Compra - Photoshop CS5 for Photographers

Paperback Verified Purchase Confession: I was a darkroom printer for over 15 years, working mainly with medium and large-format film. I read the numerous reviews of various books available through Amazon. Truthfully, I was a bit intimidated by the Martin Evening reviews, as good as they were. Kelby was good at getting me started, although it annoyed me that the "why" of his how-to examples were often lacking.

The Davis book gives a rudimentary start on the invaluable Camera Raw feature of Compra - Photoshop CS5 for Photographers and devotes a lot of space to special effects using LAB color, which may or may not be of interest in the future I presently am more interested in producing more or less "realistic" prints.

Kelby gives much more information on Camera raw and Photoshop features. I don't regret either purchase. However, and it's a BIG however, despite reviews that indicated Evening's book was for more intermediate or advanced Photoshop Compra - Photoshop CS5 for Photographers, I ordered it.

Unless you are looking for easy, minor photo-editing in which case why use CS5 when there are simpler programs available?

Despite one reviewers comment that he was verbose, and others that he was for the advanced Photoshop user, I did not find this the case at all. He provides "how-to" and "why" explanations in a well-written, understandable way. His section on Camera raw is thorough, much more so than Kelby's. It took me a while to figure out, but scan color negs in bit HDR mode and use Silverfast's extensive selection of color film types to neutralize the orange mask.

Compra - Photoshop CS5 for Photographers film type to achieve the optimal look isn't often the same as the actual film used. Experiment -- you see the differences in real time. Then use their HDR module in 48 bit color output to reverse the image from negative to positive. Then use Camera Raw for further adjustments. Inverting the negative in Photoshop works, but gives weird results since the orange mask isn't compensated for.

Much initial editing can be done more intuitively in Camera Raw than using Photoshop's curves, levels and layers. I do extensively use Photoshop's amazing content-aware brush for dust spotting and removing unwanted objects.

His explanation on setting up Photoshop and Camera Raw preferences was alone worth the price of the book as I am working with the large Mb and larger files that result from large film scanning. I'm already producing images that are up to my high standards, just weeks after receiving the book. The book is well laid out. Yes, the index is frustrating, but in fairness, to reference everything would require an index as big as the book.

Despite that, I can find what I'm looking for fairly quickly in the appropriate section. There are many quality before and after photos showing the effects of various tools, along with invaluable screen shots of the multitude of menus, panels and dialogues, each displayed alongside the text describing the tool or action.

Truthfully, I've scarcely glanced at Kelby's or Davis' books since purchasing Evening's, and reference it frequently as I continue to learn. If a problem arises, I'm confident Evening has a solution.

This is unquestionably the book to own for those want to take advantage of CS5's capabilities, which appear limitless the more I learn, the more I'm in awe of the programmers who developed it. One piece of advice: You'll need it if working with large files, or smaller files with lots of layers. I also use an external 1 terabyte disk for backup and as Photoshop's "scratch" disk don't worry, Evening explains what it is for and it may not even be an issue depending upon your computer's capabilities.

A RAID setup according to Evening is better, but so far with my present setup, Photoshop is fast and I haven't experienced any real Compra - Photoshop CS5 for Photographers.

Compra - Photoshop CS5 for Photographers


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