- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (October 18, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735712794
- ISBN-13: 978-0735712799
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 111 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #904,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Katrin Eismann is an internationally respected lecturer and teacher on the subject of imaging, restoration, retouching, and the impact of emerging technologies upon professional photographers, artists, and educators. She is the author of Photoshop Restoration and Retouching 2nd Edition (New Riders),and is the co-author of Real World Digital Photography 2nd Edition(Peachpit Press).
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If you're a professional photographer (or aspire to be one), get this book.
Unlike other books, this book skips the worthless cheezy stuff that professionals
aren't likely to be interested in to begin with. This book focuses on tasks that
photographers and graphic professionals are most likely to need during post processing.
This book is simply a "must have" for those who want to get straight to the point,
without having to flip through hundreds of pages of worthless fluff, just to get the
most out of Photoshop. The book is easy to follow & well written.
#1 If you want to be able to make great composites, work with layers and masks, etc.,
on the level of someone who's trying to create a composite for a cover of say Redbook
Magazine, to be imported into InDesign or Illustrator for polishing- then THIS is your
#2 If you want to remove portraits from horrible backgrounds, and engage in the common
advance post processing procedures common to professional photography, then THIS is your
#3 If you just got a digital camera last week, and you're just now trying to figure out
how to work Photoshop- Get THIS book and immerse yourself. To be honest, anything less
probably a gross waste of your time in the long run as this book focuses on the tasks
that are most needed for taking your photos to a professional level.
Lastly, it is virtually IMPOSSIBLE to regret purchasing this book if you make even a
modest attempt at learning the material. Like anybook, the single most reason people
don't learn software is because they don't READ the material. People want stuff spoon
fed to them. Hint: If you make money from photography, and you don't know how to do
the things in this book, but your competitors do.. you will be at a HUGE disadvantage.
At the time I bought this, I had little experience with Photoshop or Masking. I was starting a new hobby. This book was easy to follow with lots of nice glossy, color pictures. It's jam packed with tons of information and even has downloadable projects to work on. I've done quite a few creative projects of my own using what I've learned.
I was having problems understanding layers and had never used the pen tool. While this book was written for CS3
and I have CS6, the approach she uses to learn and follow along are slow paced and easy to understand. The website with the work book/folder still works and makes it easy to follow her instructions.
I am very happy I bought this book as it serves as a great resource. Outstanding value.
To me, photography and Photoshop have always seemed to depend as much on the why as on the how. Having learned much of what I know informally, often with an emphasis on one at the expense of the other, Katrin has brought her subject together in a way that embraces both. There are others who have done that for me, Dan Margolis comes to mind, but Katrin is a teacher, a clarifier, and has a sense of organization that makes learning feel safer, more comfortable more direct, and just plain easier to stay with, page after page. For all the fine books on Photoshop, there are very few masterpieces, but this is definitely one.
And no, I'm not terribly interested in compositing, but even those sections fed into my need to learn more about masking, more about creating images that matter. This is a must have book for the serious photographer.