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Adobe Photoshop Forensics 1st Edition
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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.
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.)
"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.Read more ›
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