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Black and White in Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop Lightroom: Create stunning monochromatic images in Photoshop CS3, Photoshop Lightroom, and beyond Paperback – October 25, 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
While many books cover workflow, colour management etc, this book repeats these topics and covers them well. Unfortunately the B&W component is a lacking, especially in Lightroom. A substantial part of the first 80 pages is devoted to Lightroom, yet the B&W conversion process is descibed in only one page. I was hoping to get more out of this conversion process and tips of a more artistic nature to ensure the best possible image is carried across to Photoshop. Instead it basically suggests "click greyscale conversion" and open Photoshop. The art of the B&W conversion is what makes/breaks an image and I would have thought that Lightroom would be more appropiate than the channel mixer in Photoshop. With "channels" for each colour I would have liked to seen examples and how these were achieved in Lightroom
Although I have not yet fully covered the photoshop part of the book, what I have read is thorough and well written.
I found it difficult to rate this book - it is very good in many ways, but unfortunately did not fill the gap in which I was looking for.
Here's a brief walkthrough of the book:
Ch 1. Color management
Chapter 1 Explores the necessity of having a color managed workspace, even for black and white photography. The author gives the six basic components of color management in the workflow phase: camera capture, workspace environment, monitor calibration, software working space, printer profiles, and evaluation.
Ch 2. Workflow Phase 1: Highest Quality Capture
In this chapter the author gives suggestions on file formats, such as jpeg, RAW, TIFF and DNG, as well as ideas on properly capturing a digital image, both through a camera and through a scanner if you are scanning film.
Ch 3. Workflow Phase 2: Black and White in Lightroom
Chapter 3 gives a basic lightroom workflow as well as an introductory course on using the different modules. This is probably useful for someone learning lightroom, but unfortunately there are only about 4 pages devoted to black and white conversion, and the instruction is fairly basic.
Ch 4. Black and White in Photoshop
This is the meat and potatoes of the book where you will learn about the various black and white conversion methods within photoshop. The methods covered in the book are greyscale mode change, desaturate, the channel mixer, and photoshop's black and white conversion feature.
The book has examples of each feature in action, and shows how each of the color channels can have an effect on the final result of the photo.
Ch 5.Read more ›
This book is not.
One imagines the authors thought there was a larger audience in need of beginning guidance, so they aimed it for beginners for whom such comprehensive information is too advanced. So it is basically a power point presentation of mostly elementary techniques.
The writing style reflects the elementary level of the material, and is much too distracting and cutesy for the subject matter being covered.
Even as an introductory manual, much of the book would be eliminated by good editing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What editor worked with this book and allowed it to be titled as such? Less than 50 pages of this book are devoted to actual B&W conversion! Read morePublished on November 6, 2008 by D. Jenson
I'm sure this book is actually really really good, however for me it was way too complicated and uninspiring. Read morePublished on September 29, 2008 by Douzy
This book is OK but not great as it seems to suffer from an identity crisis with regard to its intended audience. Read morePublished on September 9, 2008 by SemioticFarce
Congratulations to Alsheimer to this Job. There is a pratical, easy going language to vast public even to basic amateurs. Read morePublished on July 14, 2008 by Marcelo F. Tavora
The book is exceptional in its clarity of concepts. I have read many other color management books or sections in photoshop books, and this is so cogent. It totally clicks. Read morePublished on July 14, 2008 by Marcia Poole
This book is a good help for processing photographs in Adobe Photoshop, with specific guidelines for black and white images. Read morePublished on April 19, 2008 by J. Paula
I wanted to learn to make better B&W prints and to do so with Photoshop CS3. When I searched for available books to provide guidance I was pleased to find that Leslie Alsheimer... Read morePublished on April 10, 2008 by Byron Annis
I recommend this book for everybody who want to learn and to apply thers knowledege over B & W photography.Published on April 9, 2008 by Miguel A. Santos Gonzalez