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book should be retitled "Adobe Camera RAW"
on March 6, 2013
As a dedicated user of Kelby's previous editions, I found this book extremely disappointing.
- He removed all portrait retouching content that was present in all previous Photoshop books
- The majority of this book is dedicated to editing in Camera RAW, not editing in Photoshop and how to use Photoshop tools and techniques. It took me a very frustrating while to realize why I could not find the workspaces, tools, palettes, etc... that he uses in the book. It's because he spends the majority of the book showing you how to edit photos in Camera RAW and the Camera RAW interface, not Photoshop. He doesn't bother to tell you (unless you dig deeply though the book) that most of what he's instructing you to do is in the ACR workspace, not Photoshop. It's extraordinarily, frustratingly ridiculous.
- By committing the majority of edits (as Kelby tells you to in this book) in Camera Raw before even opening them in PS (with access to layers and PS tools) of of the greatest features of PS-layers- is completely negated. By following Kelby's instruction in this book, there's no way to perform edits on layers and retain the ability to turn them on and off or adjust their intensity.
- Camera RAW is a module that is used in Bridge as a tool for fine tuning images prior to opening them in Photoshop. If Kelby wants to train people how to use the Camera RAW module, he should write a book titled Camera RAW, not Photoshop.
If you use Lightroom before editing your images in Photoshop, this book is virtually useless as it just tells you how to do everything LR does, but in ACR instead.
It really seems like Kelby's trying to thin out the material, to spread what used to be encompassed in one book across multiple books, only to make more money. This is very disappointing, the title of this book is very misleading and I've lost a lot of respect for Kelby with this book.
I started using Kelby's books because I found them to be more accessible, succinct and efficient than Martin Evening's books. After the huge disappointment of what an inefficient mess this book is, I think I'm going back to Evening. At least he's consistent, reliable and straightforward.