prices to the Irish Republic for anything under £25, and the second being that I thought it would be a better method of using the book alongside Photoshop on screen.
Now I'm unfamiliar with Kindle but it seems to lack a properly thought out page locator.
If for instance the author states something along the lines of " I describe this process in far greater depth on page 57" then it would be useful would it not (Duh! as the Americans say) to be able to navigate quickly to page 57 to read said detailed process, but no, the Kindle app offers only to tell me that I am at 'location 3326 of 15116' and offers only a search facility to find any one of the other 15116 locations without offering any clue as to which location page 57 is located at. The author refers to page numbers and the Kindle app refers to locations. This is of course entirely useless in a manual.
So the book gets 5 stars and the Kindle for Mac Version gets 0 stars.
If there is a away to navigate by page numbers then I shall happily stand corrected but so far my only foray into electronic books has been very disappointing.
I've just bought the actual book and since Amazon insist on ludicrous postage charges I've bought it secondhand from a third party book dealer.
My only issue and its not with the book - is that this is the forth or fifth book I have had to buy as I upgrade the programme. I now run CS6 on three computers, having parted with a not insignificant investment.
I would strongly recommend this book to those of you who have CS6, but I would strongly recommend those who have CS3, 4 or 5 not to upgrade and stick with those versions.
I strongly dislike the upgrade, which has taken a lot of the fun out of using P'shop. I am sufficiently cynical to think that CS6 may even have been made so awkward to push people in the direction of Cloud, so that Adobe can keep a permanent hand in your pocket.
Buy the book if you have CS6. Better yet don't get either.