- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Peachpit Press; 3rd edition (June 13, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321509862
- ISBN-13: 978-0321509864
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,624,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wouldn't it be great if you could have one of the world's most sought-after Photoshop teachers sitting next to you as you navigate through the infinite possibilities of your digital photographic darkroom, especially with a tool as deep and as complex at Photoshop? How to Wow: Photoshop CS3 for Photography is the next best thing. It's the brainchild of Photoshop Hall-of-Famer Jack Davis, world-renowned author and educator, and award-winning designer and photographer, who has developed invaluable methods to help you reach your full creative and craftsmanship potential. In this gorgeous full-color book, Jack guides you step-by-step through real-world projects, with an emphasis on uncompromising quality, last-minute flexibility, and go-home-at-night speed! You'll receive tips and techniques on everything from streamlining your workflow in Bridge to hand-tinting an antique look, to optimizing and enhancing an entire photo shoot automatically (and nondestructively) in Adobe Camera Raw! Whether it's optimizing the color and tone of your image, retouching cosmetic undesirables, or creating classic sepia color treatments, you'll receive the tools at every stage of the creative process in order to learn How to Wow! Jack begins with the essentials of workflow (including color management, Bridge file-organization, and instant Camera Raw optimization), and continues with targeted adjusting and optimizing and retouching and repairing in Photoshop. Finally, Jack rounds it out with the fun stuff—projects that focus on enhancing and exaggerating aspects of your photos for maximum impact.
Bonus CD, included with the book, contains all the images you'll need to follow along with each project!
How to Wow Topics Include:
- Camera and Computer Workflow: From Camera settings to using Calibrated Profiles to Soft Proofing and Print Previewing in CS3.
- Bridge and Camera Raw Workflow: Organizing and Processing your plethora of images in Bridge, and using the power of Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) to blaze through Optimizing dozens of photographs at once.
- Smart Non-destructive Workflow: Between ACR's prowess and CS3's Smart Filter technology you may rarely need to “push pixels again!
- Selecting Tips and Techniques: Whether it's the new Quick Select and Refine Edge tools or masking secrets that have been available for years, you will be selecting quickly and easily in no time.
- Color and Tone Optimizing: Sometimes you can't tweak an image enough in ACR. Instead, use the power of CS3's Curves and Masks for Color Correction and “Smart nondestructive Dodging and Burning!
- Enhancing Can Begin in Camera Raw! Correct everything in ACR from Color and Tone (with Jack's Four-Step Tango Fix) to instant Special Effects.
- Skin Softening, Portrait Patching, and Wrinkle Reduction: Skin Softening, Unifying Color, Problem Patching, Wrinkle Reduction and Skin and Glasses Glare Removal, even Selective Body Reshaping.
- Enhancing Eyes, Teeth, Hair, and Lips: Quick Color and Tone Enhancing, along with Selective Sharpening and some essential “Hollywood Glow“ effects can instantly turn a good shot into a great portrait.
- Retouching, Replacing, Removing, and Repairing: When one shot just won't convey the whole story, it's time for combining different images to make the perfect picture - from Group Portraits to Epic Panoramas.
- Enhancing Edge, Glow, Density, and Focus Effects: Creating everything from Illustrative HDR Edge effects, Diffused Glows to Graduated Neutral Density Gradients and Artistic Texture Overlays.
- Black & White, Tinting, and Hand Coloring: These techniques are some of the best (and easiest) methods to turn a “seen-it-before picture into a fine-art print. And how you do it makes all the difference!
About the Author
Jack Davis is perhaps best known as the author of several bestselling books on Photoshop, including How to Wow: Photoshop for Photography, Adobe Photoshop One-Click Wow! , and, of course, The Photoshop Wow! Book. Jack is also an award-winning designer, photographer, and internationally recognized creative spokesperson on digital imagery. He teaches as part of the “Dream Team” at the Photoshop World Conferences, where he was recently inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame for his lifetime contributions in the field of education. Jack has an undergraduate degree in Graphic Design and an MA and MFA in Digital Imagery. When he’s not in his studio in San Diego, he is usually on the beach somewhere in Polynesia with a digital camera and analog paints, capturing the local color.
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Jack Davis is an affable teacher and a straightforward writer. He knows what he is doing and he can instill confidence in his readers. He addresses a variety of problems that many photographers might need to resolve in their files such as yellow stains on subjects' teeth. This is a book about tweaking many kinds of shots from portraits to landscapes in natural and artificial light. The funniest example of an improved photo digitally body sculpts a man's beer belly physique to transform it into a trim figure. But in another example where glare on eyeglasses ruins a studio portrait of Mr. Davis he suggests an unusual solution. It requires taking two shots of any bespectacled sitter, one with, and one without glasses, followed by adjusting both files in PS. A mask for the frames is made on a separate layer and the two images are blended together followed by yet another stage. He "paints" some glare back into the edited glasses to make it look like a professsional portrait. Instead, I recommend, beginning to learn how to light people in the studio. Bad lighting created an avoidable problem. PS can be the wrong option as well as take more time to "fix" unnecessary mistakes without ever resolving the problems at their source. You can quickly learn to control minor issues like lens glare but more importantly, you can discover how to understand as well as to proficiently use light both technically and artistically with books like Light: Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting and a portrait lighting "workshop" like the book, Sculpting with Light: Techniques for Portrait Photographers. Avoid accidental misery.
A subjective judgment is necessary so I will put this Davis book into the "Tips and Tricks" category as opposed to Katrin Eismann's deeper and more detailed, "Professional" users' category, such as Adobe Photoshop Restoration & Retouching (3rd Edition) (Voices That Matter) or Photoshop Masking & Compositing (VOICES). That is not to say that professionals could not learn from Davis or Kelby's very succesful series of books, because they do. To provide a wide scope, I offer a variety of titles here. You can read more about ones that interest you here at Amazon and elsewhere. These alternatives may appeal to you more or less than the Wow book since they cover a more representative range in PS readership's diversity. It really is about matching your skills, knowledge and expectations with the best choices for you at each particular stage of your learning. Secondly, you, the reader, need to discriminate because it is now customary to make purchases--sight unseen--which really is the underlying problem here. Thirdly, there is actually more than one level across a number of categories of expertise that matter here. That helps explain the level of frustration and disappointment in many negative reviews from readers of the gamut of PS books who ultimately resorted to heuristics regardless of reading reviews, including mine. Forgive the oversimplification but it is inevitable unless we stop shopping like this online and instead go to a bookstore. Imagine!
A very sharp writer of conventional DSL and PS titles, Tim Grey, takes an unconventional approach in Take Your Best Shot: Tim Grey Tackles Your Digital Darkroom Questions. The questions have been carefully chosen. See its comments and reviews to see if that might work for you. There are several more excellent writers specializing in digital photography and more advanced uses of Camera Raw and CS3.
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.