- Series: Voices That Matter
- Paperback: 504 pages
- Publisher: New Riders; 2 edition (September 3, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321701003
- ISBN-13: 978-0321701008
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 52 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Well, all is well.
In its second edition, this is a great book made even better. In some ways, far better.
With this book, faithful attention (which means weeks of study), practicing with the examples and the willingness to persevere, you will become an expert in the techniques of Photoshop masking and compositing. No guaranty that you'll become artistically competent, but you will most certainly become technically proficient.
Brought up to date for Photoshop CS6, the book covers every aspect of using the program's tools for masking and compositing. The pen tool chapter is now a downloadable PDF item, a production decision I don't agree with, but no real harm done. The chapter on the pen tool has been revised and is more informative than its predecessor.
The chapter on using the Refine Edge tool is beyond outstanding. It is the best I've seen in a Photoshop book (and I've collected a lot of them) or online article. Eismann leaves no stone unturned in her exposition.
More material has been added on planning composites, which is nice, but the book would survive without it. The gallery section on masters of compositing has been expanded, which is also another of those things that is basically eye-candy. It adds in a way, but I could live without it.
Just as I did with the first edition, I have promised myself that I will read every page and do every exercise over and over again until I am, like Katrin Eismann, a total master. Of course, you know what they say about roads paved with good intentions.
The reality is that despite my good intentions, I will probably pick at the contents, learning what I need to know when I nweed to know it and blunder my way through to passable results.
Either way, as a text to be studied page by page or a go-to reference on Photoshop masking and compositing, this is the one and only book on the subject you'll need. (Its complement would be "How To Cheat With Photoshop" by Steve Caplin, which deals more with the methodology of creating photomontages. There is some overlap in that both teach technique, but they really are different books in terms of scope.)
Simply put: a classic on Photoshop masking and compositing.