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Photoshop Retouching Cookbook for Digital Photographers: 113 Easy-to-Follow Recipes to Improve Your Photos and Create Special Effects (Cookbooks (O'Reilly)) 1st Edition

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Barry Huggins' design work and digital imagery has been used by clientsthroughout Europe, the USA, and the Far East. In recent years the demand forintensive professional training led Barry to form his own multimedia trainingand consultancy company, www.maxitraining.com. The success of his techniquesin one-to-one and group training courses have resulted in offers to deliver his ideasand methodology to a wider audience. This is his fifth book on digital imagingand graphics software.

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  • Series: Cookbooks (O'Reilly)
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (August 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596100302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596100308
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.5 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By V. Maciulski on October 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
When I saw that O'Reilly would be coming out with a series of "Cookbooks" related to the digital arts, I was intrigued. This book did not disappoint. It is 10 inches wide - wide enough to display lots of photos, which are plentiful.

It really is set up like a cookbook. There are 113 recipes divided into 11 groupings with names like: Exposure Correction, Color Correction, Focus Manipulation, Lighting Effects, Photo Restoration, Traditional Darkroom Techniques and Photo compositing Techniques. Each of the groupings contains some recipes.

The Retouching Landscapes grouping has recipes for Interesting Skies, Removing Unwanted Objects, Correcting Perspective, etc. Traditional Darkroom Techniques has the most recipes, with 9. There are recipes for Creating Film Grain, Hand-tinting, Cross-processing, Reticulation effects and more.

I was impressed with the multiple techniques for Correcting Perspective (page 84) and Replacing Color (page 92). The recipes for Revitalizing Faded Photographs (page 150) and Recreating Damaged Areas are worth the price of the book alone. We all have those old faded and damaged photos needing repair. And I will be using the recipes for emulating Starburst Filters (page 97) soon.
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This is an excellent cookbook that follows the traditional format. Recipes are logically grouped into easy-to-understand categories, e.g. Strengthening Color, Saturating Color and Working with Color Casts (getting rid of those tints) are covered under the Color Correction category.

The categories cover a wide gamut including; Retouching Portraits, Retouching Landscapes, Exposure Correction, Color Effects and Photo Restoration.

The recipes for more common photo re-touching problems describe a spectrum of ways to fix the problem using different Photoshop tools, generally ranging from light re-touching to methods for fixing larger problems.

One of the main reasons I really liked this book is the selection of recipes covers just about everything I've ever wanted to fix in my own digital photos. I'm not a professional photographer but I have been using digital cameras for several years. I've bought a number of books on using Photoshop to retouch images. None of them are as complete as this one. All of the ways (that I remember) in which I've either screwed up a picture or wanted to touch one up are covered in the book.

These include; Removing red eye & changing eye color, Enhancing lips, Removing skin blemishes and wrinkles, Removing unwanted objects, Removing dust and scratches (from old photos), to a large number of exposure and color related problems.

This book does not cover how to use Photoshop, but if you're slightly familiar with Photoshop you should be fine. I would recommend this book to anyone has taken a digital picture that would be perfect "if only I could fix that one ..."
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The book is ok for what it is. One to two pages of how to do different tecniques to your photos...but if you have any training in basic photoshop you will know most of this stuff. Changing contrast? Making a picture dark enough to look like it is at night? Using layers to import one picture into another and masking out other parts? Using the clone tool to copy from one area and cover up another area? getting rid of red eye using the 'red eye tool'? Very simplistic stuff...and I am only a novice at photoshop. They do cover a section on using raw pictures from your digital camera... I think that covers about 10 pages. For the cost you could find great books on using photography and photoshop. Although visually filled with information with big pictures and small amounts of print...it is great in that area of display...but for the money I would suggest you get "Photoshop CS2 - One On One" by Deke (it will teach you all these tecniques (and comes with a CD of the artwork so you can work with what you are learning) plus teach you how to use PhotoShop. If you want to get a good book on Photo Retouching with Photoshop... I would reccomend "Commercial Photoshop Retouching - In the Studio" by Glenn Honiball. He has been doing Phtoo Retouching for 20+ years and teaches you to use tried but true tecniques that moset every professional uses without all the bells and whistles (you can use just about any photoshop program for these) These two books are a better bang for your buck.
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At last! This is the book I've been waiting for! I've been on the hunt for a book that goes over practical photo editing with Photoshop-you know, how to alter colors, fix over/under exposure, remove distractions, etc. Most books I've come across are either designed for the Photoshop professional (meaning they leave out all the steps between A and Z), or they're too basic. This book is it-a step-by-step guide to Photoshop editing for the casual Photoshop user.

The author does an excellent job in identifying all the Photoshop tools you should be familiar with right off the bat. This introductory material is a great crash-course in Photoshop tools. This basic material forms a foundation for successfully understanding the rest of the book's material.

While there are tools and editing methods the author did not identify, I felt satisfied that the most important tools were not only identified but demonstrated in action. In my own photo editing attempts, I felt like I should be using certain tools, but didn't know how. Using some very illustrative photographs, the author works his way through using the curves tool, the levels tool, masks, layers, etc. The author provides the reader with the tools s/he needs to successfully complete the most common photo editing assignments.

I would highly recommend this book for digital photographers. Huggins' book is now the favorite among my digital photography books.
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