- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (August 18, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321356780
- ISBN-13: 978-0321356789
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 104 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #537,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Photoshop LAB Color: The Canyon Conundrum and Other Adventures in the Most Powerful Colorspace Paperback – August 18, 2005
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About the Author
Dan Margulis is known as "the experts' expert on the logical and effective ways to make any image look its best" (Design Tools Monthly) and "the father of digital prepress" (Scott Kelby). In 2001, he was one of the first three individuals—and the only writer—to be named as a member of the Photoshop Hall of Fame. In announcing this election, the National Association of Photoshop Professionals said, "Dan's ability to reduce complicated concepts to words that users can understand and his insistence on dealing with real-world relevance have made him today's most influential voice in color reproduction."
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Think you know what you are doing in PS? You should really consider that thought and at least become curious since I don't believe you fully understand what is left to know about how much more depth there is to PS. Very well explained with lots of examples and a CD. Chapter by chapter he walks you through his points with both his technique and what the other options would have net you.
Very good writer in explaining and getting his idea across to you. He had me shaking my head in almost every chapter due to his ability, ideas, comparisons and results.
Used as a reference material in the original book I was reading and another you should consider adding to your quiver of weapons- Katrin Eismann's Photoshop's Restoration & Retouching. Both of these writers should receive awards for coming through with their books on Photoshop.
Bought this book about 18 months ago and read it through once. Picked up some powerful techniques, but realized that there was more to absorb. Started to read it again but life got in the way. I just realized that it is time to work my way through it again.
Why bother? Because I'm convinced that the techniques presented are invaluable and really getting a solid grasp of them will improve my images. What I learned with the first reading allows me to quickly optimize some images that would otherwise be problematic. I love LAB sharpening!
This stuff would probably bee too much for a Photoshop neophyte, but for a journeyman practitioner, it is worth the time and effort to get your arms around LAB color techniques. I suspect that this book will have a much longer useful life than the many version-specific Photoshop technique guides.
The chapters are broken into two parts. One is a quick overview that will get you working in LAB color quickly. The second is a more complex treatment of the subject. I read the first sections of each topic first. I then went back and read the more complex explanations. Having an understanding of the basic principles helped me understand the complex sections better. Remember; LAB color manipulation is an art form and it will take some time to be able to exploit the more complex principles.
I had to do professional color manipulation without a budget to hire a pro so this book really helped me get up to speed.
Like I said, I haven't even finished the book yet, but I already am kicking myself over how much time I've wasted and how many images I could have made SO much better if I had already been familiar with what Margulis presents in this book.
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Congratulation to the author!
Had much fun with it.