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Adobe Photoshop Forensics 1st Edition

3.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1598634051
ISBN-10: 1598634054
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Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Cynthia L. Baron is Associate Director of the undergraduate Multimedia Studies and graduate Digital Media programs at Northeastern University in Boston. She was formerly the Technical Director for the Department of Visual Arts. She holds an MBA with a concentration in Marketing. Cynthia has been active in the creative community for most of her professional life. She has consulted for corporations and non-profits, and has published several articles in newspapers and periodicals. She was the editor of the DesignWhys series for Rockport Publishers and former contributing editor to Critique Magazine, one of the most important design publications of the ¿90s.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Course Technology PTR; 1 edition (October 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598634054
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598634051
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,323,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is an enjoyable treatment of this topic for the general reader. When reading it from that perspective, it provides a great overview of what any of us might see in our day-to-day lives - altered political photos, actresses on the Photoshop Diet Plan, falsified documents on the internet, etc. Seeing the examples in Baron's book can make us a little more aware and a little more skeptical of what we see in advertisements, newspapers, magazines, and the internet.

This book is not, however, a technical book for the forensics professional - nor does it claim to be. As an expert in imaging forensics, I was careful when reading this book to not judge it from the wrong perspective - this book isn't intended to be a reference for those in my field. But, it still is an enjoyable read with some good information. I didn't care for some of the anecdotal treatments, and I disagreed with some of the content - but since it was written for a broader audience, those became minor points. If this were a technical text, these would have been more important issues.

Does the book belong on the shelf of every forensic image analyst? Probably not - but it will be enjoyed by anyone who is curious about this field, or who wants to be a bit more savvy regarding the photos and documents we are confronted with every day.
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This book just isn't well written.

It's focus is meandering. Sometimes it's talking about photoshop... other times it's talking about Sacco and Vansetti. not to say it's not interesting, it's just unfocused and tends to ramble.

It has too little information to be an informational book, it's not entertaining enough to be an internaintment book, and the few tutorials it offers are so spread out in level of difficulty that no one person would find it applicable to their skill set.

The title is also poorlly chosen. Only the first few sections of the book have to do with photoshop in a forensics sort of way. The rest is more focused on teh ways photoshop is used to misrepresent reality. (there is a meaty chapter on photoshop's use in retouching fashion photographs.)
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This was a fun read: a very interesting blend of historical (such as forensics on Civil War era images) and/or real life situations (such as counterfeit money) blended with a compendium of Photoshop tricks and tips. I use Photoshop frequently for work and in college classes, and as always I'm amazed at how many features are packed into the program. The author is able to bring many of these features to bear in clearly worded, step-by-step examples (such as modifing the a model's image to remove blemishes and punch up the photo's visual qualities for a magazine cover). The book will appeal to multiple levels of Photoshop users, from beginner to advanced, and will also go down well with anyone with an interest in history. Nicely done.
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"Adobe Photoshop Forensics" is billed as a guide to forensic examination images for manipulation, and subtly implies that you, too, can become a forensic investigator by studying this book . . . Not so much . . . It is, however, a fun read, and a backwards introduction on how to do effective, convincing image manipulation. I blew through it in about 24 hours, and I'm not asking for the time I spent on it back.

"Adobe Photoshop Forensics" is divided into four parts:
"Counterfeiting and the Law," covers not just counterfeiting of cash, but also counterfeit IDs, photos used for insurance documentation or court cases, and other legal-ish or money-ish issues.
"Professional Misconduct" covers propaganda and political images, photojournalism and editorial shenanigans, and science-related images.
"Body of Evidence" relates primarily to image manipulation related to the human body, with a small foray into compositing and composite images.
"Outer Limits" scoops up more fringe-ey fun with topics like faking UFOs, ghosts, and urban legends.
Each of the four part is divided into chapters and sections, with each section having at least one sample image that is analyzed, and/or manipulated step-by-step.

I'm Photoshop-challenged and so only skimmed the tutorials, but they appeared straightforward. However, it also appears that this would not be a good book to actually learn image manipulation in any kind of detail from - these are more examples of one way (the simplest?) that the desired results can be achieved.

Related to that, some of the sample images aren't large enough to really show the effects of the steps they are supposed to illustrate. The publisher's web page for the book has links for errata and other information, in zip files.
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This book is a quick, easy, and mildy entertaining read. It just doesn't deliver much of what the title would lead you to expect.
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