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Ultimate Photoshop Book for Photo Restoration Work
on March 25, 2012
I was pleased at how fast the seller shipped this book and what a great deal I got on, it price wise.
( This was listed as a used book, but what came in the mail was a book in pristine, like new condition!)
As for the book itself- the author is very easy to understand.
Her style of writing is not complicated and she walks you through various restoration issues you might encounter among photographs- both old and new.
Granted this book is not for a newbie/beginner.
You definitely need some Photoshop 7 knowledge, as the author is not teaching Photoshop 7, but rather how to use that version to restore images.
You also have to have a genuine desire to want to fix-repair- or enhance photographs.( See book title- it says it all!)
This is a fat book, chock full of information.
You get a nice mixture of detailed segments & helpful hints, but all throughout, a very informative book that holds your hand through steps in fixing flawed or damaged photos, many of which, the average person would deem trash worthy.
It was amazing to see how, by just learning to using the right tools in Photoshop, a photo could be vastly improved.
But what was even more astounding, were the images most of us would say were a total loss.
To see these practically brought back to life in the book, was incredible and gives testament to the power of Photoshop as well as the author herself.
After all, she is showing the reader exactly how to resurrect a photo that would be deemed hopeless and daunt many a Photoshop savvy user.
You will see in the book( well illustrated) all sorts of photo situations- from common problems like the underexposed- overexposed,etc, to the horror of a photo torn into multiple pieces.
Yes, multiple pieces- just imagine being handed all these photo pieces, like a jig saw puzzle, with the request to make a photo out of it.
That example is not one I would relish working on- but leave it to the author to make that jigsaw puzzle magically become one uniform lovely image!
Truly, most will see that example as quite amazing; but the author gives us some others, that are also feats of Photoshop magic.
This books gives you the feeling that with time and learning the *ins and outs* of Photoshop as taught by the author, one is not going to be faced with many photos that are a lost cause.
Throughout the book you are shown the comparative differences in each project, so you see for yourself , BEFORE- AND- AFTER photographs and the miracle of Photoshop in action.
Photoshop works and it can work photo miracles, it is just a matter of learning what to do and use to achieve certain effects and that is what this author is all about- clearly explaining what to do, in each case presented as an example.
I am considering buying other books by this author, but wanted one that had gotten a good review regarding restoration/repair of photographs.
Having read some very complex, dry or poorly formatted Photoshop Instruction books I have to say:
HAPPILY, THIS BOOK IS A KEEPER!
SO FAR, IT HAS PROVEN TO BE, FOR ME, THE BIBLE OF PHOTOSHOP RESTORATION AND RETOUCHING- CAN YOU GET ANY BETTER THAN THAT?