Photoshop Workbook, The: Professional Retouching and Compositing Tips, Tricks, and Techniques 1st Edition
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About the Author
Glyn Dewis is a photographer, retoucher, and trainer based just outside of Oxford in the UK. Working both nationally and internationally, his work sees him shooting promotional and commercial material for industry professionals, physique athletes, musicians, bands and actors. An Adobe Community Professional, Glyn teaches workshops and one-on-one coaching specifically covering all aspects of Adobe® Photoshop® from the basics through advanced retouching techniques, and Glyn is an instructor at Scott Kelby’s Photoshop World conference. Glyn can be found online at glyndewis.com, as well as at his YouTube channel, which has over 50,000 subscribers.
- Item Weight : 1.37 pounds
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0134008462
- Product dimensions : 0.6 x 7.9 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Peachpit Press; 1st edition (December 22, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #911,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A more advanced photo compositing and photo manipulation publication that included some start to finish projects like this book sure would be nice. Any suggestions?
If you haven't seen any of his videos, or been on Kelby's site, or gone through some other photo compositing books prior (Matt Kloskowski's comes to mind) - well then this is a good one to get started with. But if you have, my opinion is that you would have already seen these techniques and would therefore be disappointed.
1. With software companies like Adobe adopting the subscription model, their products are subject to continuous change. Features we've grown accustomed to finding in one place are suddenly tucked away in another menu or panel where we can't find them. Photoshop is famous for this, which the author of this book fails to take into account. For example, on page 4, he writes, "we can now go into Refine Edge to pick up all of those fine flyaway hairs. Click the Refine Edge button at the top of the screen in the Quick Selection options (Figure 1.7). The problem is, the Refine Edge button no longer exists at the top of the screen in Photoshop CC. I finally figured out how to access it, but then the very next step leads into a similarly frustrating issue... and so on.
2. Dewis fails to explain the steps he gives to achieve a given objective, he simply lists the steps. In addition, he often pushes us off of a cliff into terminology and concepts that have not been introduced. I suppose he expects us to know this stuff, yet if we did, we wouldn't need his book.
By far the biggest problem is that Dewis' instructions include Photoshop functionalities that don't exist or have changed between the version of Photoshop he used to write the book and the latest version from Adobe. For example, on page 14, step 7, he instructs us "in the options bar at the top of the screen, click the Brush Preset Picker icon and choose number 112, which looks like a tiny blade of grass..." The problem is, the brush presets aren't numbered, and one could spend hours looking through the presets trying to find out which brush he's referring to. In fact, I did a Google search on "Photoshop brush 112" and found that the brush is actually from a 3rd party brush presets package by Brusheezy - it isn't even included in the brush presets provided by Adobe in Photoshop - it just happened to be on the author's computer, and he leaves it to his readers to figure out where to find it and how to load it onto theirs.
Several other reviewers have commented on the quality of the author's free YouTube videos - that they are better than the content of this book - and I have to agree. After struggling through the first exercise in the book, I followed his video on the same exercise and came away with a much quicker and clearer understanding of the process... he even included steps in the video that he (inadvertently?) left out of the book.
These are just a few examples that I've run across where it becomes impossible to progress past an early step in one of this book's exercises. I've bought a lot of books through Amazon over the years, and I've come closer to returning this one than any other title I've ever bought - there's no excuse for this level of ambiguity in a book this expensive. Cut the book's price in half and provide a companion website with corrections and clarifications, then release a corrected 2nd edition... I feel ripped off.
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Glyn Dewis’s book is split into two main sections: Part 1 covers techniques like mastering selections and cutouts; using a 50% grey layer for compositing; and lighting effects. Part 2 contains a set of projects where the author steps you through before-and-after exercises where you start with the RAW file and end up with the finished design. (The book doesn’t come with a DVD: you need to download the project files from the Peachpit web site). Although Part 2 of the book is a little like painting by numbers, I was really quite surprised at how easy it was to follow the instructions and go from the straight-out-of-camera image to a striking design or composite.
Based on other Photoshop books I’ve read, I’d class this as an intermediate to advanced text. It’s one of the few books that I’ve worked through from beginning to end, which is testimony to the author’s writing style and also testimony to the projects themselves, which are challenging enough to maintain your interest but short enough that you can complete them at a single sitting.
If you feel reasonably confident with Photoshop, I’d strongly recommend this book as the way to take your skills to the next level.
So why four instead of five stars?
It seems to me that the further I get into the book the more knowledge is taken for granted - and then occasionally something doesn't work as it should. Whether this is an error in the exercise (ie suggesting you should paint your mask with black instead of white) - or the user (who sometimes should read things more carefully) is hard to say at this stage - but it is frustrating when it goes wrong and I can't work out what I'm doing wrong.
So overall a good book but prepared to be confused if you are a beginner.
The only downside is that the Amazon price varies from day to day. I ordered at £24.79, on Amazon Prime, waited 5 days for delivery, refused delivery, reordered at £15.29 and got it the next day. Have to say Amazon help/ contact us were ace at facilitating this. Today it is on sale at £18 something so just no rhyme or reason! Best wait for a 'cheap day'.